ABOUT US

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Set design by Glenn MacDonald
Lighting design by John Webber
Photo by Javier Sotres

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Mandate

Western Gold Theatre Society is a professional company of established senior theatre artists (age 55+) committed to producing plays of the highest quality and relevance to audiences of all ages. As part of this mandate Western Gold also mentors emerging younger professional artists as they ‘share the boards’ with us.

We present both theatre classics and newly commissioned Canadian works that reflect and illuminate the rich experience of our senior community. The one thing all productions have in common and which guides our artistic choices is the all-important important theme of how all of us embrace and/or confront our lives and the passage of time.

Objectives

To create a range of opportunities for senior artists to continue their life-long work.

To mentor emerging artists in all aspects of the performing arts.

To engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds in theatrical performances by senior artists.

To encourage conversation amongst the Canadian public on the impact and joys of aging.

HISTORY

Western Gold Theatre was founded in 1994 by Joy Coghill O.C. in response to the dearth of roles for veteran professional artists in the Vancouver area. It is the only professional theatre company in Western Canada solely devoted to providing work for and supporting senior artists.

Western Gold has been helmed for the majority of its time by a number of Canada’s leading theatre artists including: Founder Joy Coghill, Artistic Directors Pamela Hawthorne, Colleen Winton, Anna Hagan and General Manager Glenn MacDonald –trail blazers all.

Tanja Dixon-Warren was appointed Artistic Director in 2019.

In the early days Western Gold toured Senior Centres. Our partnership in 2010 with PAL Studio Theatre allowed Western Gold to take up residence in Coal Harbours’s intimate theatre-in-the-sky; build on Joy’s inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1995); and successfully produce one mainstage presentation of classic work by a major playwright each year.

Under the creative vision of Anna Hagan, in 2012, Western Gold launched the highly popular On Our Feet (OOF!) Staged Reading Series , which presents two plays per year, each with all the hallmarks of a full production (intricate blocking, sets, costumes, sound etc.).

This same year we also initiated our Mentorship program and Anna coined our tagline Creativity has no Expiry Date!

Now in its third decade, Western Gold is a force to be reckoned with! Its focus on everything golden – text based classics; newly commissioned works by senior artists; intergenerational knowledge sharing; and on-going professional development makes it unique in its region, and its reputation for excellence has earned the respect of audience, critics and colleagues.

For full programming history Vintage Western Gold

OUR TEAM

Tanja Dixon-Warren
Artistic Director
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Glenn Macdonald
General & Production Manager
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Ellie O’Day
Publicist

Stephanie Hargreaves
Casting

Joy-Anna Leggasee
Head Hog of Fundraising!

Seamus Fera
Literary Manager
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Kate Lancaster
Creative Marketing Manager

Associate Artists

  • Bernard Cuffling
  • Jane Heyman
  • Terence Kelly
  • Annabel Kershaw
  • Colleen Winton
  • John Webber
  • Michael Fera

Board Of Directors

Donnie MacDonald
President

Bonnie MacKenzie
Vice President

Louise DeVita
Treasurer

Diana Sandberg
Secretary

Anna Hagan
Director

Kathryn Aberle
Director

Keith Martin Gordey
Director

Alen Dominguez
Director

PRIVACY POLICY

Western Gold Theatre Society is a registered non-profit charitable organization. #  891285934-RR0001

PRIVACY POLICY- Coming soon

 

Creativity has no expiry date!

Contact Us

Phone: 604-363-5734

Email: info@westerngoldtheatre.org

Mailing Address:
101-1516 East 1st Avenue,
Vancouver BC V5N 1A5

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Supported By

The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund

McIlwaine Stewart Family Fund

McLean Foundation

We thank xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations for sharing their beautiful lands with us.

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