The Company

An example of video mapping technology from In Other Words Theatre’s production of MUSE, 2013, featuring Natalia Hautala.
Vita Theatre
Vita Theatre brings a fresh, innovative style to the Cowichan Valley theatre scene, focusing on creative ways to explore the human experience. The company specializes in devised theatre, multidisciplinary, alternative approaches to storytelling, and artistic collaboration and co-creation.    

“Vita” means life, and we will celebrate life through our belief in human freedom and voluntary interaction between all people. Rather than use taxpayer money, therefore, Vita will use voluntary donations, ticket sales, fundraisers, volunteers, crowdfunding and revenue from classes to pay its artists, run its operations and ​produce its plays. Our Artistic Director will volunteer her time for each production until funding is secured for all other expenses.

​For the immediate future, Vita intends to produce one devised piece of theatre each year, along with events such as fundraisers and workshops, all beginning in 2019.

Artistic Director

Barbra French

Barbra French is a theatre artist and educator who studied theatre at Vancouver Island University, the University of British Columbia (BA in Drama, Honours) and the University of Alberta (MFA in Directing). She has been the founder and Artistic Director of several theatre companies, including the Etcetera Theatre Collective (Edmonton), In Other Words Theatre (Nanaimo) and now Vita Theatre here in Duncan. She works with a wide variety of genres, and specializes in devised theatre, physical storytelling, artistic collaboration, and working with mature actors of all skill levels.

Barbra is also a post secondary arts educator who has taught classes in acting, scene study, play analysis, performer created theatre, theatre history, creativity, improvisation and public speaking since 1999 at institutions such as the University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Fringe Theatre Adventures and Vita Theatre.  She has directed dozens of plays and coached countless student pieces, ad hoc ensembles and community theatre groups over the years.

Barbra lives in the Cowichan Valley with her husband Greg.