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Vanessa Porteus

Vanessa Porteus has been the Artistic Director of Alberta Theatre Projects since May 2009. Directing highlights at Alberta Theatre Projects include the world premiere of Heartbreaker by Morwyn Brebner; The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; the world premieres of Tyland by Greg MacArthur (Enbridge playRites Festival 2010) and The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (2009; remount in 2011); The Syringa Tree starring Meg Roe; the world premieres of Why Freud Fainted by David Rhymer, and of Pinocchio by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop; and Proof, Plan B, The Hobbit, and the world premiere of Respectable by Ron Chambers. Other favourite directing work includes Queen Lear for Urban Curvz Theatre, The Enchanted Child with the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Ensemble, and When That I Was for The Shakespeare Company, for which she won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Direction in 2009. Coming up next season, Vanessa’s production of The Penelopiad will be remounted at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver, and Vanessa will dramaturg the world premieres of the English translation of Thinking of Yu by Carole Fréchette, translated by John Murrell, and Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story by Kirstie McLellan Day, both for Alberta Theatre Projects. From 1998-2006, Vanessa was a dramaturg on staff at Alberta Theatre Projects, where she oversaw the development and production of over 30 new Canadian plays.

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