Re:Current Theatre is an award-winning company creating performance that reimagines gathering. We are a deeply human collective engaged in questions that spark connection between strangers. We create one of a kind experiences that redefine what we think of as theatre. At times our work will be on a stage, though it’ll just as often take place in unconventional settings, on gameboards, in studios and over dinner tables. We use a multiplicity of materials and methods that tease the senses to create an intimate space of unpredictable wonder.
We take ideas apart and reassemble them. We playfully dismantle and reconfigure systems to understand what it is we do not know. We approach our ignorance with kindness and compassion. We want to be in conversation with an idea and the audience together as we volley back and forth with each other as collaborators. We support each other and the audiences we invite into our spaces.
We are a collective of next generation artists: some who fit inside prescribed boxes and others for whom there is no box to fill. As settlers, immigrants, and diaspora we are always considering our relationship to the lands where we gather. Our work is personal and intimate, even when it’s a big spectacle. It’s always just for you. Our aesthetic is a nexus of old and new technologies, pop culture, games, and academic theory. Our work moves through the senses to create visceral and profoundly transformative encounters.
Founded in 2014, Re:Current Theatre is a Vancouver/Toronto-based theatre company. We have adapted classical texts, reimagined scripted contemporary performance, written multi-media plays, created gamified interactive theatrical experiences and intimate encounters for one audience at a time, provided accessible development workshops, and continued to develop genre-bending work.
We have presented our work at festivals locally and nationally. We presented the Canadian Premiere of ‘The Smile Off Your Face’ by Ontroerend Goed, which won the SummerWorks Award for Best Production, received outstanding production recognitions from local press, and was featured on several “Best of the Year” lists. Re:Current Theatre is a member of the HIVE Performance Collective, which supported the presentation of a dozen new contemporary micro-performances at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, and continues to work with the collective to support emerging performance practices on the west coast. We have been a company in residence at hub14, Impulse theatre, and are grateful for the development support of our projects from The Theatre Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Suitcase in Point, and Cabaret Company.
Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is a theatre director, producer, and performance creator born and raised in Toronto/Tkaronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic. Brian is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. He completed a Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Theatre Game Design and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies.
Pascal Reiners is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary performer and creator. His work is fed by research processes that are then translated through collaboration and experimentation into a variety of performance and theatrical forms. Pascal’s interests, of which there are many, frequently pertain to the examination of technological determinism, collective environmental disconnect, and ritualistic practices. As a student of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Pascal graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Political Science.
Howard Dai is a Taiwanese-Canadian theatre artist, who is a recent graduate of the BFA in Theatre Performance program at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts. He also writes music sometimes, and is dipping his toes in design and coding. When not working, you can find him wandering in malls or giving unsolicited tour to friends in New Westminster where he lives in.
Jackie grew up in Hong Kong and is an Acting graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is a queer theatre artist currently based in Toronto. Jackie works with innovative platforms and ways of thinking in the theatre including text-development, audience activation and devised processes. She performs with the interactive murder mystery company; ‘Mysteriously Yours,’ and is also a grad team performer as part of Toronto’s longform improvisation company ‘The Assembly.’ Jackie is a Registered Massage Therapist, karaoke fan and bouldering enthusiast.
Laura Coons is a production and stage manager who is grateful to work in Vancouver, on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people’s including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh nations. She is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, specializing in production and design. With the goal of building strong collaborative relationships to create pieces that push boundaries and engage audiences, Laura’s interests lie in dance, theatre and devised productions. When she has free time, which is rare, you’ll find Laura building strong collaborative relationships with her dog, Bella and her nephew, Stanley (who is also a dog).
Sebastien is a film producer from Vancouver. His work has screened at SXSW, T.O. Web Fest, the UKMVAs, Booooooom, Nowness, Rolling Stone, TELUS Optik, and CBC. After graduating from Simon Fraser University's school of Computing Science, he furthered his interests in web design, development and software development for the motion picture industry. Shortly thereafter, he founded a production company catering to commercial production for the advertising industry. He enjoys developing creative ideas that bridge the gap between live performance and screen based arts.
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