Theatre Replacement is an ongoing collaboration between James Long and Maiko Yamamoto. Whether working together or apart, the pairwork with a wide range of collaborators and use extended processes to create performances, events and public art projects from intentionally simple beginnings. Their work is about a genuine attempt to coexist. Conversations, interviews and arguments collide with Yamamoto and Long’s aesthetics, resulting in theatrical experiences that are authentic, immediate and hopeful.


Photo of James Long & Maiko Yamamoto by Stephen Drover

The company continues to build and tour work, and has been presented at internationally recognized festivals and venues including: Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ottawa, Vancouver, Kitchener, Whitehorse), Free Fall Festival and Factory Theatre (Toronto), PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), On the Boards (Seattle), Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), Noorderzon Festival (Groningen, NL), PAZZ Performing Arts Festival (Oldenburg, Germany), Lókal and Everybody’s Spectacular Festivals (Reykjavik), A! Festival (Akureyri, Iceland), Terni Festival (Italy), Dublin Fringe Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival (Ireland), Foreign Affairs (Berlin), Soho Rep. (New York), Woolly Mammoth (Washington, DC), Portland Repertory Theatre (Portland, Oregon), Mayfest (Bristol, UK), artsdepot (London), Cambridge Junction (Cambridge, UK), foldA Festival (Kingston, ON), BASTARDFESTIVALEN and Meteor Festival (Norway).

Mandate

RECOGNIZE. MAGNIFY. REPRODUCE.
Theatre Replacement builds performances that react to contemporary existence.

When making this work, we recognize the accomplishments and failures of the world around us; use biographical material to magnify these events through extended collaborative processes and training programs; and reproduce the results for local, national and international audiences.

Values

  • To bring together intercultural creative teams inclusive of diverse histories, lived experience and disciplines to make new, experimental work;
  • To engage intercultural, intergenerational audiences and create new relationships to performance for these audiences;
  • To be an active part of a global network of artists, presenters and producers and share these networks with our home community through our programs;
  • To continue creative practices that decolonize our working rooms and processes and learn from them;
  • To mentor artists making new, intercultural work;
  • To provide opportunities for education and professional development;
  • To interrogate the environmental impact of our work through content, form, materiality, process and presenting relationships;
  • To critically reflect on our work on an ongoing basis and share what we learn with our community.

Theatre Replacement acknowledges the support of our ongoing funders: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia and City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs.

Board of Directors

Amanda Hardy, President, Executive & Fundraising Committees
Director of Marketing & Communications, SFU Faculty of Science 

Greer Attridge, Vice President, Fundraising Committee Chair, PIPA Officer
Content Marketing Coordinator, Vancouver Art Gallery

David Dietrich, Treasurer, Executive Committee Chair
Staff Accountant, D + H Group, LLP

Jarin Schexnider, Director at Large, HR & Fundraising Committees
Audience Services & Administration Manager, Music on Main

Grant Boland, Director at Large, HR Committee Chair
Labour Relations Advisor, Canadian Air Traffic Control Association

Briac Médard de Chardon, Director at Large, Executive Committee
Project Engineer, Carbon Engineering

Natalie Backerman, Director at Large
Development Manager, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Jiejun Wu, Director at Large
Writer, Theatre Artist & Student, UBC