Jack Paterson’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Canadian actor and director






Film, TV, Stage & Radio



25 May 1974, Vancouver

46 years

John “Jack” Paterson (born May 25, 1974) is a Canadian director, dramaturg, actor and theatre creator who works across the country. His favourite credits include directing the instillation of The List (BoucheWHACKED!), the site specific The Women of Troy (Canadian Stage) and F. Garcia Lorca’s The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa (Shaw Festival); production dramaturgy on the English language premiere of H. Muller’s Mabeth: nach Shakespeare; and playing Adolf Hitler and Walt Disney in The Blue Light (Firehall Arts Centre) and Scheffler in The Ugly One (Plan B Collective).He is the founder of multi-award winning Mad Duck 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 The Hobbit and The Odyssey (Carousel Theatre) and Banana Boys (Firehall Arts Centre). A graduate of Circle in the Square (NYC), he has performed with The Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre and as a regular performer in Savage God’s The Shakespeare Projects.Jack was recently completed a series of Artistic Director Residencies with the mandate of Three Provinces, Three Companies and Three Mandates with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (Quebec), Theatre Conspiracy (B.C.) and The Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ontario/ Alberta). He is currently the Co- Artistic Producer of BoucheWHACKED!, the West Coast Ambassador for Playwrights Workshop Montreal and an Associate Artist with Theatre Conspiracy. His work has been nominated for over twenty Jessie Richardson Awards including four for Outstanding Direction and two for Outstanding Production. He is the recipient of the Ray Michal Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director Award.

Table of Contents

Selected DirectingSelected DramaturgySelected Theatre PerformancesAwards and NominationsResidencies and Development
Selected Directing
Selected Directing Credits: Classical

The Women of Troy, Canadian Stage: Festival of Ideas
The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in his Garden, Shaw Festival
Coriolanus*, Mad Duck Theatre Collective
Shakespeare’s R & J*, Mad Duck Theatre Collective
Titus Andronicus*, Mad Duck Theatre Collective
Julius Caesar *, Mad Duck Theatre Collective
Henry 6 Parts 2 & 3, Savage God: Shakespeare Project
The Tempest*, Mad Duck Theatre Collective
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mad Duck Theatre Collective
Macbeth, Square Pegs Theatre

Selected Directing Credits: New Works and Translations

The List, BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective
Wet, Workhorse Theatre
The Centre of Everything Civilized, Winterbird Arts
Rock Me Sweet, Passe Muraille: Buzz Festival
Out Like Flynn, Fugue Free Theatre
Banana Boys, Firehall Arts Center
Suddenly, Useless Shoe’s Co-op
The Unbreakable Popsicle Stick Gang, One Crazy French Man Pro.
The Love I Made to the Man with No Legs, Walking Fish Festival

Selected Directing Credits: TYA

The Hobbit*, Carousel Theatre
The Odyssey*, Carousel Theatre

Selected Directing Credits: Modern Classics

Hosanna, Saving Metropolis Collective
Moon for the Misbegotten, United Players
The Real Inspector Hound, Esdecy Arts & Presentation House

Non Theatre or Cross Disciplinary:

Molino Rouge, Stage Director Created and Choreographed by Karen Flamenco
Wreckage, Contributing Director Created and Choreographed by Nita Bowerman

Staged Readings:

Howl Red, BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective
Encore, BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective
Unstuck, Foundry Theatre
Suicide Corporation, Firehall Arts Centre: BC Buds
Selling Radio, Construction Inc.
Not About Nightingales, Mad Duck Theatre Collective
The Tempest, Silly Billyz Workshop Series (NYC)
Merchant of Venice, Silly Billyz Workshop Series (NYC)
Two Gentlemen of Verona, Silly Billyz Workshop Series (NYC)
The Winter’s Tale, Silly Billyz Workshop Series (NYC)
Loves Labor’s Lost, Silly Billyz Workshop Series (NYC)
As You Like It, Silly Billyz Workshop Series (NYC)
Measure for Measure, Silly Billyz Workshop Series (NYC)

Youth and Outreach Programs:

Daily Mischief, Richmond Gateway Theatre Academy
High School Musical, Richmond Gateway Theatre Academy
Straga Nona, Arts Umbrella, Strathcona Outreach
As You like It, Carousel Theatre Teen Shakespeare Program
Romeo and Juliet, Carousel Theatre Teen Shakespeare Program
Much Ado About Nothing, Carousel Theatre Teen Shakespeare Program
Comedy of Errors, Carousel Theatre Teen Shakespeare Program

Selected Assistant Directing Credits:

Champ de Mars, Imago Theatre: Micheline Chevrier
Don Quixote, Arts Club, Axis Theatre & The Centaur Theatre: Roy Surette
Schwartz’s The Musical workshop, The Centaur Theatre: Roy Surette
The Canterville Ghost workshop, Shaw Festival: Jackie Maxwell
The Devil’s Disciple, The Shaw Festival: Tadeusz Bradecki
In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, The Shaw Festival: Eda Holmes
The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, The Playhouse: Morris Panych
Loves Labor’s Lost, Savage God: John Juliani
A Midsommer Night’s Dream, Savage God: John Juliani

