About Ruby Slippers
Who we are: Ruby Slippers Theatre
The artistic mission statement
Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre produces provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. We are the only company in Vancouver mandated to producing the contemporary Quebecois canon in English, and have been doing so since 1990. Our work illuminates diverse perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, and diversity.
What we do
We choose to produce and commission English translations of crucial voices from the contemporary Quebec canon, and produce their premiere productions. With all our work we choose text-based Canadian plays that provoke dialogue and are relevant to our audiences, offering diversity of perspective and often cross-cultural pollination. By furthering unique voices that question status quo assumptions about our society and ourselves, we have earned a reputation for smart social satire that is infectiously entertaining. Our distinctiveness lies in our commitment to courageous, provocative French and English Canadian voices which we realize into aesthetically compelling works.
For many years Diane Brown and Ruby Slippers Theatre have consistently championed works by women, and diversity in theatre. As Artistic Director, Diane has an extensive history of showcasing works by women in her regular programming, and in a program she initiated called The Femmes Fatales Series which focussed on women who create and perform their own work. Diane also created and initiated Advance Theatre: New Works by Women, a five day festival which showcases five new plays by diverse Canadian women, all directed by diverse Canadian women. Ruby Slippers received over 100 submissions from across Canada last year and this year. Diane and RST are working to expand the series to include more works over a longer period of time
Ruby Slippers Theatre was a founding member of the See Seven Performing Arts Society, and is currently a member of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, affiliate members of PACT, and regularly engage theatre professionals from the Canadian Actors Equity Association and Associated Designers of Canada. Artistic Director Diane Brown is on the Advisory Committee for Langara College's Theatre Arts Program, is Chair of Theatre Cares Vancouver,spent many years on the board of The Jessie Richardson Awards Society, and is currently on the Advocacy Committee for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
Ruby Slippers Theatre has earned over 40 Jessie Richarson Theatre Awards and even more nominations for outstanding work in acting, lighting design, set design, costume design, sound design, and directing.