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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 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.

Gladys Kwok (she/her)
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”.

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.

Sam Chimes (he/him)
Virtual Humanity Curatorial Team

Sam Chimes is a multi-talented individual, expressing his talents as a sound technician in film, a DJ, and a music producer and performer. Chimes’ music has been influenced from his years moving around the world. He was Born in Africa, lived in Brunei, South East Asia, and he now resides in Canada. With his jazzy, soulful vibes, he uses a looper and a microkorg synthesizer to create instrumentals on the spot, layers his voice, and performs for his audience. Chimes has performed in 8 countries outside of Canada. He recently came back from his second world tour, performing at showcases in Australia, and street performing in between. This artist self-identifies as: Artist of Colour. Website: www.samchimes.com

Jordy Matheson (he/him)
Virtual Humanity Producer

Jordy Matheson is a performer, writer, and improviser. He is a graduate of the acting program at Douglas College, and a student in Theatre Studies at UBC. He has had original work presented through in the LEAP program for young playwrights at the Arts Club, and the Pull Festival of original short plays. He has assisted with the Human Library with Zee Zee Theatre since 2014. He is also an active member of the Vancouver improv community, performing with QueerProv, Instant Theatre, Little Mountain Improv, Uncle Janes and others. He hopes to become a drama teacher and continue theatre creation. 

Alysha Collie (she/her)
Virtual Humanity Curatorial Team

Alysha Collie is a mixed Afro-Indigenous artist, storyteller and educator from the The’wá:lí (Soowahlie) First Nation. She recently graduated on the Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Science degree with a Biology Major and Visual Arts Minor. While at university, Alysha spent her time as an Indigenous Peer Mentor where she assisted her peers with their culturally sensitive needs while also providing academic support. During her university career she helped plan a Reconciliation Shakespeare Garden, a unique space designed to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together through plants and storytelling. Alysha now focuses on decolonization by reclaiming her ancestral roots through art creation, public speaking, storytelling, performing and filmmaking

Dallas Yellowfly (he/him)
Virtual Humanity Curatorial Team

Dallas Yellowfly is a member of the Siksika First Nation, who was born and raised on Stó:lō territory practising coastal cultures. After completing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, he pursued both stand up comedy and music professionally. He recorded two rock/metal albums, toured Canada as a professional guitar player, and had his comedy featured on CBC radio. Dallas filmed, scored and produced “Our Story”, a documentary showcasing two residential school survivors. He has written and performed “Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children”, a multimedia storytelling presentation exploring the intergenerational impact of residential schools on his family. Dallas blends his experience in stand up comedy, music, and film making to create engaging multimedia storytelling performances.

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.