Selected Dramaturgy
Workshop and Production Dramaturg:

Macbeth: nach Shakespeare by Heiner Muller, translated by Carl Weber

Theatre Conspiracy/ Gas Heart – English Language Premiere
Selected Development Workshops:

Intrusion, Screaming Locomotive: Emerging Playwrights
Sanctuaire by Lucia Frangione, Screaming Locomotive
Two Part Invention by Dorothy Dittrich, Screaming Locomotive
Unstuck by Evan Tsitsias, Foundry Theatre
Galatea by Lawrence Aronovitch, Screaming Weenie: Clean Sheets

Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Associate Dramaturg:

Sal Capone by Omari Newton (w Urban Ink & Black Theatre Workshop)
Four Minutes if You Bleed by Alexandria Haber & Ned Cox
Concordia 10 Minute Plays by Various
Strange Land by Alexis Diamond
Members of the Band by Lionel Siegel

PWM Translation Workshops:

THE POSTER by Philippe Ducros, translated by Shelley Tepperman
The Carrousel by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman


West Coast Representative, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal

Selected Theatre Performances

The Blue Light – Adolf Hitler/ Walt Disney (The Firehall Arts Centre/Donna Spencer)

The Oresteia: The Agamemnon – The Chorus (PAL Benefit/ [Torquil Campbell)

Spice of Life 4 – Cumin/ Curry (Husky Guy.& Novus Pro/ Maryth Gilroy)

The Party – Hitler in a Dress (One Crazy French Man/ Jacques Lalonde)

Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Soranzo (Ensemble Theatre/ Tariq Leslie)

The Rivals – Bob Acres (Restoration Project/ Bill Millerd)

A Streetcar Named Desire (play)|A Streetcar Named Desire – Pablo/ Ensemble (Chemainus Theatre Festival/ Jeremy Tow)

Of Mice & Men – Slim (Mice & Men-Tors Equity Co-op/ Bert Steinmanis)

Othello – Ensemble (The Arts Club Theatre/ John Cooper)

Awards and Nominations
Recipient of:

The Ray Michals Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director

Jessie Richardson Award Nominations:

Outstanding Artistic Creation – Direction (The Odyssey)
Outstanding Direction (Shakespeare’s R&J)
Outstanding Direction (Titus Andronicus)
Outstanding Direction (Julius Caesar)

The Hobbit

4 Jessie Richardson Award Nominations including Outstanding Production, TYA

The Odyssey

Winner – Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Production, TYA
7 Jessie Richardson Award Nominations

Shakespeare’s R&J

Vancouver Courier: Top 10 pick for Best Theatre of the Year
Vancouverplays.com: Best of 2006 List
Vancouverplays.com: Play of the Month Award
Xtra West Live Performance of the Year Nominee
2 Jessie Award Nominations

Titus Andronicus

Vancouver Courier: Top 10 pick for Best Theatre of the Year
Vancouverplays.com: Best of the Year
Vancouverplays.com: Play of the Month Award
5 Jessie Richardson Award Nominations

Julius Caesar

Vancouver Courier: Top 10 pick for Best Theatre of the Year
2 Jessie Award Richardson Award Nominations

The Tempest

1 Jessie Award Nomination

Residencies and Development
Artistic Director Mentorship 2011/ 2012:�Three Provinces, Three Mandates, Three Companies
The 2011/ 2012 season was dedicated to developing a working understanding of the diverse artistic and administrative theatre production, presentation and development practices of Canadian Theatre. Each company presented a different form Canadian Theatre production. The residencies included New Play Development, Production and curation of a National Festival, meeting with Artists, PACT Meetings, Season Budgeting and Programing, Grant Writing and Fundraising, Board Development and Management.

Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Emma Tibaldo (Montreal, Quebec)
Theatre Conspiracy, Tim Carlson (Vancouver, British Columbia)
The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Brenda Leadlay (Ottawa, Ontario & Calgary, Alberta)

BASH Emerging Director Residency 2010, Canadian Stage (Toronto, Ontario)
BASH! is Canadian Stage’s program for professional directors to explore approaches to contemporary performance practice, production and administration. The 2010 focus was on directing large-scale works.
Artist in Residence 2009, The Centaur Theatre (Montreal, Quebec)
Two months were spent with Executive Artistic Director Roy Surette and General Manager Chuck Childs researching the roles and responsibilities of the AD and administrative team of large regional theatre.
Neil Munro Directors’ Project 2009, The Shaw Festival (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario)
Each season, the Shaw Festival hires two promising professional directors in an extended residency. Jack was the assistant director on Eda Holmes’ In Good King George’s Golden Days, Tadeusz Bradecki’s The Devil Disciple and Jackie Maxwell’s workshop of The Centerville Ghost. Additionally, Jack lead Audience pre-show chats, took part in Shaw Academy and ran an informal play reading serird. The residency finalised by directing The Love of Don Perlimplin with the Shaw company.

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