Ed Farolan
Founding Editor

Ed studied Philosophy and Letters in the late 60s at the University of Madrid, and later did graduate work in Hispanic Studies at the University of Toronto. Afterwards, he specialized in Theatre and Media in the United States, and went on to do some professional acting for stage and screen. He also wrote stage as well as screen plays, and acted in both film and stage. In 1985, he founded the Montreal Experimental Theatre and then the following year, moved to Vancouver . He developed a Theatre Programme for the Langley School District in 1987, and later taught Acting at the VCC Langara and Downtown campuses. His one-act play, The Caged Dream, was produced at the Vancouver Fringe in 1993 by the Vancouver Experimental Theatre, and the following year, he directed Elmer Wiens' Critical Paths also for the Fringe. His collection of plays, Hexalogia Teatral, was published in Spain in 2011.

recent reviews Us (Film) | T-34 (Film) |Furie (Film) | Wild Nights with Emily (Film) | Delta Youth Theatre: Mary Poppins Jr, |Call Mr. Robeson | FVGSS: Seussical the Musical | High Life (Film) |Teen Spirit (Film) | Glass (Film) | 52 Words for Love (film) |Jonathan (film) | Broadway Across Canada: The Illusionists |The Destroyer (Film) | Serenity (Film)

John Jane


John is originally from Britain but has also lived in South Africa, Thailand, and China and has now been living happily in Vancouver for over twenty-five years. He has worked as a teacher, an engineering technologist, a technical writer and a soldier. While John's career background is essentially technical, he regards himself as an aspirant musician. His main interests are theatre, music, and of course, soccer.

recent reviews Arts Club Theatre: Mom’s The Word: Nest ½ Empty | VSO: Centennial Celebration | VSO: Zarathustra | Arts Club Theatre: Matilda The Musical | VSO: Women Rock | Mariposa Opera: The Impossible Dream | Pacific Theatre: The Cake | Arts Club Theatre: Bed & Breakfast | 2019 DOXA Documentary Film Festival | Arts Club Theatre: The Great Leap | Vancouver Opera: La Cenerentola

Sharon Cairney

Sharon's childhood home was filled with many souvenirs of her father’s Vaudeville tap dancing career, although she did not inherit the “dancing gene” herself. During her thirty years as an elementary school teacher in the Coquitlam School District, Sharon was most inspired when teaching art, drama, creative writing and poetry. She is a big fan of Vancouver's many festivals, with the International Writers Festival and International Jazz Festival being two of her favourites. Sharon enjoys spending her free time either visiting art galleries or getting outdoors to go cycling with her friends.

recent reviews The Blue Shore at Cap U: Alsarah & the Nubatones


Patricia Cassidy

Born and raised in London, England, Patricia loves film, art, literature and architecture. She has lived and worked in many countries and has completed film and fine art studies in Vancouver. Patricia has narrated documentary films, and interviewed several well known novelists, including crime writer Michael Connelly (The Poet) and Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha). In a perfect world, she would love to have visited, or better still, been a part of, Gertrudes Stein's Paris salon with Hemingway, Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and F. Scott Fitzgerald dropping by.

recent reviews Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life | Judy Collins and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Tucson) | 2nd Annual Tucson Guitar Festival (Tucson) | Hollywood Costume Exhibit (Phoenix) | De Grazia Gallery in the Sun (Tucson) | Musical Instrument Museum. (Phoenix)



Darren Cordeiro

Darren was born in Chilliwack where his parents exposed him to diverse forms of art from a very young age. At the age of 18, he moved to Montreal where he completed a degree in Marketing at Concordia University. Studying the way that people think and behave always intrigued him. He enjoys seeing how artists transpose these thoughts into their own personal forms of expression. Living in Montreal for over 15 years allowed him to be immersed in the rich culture that a bilingual speaking city offered. Back in Vancouver, he enjoys the culture and art that the West Coast brings.

recent reviews Nothing like a Dame (film) | Theatre under the Stars: Cinderella | Vancouver Queer Film Festival | Vancouver TheatreSports: Oh Canada |Studio 58: 42nd Street | Fighting Chance: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Karen Fitzgibbon

Karen Fitzgibbon has been a reviewer with Review Vancouver since 2010. Previously she volunteered for BC Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Theatre Calgary, Street of Dreams (Calgary) and was a Partner in the Popov Gallery. Karen is a semi-retired Multimedia Designer, does writing for websites and marketing, and has written various other articles throughout the years. She is also a fine artist with shows in both Vancouver and Calgary and her works have been sold internationally.

recent reviews Royal City Musical Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain | Bard on the Beach: The Two Gentlemen of Verona | Vancouver Folk Music Festival | Realwheels Theatre: Comedy on Wheels



