ⓘ Svetlana Zylin was a Belgian-born Canadian theatre director and playwright. She was also the founder of the Womens Theatre Collective in Vancouver, British Colu ..

                                     

ⓘ Svetlana Zylin

Svetlana Zylin was a Belgian-born Canadian theatre director and playwright. She was also the founder of the Womens Theatre Collective in Vancouver, British Columbia.

                                     

1. Biography

Zylin was born in Belgium in 1948. Her family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1954.

Zylin attended the University of Manitoba and graduated in 1968 with Bachelor of Arts degree. Zylin later received an MFA from the University of British Columbias directing program. For her MFA thesis, Zylin originally directed Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bemarda Alba with an all female cast. The production was deemed ineligible as her thesis production as her all female cast did not "reflect the human condition." Zylin then directed John Herbert’s Fortune in Men’s Eyes with an all-male cast which was deemed to meet the MFA requirements.

Zylin died in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 15, 2002.

                                     

2. Career

In 1972, Zylin founded the Womens Theatre Collective in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1988 to 1991, Zylin ran the Playwrights Workshop in Montreal, Quebec.

Zylin created "Torontos only continuing, improvised soap", A Wedge Of Night. A Wedge of Night ran in the late eighties at the Midtown Cafe Theatre Society formerly the Ritz Cafe Theatre in downtown Toronto and was a live, improvised soap opera. A Wedge of Night featured local actors such as Randy Parker, Sybille Forster, Bill Zaget, and Melanie Brown.

Zylins play The Destruction of Eve premiered in 1998 with the Company of Sirens at the Annex Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. The Destruction of Eve is a feminist, musical take on the Bible and its female characters. The musical features music and lyrics by Connie Kaldor. The Company of Sirens premiere featured Ellen Rae Hennessy, Alex Fallis, Carol Greyeyes, Kathleen McAuliffe, Simrata Shakla and Shakura SAida.

In 1999, Zylin was appointed theatre and dance touring officer for the Manitoba Arts Council. The position was supposed to last for three years but was cut short due to Zylins death. Zylin died in Winnipeg on July 15, 2002.

                                     

2.1. Career Select directorial credits

  • Djuna: What Of The Night - A Company of Sirens, 1991
  • Last Rites by Leslie Hamson - Nakai Theatre Ensemble, Festival of the Yukon Arts Centre 1992
  • Rites of Passage - Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1978–79 season
  • Requiem for August by Helen Posno - 1982 Rhubarb! Festival
  • One on the Way - Mulgrave Road Theatre, 1980
                                     

3. Plays

  • Djuna: What Of The Night - co-created by Zylin and Cynthia Grant
  • One on the Way - co-created by Zylin, Mary Vingoe, Nicola Lipman, and Gay Hauser
  • The Destruction of Eve - written by Svetlana Zylin, music and lyrics by Connie Kaldor

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