Registered not-for-profit organization under Raven Theatre Performance Society
Raven Theatre is an organization based in Vancouver, BC committed to developing and producing original works of theatre and adaptions. The organization is founded and guided by emerging and established Aboriginal artists. We are committed to providing opportunities for emerging Aboriginal artists to work along side established artists in professional productions. We strive to produce works that are deeply personal, wildly imaginative, and that question the way we view the world. Our goal is to produce theatre that is rooted in excellent storytelling, vivid characters, and pushes the boundaries of conventional theatre. We are looking to create relationships with other theatre organizations, businesses, schools, and governments to become a vital member of the national theatre community. We are always looking to develop a greater Aboriginal audience and believe that theatre should be available for all, at an affordable price, and that reflects all cultures and backgrounds.
In 2011, Raven Theatre Company artists partnered with the Vancouver Playhouse to produce a weeklong workshop for Children of God, and public presentation of this musical in their Recital Hall. The workshop featured some of the most celebrated aboriginal actors in Canada: Kevin Loring (Governor General’s Award Winning Playwright of Where the Blood Mixes), Gloria May Eshkibok – Associate Artist (original cast of The Rez Sisters, and Dry Lips… by Tomson Highway), Sera-Lys McArthur – Associate Artist (recurring guest star on CBC’s Arctic Air), Josue Laboucane (currently an actor at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Lance Cardinal (Jessie Award winning designer), Katey Wright (Artistic Director of Patrick Street Productions), and Directed by Allison Grant – Associate Artist. The spirit and passion of these artists greatly influenced the script and at the presentation the entire audience gave a standing ovation.
In March 2012, the Playhouse announced that after 40 years of producing theatre it was closing. This halted our plans for development and then we started discussing the possibilities of starting our own theatre company, resulting in Raven Theatre being born. Founded by artists from across the country looking to continue work on this important project and support Aboriginal artists. Our board, associate artists, mentor, and founding Artistic Producer are all committed to the development of new works and adaptations featuring emerging aboriginal artists. Most Aboriginal companies are only able to produce small productions, because of budget or fundraising limitations. Raven Theatre believes there to be a gap in the scale and style of Aboriginal-led theatre performance and will begin to make our mark with Children of God.