Jacqui Burke, Artistic Director
Jacqui Burke been directing and teaching theatre in Southern Ontario on and off for almost 35 years and has worked both professionally and with talented amateurs.
Jacqui started out performing in (mostly) musicals through grade school, high school, and university and as a musician. She took a couple of years off as she started working in marketing in Toronto but was soon back stage managing with various groups in community theatre. About five years later, Jacqui transitioned to a professional stage manager and director. About seven years after that, Jacqui took off to Australia.
Three years later, she returned with her husband and daughter and lived in Aurora, and then back to downtown Toronto. Jacqui wrote a novel during that time and continued working in marketing and advertising. Finding these endeavors not as satisfying, she was soon back to directing in community theatre and, since Jacqui’s daughter had became her inspiration, developing various programs to which she donated her time to local homeschooling children, programs specifically designed to attracting active kids to the study and love of theatre arts.
In 2013, the family suffered a setback, leaving Jacqui the sole breadwinner. She turned her mind back to marketing and taking on various tasks including marketing, website development, and social media. She is continuing her commitment to encouraging new artists by offering various private and group training and courses to children, youth, adults, and seniors while continuing to direct quality community theatre and co-op community theatre all over the GTA.
Jacqui’s directoral work has been seen all over Toronto including: Vaughan City Playhouse with Sing For Tomorrow 2015 (The Barbara Pinchuk Legacy Project) in which Jacqui helped to raise over $52,000 for Imagine a Cure for Leukemia, The Toronto Fringe: A Lesson in Gabby (Mark Mywords Inc). Scarborough Village Theatre: The King and I (Scarborough Music Theatre), and Rumors (Scarborough Players). The Toronto Centre for the Arts: The Children’s Hour (Encore Entertainment), Urinetown (Jaybird Productions), Blood Brothers (Jaybird Productions), Hair (Jaybird Productions), Evita (JDP Theatre Productions, Jaybird’s Pop-Up Theatre – Danforth: The (All Female) Taming of the Shrew (Jaybird Productions), and The Red Sandcastle Theatre: Oleanna by David Mamet (Jaybird Productions).