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.
Artistic & Executive Director’s Message
Welcome to our 2021/2022 Season-
If there’s one thing I’ve walked away with from this global panini (I can’t even say the word anymore) it’s that our well-being is vital. If we are to be art makers, and I truly believe now more than ever the world needs art to help process what we have all experienced, we need to prioritize our well-being in order to make that art.
We are embarking on not only making compelling art but we are launching a national sector-transforming initiative while also focussing on other ways to support artists locally. We have three new plays in development. And will be premiering (IN PERSON!) a comedy about toxic masculinity set in a locker room that centres a Queer South Asian hockey player. We need to laugh but we still need to do the work!
To ensure our collective well-being we have begun employing counsellors to support the artists we are working with as well as the audiences we are inviting in. We have created a new position in theatre called the Cultural Translator that strives to put into practise some of the ideas of decolonizing art practice. Part dramaturg and part Knowledge Keeper, the translator is a vital voice in the room to remind us of Indigenous Knowledge and history, as well hold space for the contemporary realities of Indigenous life in Canada while we build a show from the ground up.
The launch of a much-needed queer and trans national playwrights unit will forge a nascent network of companies across the country committed to investing in the development and fair compensation of intersectional artists, leaving a legacy of new plays tackling contemporary concerns.
Our annual community engagement project — successfully pivoting this past year as Virtual Humanity — will continue to welcome diverse storytellers into the Zee Zee fold, breaking down stereotypes and building human connections through one-on-one storytelling.
Finally, as Queer parents, Dave and I are committed to ensuring other Queer families get to see themselves reflected on stage. So we’re reimagining our drag show for kids with a significantly older kid (our own!), and can’t wait to present Parents Are Still A Drag, re-commissioned by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.
We are proud leaders in revisioning Queer Theatre in Canada by centring artists, through implementing new models of creation, and building community from the hyper local to the national.
Please join us on this journey. Let’s all take care of each other.