2017-2018 Season Company

Denay Laura Amaral

Denay Laura Amaral

Assistant Stage Manager, Happy Place

For the past 4 years, Denay worked on Carnival Cruise Line as an Entertainment Technician. Denay has worked with many theatre companies at home including; Project X (Technical Director), The Arts Club Theatre Company (Apprentice Stage Manager), Theatre SKAM (Stage Manager, Production Manager) and Vancouver Fringe (Stage Manager). When she is not in the theatre, Denay enjoys reading, exploring new places and photography.


Diane Brown

Diane Brown

Joyce, Happy Place

Diane is a multi award-winning director, actor, and Artistic Director of Ruby Slippers Theatre. She is thrilled to be working with Roy and these amazing women. Diane is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Bra D’Or Award, a national award annually presented by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, in recognition of her years of championing works by women. Selected directing: Down Dangerous Passes Road, The Cat Who Ate Her Husband, Trout StanleyLife Savers, The Leisure Society, The Waiting Room, After Me, You Will Remember Me. Selected acting: The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson, Communion, A Beautiful View, Sled. Diane holds a Masters Degree in Theatre from UBC. Love to D and A.


Nicola Cavendish

Nicola Cavendish

Mildred, Happy Place

I am a UBC BA grad from the Frederic Wood Theatre 1976. With wise words from my mother Evelyn, I set about quietly saving for my other dreams. Theatre has been very kind to me, and I have had a rich and fulfilling life as a result. It is a pleasure to continue to support Mr. Surette for he is one of the most dedicated Artistic professionals I have had the good fortune to meet. Along with Tennessee Williams, Alan Rickman, Geraldine Page and Denise Coffey. Great gratitude for all their guidance. Including my mighty DAD. 


Susan D. Currie

Susan D. Currie

Stage Manager, Happy Place

Selected Credits: For Touchstone Theatre: Arsenic and Old Lace
Other Theatre: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mary’s Wedding (Festival Players of Prince Edward County - Ontario); Refuge, The Nether, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, High Flying Bird,The Returning Journey (Firehall Arts Centre); Medea, The 39 Steps, Dancing at Lughnasa, How I Learned to Drive (Peninsula Productions); The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions); Ebenezer, Mozart & Salieri, Beggar’s Opera, Judge Dee (Seven Tyrants); Anne of Green Gables, Footloose, Big The Musical (Theatre Under the Stars); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (Hoarse Raven Theatre); Hamlet, King Lear (Honest Fishmongers Collective); Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s R&J (Mad Duck Collective)


Dorothy Dittrich

Dorothy Dittrich

Original Music & Sound Design, Happy Place

Dorothy Dittrich is an award-winning writer, composer/musical director and teacher. She has most recently contributed composition and sound for Walt Whitman’s Secret (Frank Theatre), Mouthpiece (Kickstart Disability Arts) and documentary film The Heretics which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art NYC. Dorothy’s plays include this past season’s Jessie award winning The Piano Teacher (Arts Club Theatre), Two Part Invention presented by the Kay Meek Centre - new play series, The Dissociates, and Jessie award winning musical When We Were Singing. She is thrilled and delighted to be part of this wonderful team and company.


Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson

Set Designer, Happy Place

Pam is thrilled to work for Touchstone Theatre as she and Roy started their careers together after graduating from Studio 58. Pam has been a professional set designer for 37 years. Her designs have travelled throughout Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan. Pam has received several Jessie Richardson Awards. For Touchstone Pam has designed: Late Company, Haunted, Shelter from the Storm, The #14 and Homework and Curtains. Pam cherishes her Jessie for "Career Achievement". 


Patrick Keating

Patrick Keating

Writer and Performer, Inside/Out

A Graduate of Simon Fraser’s School for the Contemporary Arts Patrick has been working as an actor in Vancouver TV Film and Theatre scene for the past twenty years. Some of the companies he has worked with include the Firehall, Rumble, Mortal Coil, PI Theatre, Touchstone, Headlines, I.T.P., Urban Crawl, and Main Street Theatre, where he is proud to be an associate artist. He has been recognized with two Jessie Richardson Award Nominations. Inside/Out is Patrick’s first venture into playwriting.


Amy Lee Lavoie

Amy Lee Lavoie

Playwright, C'mon, Angie!

