Roy began his tenure as Artistic & Executive Director of Centaur Theatre in November 2007. A native Vancouverite, Roy studied at Studio 58 and graduated in 1979. In the early 1980’s he was Associate Artistic Director for Carousel Theatre in Vancouver and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, B.C. He became the Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre in 1984, a company acclaimed for innovative and provocative Canadian works. In Vancouver, Roy directed many award-winning productions including Whale Riding Weather, Lion in the Streets, When We Were Singing, A Map of The Senses, Lilies and The Number 14, a collective creation set on a Vancouver bus that took him to the New Victory Theatre on Broadway, the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, to Belfast and to Hong Kong. Roy became Artistic Director for Victoria’s premier company, The Belfry Theatre, in 1997. There, Roy directed over twenty-five plays including acclaimed productions of Mary's Wedding, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Homechild and Urinetown: The Musical. He also directed the premiere English Language production of Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Coronation Voyage for Alberta Theatre Projects and the Belfry. He has won several Jessie Richardson awards and Victoria’s Monday Awards in recognition of his diverse body of work, most recently for Unless in 2005 and Kevin Kerr’s aerial comic tragedy Skydive, with co-director Stephen Drover in 2007. Roy directed Mom’s The Word 2: Unhinged for The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver and subsequent productions in Glasgow and Melbourne and in Montreal for Just For Laughs. Another highlight was Shirley Valentine a hit that Roy directed with actress Nicola Cavendish over a 22 year period.
For Centaur, Roy has directed The Mystery of Maddy Heisler, Skydive, Shirley Valentine, In Piazza San Domenico, The Madonna Painter, Don Quixote, Schwartz’s: The Musical, In Absentia, God of Carnage, Good People, Innocence Lost, a play about Steven Truscott, The St Leonard Chronicles, 4000 Miles, Triplex Nervosa, Butcher and co-directed With Bated Breath.
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