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Awake & Sing  

the CO

Founding Co-Artistic Director  2000 - 2003

Associate Artistic Director  2003 - 2005


“The Actors played your text with such passion and such a depth of feeling that Patricia and I were moved to tears. It was a truly memorable moment and great Theatre.“

- An open letter to Vaclav Havel from his Canadian translator, Paul Wilson.

AUDIENCE by Vaclav Havel


Conceived as a ‘theatrical laboratory’, Gabourie co-founded the performance ensemble, ‘the CO', in the Fall of 2000.  the CO's mandate was, 'to shift the responsibility for both the creation & production of Theatre into the hands of the ensemble'. As an ensemble, the CO explored the written word with a singular voice, while challenging traditional approaches to devised creation, text and staging. the CO productions were noted for their ‘fine ensemble work’, 'strong staging', and ‘political viewpoints'. The ensemble's adaptation of Vaclav Havel's Vanek Trilogy, Audience/Unveiling/Protest, was invited to the 2004 Pilsen International Theatre Festival, in the Czech Republic.



Heidi Weeks Brown, Richard Alan Campbell, Adrian ChurchillAdrian Griffin, Renee Hackett, David Ferry, Jim Jones,  Keith Knight, Anthony Malarky, Michael Proudfoot, Sherry Roher, Julie Temperman,  Bruce Vavrina, Dinah Watts and Aaron Willis  

the CO: Production History 2000 - 2005

Mistake by Vaclav Havel

​Audience by Vaclav Havel

Awake & Sing by Clifford Odets

Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets

Audience / Unveiling / Protest by Vaclav Havel, adapted by Michael Proudfoot & the CO


All productions created by the CO ensemble, with direction from Dean Gabourie

the CO: Press

AWAKE and SING by Clifford Odets

A superbly staged production! The nine-member cast does Odet's script justice, evoking his street slang, his layered characters, and their desire for hope, by delivering each line with passion. - Canadian Jewish News


An enlightened and intelligent production yet highly entertaining, a drama definitely worth seeing, seamless and clear. - NOW Magazine

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