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Team

Cameron Mackenzie (he/him)
Artistic & Executive Director

Photograph of Cameeron Mackenzie

Originally from South Africa, Cameron is a Vancouver-based director, producer and drag queen. He produced and curated Club PuSh for the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival from 2013 to 2020, and is the founder and Artistic & Executive Director of Zee Zee Theatre. He has assistant directed for the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Centaur Theatre, City Opera Vancouver and the Vancouver Playhouse and directed for Studio 58. 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 at The Jessie Richardson Awards. He is a graduate of Studio 58 and has further trained with Pochinko clown master, John Turner.

Mackenzie’s drag alter ego The Queen of East Van, Isolde N. Barron has been the host of numerous weekly and monthly shows as well as taught drag workshops for various ages. As the Queen Mother of the Cobalt, an East Van space she helped transform into a vital queer hub, she hosted her first weekly show Apocalypstick for two years and was a monthly fixture for five years at Queer Bash, East Van’s premiere queer dance & dress-up party. She mentored the newest crop of Drag King, Queens and Things as the head judge for the Annual Mr/Miss Cobalt Competition, for seven years. She was Vancouver’s Entertainer of the Year for 2010 and appeared on the cover of various publications including the inaugural edition of SAD Mag as well as Xtra and Beat Route. With her real life husband and drag daughter Peach Cobblah, she has co-created 20 Minute Drag School, Tucked & Plucked: Vancouver’s Drag Herstory Live On Stage and Parents Are A Drag, a drag show for kids starring their son and touring Canada this summer (fingers crossed).

Dave Deveau (he/him)
Associate Artistic Director

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 the new Co-Artistic & Managing Director of 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.

Sabah Haque (she/they)
Development & Operations Manager

Sabah Haque (she/they) is a queer, Bengali arts worker from Tkarónt:to (Toronto). Sabah has worked with several performing arts not-for-profit organizations in Toronto as a producer, artist, and facilitator. Her favourite work experiences include her time with Paprika Festival, Pandemic Theatre, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Sabah holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from York University. Sabah is currently earning a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. Sabah also operates Noor of Bengal, an online shop where she sells handcrafted wares from Bengali and Canadian artisans. 

Sabah is thrilled to deepen her arts practice with Zee Zee Theatre and grateful to join the community in Vancouver. 

Angela Vannatter (she/her)
Digital Communications Coordinator

Angela is a Communications graduate from Simon Fraser University, passionate about art and culture. Specifically music and theatre has provided her with an incredible interest in how words and visual mediums have the capability to tell stories in ways that resonate with all parts of ourselves. When not at work, she spends her days reading books, investing time with friends, or shamefully consuming the latest episode of the real housewives. At night, you will often find her at a local concert doing her best to satisfy her inner fangirl.

Maria Zarrillo (they/them)
Associate Producer

Brett Cullen Photography

Maria Zarrillo (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Vancouver-based Arts Manager & Activist with a background in producing, stage management, event organizing, consulting, advocacy, marketing, publicity, and audience services. They have worked with a variety of companies and communities in these capacities both locally and nationally. In addition to their freelance career, Maria spent two years as Urban Ink’s Producer and is currently the Associate Producer with Zee Zee Theatre and the Digital Producer with Playwrights Theatre Centre. Maria is a graduate of both Studio 58’s production program and the University of Winnipeg with a major in Theatre & Film and a minor in Human Rights. Additionally, they are pursuing a Master of Arts in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University.

Playwrights in Residence

JD Derbyshire (she/her)

Dave Deveau (he/him)

Charlee Sideen aka Thanks Jem (they/them)

Bookkeeper

Meredith Burney (she/her)

Associate Artists

Sydney Cavanagh (she/her)

Stephanie Elgersma (she/her)

Jillian Perry (she/her)

Emma Slipp (she/her)

Marina Szijarto (she/her)

Deborah Williams (she/her)

Season Artwork

Isa Rodrigues (they/them)

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.