“…Jack Paterson’s crisp, imaginative direction…makes the point with wonderful theatricality.” – Jerry Wasserman, The Province
Jack is a Canadian director, actor, dramaturg and theatre creator who works across the country. Recent credits include directing the site specific The Women of Troy at The Canadian Stage: Festival of Ideas in Toronto, Artist in Residence at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal and F. Garcia Lorca’s The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in his Garden for the Shaw Festival Director’s Project .
He is the co founder of multi award-winning MD Theatre Collective for whom he adapted and directed Coriolanus, the Vancouver premieres of Shakespeare’s R&J and Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar and Vancouver’s first female Prospero in The Tempest. Other directing credits include A Moon for the Misbegotten (United Players), the award-winning The Hobbit and The Odyssey (Carousel Theatre) and Banana Boys (Firehall Arts Centre).
A graduate of Circle in the Square (NYC), he has performed in Vancouver with The Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre and was a regular performer in Savage God’s The Shakespeare Project. Favorite roles include Hitler and Walt Disney in The Blue Light (Firehall Arts Centre).
Jack was most recently the production dramaturg for the first english translation of Muller’s Macbeth: nach Shakespeare (Theatre Conspiracy) and Assistant Director to Roy Surette on Don Quixote (Arts Club/ Centaur/ Axis) and Micheline Chevrier on Champ de Mars: A Story of War (Imago Theatre).
He is currently an Associate Artist with Theatre Conspiracy and the west coast Ambassador for Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.
“…to say Paterson directs with verve would be an understatement…” – Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
About the Blog:
Over the last few seasons, I have been fortunate to experience several adventures in theatre across the country. They have ranged from the Neil Munro Directing Internship at the Shaw Festival to an Artist in Residency at The Centaur Theatre to recent auditing rehearsals at the Canadian Opera Company. You will find in this blog a variety of writing including career research and theories, observations on theatre and the vocation (notice I don’t use the word business) and personal thoughts and discoveries. Some of this will be right on the money and some will be dead wrong. Hopefully all of it will be useful to you. As artists, the more we share our ideas, information and dreams – the better off we all are. I am very interested in hearing responses – if you feel you have something to add, please do.