For more information origins@vcn.bc.ca

Artistic Director Bio/Photo

Donnard MacKenzie is the founder of Origins Theatre Projects Society and an award winning producer. He’s toured throughout BC and western Canada as an actor, acting with various Vancouver and Victoria companies, as well as the Caravan Stage Company.

His acting credits with Origins include Blue Dragons, Ambushed and Diary of A Madman, and The Poet, The Friend and The Dark Lady. His recent directing credits include Origins workshop production of Defining Moments.

In Victoria, he was artistic director of the student company with Kaleidoscope Theatre. More recently, he’s been an ongoing player with the Shakespeare Project.

He also co-founded CineVic, Victoria’s independent filmmaker’s society and created the independent feature film Wooden Nickels. A graduate of the National Voice Intensive SFU, Donnard also graduated with a BFA from UVic.

In recent years, he’s focused more on his writing, completing UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program and is now currently in his final year of an interdisciplinary PhD program at UBC in Narrative and Drama Studies. His work has been presented at international conferences, including London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Authoring Theatre (2011).

As the Artistic Director of Origins, Donnard has been active with the GVPTA’s advocacy committee, coordinating an ad hoc group to focus attention on the small venue producing companies in Vancouver.


Origins Theatre Projects Society Board of Directors

Andy Milne
(Professional Musician/Landscaper) --President

Jay Dunlop
(Business Entrepreneur, Upright Designs)--Treasurer

Oleh Ilnyckyj
(Barrister and Solicitor, Miller-Thomson)--Board Member

Clayton Jevne
(Freelance Actor and Director) –Vice-President

Leslie Palleson
(New Mother/Writer/Contract Lawyer)--Board Member

Honoured Members of the Society

Retired Co-president, John Burns
(Managing Editor, Georgia Straight Newspaper)

Retired President: Mike Doyle, (Poet)

Staff List

Artistic Director (permanent, part-time)
Donnard MacKenzie, 604-608-7422

Please note: Send an email message, reviewed twice daily, origins@vcn.bc.ca

Thank You to all of our associate artists including:

Peter BoyChuk
Anthony Ingram
Berend McKenzie
Margot Pinvidic
Kim Seary
Sara Graefe
Michael Charrois