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Green Thumb Production History


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Green Thumb Through the Years

- Rachel Aberle becomes Artistic Director of Green Thumb Theatre
- CELESTIAL BEING by Dave Deveau is adapted into a colouring book with illustrations by Cecil Ward
- STILL/FALLING is adapted for the digital stage for a livestream run during National Mental Health Week
- Playwrights' Gym program launches
- Green Thumb partners with BC Summer Reading Club for Misadventure at the Lighthouse

- After the COVID-19 pandemic cancels our 2020 tour of Rachel Aberle’s STILL/FALLING, Green Thumb pivots to digital and presents a live-streamed reading of the play as part of #CanadaPerforms
- After 32 years as Artistic Director of Green Thumb Theatre, Patrick McDonald announces his retirement
- Rachel Aberle is appointed next Artistic Director

- Green Thumb together with TELUS is awarded the 2019 Community Impact Award by Business/Arts
- Artistic Director Patrick McDonald is invited to present and attends ASSITEJ’s “Cradle of Civilization” Conference in Cape Town, South Africa


- Green Thumb sweeps the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards TYA category, earning two awards for world premiere The Code, including Outstanding Production, and three for Jabber , a co-production with Neworld Theatre.
- Playwright Rachel Aberle is awarded they Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright for The Code.


- Green Thumb Theatre's Associate Artistic Director, Rachel Aberle, is selected as one of only a dozen Canadian playwrights to attend the Banff Playwrights Colony to work on her new show for teen audiences, The Code.

- Green Thumb Theatre wins a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Significant Artistic Achievement - Theatre for Young Audiences for Commissioning the Socially Relevant Still/Falling.
- Green Thumb Theatre tours a brand new production of Ian Tamblyn's Land of Trash, which enjoyed lengthy tours throughout Canada and the US in the early 90s. It's themes about the dangers of taking the environment for granted remain all too relevant.


- Green Thumb Theatre celebrates 40 years of producing Theatre for Young Audiences 

- Green Thumb Theatre wins a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Production in Theatre for Young Audiences for Celestial Being by Dave Deveau 

 - World premiere of Moss Park – a follow up to the 1994 production of Tough! by George F. Walker is produced at Theatre Passe Marrielle in Toronto, Ontario. 

- Green Thumb presents new commission Ash Rizin with Alberta Theatre Projects as part of the Enbridge playRites Festival for audiences totaling over 2300. 
- The PuSh International Arts Festival partners with Green Thumb’s The Edge Project to present an artistic collaboration between 3 local high schools. This will mark the 4th year Green Thumb will have produced The Edge Project. 

- Green Thumb Theatre wins a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding and Socially Relevant Artistic Curation in the Significant Artistic Achievement category.
- The Green Thumb Collection, Plays for Children, Youth, and Young Adults is published by Playwrights Canada Press- Green Thumb successfully negotiates a 20 year lease with the Vancouver School Board for the location of a new office space and rehearsal halls dubbed: The School House
- Nadine Carew replaces long-standing General Manager Ivan Habel and embarks on a $1.5 million capital fundraising campaign, known as The School House Project. 

- Georgina Beatty wins a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Female Performance in Green Thumb Theatre’s The Shape of a Girl.
- Green Thumb turns 35 years old!  

- Green Thumb Theatre, along with 3 local Secondary School drama departments come together culminating in a collectively created piece of theatre called The Edge Project.
- Cranked tours Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre in Melbourne.- Cranked plays to rave reviews at The New Victory Theatre on Broadway in New York City for a 3 week run. 

- Green Thumb's cast of mainstage show Steel Kiss: Michael Eisner, Charles Christien Gallant, Kyle Jespersen, Mike Wasko, receive a Jessie Award for "Artistic Achievement”
 - Kyle Cameron wins a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Green Thumb’s Cranked

- Green Thumb’s newly commissioned Tree Boy invited to perform at the Chicago Humanities Festival
- Cranked embarks on a 5 month National tour with residencies at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in  Winnipeg, the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto, Youtheatre, and the Persephone Youth Series in Saskatoon
- The Invisible Girl North American tour ends with performances in the remote communities of Labrador City and Goose Bay/Happy Valley in Newfoundland/Labrador  

- Speed opens in Vancouver, Green Thumb’s first main stage show geared to a teenage audience
- Green Thumb Theatre wins 3 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, including Original Music Composition for Cranked, Outstanding  Performance for Jenny Paterson’s role in Speed, and Outstanding Original Script for Michael P Northey’s Cranked
- Cranked is invited to perform as part of the Magnetic Youth series at the 2007 Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa. 

- Green Thumb's production of Rage receives the Jessie Award for "Outstanding Production". 
- Michele Riml, playwright of Rage, wins the "Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play". 
- Under Significant Artistic Achievement, Kelly Metzger and Jeremy Mitchell win the Jessie for "Outstanding Collaboration of Performer and Stage manager" for The Invisible Girl.
- The Shape of a Girl debuts at the Duke theatre on 42nd street (now the New Victory Theatre) to rave reviews from the New York Times.
- Green Thumb is the first English Canadian children's theatre company invited to the New Victory Theatre.  

