Meet the Artistic Director
JP Thibodeau joined StoryBook Theatre as the Interim Artistic Director in January 2013. After completing a successful season in the new Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre the board announced his appointment in the summer of 2013 as the Managing Artistic Director.
In 2014 StoryBook Theatre took steps towards a new rebranding and focus as part of the Calgary Theatre Community. A stronger mandate was made towards quality family entertainment and the inclusion of Calgary's professional theatre community in all of their shows. Under his guidance and leadership, StoryBook has achieved great success and strong revitalization recognized by the theatre community both in Calgary and nationally with StoryBook becoming Canada's Largest volunteer-driven Theatre for Young Audiences company in Canada.
About JP Thibodeau
An award-winning actor, designer and director, JP has been both on and off the stage all over the world. He is currently the Artistic Director for StoryBook Theatre which under his leadership has grown to be Canada's largest volunteer-driven Theatre for Young Audiences.
JP works closely with playwright and composer Joe Slabe, to create many world premiere musicals, including Lest We Forget (Lunchbox Theatre), Naughty But Nice (Forte Musical Theatre), Urban Jungle Book (2017 Tom Hendry Award Shortlisted New Musical), Twas the Night Before Christmas (StoryBook Theatre) and the multi-award-winning Touch Me: songs for a disconnected age (Theatre Calgary).
Most recently, JP worked with Queen as the director of the all-Canadian North American tour of their musical We Will Rock You (Annerin Productions).
Over his career, JP has directed musicals of all sizes and has is a driving force in the fostering and development of emerging musical theatre artists in Calgary and across the country. He is the recipient of the Greg Bond Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to Musical Theatre, a two time shortlisted nominee of the Rozsa Award, multiple Critter Awards and several Betty Mitchell Award Nominations.
Other credits both on and off the stage include: Crossing Swords (Forté), As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet (The Shakespeare Co.), Reasons to Be Happy (Ground Zero), Annie Davidson, The Magic Flute (Cowtown Opera), Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein (Stage West), Epiphany, Dads In Bondage, If I Weren't With You (Lunchbox Theatre), The Last 5 Years, Avenue Q, Mary Poppings, The Little Mermaid (StoryBook Theatre), Sweeney Todd, Filumena, Dead Man Walking (Calgary Opera).
JP holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts, and Drama in Education. Although plenty of his life is spent living and breathing theatre, he always makes time for his incredible wife Tara and their sons, Evan Xander and Isaac Tanner - they make the endless hours and demands of theatre worthwhile.