About Ruby Slippers Theatre

Our Vision

RST imagines an inclusive world where diversity is celebrated through a deeper understanding of each other.

Our Mission

To bring this vision to reality, RST illuminates under-represented perspectives by giving voice to diverse artists from across the country including Quebec works in English translation. RST defines diversity as gender equity, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, and age.

Who we are

Multi-award-winning Ruby Slippers Theatre was co-founded by Diane Brown, Sandra Lockwood, and Katrina and Deborah Dunn. For eight years Katrina and Diane shared leadership; first as co-artistic directors, then with Dunn as artistic director and Brown as associate artistic director. In 1997, Diane Brown became the artistic director, the same year Ruby Slippers Theatre received its first Canada Council grant.
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The Duchess aka Wallis Simpson By Linda Griffiths.


Directed by Sarah Rodgers. Featuring Diane Brown, Eileen Barratt, Raugi Yu, Georgia Beatty, Craig Erickson, Joel Garner, Melissa Oei, Kamyar Pazandah, Matt Reznek, Xander Williams. Photographed by Tim Matheson.

The Duchess aka Wallis Simpson By Linda Griffiths.


Directed by Sarah Rodgers. Featuring Diane Brown, Eileen Barratt, Raugi Yu, Georgia Beatty, Craig Erickson, Joel Garner, Melissa Oei, Kamyar Pazandah, Matt Reznek, Xander Williams. Photographed by Tim Matheson.

Ruby Slippers Theatre’s  (RST) vision is an inclusive world where diversity is celebrated through a deeper understanding of each other. Our mission is to realize that vision by illuminating under-represented perspectives and giving voice to diverse artists from across the country including Quebec works in English translation. RST defines diversity as gender equity, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability and age.

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 productionsinclude After Me (Après Moi)by Christian Bégintranslated 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; The List by Jennifer Tremblay. Our goal is to promote independent critical thought, communion, and diversity.

What we do

Advance Theatre
Playwrights from our past seasons (L-R) Natalie Meisner, Loretta Seto, Marcia Johnson, Suvendrini Lena, Rébecca Déraspe, Lillian Nakamura Maguire.

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 a 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 female identifying artists in her regular programming, and in a program she initiated called The Femmes Fatales Series, which focused on Canadian women who create and perform their own work. Some Femme Fatales featured were Denise Clarke, Marie Brassard and Karen Hines. Diane also created and initiated Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, a five-day festival that showcases five new plays written and directed by diverse female identifying artists. RST receives over 100 submissions from across Canada each year for this festival. Diane and RST are working to expand the series to include more works over a longer period of time. The 2020 festival showcased all female identifying Indigenous artists. All subsequent festivals are exclusively female identifying BIPOC artists.

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 engages theatre professionals from the Canadian Actors Equity Association and Associated Designers of Canada. Diane is a past member of the PACT Advocacy Committee, The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society, and was on the Advisory Committee for Langara College’s Theatre Arts Program for many years. She is currently Chair of Theatre Cares Vancouver, and is a board member of Vancouver Civic Theatres.  Diane Brown is the 2016/17 recipient of the prestigious Bra D’Or Award from Playwrights Guild of Canada.