In the Raw started out of a storefront cafe called La Quena on
East Vancouver's Commercial Drive in 1994. We rehearsed and performed
there for three years, producing over 125 one-acts in over 43
nights of theatre. During that time we received a Canada Council
Exploration grant, supporting us to go on two tours along the
Squamish corridor and Sunshine/Sechelt coast.
We also held a free outdoor theatre event with
16 performances at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive with the
help of a Vancity Community grant. A thousand people came out
to see a full day of Theatre in the Park. Since our start, we've
performed in numerous venues both in the southern/interior of
BC, four western Canadian Provinces including Seattle, Washington
for the 1998 Seattle Fringe Festival.
Starting in 1996, we moved towards mainstage shows.
We've produced ten full-length mainstage plays at major venues
in the lower mainland area - 5 of which were premieres of original
Canadian plays in Vancouver.
To date we have embarked on six mini and major
tours for the company, producing both one-acts and mainstage work
"on the road" to audiences outside of the Vancouver area.
In 2008, we embarked on a four-province tour with
3 original Canadian One-Acts - where we produced quality, risk-taking
artistic works with substance that offered exposure to creative
voices seldom heard. We're thrilled that many theatre artists
have passed through our doors moving onto the professional theatre
and creative performing arts world.
We've completed - over a five year period of development
- the new musicals titled: Bruce - the Musical (formerly
named The Tipping Point) and Yippies In Love
by Bob Sarti which were both presented to full houses in November
2008 and June 2011 at the Russian Hall in Vancouver's Strathcona
neighbourhood and the East Vancouver Culture Centre respectively.
Biennially we hold our popular One-Act Playwriting
Contest, where we workshop and present original winning plays.
As we continue to bring new original predominantly
Canadian and international quality theatre-works to the stage,
we're proud to offer employment to those in our local community.
From our start in a small Vancouver Commercial Drive venue our
theatre has produced fresh, exciting and thought-provoking dramas
for audience members of all ages.