Jan 21, 2019
Vancouver, BC - Studio 58 alumnus Josh Epstein returns to Langara to direct Cabaret, a wild, risqué, and sultry exploration of the Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin. The show opens January 31 and coincides with the Studio 58 Annual Giving Campaign.
“There are not many spaces like Studio 58, this small, intimate space that bursts with the energy of 27 students from the best acting school in the country,” said Epstein. “To be granted an opportunity to make my directorial debut at my alma mater on this powerful show is a dream come true.”
Epstein is one of Canada's most versatile actors. He has appeared in leading roles on stages across the country and has won numerous awards, including four Jessie Awards and the John Hirsch Award for most promising actor from the Stratford Festival. As a writer and producer, Josh has received 25 Leo Award nominations and two Canadian Screenplay Awards 'Best Screenplay' nominations.
“It's wonderful to have such an esteemed alumnus of Studio 58 in our midst again. Not only is Josh Epstein a remarkable actor of musical theatre, he understands the business side of producing art very well,” said David Hudgins, Artistic Director, Studio 58. “These gifts are natural ones for directing the wild and complex Cabaret. We are extremely grateful that our students have a chance to work with such an all-around talented artist.”
The Studio 58 Annual Giving Campaign hopes to raise $25,000 throughout the year, allowing the theatre to continue providing students with the best educational environment possible to learn theatre arts. Studio 58 has built a national reputation for providing experiential learning opportunities for students, but they come at a cost. Students can benefit from working alongside industry professionals who act as their mentors. Funds raised help recruit seasoned directors, innovative choreographers, creative designers, and specialty workshop instructors, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.
Langara’s Beyond 49 campaign aims to raise $2.5 million to fund three priority areas: student support, tech and innovation, and teaching and learning.
About Studio 58
Studio 58 began as a small Theatre Arts course in 1965 and classes were first held on the King Edward Campus of Vancouver Community College. The department moved to new facilities on the Langara Campus in 1970 and began to be known as Studio 58 (referring to the room number of the theatre space). The school operates its own theatre and presents four full-length and two indie-style productions annually. Professional directors and designers are hired to work on each production. Studio 58 productions are open to the public and reviewed by the Vancouver media.
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. Langara is celebrating its 49th year on West 49th Avenue with Beyond 49, an integrated celebration, alumni engagement, and fundraising campaign to reconnect with alumni, and raise funds for student support and important College initiatives.
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