Jack is an award winning director, divisor, dramaturge, translator, actor and producer whose work and study has taken across Canada, The United Kingdom and around the world. His work has ranged from contemporary devising, cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary projects to new works, main stage and classical theatre. He has trained at leading international theatrical institutions including Circle in Square (NYC, USA), GITIS The University of Performing Arts (Moscow, RU), SENI Indonesian Institute of the Arts (Bali, INA) and received his MFA from the renown East 15 Acting School (London, UK).
In Vancouver, he is the founder of multi-award-winning Mad Duck Theatre Collective for whom he adapted and directed Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Vancouver’s first female Prospero in The Tempest and the Vancouver premieres of Shakespeare’s R&J and Titus Andronicus. His initiative, BoucheWHACKED! Theater Collective founded with bilingual artist France Perras, has been bring new works in translation to west coast audiences since 2012.
Jack’s practice has taken him across Canada with such companies as The Centaur Theatre, Imago Theatre, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (Quebec), Theatre North West, a frank theatre, Theatre Conspiracy, The Presentation House Theatre (British Columbia) and The Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ontario/ Alberta), The Shaw Festival and Canadian Stage (Ontario). In the UK, he has served as dramaturg for London’s leading new play development house Theatre503, led creation workshops with British Equity London Office, and is a member of The Young Vic Director’s Network.
Directing credits include Romeo & Juliet (Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival, UK); the devised projects Wasting Time (Bali, IND) and Odyssey (London, UK); the site specific The Women of Troy (Canadian Stage); F. Garcia Lorca’s The Love of Don Perlimplin in a fusion of Flamenco & Deep Song (The Shaw Festival: Director Project); The Hobbit and The Odyssey (Carousel Theatre); The Pitmen Painters and A Moon for the Misbegotten (United Players); The List (Ruby Slippers Theatre with The Richmond Gateway Theatre); and Walt Whitman’s Secret (a frank theatre).
Shows under his direction have garnered over twenty six theatre award nominations with many wins including “Outstanding Production”. He is a recipient of The Ray Michal Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Award, The Cole Foundation Award for Emerging Translators, and The John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award for Outstanding West Coast Artist.
Cindy Guilderson – Administrative Manager
Cindy has worked at the Ship’s Company Theatre for six years and is a resident of Parrsboro. She is a proud wife, mother of three, and grandmother of two beautiful girls, Mailie and Malia. Cindy enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. She has a zest for life and a contagious laugh often heard at the Ship!