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July 2019

At the 37th annual Jessie Awards in Vancouver on July 15, Les Filles du Roi, a new musical that the Georgia Straight called “a triumph”, won 4 Jessie awards for direction, set design, sound design/original composition, and costume design. Created by Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette, Les Filles du Roi is performed in French, English and Kanien’kéha (Mohawk), and was developed with the Native North American Traveling College in Akwesasne. The production premiered at the York Theatre in Vancouver in May 2018, a coproduction by Fugue Theatre, Raven Theatre, Urban Ink, and the Cultch. Poly Queer Love Ballad (directed by Julie McIsaac) was also nominated for Outstanding New Script (Anais West & Sara Vickruck) and for Outstanding Production – Musical, in the Small Theatre category.

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LES FILLES DU ROI (L-R): Kayla Dunbar, Chelsea Rose, Cecilly Day, Julie McIsaac, Lisa Goebel, Synthia Yusuf, Merewyn Comeau. Musicians: Molly MacKinnon, Rebecca Wenham and John Kastelic. Directed by Corey Payette; Production Design by Marshall McMahen with bead work by Konwahonwa:wi Stacey; Lighting by Jeff Harrison. Photo: David Cooper.

 

Silent Light

“a tremendously successful Banff-styled project . . .  Silent Light must be seen and heard elsewhere.” 

High praise in the Calgary Herald for Julie’s newest project, working alongside stage director & designer Thaddeus Strassberger, composer Paola Prestini and librettist Royce Vavrek on a workshop production of their new chamber opera Silent Light, conducted by Christopher Rountree, based on the film Stellet Licht by Carlos Reygadas. At the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity July 4-6, as part of the Opera in the 21st Century program, curated by Joel Ivany. Read the full review here.

Silent Light kids at pool

 

 

June 2019

LES FILLES DU ROI leads Jessie Award Nominations – Nominees for the 37th annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were announced at the BMO Theatre Centre in Vancouver on Monday, June 3. Leading with 9 nominations (including Outstanding Production – Musical) was Les Filles du Roi (co-created by Corey Payette & Julie McIsaac) with Poly Queer Love Ballad (directed by Julie McIsaac) also nominated for Outstanding Production – Musical, in the Small Theatre category. Read the full announcement in the Globe and Mail or click here to view the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Vancouver on July 15.

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LES FILLES DU ROI (L-R): Kayla Dunbar, Chelsea Rose, Cecilly Day, Julie McIsaac, Lisa Goebel, Synthia Yusuf, Merewyn Comeau. Musicians: Molly MacKinnon, Rebecca Wenham and John Kastelic. Directed by Corey Payette; Production Design by Marshall McMahen with bead work by Konwahonwa:wi Stacey; Lighting by Jeff Harrison. Photo: David Cooper.

 

April 2019

Julie’s back in the studio in Vancouver in director-dramaturg mode, supporting the development of three new Canadian works: Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks by Wet’suwet’en playwright-performer Taninli Wright, a one-woman show based on the true story of Taninli’s 1,600 km “Messenger of Hope” walk across British Columbia; the sci-fi space opera Dauntless by Peter Boychuk & Steven Greenfield; and the new chamber opera Beauty’s Beast by East Van Opera’s Allison Cociani, with libretto by Anna Shill, which will premiere at the Orpheum ANNEX in Vancouver in September 2019:

Interested in learning about our work? Join Julie and the cast & creative team of Beauty’s Beast on Sunday, April 28 from 3:30-5:00pm for a glimpse of the workshop process, at the Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St, Vancouver. As seating is limited, please register to attend by emailing eastvanopera@gmail.com

 

March 2019

WINNER OF THE CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD, PTC FRINGE NEW PLAY PRIZE, VOLUNTEER CHOICE AWARD and 2018 PICK OF THE FRINGE

Poly Queer Love Ballad 

By Anais West and Sara Vickruck | Directed by Julie McIsaac

At Queer Arts Festival’s SUM Gallery Mar 5-10 (Vancouver) and the SkirtsAfire Festival Mar 13-17 (Edmonton)

An intimate, edgy new musical, merging slam poetry with catchy pop-folk tunes. Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, at Cafe Deux Soleil. With two microphones, a loop pedal, and array of instruments, they struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love.

