About Ruby Slippers Theatre
For three decades, multi award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre’s two-tiered mission has been to
- Further the voices of diverse women in theatre including those on the femme spectrum and
- Strengthen cross-cultural diversity on the west coast by premiering crucial Quebec works in English translation.
All of our work illuminates underrepresented perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, diversity and inclusivity.
Who we are
Multi award-winning Ruby Slippers Theatre is the only professional Vancouver Theatre Company whose mission includes producing the French Canadian plays in English translation, which we have been doing for 26 years. The company was co-founded by Diane Brown, Sandra Lockwood, and Katrina and Deborah Dunn. Katrina and Diane shared leadership in many ways (co-artistic directors, artistic director and associate artistic director) for eight years. In 1997, Diane became the Artistic Director and remains so today.
For decades under the leadership of Diane Brown, Ruby Slippers Theatre has commissioned English translations of provocative Quebec works and/or produced their premiere productions here in Vancouver, fostering cross-cultural exchange and diversity. These highly acclaimed productions include After Me (Après Moi) by Christian Bégin translated by Leanna Brodie; You Will Remember Me by François Archambault translated by Bobby Theodore; Life Savers by Serge Boucher translated by Shelley Tepperman; The Winners by François Archambault translated by Shelley Tepperman; Down Dangerous Passes Road by Michel Marc Bouchard translated by Linda Gaboriau; The Leisure Society by François Archambault translated by Bobby Theodore. Other groundbreaking productions include The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson by Linda Griffiths; Communion and A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor; Trout Stanley by Claudia Dey; The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer. Our goal is to promote independent critical thought, communion, and diversity.
What we do
We choose to produce and commission English translations of crucial voices from the contemporary Quebec canon, and produce their premiere productions. With all our work we choose text-based Canadian plays that provoke dialogue and are relevant to our audiences, offering diversity of perspective and often cross-cultural pollination. By furthering unique voices that question status quo assumptions about our society and ourselves, we have earned a reputation for smart social satire that is infectiously entertaining. Our distinctiveness lies in our commitment to courageous, provocative French and English Canadian voices which we realize into aesthetically compelling works.
For many years Diane Brown and Ruby Slippers Theatre have consistently championed works by women, and diversity in theatre. As Artistic Director, Diane has an extensive history of showcasing works by women in her regular programming, and in a program she initiated called The Femmes Fatales Series which focussed on women who create and perform their own work. Diane also created and initiated Advance Theatre: New Works by Women, a five day festival which showcases five new plays by diverse Canadian women, all directed by diverse Canadian women. Ruby Slippers received over 100 submissions from across Canada last year and this year. Diane and RST are working to expand the series to include more works over a longer period of time
Ruby Slippers Theatre was a founding member of the See Seven Performing Arts Society, and is currently a member of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance and regularly engage theatre professionals from the Canadian Actors Equity Association and Associated Designers of Canada. Diane is also a past member of PACT. Artistic Director Diane Brown is on the Advisory Committee for Langara College’s Theatre Arts Program, is Chair of Theatre Cares Vancouver, spent many years on the board of The Jessie Richardson Awards Society, and is currently on the Advocacy Committee for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and a board member of Vancouver Civic Theatres.