Erin Jane


Ontario-born Erin Jane moved to North Vancouver at a young age with her older sister and parents. After completing a literature & politics degree at UBC, she moved on to experience the art & culture that New York and Montreal had to offer. She has now returned home to Vancouver where she continues to search for inspiration and meaning in performance and art. When not reading, writing, or snacking, Erin can be found trying to tame a strong-willed beagle mix or scouring the local farmer’s market for seasonal things to juice or roast.

recent reviews: Vancouver Opera: Faust | Anvil Centre: Tales of an Urban Indian | North Vancouver Community Players: Drinking Alone | Touchstone Theatre: Kill Me Now | Broadway Across Canada: The Book of Mormon | Broadway Across Canada: Les Miserables | Theatre in the Raw: Incident at Vichy | Arts Club Theatre: The Humans | Pacific Theatre: Ruined | Pacific Theatre: The Lonesome West



Jason Martin

Jason is a West Coast boy at heart, with salt flowing through his veins. Growing up on Vancouver Island, when he wasn't writing short stories and making radio plays as a kid he was skipping rocks at the beach or biking with the bears. A writer and creative at heart, he recently took on a book project highlighting wood architecture and design in British Columbia, a passion project of his decades-long career in marketing and communications. He often forgets that he earned a master’s degree from Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Public Communications that he will one day get around to hanging on his wall. When he’s not working, he dabbles in comedy writing, stand-up, photography and is always keen to take in arts and culture throughout the city. He enjoys bike rides along the sea wall, effortlessly dodging innocent tourists at every turn.

recent reviews Oscar Shorts 2019


Nancie Ottem

Nancie has had a life long interest in theatre and dance. Her interest in theatre started as a young girl writing and producing marionette shows for children living in her neighbourhood. She holds a degree in Canadian Studies and this multi-disciplined degree has furthered her interest in Canadian theatre and the arts. For her, it is magic experiencing the art of the stage, whether it be theatre or dance.

recent reviews Lamondance: VIVA | Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Nutcracker | The Firehall Arts Centre: Bombay Black | Lamondance: Marbled | Alberta Ballet: The Nutcracker | Ballet BC: Program 1





Elizabeth Paterson

A retired librarian, Elizabeth developed web-based catalogues for libraries in the Burnaby School District. She has lived and worked in England and in London, Ontario, where she studied Classics and English at the University of Western Ontario. She plays recorder with the Pastime Consort, is Librarian and Webmaster for the B.C. Recorder Society, reads avidly, and attends as many concerts, operas, and plays as possible.

recent reviews Salish Sea Early Music Festival: JEST Trio Baroque | Pacific Opera Victoria: Countess Maritza |Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Winds of the Baroque | Opera Vancouver: La Boheme | UBCOpera: Die Zauberflote | Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Baroque Flute and Lute |Opera Mariposa: Cosi fan Tutte | UBC Opera: Silent Night | Vancouver Opera Festival: Eugene Onegin|

Aleana Reynolds

From the age of 5 when she was enrolled in her first tap class, dance has been Aleana’s passion, having studied, taught, and performed her way around the world. After majoring in Marketing and Media at university, Aleana landed her dream job as a film publicist, working on numerous tentpole and arthouse releases in Australia and New Zealand. She now calls Vancouver home, spending her free time in the cinema or theatre, and roller skating rinks.

recent reviews Vancouver Tap Dance Festival | Something Extra Collective: Comedy Beauty Contest | Vancouver Folk Music Festival |


Cassie Silva

Cassie is a psychology graduate from the University of the Fraser Valley and a former children's theatre director.  She has written for travel websites, newspapers, and magazines, and has had stories featured in several non-fiction books including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.   She is passionate about international travel and volunteer work, and recently visited an SOS Children's Village in rural Peru as a visiting journalist where she wrote an article commending their work for the Vancouver Sun.  She is a playwright and recently worked with an award-winning children’s author on the stage adaptation of her novel.  Cassie loves Vancouver's arts scene and enjoys attending events, live theatre, concerts, and musicals in her spare time.

recent reviews Arts Club: Circle Game (on tour)



Christian Steckler

Christian's long-time passion has been contact and immersion with various cultures and their artistic traditions. His professional career began as a community development advocate for New Canadians in the 1970s. From there, his interest in arts and culture took him to life in Arctic Canada, where he taught for five years, and became an avid collector of Inuit art. He has also taught in China and Qatar, and has traveled extensively in Africa, South America and various other parts of the world. From his childhood, Christian has been interested in theatre, art and artistic performance, and enjoys the cultural scene wherever his travels take him. He presently teaches college prep English at Capilano University.

recent reviews Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare in Love | Bard on the Beach: The Taming of the Shrew | Enchanted Places | Choralation: Standards and Deviations | Kay Meek Arts Centre: Marion Bridge | Bard on the Beach: Macbeth