Wednesday, January 11, 2017

corleone: the shakespearean godfather | classic chic productions

Classic Chic Productions have officially taken over at Pacific Theatre and we couldn't be more excited about it! Our team is beyond thrilled that we get to partner with this amazing company to bring you a show that has been on Artistic Director, Ron Reed's radar for over a decade. Give our box office a call at 604.731.5518 to book your tickets to CORLEONE: THE SHAKESPEAREAN GODFATHER. Read on to learn more about Classic Chic Productions and the talented women who started it all.

Company statement

Classic Chic Productions is founded on the notion that there are great roles in the theatre (both male and female) that appeal to us as actors and human beings. We are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities. We also strive to provide a supportive environment for women to continue to develop their acting, designing and directing skills. We are based in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Classic Chic Producers

Christina Wells Campbell, Artistic Director

Christina has been on stages all over the Lower Mainland, as well as more exotic locations such as Edinburgh and Nanaimo. Recent acting credits include: The Winter’s Tale and Glengarry Glen Ross with Classic Chic Productions, She Stoops to Conquer with the Arts Club Theatre Company The Music Man at Theatre Under the Stars, Shrek the Musical with Align Entertainment, Fourplay (episodic dinner theatre at Salt Tasting Room in Gastown) with In the House Festival. She performed in and co-created a site-specific theatre piece in the Vancouver Fringe Festival: Rove: The Legend of Rusty Point. Other recent past credits include MacBeth, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, Lorelei, Nine, Iolanthe, and Ruddigore. Directing credits include: The Mikado, The Gondoliers, Sleeping Beauty the Panto, aka Marleen and The Case of the Frustrated Corpse. Christina has also been an arts administrator for many years working at the Arts Club Theatre Company where as a side project she created the popular Actor’s Intensive. Currently she is the Performing Arts Programmer with Surrey Civic Theatres. Christina has 3 kids, a husband, and a dog, lives in mortgaged suburbia and had no idea she would spend her spare time cross-dressing as a man. Life is weird. She could also use a nap and a personal assistant or five.

Corina Akeson, Production Manager

A Graduate of Studio 58, Corina has performed with professional Theatre Companies in BC, across Canada and in the US, such as The Arts Club Theatre Company, Carousel Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Project X, Mortal Coil and with various local Equity Collectives, such as Mad Duck. Some favourite past roles have been: Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Josie in A Moon For The Misbegotten, Hattie in Laundry & Bourbon, Butterball in Chickens and Gertrude in Hamlet. Corina spent a number of years co-creating and producing new works as a member of Cor Departure Physical Theatre Ensemble (now called The Minotaur’s Kitchen), both independently and in collaboration with the Evergreen Cultural Centre, for whom she has taught Drama for Primary, Elementary & High-School programs. Corina also works in voiceover, film and television, set carpentry, dabbles in sound design, visual arts and has most recently tried her hand at directing, an area in which she hopes to have many more opportunities. Outside of the arts, Corina is a professional residential carpenter and a Mom.

Michelle Martin, Marketing & Communications Director

Michelle is proud to be co-founder, producer and Marketing & Communications Director for Classic Chic Productions. She played Antigonus in Classic Chic’s inaugural production of The Winter’s Tale directed by Lisa Wolpe and enjoyed a career highlight playing Ricky Roma in Classic Chic’s acclaimed production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Selected theatre credits include Collette in Four Dogs and a Bone (Egg Theatre), See Bob Run and To Hear With Eyes (One Yellow Rabbit, Workshop West), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary), The Importance of Being Earnest and Fool for Love (Theatre Junction), Cressida (Workshop West), Misalliance and Night Must Fall (Shaw Festival), 1-900-Dee-Lite (Persephone Theatre), All in the Timing (Summer at the Roxy), Hitting Town (Alchemy Theatre Projects), Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Rough), Twelfth Night (U of T, Graduate Centre for Drama) and Summerfolk (Equity Showcase Theatre).

Film/TV credits include Frequency, Dead of Summer, The Romeo Section, The Whispers, Gracepoint, Supernatural, A Novel Romance, Accidental Obsession, two seasons as a series lead on the CBC evening drama, Riverdale, CTV’s Traders, the independent feature film, Backroads, and the short film Sleepwalk (2012 Audience Choice Award, New York City Horror Film Festival). Michelle is a graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She’d like to thank Ron Reed and everyone at Pacific Theatre for their support on this exciting journey.

Inspirations for Classic Chic

Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company
Manhattan Shakespeare Project
The Queen’s Company
Smooth Faced Gentlemen
Woman’s Will Theatre

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