What We Do

Alley Theatre is an award-winning independent theatre company founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2011. The company is run by Artistic Producer Marisa Emma Smith, Co-producer Daniel Arnold, a dedicated Board of Directors, Artistic Associate Veronique West and Artistic Producing Intern Danielle Lavallée.


Alley Theatre is interested in stories that are seldom told, be they comedic, dramatic, or a mix of both. We produce plays that “make the invisible visible”– through socially conscious content or surprising site-specific venue choices. We’ve mounted productions in hotel rooms, cafes, outdoor public spaces, punk rock venues, and the occasional theatre too! We use talkbacks, interactivity and panel discussions to foster active audience engagement. We’re committed to engaging diverse professional artists in regards to gender, orientation, ethnicity, or ability, and acknowledge that we develop and produce our work on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.


Our shows have received two Jessie Richardson Awards and nine nominations including the 2014 Critic’s Choice Innovation Award. The company is also a winner of the Cultchivating Award and the Joanna Maratta Award and has received critical acclaim outside of Vancouver as well, including from Time Out New York and The New York Times.

Who We Are
Alley Theatre Board of Directors
  • Shaun Jackman  – President
  • Elaine Haakstad – Treasurer
  • Elizabeth Kirkland – Secretary
  • Jocelyn Pitsch – Member at Large
  • Tai Amy Grauman – Member at Large
  • Eileen Brosnan – Member at Large
  • JESS AMY SHEAD- Member at Large
  • NITA BOWERMAN- Member at Large
  • DIANA BARTOSH- Member at Large