KAREN LEE PICKETT Producing Artistic Director

Karen received her classical theatre training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.

A recognized award-winning artist with over 25 years’ experience as an actor, director, producer, teacher and playwright, Karen’s credits include work with Deep Ellum Ensemble in New York City, Dallas Theater Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Friends of Italian Opera in Berlin and the Dublin Gay and Lesbian International Theatre Festival. Her Shakespeare roles span Lady Macbeth to Adriana in Comedy of Errors to Maria in Twelfth Night. She has appeared locally in productions with Intrepid Theatre, Langham Court Theatre, Victoria Operatic Society, William Head on Stage, Theatre Inconnu, and Giggling Iguana. This is her fifth season with the GVSF.

As producing artistic director of the Festival, Karen brings a vision to provide local actors the opportunity to work with mentors to grow their craft and excite audiences by making Shakespeare accessible to all.

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CAROLYN MOON Production Manager

Carolyn is a local technician, sound designer, and stage manager, who also occasionally delves into directing and other design fields.  She is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria, and has been lucky enough to freelance since her graduation.  Stage management credits include Spin (OutSpoke Productions, Belfry Spark Festival); Animal Crackers (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); and Lovers-Winners (Phoenix Theatre).  Carolyn is also one of the members of Vino Buono Productions, a brand new company in Victoria.  This is Carolyn’s first season with GVSF, and she is very excited to be involved.

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CIERRAH GIBBS Assistant Producer and ASM

Cierrah has been involved with theatre from a very young age and has delved into the worlds of acting, directing, stage-managing and production; she has even toured the Island teaching improv.

She has worked with CYMC as an actor, a lighting technician, and improv teacher. She has also taught improv for the Canadian Improv Games on the Island and at the national tournament in Ottawa. She acted in, and marketed, a touring play against homophobia called Torn Rainbow, which was sponsored by the Courtenay Community Justice Centre. She also won awards for stage management, directing, and acting at provincial and regional youth drama festivals.

She is excited to be going into her second Season with the GVSF, this Summer.