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Dean Gabourie

Assistant / Associate Artistic Director, Stratford Festival  2008 - 2012

Gabourie has worked as a member of the Stratford Festival for 11 seasons, working under 3 Artistic Directors. 


2023 The Stratford Festival announces that Gabourie will be returning for their 2024 season, directing Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, at the Studio Theatre.


2023 Gabourie is invited back to the Festival to curate Stratford's Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the printing of Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies


2013 Gabourie is invited back to the Festival to direct the World Premiere of Judith Thompson's The Thrill.  Gabourie also remounts The Best Brothers at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

2012 The Stratford Festivals 60th Anniversary Season, Gabourie directs the World Premiere of Daniel McIvor's The Best Brothers. Gabourie leaves the Festival director's office on October 31st.


2011 Stratford film Twelfth Night starring  Juan Chioran, Brian Dennehy, Stephen Ouimette, Cara RickettsTom Rooney

2011 Stratford takes Jesus Christ Superstar starring Chilina Kennedy, Bruce Dow, Paul Nolan and Josh Young to the La Jolla Playhouse and then to Broadway.


2010 Gabourie directs The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the Festival.  The first of Shakespeare's works to be mounted at the Studio Theatre.  

2008 Gabourie returns to Stratford to act as the  Assistant Director to Des McAnuff on Romeo & Juliet starring Nikki James & Gareth Potter and also to be a participant in the International Directors Summit working with theatrical luminaries such as Mike Alfreds, Garry Hynes, Jonathan Kent & Christopher Newton.  


2008 Gabourie accepted the appointment as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival by Artistic Director Des McAnuff

2008 Stratford films Des McAnuff's production of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar & Cleopatra starring Nikki James & Christopher Plummer.

2006 Gabourie was invited back to the Festival to work with Cimolino on Coriolanus starring Martha Henry & Colm Feore.  


2003 Gabourie returned to the Festival to work with Cimolino on Loves Labours Lost starring Brian Bedford and in that same year, Richard Monette personally nominated Gabourie for the Canada Council, John Hirsch Directors Award. 


2002 The Stratford Festival 50th Anniversary Season, Gabourie acted as Assistant Director on Festival Artistic Director Richard Monette's production of All's Well That Ends Well starring Domni Blythe, Lucy Peacock and William Hutt. Gabourie also directed Bereav'd of Light by Ian Ross, starring Leon Pownall, Derwin Jordan and Gregory Dominic Odjig, for the Inaugural Season of the Studio Theatre. In the fall of 2002, Richard Monette asked Gabourie to attend Middlesex University Directing Shakespeare Module and Gabourie spent 8 weeks studying approaches to Shakespeare with a group of international directors and some of the world's leading practitioners of Shakespeare including John Russell Brown Leon Rubin & Dame Janet Suzman.  

2001 Gabourie was invited to the Festival to be Assistant Director to  Antoni Cimolino on Twelfth Night starring Peter Donaldson, Tara Rosling and William Hutt and to direct two pieces for the Roberston Davies Celebration, Overlaid & Voice of the Peoplestarring Kate Trotter and Jerry Frankin.  In the fall of 2001, Gabourie joined the Festival Director's Office working in New Play Development and casting. 


While working at Stratford, Dean received the Tyrone Guthrie, Jean Gascon Award.

Gabourie considers the founding of the Langham Directors' Workshop, with co-director David Latham and administrator Bonnie Green to be his greatest contribution to the Festival to date.


The Langham Directors' Workshop

Participants:  2010 - 2012

Sharon Bajer, Eric Benson, Dian Marie Bridge, Heather Davies, Alan Dilworth, Andrea Donaldson, Darcy Evans, Varrick Grimes, Ravi Jain, Thomas Morgan Jones, Rachel Peake, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Kristen van Ginhoven, Ken Schwartz, Andrew Shaver, Rachel Slaven, Aaron Willis, Lee Wilson


Stratford Festival 

PLAYBILL: 2009 - 2012

Artistic Director  Des McAnuff


2012: 60th Anniversary Season

42nd Street by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble, lyrics Al Dubin, music Harry Warren

directed by Gary Griffin 

A Word or Two written, arranged & performed by Christopher Plummer

directed by Des McAnuff

The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor

directed by Dean Gabourie

Cymbeline by Shakespeare

directed by Antoni Cimolino

Elektra  by Sophocles

directed by Thomas Moschopoulos

Henry V  by Shakespeare

directed by Des McAnuff

HIRSCH created & conceived by Alon Nashmon & Paul Thompson

directed by Paul Thompson

MacHomer by Rick Miller adapted from Shakespeare

created & adapted by Rick Miller

The Matchmaker by Thorton Wilder

directed by Chris Abraham

Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare

directed by Christopher Newton

The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

directed by Ethan McSweeny

Wanderlust by Morris Panych

directed by Morris Panych

The War of 1812 by Michael Hollingsworth

directed by Deanne Taylor

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown book, music & lyrics by Clark Gesner

directed by Donna Feore




Camelot book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Fredrick Loewe

directed by Gary Griffin

The Grapes of Wrath adapted by Frank Galati

directed by Antoni Cimolino

The Homecoming by Harold Pinter

directed by Jennifer Tarver

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay

directed by Weyni Mengesha

Jesus Christ Superstar lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Weber

directed by Des McAnuff

The Little Years by John Mighton

directed by Chris Abraham

The Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare

directed by Frank Galati

The Misanthrope by Moliere

directed by David Grindley

Richard III by Shakespeare

directed by Miles Potter

Shakespeare's Will by Vern Thiessen

directed by Miles Potter

Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare

directed by Darko Tresnjak

Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

directed by Des McAnuff


As You Like It by Shakespeare

directed by Des McAnuff

Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton

directed by Ethan McSweeny

Do Not Go Gentle by Leon Pownall

directed by Dean Gabourie

Evita  lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

directed by Gary Griffin

For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay, translated by Linda Gaboriau

directed by Chris Abraham

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris based on the works of Jacques Brel

directed by Stafford Arima

King of Thieves by George F. Walker, songs & music by John Roby

directed by Jennifer Tarver

Kiss Me, Kate  music by Cole Porter, book by Sam & Bella Spewack

directed by John Doyle

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

directed by Tim Carroll

The Tempest  by Shakespeare

directed by Des McAnuff

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Shakespeare

directed by Dean Gabourie

The Winter's Tale by Shakespeare

directed by Marti Maraden



Macbeth by Shakespeare

directed by Des McAnuff

West Side Story  book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Bernstein

directed by Gary Griffin

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

directed by Donna Feore

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare

directed by David Grindley

The Importance of Being Earnest  by Oscar Wilde

directed by Brian Bedford

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare

directed by James McDonald

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

book by Burt Shevelove Larry Gelbart
directed by Des McAnuff

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

directed by Martha Henry

Bartholomew Fair by Ben Jonson

directed by Antoni Cimolino
Ever Yours, Oscar adapted & created by Brian Bedford

directed by Brian Bedford
Phèdre by Jean Racine adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker

directed by Carey Perloff
The Trespassers by Morris Panyach

directed by Morris Panych

Rice Boy by Sunil Kuruvilla

directed by Guillermo Verdecchia
Zastrozzi by George F. Walker

directed by Jennifer Tarver



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