Working Spark Theatre

The Company


Michelle Deines –  Artistic ProducerMDeinesheadshopt

Michelle is a writer, producer, and director.  Her plays include To the Moon (Vancouver Fringe 2007), The Critic (Brave New Play Rites 2010), The Submarine (Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, 2010), The Universal Knitting Revival Club (co-writer, Firehall Arts Centre 2011), The Toilet Paper Caper (Reading – Firehall Arts Centre 2012), and Ghosts in Baghdad, for which she won the Special Merit Prize in Theatre BC’s Playwriting Competition 2012, and was nominated for Outstanding New Script in 2014 Jessie Richardson Awards.  She writes in other genres besides drama, including non-fiction and poetry. Publications include works in Canadian Dimension, The Antigonish Review, and Contemporary Verse 2.   She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and founded Working Spark in 2007. She co-wrote and directed Working Spark’s most recent project, I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humpderdinck, with Kathryn Kirkpatrick.  Michelle’s plays are available through the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Kathryn Kirkpatrick – Associate Artistic Producerkathryn kirkpatrick head shot

Kathryn has been an actor, writer and producer since 1991.  She started in Montreal with Repercussion Theatre, and worked with Montreal Youth Theatre in Judith Thompson’s school tour offering of The Leaves of Forever.  She acted and co-created with Company of Sirens in Toronto, toured with Magnus Theatre, and worked at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts in James Reany’s fabulous trilogy The Donnelly’s.  She was co-producer and acted in Compass Theatre’s co-op production of Not Enough Rope by Elaine May.  A few other works include To the Moon by Michelle Deines (with Working Spark), and Fat Pig by Neil Labute.  She also acted, wrote and produced a piece with Working Spark for the BC Buds Festival at the Firehall Arts Centre, and worked on the Fringe production of Since You Left Us by Susinn Mcfarlinn. She is the creative force and performer of the hit show I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck.  Kathryn is a part of the Vancouver film and television community and has appeared in many locally-shot films and television productions. 


France Perras – Associate ArtistFrance-8935-WEB

France Perras is an actress, producer and creative gatherer.  She has started festivals, websites and theatre collectives.  She co-produced and starred in the West Coast English language premier of the Governor General Award winning play The List.  When not on stage or behind the microphone (she does voice work in French and English on radio and TV, including spots with Shaw, Amtrack Cascades, Vancity, as well as the odd cartoon), she is constantly trying to find ways to connect people through theatre.  She recently created the BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective with fellow co-creative producer Jack Paterson, and is very excited to be an Associate Artist with Working Spark Theatre.  France is a two-time Jessie Award Winner, first for her work in Porc-épic (produced in 2013 by Theatre de la Seizieme), and most recently won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of the title character in A Toi, Pour Toujours, Ta Marie-Lou in Seizieme’s outstanding 2014 production of the classic Michel Tremblay play.


Board of Directors

Trevor Found – President
Daniel S. De Sousa – Treasurer
Wendy Soobis – Director at Large
Barbara Chirinos – Director at Large