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>>> About Theatre In the Raw

Artistic Director ~ Jay Hamburger - bio below >>
Arts Designer/Assistant Administration ~ Atty Gell
Administration/Assistant to the Artistic Director ~ Scott Broom

Theatre Consultant ~ Jason Logan
Theatre Consultant ~ Roger Howie
Publicity & Promotions ~ Steve R. Duncan

>>> Our Mission Statement

The Glace Bay Miners' Museum by Wendy Lill - Drawing by Atty Gell...• We believe that hands-on experience in the real world of independent theatre is the best way to learn, teach, and perform thespian art and skills.
• Our mission is to provide a venue for new and under-employed performers, playwrights and drama technicians, with a multi-cultural emphasis.
• Our productions represent a diversified balance, ranging from raw experimental to the theatre classics. Relevant productions, exploring social issues distinct to our local community are our specialty.
• We are risk takers, willing to give exposure to voices seldom heard, striving for artistic excellence, in the presentation of unusual, awakening, and exchanging theatre.

>>> Our Mandate

Our company is dedicated to artistic grassroots theatre in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, as well as to presentations beyond B.C. borders. We are risk takers, creating and responding to the cultural needs of those in the Canadian and International community. We want to provide an open, creative, and supportive atmosphere for struggling artists and give exposure to tried and untried playwrights.

drawing by Atty Gell  copyright..."Giving Exposure to Voices Seldom Heard" since 1994!

"…Performances so genuine that there is a real sense of sadness mixed with the laughs."
—Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun

"…What polish! What energy! What feeling! In short, what a fabulous performance! We were totally knocked sideways."
—Audience member from "Bruce—The Musical

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>>> A Little Bit of History

Festival of One-Acts & Radio PlaysFestival of One-Acts & Radio Plays posterTheatre 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.

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>>> Jay Hamburger, artistic director

Jay Hamburger, artistic director of Theatre In the Raw... CLICK HERE FOR JAY'S TEACHING SCHEDULE >>

Jay is a founder and has been the current artistic director of Theatre In the Raw Society for over 21 years. He has acted, directed and produced numerous shows in Canada including the United States.

Jay is a respected theatre instructor/mentor/director and has taught nearly all aspects of theatre in both countries to children, adults and seniors - he has worked extensively with First Nations artists in BC.

A little bit of trivia... you may not know, is that Jay wrote the lyrics for the ever-popular heart-warming song, By My Side for the blockbuster musical Godspell and has had a number of his original scripts produced both in Vancouver, BC and in New York City, New York. Jay has also written both poetry and newspaper articles for various small presses. His passion is presenting original theatrical content written by new Canadian playwrights and "exposing voices seldom heard" by presenting plays that "mean something" with social consciousness content.

In the recent past, he coordinated, directed and broadcast 13 original radio play pieces for the Carnegie Radio Play Project over Vancouver Co-op Radio 102.7 FM. He also directed eight one-acts for the Fall 2004 Festival of One-Act & Radio Plays produced at Cambrian Hall in Vancouver.

He has worked as coordinator of the Theatre Workshop at the Carnegie Community Centre in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. He presently teaches Acting for adults with The Vancouver School Board Continuing Education and Bonsor Community Centre for teens and adults.

Jay most recently directed (produced by Theatre In the Raw) the poplular heart-warming show Bruce - The Musical (by Bob Sarti) about the late, great legendary Vancouver Downtown Eastside Activist, Bruce Eriksen - which ran to full houses at the Russian Hall in Vancouver in November 2008.


>>> Theatre In the Raw in the News

Theatre in The Raw is very active in its community. Below are some links to interviews with TITR artistic director Jay Hamburger and articles on our past work and shows:


A "Raw" tradition... Theatre In the Raw's artistic director, Jay Hamburger reading a poem prior to a showing of "Bruce - The Musical" at the Russian Hall, Vancouver, BC, November 2008.
Photo by Steve Duncan.

Winning the Roger Inman CED Award ....The Troupe of Theatre In the Raw & artistic director Jay Hamburger accepting the 11th Annual Roger Inman Memorial Award for
Community Economic Development at the CCEC Credit Union AGM, 2004.

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