TWU makes impact in Vancouver theatre scene

TWU grad Dan Amos and his Midnight Theatre Collective’s production of A Man For All Seasons has received two Jessie nominations; Ron Reed for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, and Tracy Wright for Outstanding Costume Design. Both Wright and Reed work at Trinity Western University.

Langley, BC-Looking out through the box office window at Pacific Theatre, Langley's Dan Amos has only a couple of weeks to find out if his company's theatre production of A Man for All Seasons will win the nominated Jessie awards. Just over a year and a half ago the 25-year-old Trinity Western University alum started the Midnight Theatre Collective, a company focused on enabling artists to self-produce their own shows.

Graduating from TWU in 2004 with a degree in theatre, Amos found a mentor in TWU's Artist-in-Residence, actor Ron Reed, and an internship at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre. It was here that he approached Reed, who is also Artistic Director of Pacific Theatre, with the idea of producing the controversial production A Man For All Seasons.

Today, the company is celebrating the achievements of two of the performance's cast and crew nominated for Jessie awards; Ron Reed for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, and Tracy Wright for Outstanding Costume Design. Both Wright and Reed work at Trinity Western University.

Angela Konrad, TWU's Theatre Department Chair, who won her first Jessie last year for the theatre production entitled Grace, says, "These nominations are a real tribute to the strength of TWU's theatre program. Our faculty and staff are first rate and our students do amazing things when they graduate. We're proud of Dan, Ron and Tracy and will be wishing them the best on awards night."

For now Amos, Wright, and Reed will have to wait until June 30th when the Jessie's 26th anniversary celebration takes place at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom.

When asked what these two Jessie nominations mean for Amos and The Midnight Theatre Collective, he says, "For me, I'm really excited to see that what we created a year ago and a bit is recognized, and that the production work is also being recognized in the community. I think it will be a really nice accolade for the company and help extend its profile for future shows."

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 40 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology and leadership, and offers interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Biblical Studies, Biology and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

 

 

Last Updated: 2008-06-16
Author: Erin Mussolum