BIO: Dean Gabourie [gey-bree]
Dean Gabourie has been creating provocative theatre in Canada and abroad for over twenty-five years. Gabourie is a director, teacher, actor, writer & founding Artistic Director of the Award-winning ACME Theatre Co. Gabourie has earned acclaim for his direction of productions for such diverse companies as ACME Theatre Co., Buddies in Bad Times, Hilberry Repertory Theatre, Kazan CO-OP, Neptune Theatre, Shakespeare in Detroit, Shakespeare In the Rough, Tarragon Theatre, the CO, True Edge Productions and the Stratford Festival.
Education / Training
Gabourie is an alumni of Ryerson Theatre School, Ryerson University (highlighted as one of the top graduates of the past 40 years, 2014; Chairman's Award, 1989). Dean was a member of Soulpepper Theatre's, inaugural Directors Training program in 1999, the 2000 World Stage, Master Class for Directors, Middlesex University's, Directing Shakespeare Module in London, England 2002 and in 2008 was invited to the Stratford Festival, International Directors Summit. A much sought after Guest Director, teacher and facilitator, Gabourie has studied the crafts of creation & direction with such theatre luminaries as Mike Alfreds, John Barton, Tadeusz Bradecki, Lilo Baur & Stefan Metz of Theatre Complicite, Peter Brook, Joe Dowling, Gary Hynes, Jonathan Kent, Flora Lauten, Richard Monette, Yoshi Oida, One Yellow Rabbit, The Second City, Michael Shurtleff, Polly Teale & Dame Janet Suzman.
ACME Theatre Co.
Founding Artistic Director 1989 - present
Founded by Gabourie in 1989, the ACME Theatre Co. was at the vanguard of Toronto's burgeoning Independent Theatre Community in the early 1990's receiving two Dora Mavor Moore nominations and one award in their first season for their groundbreaking production of Edward Bond’s SAVED. (Making Gabourie one of the youngest Artistic Directors to receive a Dora in the awards history). A company ‘renowned for doing important work’, the ACME Theatre Co. has mounted rarely produced texts, (two World Premieres, three Canadian Premieres and one North American Premier), with some of Canada's finest directors.
[ for a detailed history please see History & Production History pages ]
Assistant / Associate Artistic Director 2008 - 2012
Gabourie has worked as a member of the Stratford Festival in various capacities for 10 seasons under 3 Artistic Directors commencing in 2001. In 2008 he was appointed Assistant Artistic Director of the Festival and in 2011 became Associate Artistic Director. Gabourie's directing credits for Stratford include The Thrill, The Best Brothers, Two Gentlemen of Verona & Bereav'd of Light. He has been assistant director to Des McAnuff, Antoni Cimolino & Richard Monette. Gabourie considers the founding of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Theatre Direction to be his most enduring legacy at the Festival. While working at Stratford Dean received the Tyrone Guthrie, Jean Gascon Award and was nominated for the John Hirsch Directors Award by Richard Monette.
[ for details please see Stratford Festival page ]
Founding Co-Artistic Director / Associate Artistic Director 2000 - 2005
Conceived as a ‘theatrical laboratory’, Gabourie co-founded the performance ensemble, ‘the CO', in 2000. the CO's adaptation of Vaclav Havel's, Vanek Trilogy, Audience/Unveiling/Protest, was invited to the 2004 Pilsen International Theatre Festival.
[ for a detailed production hstory please see the CO page ]