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 Submarine (Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, 2010), 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) and A Dog at Feast (Bleeding Heart Productions 2016).  She also co-wrote and directed Working Spark’s most recent project, I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humpderdinck, with Kathryn Kirkpatrick. She writes in other genres, including non-fiction and poetry. Publications include works in Understorey Magazine, Canadian Dimension, The Antigonish Review, and Contemporary Verse 2.   She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, founded Working Spark in 2007, and teaches in the Theatre Department at Capilano University.  Michelle’s plays are available through the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

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