Meet the 2020/21 Season Directors

Ready to envision theatre in a whole new way.

Powerful storytellers. Creative visionaries, from all over Canada. This season's directors promise to bring our stories to life in new, exciting ways.


Whether their shows will be presented in-person or developed for online presentation, or a combination of both, remains to be seen. What is certain, is that they are ready to tackle the challenging times we are in. Be prepared to be amazed, these artists are a creative force.

Spring Awakening the musical

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. He 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 degree in Theatre Arts and Drama in Education and 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.

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