It’s with great urgency our present culture needs the live experience to help connect, question and remember why we are alive. SpeakEasy Theatre is committed to creating an environment where communities come together to celebrate. We are driven to foster stories created by diverse artists who are immediate, honest and unforgiving.
In 2012, Markian Tarasiuk, Mike Gill, Olivia Hutt and Tom Krushkowski met at the acting training program at Studio 58. The four spent nearly three years together at the school collaborating and working closely with one another. After their graduation in 2014, the group wanted to continue their artistic relationship, which, in the late stages of 2014 became SpeakEasy Theatre Company Society.
With an initial self-funding campaign, the company began to grow and fulfill its artistic mandate. SpeakEasy Theatre launched its programming with Edmonton playwrighting duo Nathan Cuckow and Chris Craddock’s 3…2…1, directed by Kayvon Khoshkam. The show played to audiences in Winnipeg and Vancouver, garnering critical praise. Vancouver presents said “Perhaps it is Tarasiuk, Krushkowski, and Kelly’s real-life upbringing on the Prairies that helps keep the intensity grounded, and in making Clint and Kyle real... It is, at times, as uncomfortable as it is compelling.” And with a five star review, the Winnipeg Free Press called 3…2…1 “Riveting” .
After working together on 3…2…1, the working partnership between Kayvon Khoshkam (previously, Kayvon Kelly), and SpeakEasy Theatre began to grow. Kayvon, the former Artistic Director of Sum Theatre, teamed up with the company to produce the Fifth Annual Pull Festival: Vancouver’s 10-minute play festival. The fifth instalment of the festival played at Studio 1398 in the spring of 2016.
With the success that was seen under Kayvon’s leadership with SpeakEasy projects, the company named him Artistic Director shortly after. With the artistic vision and experience Kayvon brings, SpeakEasy will continue to grow and create exciting theatre for Vancouver audiences and beyond.
This fall, SpeakEasy Theatre’s first endeavour under the directorship of Kayvon will be holding a reading of “The Shipment” by Young Jean Lee, that will feature an all African-Canadian cast of five. In April of 2017, SpeakEasy will be producing Things Humans Do – a multimedia exploration of the human connection.
In addition to their produced programming, SpeakEasy Theatre has commissioned the development of Just Like Her by Bronwyn Carradine and The Classroom by Markian Tarasiuk (originally presented at Studio 58’s FourPlay Festival).
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