Lois Dawson – Production Manager

2015-02-25 10.53.52Lois is a Vancouver-based production, event, and stage manager. She graduated from Trinity Western University in 2007 and was the resident stage manager at Pacific Theatre from 2007 – 2010. Since then, she has worked with the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, the Vancouver & Toronto Fringe Festivals, Mobile Productions Zurich, the PuSh Festival and High Performance Rodeo as well as 35 theatre, opera and dance companies across Canada. Some of her favourite stage management credits include: Re:Union (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades), This Stays in the Room (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades – Critics’ Choice Innovation Award Winner 2014), Ride the Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville National Tour), Espresso (Pacific Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Neworld/Rumble/Pacific/Pound of Flesh), Apres Moi (Ruby Slippers), and After Jerusalem (Solo Collective).

When she is not busy working, she volunteers with a number of local arts companies and festivals and guest lectures at a handful of local high schools & universities. She sits on the Board of Directores for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society (The Jessies) and has been a mentor with the Ignite program at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (the Cultch), through the Tremors Festival with Rumble Theatre, and with the BPA program at Capilano University. In addition, Lois has worked with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival where she helped to launch Fringe Onsite, a program to help develop site-specific theatre pieces in conjunction with Vancouver-based company, The Only Animal. Over two years, Lois worked with Onsite to launch nearly two dozen new site-specific pieces.

Lois is also an avid blogger & social media user. Her website, www.LoisBackstage.com, which launched in 2008, now features everything from recipes to behind-the-scenes looks at the productions and advice for emerging stage managers. It is visited by approximately 50,000 people a year and is a part of the stage management curriculum for at least six universities.

Lois has been involved with Theatre Terrific in a number of ways over the past four years, starting as the Production Manager for WATER, stage managing a workshop, and producing I Love Mondays. She is excited to continue working with the Theatre Terrific team.

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