Amy Lee Lavoie is an award-winning playwright and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. Her first play, Rabbit Rabbit, received its premiere production with Infinitheatre, earning Amy two MECCA’s for Best Text and the Revelation Award. Amy Lee was a Canada Council Playwright-in-Residence at Factory Theatre, and her play in development, Stopheart, premiered on the main stage in 2013. In 2014, Amy Lee was the Head Digital Writer for the CBC drama Strange Empire, which won a Gracie Award for Best Website in recognition of its interactive storytelling. Most recently, Amy Lee worked with Pi Theatre to create Genetic Drift and her play, My Tom, received a workshop production at Railtown Actors Studio.


Carol Macdonald

Carol Macdonald

Props, Happy Place

A Vancouver based Props Buyer-Builder-Finder-Hunter-Gatherer, Carol is thrilled to prop-up all these amazing women. Favourite credits include: Children of God (Urban Ink), The Music Man, King Of The Yees, Crazy For You (Gateway), Empire Of The Son (VACT), 42nd Street, Romeo & Juliet (Studio 58), How To Survive An Apocalypse, The Concessions, Late Company, Eternal Hydra (Touchstone). Carol also works for The Vancouver Opera and her recurring gig as Props Buyer for Bard On The Beach. She is a proud graduate of Studio 58’s Production Program. For Mom.


Sereana Malani

Sereana Malani

Celine, Happy Place

Happy Place is Sereana's first Touchstone production – she is thrilled to be making her debut with this fine ensemble. Born in the Fiji Islands and raised in Coquitlam, Sereana now calls Vancouver home. A graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta, past credits include: You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers), Good People (Arts Club), Valley Song (Gateway/Pacific), Go Dog Go (Carousel), Clybourne Park (Citadel Theatre), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Quiet Things Creative) and five consecutive seasons at Bard on the Beach. Lots of love to her wonderful husband, Elliott. Thank you all for supporting new Canadian theatre! 


Adrian Muir

Adrian Muir

Lighting Designer & Production Manager, Happy Place

Happy Place marks Adrian’s 20th lighting design for Touchstone Theatre, and his 3rd collaboration with Roy Surette. Previous credits (selected) include Brothel #9, Late Company, The Concessions, The Romeo Initiative and Unity (1918). Other local and national design credits include work for the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, Ballet BC, Electric Company Theatre, Realwheels, The Vancouver Playhouse, Music On Main, Pacific Opera Victoria, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), and the Charlottetown Festival among many others. Adrian has been the recipient of multiple Jessie Richardson awards for his work as a lighting designer and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. Upcoming: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, an East Van Panto for Theatre Replacement / The Cultch, The Humans at the Arts Club's Stanley Theatre and C’mon, Angie! for Touchstone in June.


Adele Noronha

Adele Noronha

Samira, Happy Place

Adele is humbled to share the stage with these fierce women. A graduate of Studio 58, she has worked in various capacities with a number of theatre companies throughout Vancouver. Recent stage credits include The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach); Walt Whitman’s Secret (frank theatre); Jabber (Manitoba Theatre for Young People) and Brothel #9 (Touchstone Theatre) – for which she won her first Jessie. Adele will next be appearing as Susan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Carousel Theatre).


Christine Reimer

Christine Reimer

Costume Designer, Happy Place

Christine designs costumes for many west coast theatre and opera companies including Bard on the Beach, Arts Club Theatre, Pi Theatre, Neworld Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera, and Anchorage Opera. Recent favourites include Much Ado About Nothing (Bard) and King Arthur’s Night (Neworld). Several of Ms. Reimer’s costume illustrations were just published in The Art and Practice of Costume Design (Routledge Press).


Laara Sadiq

Laara Sadiq

Nina, Happy Place

For Touchstone: Brothel #9 (Jessie Award), Eternal Hydra, Palace of the End (Jessie Award), Age of Arousal, Life After God, The Family Way, 15 Seconds, The Orphan Muses (Jessie nomination). Elsewhere: Bard on the Beach, Caravan Farm Theatre, National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Electric Company, Arts Club, Neworld Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre etc. Film/TV: Current recurring guest stars on Arrow and Heartland. Numerous feature films with Bruce Sweeney. And other stuff. Recent voice-over projects include Ironman (cartoon series), Breadwinner (animated feature premiering at TIFF 2017) and audiobook narration for Random House. Thanks Pamela, for this story. Roy, for coming home. And Lotus - my touchstone.


