Staff

dressing-for-a-wedding-aaron-bushkowsky Aaron Bushkowsky
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Aaron has been produced and published in several genres. His book of poetry ed and mabel go to the moon was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award for Best Book of Poetry in BC. His short stories have been published across Canada. His short film, The Alley, won the National Screen Institute drama prize and was nominated for six Leo Awards. Aaron’s plays have been produced throughout Canada and have won two Jessie Theatre Awards for Outstanding Original Script (with NINE nominations). He has served as playwright-in-residence at Touchstone Theatre, The Playhouse, and Rumble Productions, and as a resident film-writer at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He also spent a year on Tarragon’s Playwrights Unit (2009). His first book of prose, The Vanishing Man, was published by Cormorant Books in 2005. His next book, a novel Curtains for Roy, was published to critical acclaim in 2014 and was nominated for the prestigious Stephen Leacock Award for Humour Writing in Canada. Aaron’s play One Last Kiss was premiered in 2003/04 by The Belfry and The Playhouse, and Soulless was mounted in 2003/04 and again in 2005/06 by Rumble Productions. Landscapes of the Dead was premiered in 2006 by Solo Collective. My Chernobyl was produced in 2008 by Richmond Gateway Theatre and the Belfry. It was nominated for NINE Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards — more than any other production. Aaron’s latest plays are: Farewell, My Lovely produced by the Arts Club in Vancouver and Vertigo Theatre in Calgary; Play With Monsters, After Jerusalem, and Dressing for a Wedding produced by Solo Collective Theatre. Aaron’s plays have been translated into French, Lithuanian and Russian. Aaron holds a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and teaches writing at Kwanten University, Langara College’s Studio 58, Langara College English Dept., and the Vancouver Film School.  (aaron{at}solocollective[dot]ca)
http://www.aaronbushkowsky.com
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Christine Reinfort
Resident Artistic Producer
Christine is a recent graduate of Studio 58’s acting program and was the recipient of the 2015 Jean and Walter Ball Memorial Scholarship. This past June she was chosen to perform her Solo Show, La Petite Mort at the 3rd Annual 2015 Launch! Festival for Professional Emerging Artists. Selected theatre credits include Trisha in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Metro Theatre), Witch 1 & Lady Macduff in Macbeth (Standing Room Only), Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma (Studio 58), Polly in Small Parts (Solo Collective), Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (Black Hole Theatre), and Elizabeth in Escape from Happiness (Black Hole Theatre).
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Rachel Peake
Past Artistic and Managing Director and current Associate Artist
Rachel has directed for Persephone Theatre, the Globe Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, Western Canada Theatre, Caravan Farm, the Belfry, Classic Chic, RealWheels, the Firehall, Alley Theatre, Studio 58, and Pacific Opera Victoria. She directed and dramaturged the world premiere opera Stickboy by Shane Koyzcan for the Vancouver Opera, and will be directing The Marriage of Figaro in spring 2017. Rachel spent five years as co-Artistic Director of Solo Collective Theatre where directorial credits include: After Jerusalem, The Project, Play With Monsters, Trolley Car, and cool beans. She is a two-time recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award for Directing, a past recipient of the Ray Michal Award for Emerging Director, and has spent three seasons as resident stage director of Dark by Five for Gros Morne Summer Music.Rachel is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Studio 58, and intern programs at the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, and Komische Oper Berlin. www.rachelpeake.com
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Johnna Wright
Co-founder and co-Artistic Director Emerita
Johnna was a co-founder of Solo Collective Theatre in 1999, and for nine years acted as co-Artistic and Managing Director of the company. A Vancouver-based actor, director and dramaturg, she graduated from UBC Theatre and also holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta. Johnna has appeared onstage with the Arts Club, Western Canada Theatre and Sudbury Theatre Centre, among many, and has been seen in the feature film The Final Cut starring Robin Williams and on TV in The Dead Zone and The Other Woman. For Solo Collective Johnna directed a number of premieres, including Landscapes of the Dead, Two and Back to Berlin. Other directing projects include The Triumph of Love for Blackbird Theatre (Jessie Award nominations, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production), The Rez Sisters for Theatre @ UBC, and Leading Ladies for the Gateway Theatre (upcoming). Johnna served for five years on the Theatre Cares Vancouver Committee and two years as the co-Chair of the National Directors’ and Choreographers’ Committee of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (elected), as well as on various other boards and volunteer committees. In 2008, she left Solo Collective to relocate to Saskatchewan with her family and pursue her career as a director, actor and dramaturg. Johnna was a co-founder of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival and Blackbird Theatre as well as Solo Collective. (www.johnnawright.com)