What We Do

Alley Theatre is an award-winning independent theatre company founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2011.  The company is led by artistic producer Marisa Emma Smith and co-producer Daniel Arnold; along with artistic producing apprentice Danielle Lavallée and a diverse board of directors.


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 we respectfully acknowledge that we develop and produce our work on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.


Alley Theatre has received two Jessie Awards and eleven nominations including Outstanding Production for TapeCritic’s Choice Innovation Award for Mrs. Warren’s ProfessionThree Stories Up and The Ridiculous Darkness. Most recently we were nominated for Significant Artistic Achievement for Outstanding Cross Community Outreach and Performance for The Ridiculous Darkness. Artistic Producer Marisa Emma Smith is the winner of The Joanna Maratta Award for “displaying the most promise to contribute to the Vancouver theatre community”; co-producer Daniel Arnold is the protégé winner of The Siminovitch Prize for playwriting; and the company won The Cultchivating Award for Wicked Shorts. Five Alley Theatre productions have been picked up for presentation, remounts or tours, and the company has received critical acclaim outside of BC, including from Time Out New York and The New York Times. Productions include: Confessions, Wicked Shorts, Lost in Place, Tape, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Kayak, Little One, Marrow, Three Stories Up, O’wet/Lost Lagoon (workshop production), The Good Bride and The Ridiculous Darkness.

Who We Are
Alley Theatre Board of Directors
  • Shaun Jackman  – President
  • Elaine Haakstad – Treasurer
  • Elizabeth Kirkland – Secretary
  • Jocelyn Pitsch – Member at Large
  • Eileen Brosnan – Member at Large
  • JESS AMY SHEAD- Member at Large
  • NITA BOWERMAN- Member at Large
  • MELISSA OEI - Member at Large
  • SIMRAN GILL - Member at Large
  • MIKE O'TOOLE - Member at Large