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Kim Collier

Kim Collier is a director and the co-founder and co-director of the Electric Company Theatre in Vancouver. The company is recognized nationally as a driving force behind the resurgence of activity in Vancouver’s independent theatre scene. Under her direction, the company created a dozen original works through an intensive collaborative process including three landmark site-specific productions. Kim also has strong presence on major stages and festivals across Canada with productions at Theatre Calgary, Festival TransAmerique, the National Arts Centre, the Citadel Theatre and Canadian Stage.  In 2011 her live-cinematic interpretation of No Exit was presented by the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

More recently, Kim was Resident Artist at Canadian Stage and the inaugural director of their new MFA in Directing in collaboration with York University. Canadian Stage presented her creation with Electric Company: Tear the Curtain and Studies in Motion, which she directed. She also directed RED for Canadian Stage, Vancouver Playhouse and The Citadel Theatre. Recently she directed a new interpretation of Sweeney Todd for Vancouver Opera, Saint Joan (Arts Club Theatre), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), and Hamlet (Bard on the Beach). Kim was honoured to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters last June from Thompson Rivers University.  Kim is the recipient of four Jessie Richardson awards and a Sterling Award for Direction. With Electric Company she has received seven outstanding production awards, three writing awards and numerous innovation awards. She is the recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award.

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