John Anthony Jane
Co-managing Editor
& Webmaster


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 The Cultch: Barbu | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Back to the Baroque | Pacific Theatre: A Case For The Existence Of God | DOXA Documentary Film Festival | Vancouver Opera: Carmen | The Cultch: You used to call me Marie | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: The Planets | The Arts Club Theatre: Red Velvet

Elizabeth Paterson
Co-Managing Editor

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 (now Western University). She plays recorder with the Pastime Consort, is Librarian for the B.C. Recorder Society, reads avidly, and attends as many concerts, operas, and plays as possible.

recent reviews Broadway Across Canada: Frozen | Bard on the Beach: Hamlet | Carousel Theatre for Young People: The Papa Penguin Play | Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Airs for Spring:Springtime Baroque | Broadway Across Canada: Hairspray | United Players: The Trip to Bountiful | City Opera: Song from the Uproar | Salish Sea Early Music Festival:Telemann: The Paris Quartets | Chor Leoni : The Return Voyage | Monster Theatre: Juliet: a Revenge Comedy | Salish Sea Early Music Festival:: Three Centuries | United Players: Gertrude and Alice


Shakeela Begum

Originally from Central England and now a Vancouverite for almost 3 decades, Shakeela has intertwined her love for the arts within the community. With a legal background and a volunteer role with the Enneagram Prison Project Canada, she is an advocate for the arts' transformative influence for connection. She is deeply drawn to theatre, film, poetry and world music, crafting a life rich in artistic exploration. Whether hitting the links, practicing yoga, or finding peace in meditation retreats, she seeks to embrace each day with creativity and wonder!

recent reviews The Dance Centre: If You Could See Me Now | City Opera Vancouver: The Hafu Project | VACT: Parifam | Mitch and Murray Productions: An Intervention

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 Off the Vine: Arizona Wine Festival | Linda McCartney Photography Retrospective | Four Shillings Short | Off The Vine: Arizona Wine Festival | Borderlands Theatre: Barrio Stories Nogales


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 The Improv Centre: Camp What’s-It-Called | Broadway Across Canada: Mean Girls | The Improv Centre: Back To The Holidays | Theatre Replacement: (East Van Panto) Beauty and the Beast | The Improv Centre: Stage Fright 2: Murder at the Disco | Broadway Across Canada: Cats


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 The Cultch: My Little Tomato | The Cultch: Little Red Warrior and his Lawyer


Eve Newstead

Born and raised in Newcastle, England, Eve is new to Vancouver. Last year she completed the Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway University and is now working on her first novel. She has short fiction published in various magazines, and was twice short-listed for the Bridport International Prize. Living in London last year, she loved her theatre review post and is excited to continue reviewing in Vancouver and learning about Canada’s diverse culture through its arts. Generally, Eve is happiest when creating (fiction, clothes, jewellery, paintings), walking her dogs on the beach, and reading a good book. Oh, and eating of course.

recent reviews Pacific Theatre: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe + Sarah Rodgers Interview | Pacific Theatre: Empire of the Son | Vancouver Fringe Festival | Wise Owl Theatre: The Window Outside | Renegade Arts: Spring Awakening


Nancie Ottem

Nancie was born in St. Catharines, Ontario but has lived all but 5 years in Vancouver. Growing up she was attracted to the arts, particularly theatre and dance and has continued to enjoy live theatre and dance productions as well as being an avid art gallery goer throughout her life. A degree in Canadian Studies enhanced her love of Canadian culture. Opening and running a gardening gift shop for 10 years in Vancouver was an achievement of a long held dream and allowed her to source and feature Canadian artisans from across Canada and indulge a love of artistic expression. Writing for Review Vancouver since 2011 has brought the love of theatre, dance, artistic expression and Canadian culture together and gives access to the vibrant cultural scene in Vancouver.

recent reviews Arts Club Theatre Company: Sexy Laundry | Lamondance: Soul Searching | The Firehall Arts Centre: This Is How We Got Here | DanceHouse: Soundspace | LamonDance: A Winter’s Twist | Firehall Arts Centre: Reflections on Crooked Walking | DanceHouse: Kidd Pivot - Assembly Hall | Dancing on the Edge: Barocco Rave| A rice & beans theatre: Happy Valley | The Cultch: Stupid F*cking Bird | DanceHouse: Circa's Sacre


Ross Michael Pink


Ross Michael Pink enjoys the artistic adventure, particularly books, ballet, film and symphony. Ross has authored two books on the environment and wrote, directed a TV documentary with the NFB that was broadcast in 7 countries, Ross has reviewed with pleasure over 50 arts events for reviewVancouver.

recent reviews Red Light Osita Cabaret | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Jon Kimura Parker | Ballet BC: OVERTURE/S | The Dance Centre: VanVogueJam (+ Interview) | The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Buniatishvili Plays Tchaikovsky




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 Firehall Arts Centre: Chelsea Hotel | Metro Theatre: Send Me No Flowers | Metro Theatre: Sinbad! (Pantomime) | Theatre Under The Stars: The Prom | Heroic Opera: Don Carlo | Metro Theatre: The Pied Piper | Metro Theatre: Shirley Valentine