Welcome to Zee Zee
Small Stories Big Impact
Welcome to our twelfth season. We are so thrilled that this year marks our first year receiving operating funding from the BC Arts Council. This means we’re growing. We will be hiring for our first outside employee. This year also marks our first time doing two main stage shows with the launch of our first annual holiday show at the Cultch. We are more dedicated than ever to making art that changes the world, because it can and does and is.
I personally feel quite overwhelmed by the state of the world. The ability to manipulate facts and to manipulate communities has never been more strong. The polarization of siloed communities being divided by scare tactics and fear mongering is deeply troubling.
This year we are exploring ways we as artists can bring communities together. Our hope is that we can learn together and laugh together and we can be reminded of our shared humanity. We are one community on one planet.
Please join us!
Cameron Mackenzie, Managing Artistic Director
Vision & Mission
Zee Zee Theatre believes in individual stories that provoke and inspire us, and that foster common understanding and empathy across our diverse human experiences.
We are devoted to telling diverse stories and amplifying the voices of those on the margins with a focus on LGBTQ2SI+ communities. Zee Zee explores intimate moments through which the infinite complexity of human character can be revealed.
Founded in 2008 by Cameron Mackenzie, Zee Zee Theatre has shared small stories by amplifying the voices of those on the margins for more than a decade. Named after Mackenzie’s Godmother, Maria José (Zee) Dias Da Silva Catarino Velloza, the company strives to live up to her memory and continue her work of building community and sharing stories from those we don’t often hear from. From our first production in 2009, Whale Riding Weather, to 2016’s huge hit, Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical, Zee Zee continues to drive conversations with diverse audiences on stages across Vancouver. We foster original artistic voices, and engage new and diverse audiences by developing performance in non-traditional spaces. We believe that theatre is for everyone, and that performance can encompass more than mainstream voices on large stages.
Through signature productions like My Funny Valentine, the company has established itself as having unique and provocative conversations with diverse audiences, offering recognizable situations with poignancy and building a connection with our surrounding community in order to inspire unity in shared human experience.
The company is devoted to paying all artists professional living wages and has relied on substantial fundraising, grant writing and community building in order to stick to that belief. But it remains true to the overall vision of the company: we simply cannot tell our stories if we are not supported.
- 10 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations
- The Georgia Straight Cover Story for Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical
- Outstanding Original Script by Emerging Playwright
- Outstanding Body of Work by Emerging Director
- The Georgia Straight’s 2014 Spring Preview Critics Pick
- Gay Vancouver 2011 Theatre Top Ten List
- Gay Vancouver 2010 Theatre Top Ten List
Artistic & Executive Director
Originally from South Africa, Cameron is a director, producer & drag queen. He is the founder and Managing Artistic Director of Zee Zee Theatre and has directed most work for the company including My Funny Valentine, Nelly Boy, Tiny Replicas, Whale Riding Weather, Lowest Common Denominator, 5@50 and Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical (Phases 1 and 2). He has also worked with Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Centaur Theatre, The Vancouver Playhouse, Studio 58, and the PuSh Festival where he produces Club PuSh. As a drag queen, his alter-ego Isolde N. Barron is the Queen of East Van and can be seen every Wednesday night at The Junction co-hosting The Barron Gurl Show. He is the recipient of the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director, and is a Jessie Richardson Award nominee. He is a graduate of Studio 58.
Playwright in Residence / Associate Producer
Dave Deveau is an award-winning writer and performer whose plays and operas have been performed across Canada and in Europe. Plays for Zee Zee include: My Funny Valentine, Nelly Boy, Tiny Replicas, Lowest Common Denominator, Dead People’s Things, Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical and Holiday at the Elbow Room Café. He has also worked with Green Thumb Theatre, Theatre la Seizieme, Theatre Direct, Tapestry New Opera Works, Buddies in Bad Times, Roseneath Theatre,the PuSh Festival and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. He has won the Sydney Risk Prize, the Gordon Armstrong Playwrights’ Rent Award, and his plays have been nominated for 21 Jessies, 4 Ovation Awards and 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. He is currently working on new commissions for Zee Zee, Arts Club, Green Thumb, Nashville Children’s Theatre and Carousel Theatre for Young People. His first collection of plays will be published in the spring through Talonbooks. His drag alter-ego Peach Cobblah can be seen hosting politics-forward drag events across the Lower Mainland. He is a graduate of York University and UBC’s MFA Playwriting program.
Development & Operations Manager
Gladys is a Bachelors of Business Administration candidate at Simon Fraser University and an energetic, ambitious individual who is always looking for a new challenge. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, she embraces her diverse cultural experiences. Most recently she was the Marketing and Communication Development Strategist at Seniors Come Share Society. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, singing, dancing and participating in pottery making. Her lifetime goal is to travel around the World to explore different cultures, people and food. Gladys’ favourite discussion topics include philosophy, politics and history. Her goal at Zee Zee is to be a part of the journey to “foster common understanding and empathy across our diverse human experiences”.
| Artistic & Executive Director|
Associate Producer / Playwright in Residence
Development & Operations Manager
Digital Communications Coordinator
Sydney Cavanagh, Stephanie Elsgersma, Jillian Perry, Emma Slipp, Marina Szijarto, Deborah Williams
Board of Directors
Ken Manning (Vice President)
Jennifer Scott (President)
Bonnie Sun (Secretary)