Pamela Mala Sinha

Pamela Mala Sinha

Playwright, Happy Place

Pamela Mala Sinha is an award winning Canadian actress and playwright. Selected Theatre credits include Happy Place (Soulpepper), Nirbhaya (Assembly Theatre/UK, NY), The Little Years (Tarragon Theatre) and The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre). Selected TV/Film: three seasons on ER (NBC), Huff (HBO), Traders, Live From Baghdad, Breakaway, and What We Have. Her first solo play, CRASH (Scirocco Drama), received Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Lead Actress; an excerpt of which was included in Bloomsbury’s (UK): Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors as well as the anthology Love, Loss and Longing (Playwright’s Canada Press). CRASH toured to New York with Soulpepper Theatre this past July, and will continue to tour internationally through 2018. Pamela’s newest commission with Soulpepper – NEW – is a play inspired by her parents’ immigration to Canada and their coming of age. Pamela is currently at work on the feature film adaptation of Happy Place with Sienna Films, directed by Helen Shaver, and slated for production in early 2018.

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JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL EVENT:
Meet & Greet with Pamela Mala Sinha
October 12, 2017, 7-9pm
at The Post at 750 (110-750 Hamilton St)

Don't miss this chance to meet acclaimed playwright/actress, Pamela Mala Sinha! Pamela will be answering your questions, as well as reading scenes from her latest play, NEW. Joining Pamela for the readings will be local actors Zahf Paroo and Munish Sharma. This event is free to attend. RSVP to admin@touchstonetheatre.com. Hope to see you there! 

Directions to The Post can be found here.


Roy Surette

Roy Surette

Director, Happy Place

Roy was Touchstone's Artistic Director from 1984 to 1997. He returns to Touchstone Theatre after twenty years: ten where he enjoyed island living as AD for the beautiful Belfry Theatre in Victoria and ten at the helm of Montreal's esteemed Centaur Theatre. Much of his career has involved championing new work and Canadian playwrights and he is proud and happy to be back home working in Vancouver's resilient and inspiring cultural community. He's directed across Canada, in Scotland and Australia and has had the pleasure of working with many incredible theatre makers since graduating from Studio 58 a long, long time ago.


Colleen Wheeler

Colleen Wheeler

Rosemary/Krista, Happy Place

Selected Theatre: The Valley (Belfry), Good People, Peter and the Starcatcher, Boeing Boeing, The Penelopiad (Arts Club Theatre), Elizabeth Rex, Macbeth, Henry V, Falstaff, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet (Bard on the Beach), Lifesavers, Trout Stanley, The Leisure Society (Ruby Slippers), Toronto, Mississippi (Vancouver Playhouse), My Chernobyl, Proof (The Belfry), King Lear (Theatre Calgary), Metamorphoses (The Citadel). Recent Television and Film: Altered Carbon (Netflix), Tully (Feature), Mech X-4 (Disney), When We Rise (ABC), Hailey Dean Murder Mystery, A Wish for Christmas and Bridal Wave ( Hallmark), Motive (CTV/ABC), Once Upon a Time (ABC). Upcoming: Forget About Tomorrow (Arts Club/Belfry), Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach). Colleen is a graduate of The University of Alberta’s B.F.A. (Acting) Program and she is the recipient of seven Jessie Richardson Awards.


Donna Yamamoto

Donna Yamamoto

Louise, Happy Place

Donna is ecstatic to be working again with two of her favourite theatre companies, Touchstone and Ruby Slippers. Last year she was seen in Ruby Slippers/Zee Zee Theatre’s production of 5 @ 50, and way back in the late ‘80s Roy directed her in a show called Local Colour, by David King. Other theatre companies she has worked with include the Firehall Arts Centre, Yayoi Movement Company, Mortal Coil, Laluna Productions, Young People’s Theatre in TO, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and the Arts Club. She has over 70 IMDB credits and recently had a recurring guest star role in Season 3 of the TV show The 100. She is the Producing Artistic Director for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.