Jun 17, 2021

Vancouver, BC – Studio 58, the nationally renowned professional theatre training program at Langara College, is thrilled to share the line-up for its 56th season. Following BC’s Restart Plan and Langara College’s phased approach, Studio 58 is preparing to welcome audiences back into the theatre starting in September. Four large-scale productions will be presented alongside the traditional Risky Nights series.

“We have persevered through so much this past year and a half and now it is time to shed the doldrums and find the light,” says Artistic Director Courtenay Dobbie. “With Studio 58’s upcoming season we are thrilled to begin the work of…well…beginning again. All four productions capture a spirit of rebirth, of reckoning, of celebrating humanity. With these events let us feel again, be together again, and run wildly into a reawakening of the soul.”

Tickets will go on sale in August.


Cerulean Blue
By Drew Hayden Taylor
Directed by Kelsey Kanatan Wavey and Cameron Peal
Music by Murray Porter
Set & Costume Design by Jessica Oostergo
Lighting Design by Brad Trenaman
Stage Management by Katie Voravong
Live in the theatre, October 9–17, 2021
A struggling blues band is invited to play at a benefit concert in Dead Rat River, a remote First Nation community in conflict with the local authorities. Chaos ensues as the band arrives to discover that all the other acts have cancelled. Written by award-winning Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, with original composition by Mohawk blues man Murray Porter, this tongue-in-cheek comedy smashes stereotypes and celebrates connection through music.

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Kim Collier
Sound Design & Composition by Andrew Creegan
Set Design by Emerenne Saefkow
Costume Design by Melicia Zaini
Live in the theatre, November 25–December 3, 2021
In this modern take on the 15th Century morality play Everyman, the character of “Everybody” has been summoned by “Death” to account for their life. Along the way they meet characters such as “Friendship”, “Strength”, and “Love”, in this irreverent and poetic exploration of life and death. Everybody asks us to consider what it means to be human.

Risky Nights (Fall)
Working title: The Bright Young Things
An original production created and performed by fourth term students
Directed by Ming Hudson
Live, October 13–17, 2021
It's 1920's, London. A group of aristocrats and socialites, the Bright Young Things, navigate a post-war, post-pandemic world throwing costume parties and treasure hunts with elaborate style and wild abandon. This Risky Nights will explore what it means to be young, coming out of a time of great uncertainty, stress, and sorrow. What we do to reclaim our lives and rediscover our joy?
Now in its 21st season, the Risky Nights Series is an opportunity to bridge classroom work and mainstage productions. Students in their fourth term of training create and perform every aspect of an original theatre piece with a professional director.

Spring Musical TBA
Live in the theatre, February 3–20, 2022
The spring musical, a modern favourite with plenty of sing-along opportunities will be announced soon.

Six of One: New Play Festival
Creative team TBA
Live in the theatre, March 31–April 10, 2022
Six of One: New Play Festival is a celebration of short form plays written by Studio 58 students. These six snappy new works reveal fresh ideas and innovative theatre making.

Risky Nights (Spring)
Title: TBA
An original production created and performed by fourth term students
Directed by Jimmy JinPyo Hong and David Underhill
Live, February 15–20
Directed by Jimmy JinPyo Hong and David Underhill, spring’s Risky Nights will be a physical theatre piece that abstracts and explores common spaces, social groups, and the people who occupy them.

About Studio 58
Studio 58 is the professional theatre training program at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College, located on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nation, Vancouver, BC. Under the direction of Courtenay Dobbie, it offers nationally recognized training for both actors and production personnel. More information at studio58.ca.

About Langara College 
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 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 snəw̓eyəɬ leləm 'house of teachings', a name given to it by Musqueam, on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.

Learn more. 
Linda Pitt
Langara College