Originally from White Rock, British Columbia, Ashlie is a theatre and opera director who works across Canada and internationally. Ashlie’s theatrical interests are broad—from staging large-scale opera and music theatre, to seeking out contemporary post-dramatic international theatre never before seen in Canada, to developing of new works with writers and creators. She has worked for such companies as the Canadian Opera Company, the Shaw Festival, Opera Philadelphia, Canadian Stage, Centaur Theatre, Tarragon Theatre and the Belfry Theatre.
Ashlie attended Queen’s University, graduating with an honours degree in Drama, and is a British Foreign and Commonwealth Chevening Scholar, earning a Master of Arts in Directing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and is a past Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist at Tarragon Theatre, a Neil Munro Intern Director at the Shaw Festival, an Ensemble Studio Intern at the Canadian Opera Company, and a Guest Artist at the Maxim Gorki Theater.
Ashlie is also the co-founder and Artistic Producer of Theatre Smash in Toronto, which produces the Canadian premieres of international contemporary work and for which she has directed seven productions. From 2012–2017, Ashlie was the Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse, where she directed sixteen productions. Ashlie became the Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver on February 28, 2018, and recently directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the company.
Peter was born in Mackay, Australia (The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!), attended Edith Cowan University in Perth, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Immigrating to Canada with the Flight Centre Group in 1997, Peter worked as Vice President, Marketing, until joining the Arts Club Theatre Company in 2003. Originally the Director of Sales and Marketing, Peter oversaw a subscription growth of 240% and, in conjunction with impressive production values and inspired programming, saw the Arts Club evolve into the largest urban not-for-profit theatre company in Canada. In November 2014, Peter became the Executive Director and has since overseen the opening of the BMO Theatre Centre (in collaboration with the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival); the construction of the Arts Club’s new 250-seat theatre, the Goldcorp Stage, to complement the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Granville Island Stage; and the development of Education and Community Outreach as integral roles within the company. He is still waiting to be cast in a production but believes that is just a matter of time....