Artistic & Executive Director
Heidi Taylor’s passion for theatre was ignited when she played a robot in a grade six play. Since then, she has moved from acting to dramaturgy as her primary creative activity. Her background in performance creation with cross-disciplinary company Proximity Arts sparked her beginner-mind approach to dramaturgy. She applies principles learned from early mentors DD Kugler and One Yellow Rabbit, and relies on her hands-on experiences with Public Dreams and Leaky Heaven Circus to maintain a sense of passionate liveness in the work. She is interested in the “how” of theatre – how do we create collaborative relationships and processes that inspire artists to make necessary work with transformative power?
Heidi Taylor is a dramaturg, director and performer, and Artistic and Executive Director at PTC, based on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She makes sited, devised, and interdisciplinary work, developing performances from first idea through production. She is a dramaturg for VACT’s MSG Lab, developing new work by Asian Canadian writers, and is currently dramturging two projects with rice & beans theatre, Derek Chan’s yellow objects and Pedro Chamale’s Peace Country. She has also dramaturged for dance, including Amber Funk Barton’s current project How to Say Goodbye. Recent projects include world premieres of Carmen Aguirre’s Anywhere But Here, Kuroko and 1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu (Governor General Award nominee), Public and Private by choreographer Ziyian Kwan, and am a by Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt.
Heidi believes in the role of theatre in encouraging robust civic conversations. With JD Derbyshire, Heidi spearheaded PTC’s ACK Lab, a project to investigate and spark inclusive practice. She has participated in the National Arts Centre’s Repast for Indigenous Theatre, and in multiple phases of the Republic of Inclusion, learning about Disability/Crip and Mad theatre practice across Canada. PTC was nominated for Vancouver’s first NOW Jessie Award recognizing our intersectional practice in supporting playwrights. Heidi studied theatre and performance at college in Singapore (IB) and at University of Toronto (BA). She received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Contemporary Art from SFU, where she taught acting for 15 years. Her collective, Proximity Arts, created cross-disciplinary projects including podplays, sited dance performance, a community-run side show, chamber opera, cabarets, sound installation and a digital gardening project from 2003 – 2011. Heidi served as Board Treasurer of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas 2017-20, and was the founding president of LMDA Canada.