David Jansen

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Director, The Oresteia

David is an actor, director, teacher, and dramaturg. As an actor he has performed leading and supporting roles in theatres throughout Canada and the U.K., including Canadian Stage, Citadel, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Tarragon, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Necessary Angel, VideoCabaret, Factory, The Theatre Centre, five years at the Stratford Festival, four years at the Shaw Festival, and a season with The Peter Hall Company in the UK, among others. David is also proud of his work with The Wrecking Ball, and with Wild Pig Theatre, a Dora Award-winning company he co-founded in the 1990s. Most recently he appeared in Canadian Stage’s production of Love and Information and in Sense and Sensibility at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. As a director he recently worked on Jacobean period study with George Brown Theatre School’s second year students, staging The Witch of Edmonton, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Tamer Tamed. He directed Tuesdays with Morrie at Thousand Islands Playhouse, The Plough and the Stars at Ryerson Theatre School, and assisted Richard Rose on An Enemy of the People at Tarragon. Other directing credits include Age of Arousal (with Kate Lynch) at the University of Toronto; Have I None for the Edward Bond Festival; Kaspar and the Sea of Houses (with Birgit Schreyer-Duarte) for Summerworks, which won that Festival’s award for Outstanding Production in 2011, and Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her Life co-directed with Jennifer Tarver for Ryerson Theatre School. In 2010, he directed both Harold Pinter’s Betrayal for BeMe Theatre in Munich and The Return of Corporal Mazenet at Summerworks. This winter he will direct The Oresteia at Randolph College for the Performing Arts. In addition to directing at George Brown, Ryerson, and U of T, he has also designed and taught courses at both schools. Those courses have ranged from teaching acting fundamentals to scene study in Canadian drama, Shakespeare, and the plays of Shaw, to lecture courses on theatre history. David also works in new play development. Currently he is assisting in the development of a new Necessary Angel production. And for the Tarragon’s 2015-2016 season, he was Interim Literary Coordinator and Interim Assistant Artistic Director.