Green Thumb Theatre (also known as the Green Thumb Theatre for Young People and simply as Green Thumb) is a Canadian children's theatre company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was founded in 1975[1] by playwrights Dennis Foon and Jane Howard Baker. In addition to writing plays produced by the theatre, Foon served as artistic director from 1976 until 1988.

Green Thumb Theatre
TypeTheatre group
PurposeChildren's theatre
Artistic director(s)
Rachel Aberle
Notable members
Breanne Harmon, Patrick McDonald, Dennis Foon, Ivan Habel, Nadine Carew, Peter Zednyk

The company is known for developing original Canadian plays that explore contemporary issues faced by young people. Their work has been produced by 200 theatre companies worldwide and translated into "Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Danish, Hebrew and Japanese."[2] The company has also taken their own productions on tours.

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The pair wanted to develop original works for young audiences that would treat difficult contemporary issues. The company has become known worldwide not only for its works but for its own touring productions. Its plays have been translated into numerous languages, including "Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Danish, Hebrew and Japanese."[2] Some 200 theatre companies have produced Green Thumb's plays.

Foon and Baker co-wrote New Canadian Kid (1981), which became the company's signature play. It is about a young immigrant boy who struggles with culture shock and bullying after settling in Canada with his family. It won a British Theatre Award for Best Children's Play in 1985. The play has been produced worldwide for close to 40 years.[2]

Green Thumb operates in a former school house located in East Vancouver.[3] In 1980, Green Thumb produced Feeling Yes, Feeling No,[4] as part of a sexual abuse prevention program.[5]

Green Thumb performed the premiere of Colin Thomas's play One Thousand Cranes (1983).[6] Morris Panych has written several plays for the company that have also toured internationally.[7]

Patrick McDonald is the second artistic director of Green Thumb, serving in that position since 1988.[8] The company's production of Celestial Being received the 2015 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for outstanding production for young audiences.[9] Also that year, Green Thumb performed George F. Walker's Moss Park.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ "HISTORY". Green Thumb Theatre. Retrieved 13 May 2024.
  2. ^ a b c Fairhead (1993/2002), p. 154.
  3. ^ Ulysses Travel Guides (2003), p. 229.
  4. ^ Selman & Heather (2015), p. 501.
  5. ^ Selman & Heather (2015), p. 232.
  6. ^ Ross & Cameron (2013), p. 97
  7. ^ New (2002), p. 862.
  8. ^ Lederman, Marsha (September 4, 2014). "B.C. Teachers Strike Renders Arts Groups 'Collateral Damage'". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Thomas, Colin (June 23, 2015). "Théâtre la Seizième Wins Big at 33rd Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Langston, Patrick (January 23, 2015). "Theatre Review: Moss Park Piles on the Angst and Loses Its Way". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved July 2, 2015.

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