“Under Julie McIsaac’s direction, West is the grounded anchor to Vickruck’s frisky puppy; both are thoroughly charming. Go see this and make it the hit it deserves to be.”  ~Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight (read the full review here)

“this show feels like it’s making up its own rules as it goes along—and that’s a beautiful thing . . .  the tenderness and rapture of this story made me weep big, nostalgic tears.”  ~Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca (read the full review here)

“fun, wistful, and genuinely experimental.” ~Liz Nicholls, 12thNight.ca (read the full review here)

“Under Julie McIsaac’s expert direction, the two women weave in and out, and seamlessly blend their poetry and music to create something new, unique and exciting . . . re-defining what is possible within the genre.”  ~Lillian Jasper, Two Cents & Two Pence (read the full review here)

McIsaac strikes a fine balance between the electric and intimate moments of connection between Nina and Gabby, and an invitation to let the audience in on the ride . . .  a beautiful tribute to the complexities of love and relationships.” ~Katie Gartlan-Close, Vancouver Presents (read the full review here)

www.polyqueerloveballad.com

WATCH THE TRAILER

 

January-March 2019

Children of God at the Segal Centre (Montreal), The Cultch (Vancouver) and BC Tour

Created & Directed by Corey Payette | Associate Director Julie McIsaac

This year marks Julie’s fourth season with the groundbreaking musical Children of God, the story of an Oji-Cree family whose children are taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. A haunting story of redemption for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and for her kids, who never knew she came; Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

 

December 2018

Amis francophones et francophiles! On jase théâtre, littérature et des merveilleuses marionnettes aquatiques… Little Women et Sedna. Radio-Canada Phare Ouest – Audio fil du lundi 3 décembre (écoutez)

Sedna at the Caravan Farm Theatre

Created by Reneltta Arluk, Marshall McMahen & Corey Payette; Music by Corey Payette; Directed by Corey Payette | Music Director Julie McIsaac

Reuniting with Urban Ink and frequent collaborators Marshall McMahen and Corey Payette, Julie returns to the Caravan Farm Theatre as Music Director of Sedna, a spectacular retelling of the Inuit story of the Goddess of the Arctic, told with music, mask, and magnificent large-scale puppets.

The world’s only horse-drawn winter sleigh ride theatre experience, Dec 11 – 31, 2018.

Little Women at the Chemainus Theatre Festival

Directed by Julie McIsaac | From the novel by Louisa M. Alcott; Book & Lyrics by Mark DuMez; Music & Lyrics by Jim Hodgkinson

Having originated the role of Meg in the Chemainus premiere of Little Women in 2005, Julie returns to direct this beloved family musical, asking herself what our responsibility is, in telling Jo’s story here and now, 150 years after the publication of Alcott’s novel.  Onstage at the Chemainus Theatre Festival November 16 – December 30, 2018.

 

 

 

 

September 2018

WINNER OF THE PTC FRINGE NEW PLAY PRIZE, GEORGIA STRAIGHT CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD, VOLUNTEER CHOICE AWARD and PICK OF THE FRINGE

Poly Queer Love Ballad at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival 

By Anais West and Sara Vickruck | Directed by Julie McIsaac

September 7th – 16th, 2018 | The Revue Stage

September 22nd, 2018 | Performance Works

An intimate, edgy new musical, merging slam poetry with catchy pop-folk tunes. Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, at Cafe Deux Soleil. With two microphones, a loop pedal, and array of instruments, they struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love.

“Under Julie McIsaac’s direction, West is the grounded anchor to Vickruck’s frisky puppy; both are thoroughly charming. Go see this and make it the hit it deserves to be.”  ~Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight (read the full review here)

“this show feels like it’s making up its own rules as it goes along—and that’s a beautiful thing . . .  the tenderness and rapture of this story made me weep big, nostalgic tears.”  ~Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca (read the full review here)

“Under Julie McIsaac’s expert direction, the two women weave in and out, and seamlessly blend their poetry and music to create something new, unique and exciting . . . re-defining what is possible within the genre.”  ~Lillian Jasper, Two Cents & Two Pence (read the full review here)

www.polyqueerloveballad.com

WATCH THE TRAILER

Can’t get enough Poly Queer love? Come see us again:

VANCOUVER: March 5-10, 2019. Queer Arts Festival presents Poly Queer Love Ballad at the SUM Gallery. Co-produced by the frank Theatre Company, co-presented by Zee Zee Theatre

EDMONTON: March 13-17, 2019. SkirtsAfire Festival