Since its beginnings in 1990 in the Comox Valley, TheatreWorks Centre for Performing Arts has been providing instruction to approximately 250 student members per year. With a very small volunteer production team TheatreWorks has produced six or seven original plays in each of those years. Theatre BC has recognized its efforts with awards for Best New Group, Ensemble, Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress, Lighting, Sound and original play.
Encouraging growth of self-confidence while developing theatre technique has been the focus while working with all ages and levels of student development. TheatreWorks has been applauded for using original scripts to provide age-appropriate and theme-based performance opportunities. The mandate of combining education and entertainment has been realized in programs produced such as Youth Against Racism, Youth Against Homelessness, Drug and Alcohol Awareness. TheatreWorks continues to be seen and heard in schools, community centres, convention halls, and commercial theatres, showcasing human struggles and achievements through varied, historically important, social issues.
Kymme Patrick is an award-winning actor, a playwright, a director and a teacher. She graduated from the American Academy of Performing Arts in Pasadena, California and has toured with professional theatre companies such as The Green Thumb Players and Playhouse Theatre. While in Toronto, Kymme worked and performed in theatre, film, and commercials. She also founded her own casting agency and founded a children's theatre company.
Kymme created TheatreWorks Centre For The Performing Arts to provide quality theatre programs for youth and has been instrumental in using theatre as an educational tool with schools and organizations in the Comox Valley. These have become valued for the positive skill development and personal growth students experience in the original and creative shows mounted each summer. Kymme was recently awarded the prestigious Donna Lamb Award for outstanding contributions to community theatre.
Ross Stephanson is a university-trained, award-winning actor and teacher with twenty years experience in B.C. schools. He initiated a developmental drama program at a junior secondary and built a successful theatre program for a new senior secondary school in the Fraser Valley. Additionally, he created educational programs with theatre work experience opportunities for youth, and designed a multi-media, anti-bullying program for children facilitated by youth leaders which won an Attorney General's youth leadership award. As Technical Director with Kymme at TheatreWorks, Ross has performed with, directed, and mentored young people, as well as designing and building sets.