The Company


AARON CRAVEN – Artistic Director

A graduate of The University of British Columbia, Aaron is the Artistic Director of Mitch and Murray Productions. Selected theatre credits include Smart People, Detroit, Speed-the-Plow, Becky Shaw (Studio 16) Wilde Holiday Shorts (Chemainus Theatre), Fifty Words (The Cultch), Race (Studio 16), Fat Pig (Performance Works), and Gaslight (Hudson Theatre-Los Angeles).  He has also directed the plays Rapture, Blister, Burn, Sex With Strangers and Body Awareness for Mitch and Murray Productions.

A busy Film/TV actor, Aaron splits time between Vancouver and Los Angeles. Recent credits include recurring roles on the TV series iZombie, Travelers, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Ties That Bind and Somewhere Between.  He has also appeared in the features films Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton, Age of Adaline and The Predator.  Also a writer and director, his short film The Acting Teacher screened at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Aaron also coaches actors at The Working Actors Gym, the training wing of Mitch and Murray Productions.

JENNIFER COPPING – Artistic Associate

Jennifer Copping is a multiple nominee and winner of awards for her work as an actress over her 30 year plus career. Her passion for performing began at a very young age and she has continued to study and hone her craft as an actor ,director , teacher , mentor and theatre creator. Some career highlights are:

For the Arts Club: Reflections On Crooked Walking ( Debut ,1987);  The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time; The Day Before Christmas ; Godspell ; White Christmas ; Funny Girl

Other Theatre:(Select) Anything Goes (TUTS) ; Anne Of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival)  Les Miserables (Mirvish); Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drabinsky); Tommy (Mirvish); Jersey Boys (Dancap); Indian Arm (Rumble); Detroit (Mitch & Murray); City Of Angels (PIT Collective)

Film & TV: (Select) Once Upon A Mattress; Slither; Becoming Redwood; Supernatural; Fargo; Bates Motel; When Calls The Heart; Mother Of All Lies; Van Helsing; Travellers and the  feature film Rabbit currently airing on Superchannel.

Other: Best Actress Leo Award for Becoming Redwood. Instructor  for the Langara College Film Arts Dept. Jennifer has directed many plays and musicals over the past 15 years . Most recently City Of Angels and Good People. Her proudest accomplishments are her 20 year marriage and  two beautiful boys.

MICHAEL SCHOLAR JR. – Artistic Associate

Michael Scholar, Jr. is an award winning director, actor, playwright and producer. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s November Theatre, producers of the Jessie Award winning production of The Black Rider – which toured North America for over a decade (including sell out runs at the PuSh Festival and Arts Club Theatre). With November Theatre, Michael’s credits include writing and starring in Hard Core Logo: Live (PuSh Festival); writing and directing Ana for Hive 3 (2010 Cultural Olympiad); directing the NY premiere of ILSA Queen of the Nazi Love Camp (Medicine Show Theatre); and directing the world premiere of the rock opera Baby Fat (La MaMa ETC). Other directing credits include As You Like It (Studio 58); Uncle Vanya (Medicine Show Theatre, NY); Mr. E’s Humungous Underground Digital Vaudeville Extravaganza!!! (Columbia University, NY); Fat Pig (Mitch and Murray Productions – Jessie Nomination); Humanity and No (Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon); multiple stagings of I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Arts Club Theatre / Gateway Theatre / Presentation House); and 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress (Presentation House).

As Artistic Associate for the Globe Theatre (Regina), he directed David Greig’s Midsummer and programmed a season of new work in their Sandbox Series. Michael has worked as an actor across North America and the UK, having received the 2004 CAEA Emerging Artist Award. Assistant Directing credits include working with Robert Wilson on La Traviata (Landestheater Linz, Austria), Robert Lepage on Quills (Ex Machina, Quebec) and most recently Damaso Rodriguez on Romeo and Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Michael received his MFA in Directing in 2016 from Columbia University, where he was the Faculty Assistant to Anne Bogart.

Board of Directors

Mark Johncox
David Mackay
Craig Erickson
Deborah Finkel
Eric Pollins

Current donations are extra appreciated, to help our theatre company remain solvent as we navigate this difficult time. We're looking forward to being back on stage for the 2020/21 season. Thank you for your generosity and support.

SUSTAINING DONORS ($500 - 999) Sharon Kahn / Bill McNaughton

PRODUCERS ($250-499) Laura Wanamaker / Novus Global / Jenn Sebastion / Kate Moore / Diana Sandberg

SUPPORTERS ($120-249) Libby Brown / Bruce & Doneal Moseley / Jeanie Cloutier / Peter Jones / Mark Hildreth / Loretta Walsh / Shelley Janze / Paul McGillion / P.Lynn Johnson / Jane Flick and Robert Heidbreder / Carole Tarlington / Susan Vallance / Alistair Stewart

PALS ($20-119) Beata Jablonska / Eugene Gorodetsky / Barbara Heller / Martina Biljan / Rhona Rees / Arlene Howard / Maureen Delandreville / Railtown Actors Studio / Marianne Sawchuk & Bruno Verdoni / Ben Ratner & Jen Spence / Caitlin McCarthy / Robyn Bradley / Kathryn Dobbs / Diane Kent / Pam Howard-Jones / Shirley & David Isaac / Valerie McNicol / Lynda Shioya / George and Rita Plawkski / Diego Garcia / Stefania Indelatico / Eric Pollins / Judith MacPherson / Valerie McNicol / Natalie Goosen /Matt Hamilton