- The Invisible Girl introduces the use of flash animation as a character in the school tour.  The Creative team and play receive numerous nominations at the Jessie Awards. 
- Ivan Habel replaces long-standing General Manager Peter Zednik and the company embarks on a renewed strategic plan.  

- The Shape of a Girl becomes the first mainstage production to receive two national tours, playing in eight provinces and the Yukon Territory. 

- Green Thumb wins 3 of the first 6 Canada Council Prizes for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences: One in a Million (Vancouver, 2002); Derwent is Different (Vancouver, 2001); and The Beauty Machine (Toronto, 2001).
- The Shape of a Girl is sold out for two national tours and is nominated for several awards in Vancouver, Calgary & Toronto 
- Green Thumb wins the inaugural Business Member of the Year Award from the Canadian Arts Presenting Organization (CAPACOA).  

- The Shape of a Girl is invited for a command performance for HRH Prince Charles farewell party in Toronto. 
- Green Thumb becomes the first organization to graduate from the 5-year Vancouver Arts Stabilization Team, and the first organization in Canada to complete an arts stabilization program.  

- Green Thumb turns 25 years old!  

- Green Thumb wins Jessie Awards for Outstanding Production in two categories: Problem Child sweeps in the Large Theatre Category and Leaps & Bounds in Theatre for Young Audiences category. 
- The 1998-1999 annual budget surpasses $1,000,000. 
- Tour Director Susan Murphy becomes the founding President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Performing Arts for Young People.  

- Peacemaker and New Kid are booked for an 8-month North American tour - the longest run in Green Thumb history. 
- Current Artistic Director Patrick McDonald wins a special Jessie Award for continued excellence and vision in programming Theatre for Young Audiences, while founding Artistic Director Dennis Foon wins the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.  

- Green Thumb is the lone Canadian representative at the inaugural Telon Abierto Festival in Mexico - Green Thumb's first-ever foray into the Latin American market. 
- New Kid wins the Reuters Festival Choice Award as Outstanding Children's Play at the Dublin Theatre Festival in Ireland.  

- Green Thumb becomes the first company to qualify for funding through the Vancouver Arts Stabilization Team. General Manager Peter Zednik is awarded the Mary Phillips Prize for Outstanding Behind the Scenes Achievement in Vancouver's professional theatre community.  

- Co$t of Living becomes the first Green Thumb production for secondary students to tour in the U.S., including our first invitation to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 
- Seesaw tours Ireland for 4 weeks including performances at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Arts Week in Clifden and the Activate Festival in Cork City. 
- General Manager Peter Zednik becomes the President of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.  

- Tough!, George F. Walker's first commissioned play for young audiences, enjoys an 11-week national tour to Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa), Factory Theatre (Toronto) and Phoenix Theatre (Edmonton). 
- Criminals In Love enjoys 91% attendance for a 3-week run at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.   

- Co$t of Living tours to the International Children's Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. 
- Green Thumb can claim to have performed in every Canadian province and both territories when Land of Trash is invited to the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, PEI.  

- Co$t of Living enjoys a lengthy national tour to 7 provinces and Green Thumb's first-ever tour to the Northwest Territories; residencies include the National Arts Centre, Young People's Theatre, Grand Theatre in London, and Manitoba Theatre for Young People. 

- Land of Trash tours to the U.S., including Green Thumb's first invitation from the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  

- Night Light tours to the International Children's Festivals in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with HRH Princess Margaret in attendance.  

- Green Thumb launches mainstage programming with a run of Mirror Game at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  

- Mirror Game performs at the Quinzaine Internationale du Theatre in Quebec City.
- Night Light is the first of many productions to be selected for International Showcase for Young Audiences, presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  

- Not So Dumb receives the first of many Green Thumb invitations to the National Arts Centre. 
- Skin is made into an award-winning film by the National Film Board of Canada. 
- Founding Artistic Director Dennis Foon resigns, and is replaced by Patrick McDonald. 
- Green Thumb's Night Light and the California Theatre Center's Most Valuable Player participate in an exchange tour.  

- New Canadian Kid is selected as programming for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo '86 for a sold-out run.  

- One Thousand Cranes and New Canadian Kid are presented for 198 performances on a Pacific Rim tour including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. 
- New Canadian Kid and Bittersweet Kid in repertory are Green Thumb's first U.S. tour, with performances in Washington State. 

- Green Thumb is invited for a 4-week residency at the Unicorn Theatre in London, England.
- Artistic Director Dennis Foon receives the British Theatre Award for Outstanding Children's Play for Invisible Kids.  

- Green Thumb launches the internationally renowned street proofing program against sexual abuse, Feeling Yes, Feeling No.  

- New Canadian Kid, Green Thumb's signature piece, is co-written by Dennis Foon and Jane Howard Baker and goes on to become one of the most produced Canadian plays of all time.  

- The Windigo and Hilary's Birthday tour to England, Germany and Sweden.  

- Joe Wiesenfeld writes Hilary's Birthday, a play about the daughter of a divorced couple, generally recognized as the first "issue play" for young audiences written in Canada.  

- Green Thumb Theatre is founded by a group of University of British Columbia theatre graduates with a mandate to perform for young people "in British Columbia and around the world".