Announcing Our Interim Artistic Director and New Artistic Associate!

We are so excited to be announcing two new additions to the Touchstone team! Amiel Gladstone ​joins us as ​​Interim Artistic Director​, and will remain in his role ​until the start of Roy​ Surette’s tenure​ in July of next year.​ Amiel’s long history with Touchstone and his breadth of experience make him a welcome addition as we transition to a new era​​.​ ​Through the BC Arts Council Early Career Development program, Naomi Vogt will be coming on board as A​​rtistic & Production Associate​ for our 2017 projects including development of her solo work. Please join us in welcoming them both!​ ​

AMIEL GLADSTONE – Interim Artistic DirectorAmiel-Gladstone-photo-cropped

I am very proud to be joining the Touchstone team of Laurie-Ann, Annie and Naomi. I have a long relationship with the company, and gratitude to my colleagues Katrina and Roy, both of whom have been supporters of my work for many years. I was previously Artistic Associate at the Belfry during Roy’s tenure and I look forward to ushering in the next phase at Touchstone with him.

Amiel Gladstone is a West Coast based writer and director, who has worked across the country for companies such as Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Club, Acting Up Stage, Belfry, Caravan Farm, Centaur, Citadel, Factory, Firehall Arts Centre, National Arts Centre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Solo Collective, Touchstone Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Theatre Conspiracy, SKAM, Vancouver Opera, the Playhouse, PuSh Festival, as well as internationally in the United States, France, and Romania. Most recently, Onegin (Arts Club), Craigslist Cantata (Arts Club / PuSh), East Van Pantos  #1 and #2 (Theatre Replacement / Cultch), Are We Cool Now? (Western Canada Theatre / Cultch), Little One (Alley Theatre / Firehall), Dark Sisters (Vancouver Opera).

NAOMI VOGT – Artistic & Production AssociateNaomi-Vogt-photo-cropped

​”I feel so fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to support the work of Touchstone in this season of transition and discovery. I imagine these coming months will pose many important questions to the entire management team about how to proceed as we shift under the weight of important new expectations and challenges, and I am very grateful to be a part of these conversations (and to develop new muscles alongside the entire Touchstone crew). I have worked with Touchstone in the past and witnessed first hand the remarkable competency and commitment it takes small theatre companies to operate smoothly, and I am so excited to return to assume greater responsibility and make a larger contribution, both as an artist and administrator. I will spend a healthy portion of the next few weeks before I return determining the best way to utilize my time with my brilliant mentors Roy Surette and Amiel Gladstone. I also would like to extend my dear, dear thanks to Katrina Dunn.

Naomi is theatre-maker with a love of coastal communities and efficient public transit. She has spent the last few months exploring the East Coast, performing in the Keith’s Brewery Theatrical Tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Recently, she performed in the sold-out run of Babelle Theatre’s production of Movements 1 and 2. Select credits include: Faroe Islands (Dirt Road Productions), The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide (Rumble Theatre) and Ubu Roi (Theatre at UBC). In various capacities, she has worked with Touchstone Theatre, Rumble Theatre, the Arts Club, Mortal Coil Performance Society, The Cultch, and many other theatre companies and presenters. She is also a host of The Storytelling Show, a Vancouver Coop Radio program that features female storytellers. She completed her BFA in acting at UBC.


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