About Zee Zee

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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

September, 2019


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. Zee Zee explores intimate moments through which the infinite complexity of human character can be revealed.


Our History

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.


Accolades

  • 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 

Team

Cameron Mackenzie
Managing Artistic Director

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Originally from South Africa, Cameron is a Vancouver-based director, producer and drag queen. He produces and curates Club PuSh for the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Zee Zee Theatre currently celebrating their eleventh season. Direction for Zee Zee: Elbow Room Café: The Musical (Phase 1 & 2), 5@50, Lowest Common Denominator, My Funny Valentine (2011, 2013, 2018), Tiny Replicas, Nelly Boy, Whale Riding Weather. Other directing credits include: Angels in AmericaPart 1 & 2, (Assistant, Arts Club), Pauline (Assistant, City Opera Vancouver), Hamlet (Assistant, Bard on the Beach), Karaoke: The Musical (Studio 58), Three SistersAssistant, The Only Child Equity Co-op), In Absentia (Assistant, Centaur Theatre), La Cage aux Folles (Associate, Vancouver Playhouse). A recipient of the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director for the 2014/2015 season, he has also been nominated for Outstanding Direction atThe Jessie Richardson Awards in 2014 for his work on Lowest Common Denominator. He is a graduate of Studio 58 and has further trained with Pochinko clown master, John Turner. His drag alter ego Isolde N. Barron along with husband/wife/drag daughter Peach Cobblah aka Dave Deveau will be premiering a brand new drag show for children commissioned by and appearing at The Vancouver International Children’s Festival called Parents Are A Drag, as well as remounting our drag history show Tucked & Plucked, focussing on Vancouver’s Indigenous drag history at the recently reimagined Magnetic North Theatre Festival this summer. Upcoming Cameron will direct Antony & Cleopatra for Studio 58 as well as Holiday at the Elbow Room Cafe for Zee Zee & The Cultch.

Dave Deveau
Playwright in Residence / Associate Producer

Photograph of Dave Deveau

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 and Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical. 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 the Belfry Theatre. 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.

Associate Artists

Sydney Cavanagh
Stephanie Elgersma
Emma Slipp
Marina Szijarto
Deborah Williams

Board of Directors

Jennifer Scott (President)
Ken Manning (Vice President)
Shawn Sorensen (Treasurer)
Bonnie Sun (Secretary)
Jared Enns
Katie Koncan
Allan Lal
Brittany Reimer
Meaghan Williams

Zee Zee Theatre acknowledges that we live and work on the unceded traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.