Classic Chic Productions is founded on the notion that there are great roles in the theatre (both male and female) that appeal to us as actors and human beings. We are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities. We also strive to provide a supportive environment for women to continue to develop their acting, designing and directing skills. We are based in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Classic Chic Producers
Christina has been on stages all over the Lower Mainland, as well as more exotic locations such as Edinburgh and Nanaimo. Recent acting credits include: The Winter’s Tale and Glengarry Glen Ross with Classic Chic Productions, She Stoops to Conquer with the Arts Club Theatre Company The Music Man at Theatre Under the Stars, Shrek the Musical with Align Entertainment, Fourplay (episodic dinner theatre at Salt Tasting Room in Gastown) with In the House Festival. She performed in and co-created a site-specific theatre piece in the Vancouver Fringe Festival: Rove: The Legend of Rusty Point. Other recent past credits include MacBeth, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, Lorelei, Nine, Iolanthe, and Ruddigore. Directing credits include: The Mikado, The Gondoliers, Sleeping Beauty the Panto, aka Marleen and The Case of the Frustrated Corpse. Christina has also been an arts administrator for many years working at the Arts Club Theatre Company where as a side project she created the popular Actor’s Intensive. Currently she is the Performing Arts Programmer with Surrey Civic Theatres. Christina has 3 kids, a husband, and a dog, lives in mortgaged suburbia and had no idea she would spend her spare time cross-dressing as a man. Life is weird. She could also use a nap and a personal assistant or five.
Trained at Studio 58, Corina is a Jessie nominated Actor & Sound Designer, Producer, emerging Director, Carpenter and a Co-founder of Classic Chic. Corina has been enjoying the discovery of what producing Theatre is all about (most of the time!), namely the mountain of work that entails, and has found deep appreciation for the rigors, conditioning and varied discipline training she received at Studio. The first two productions saw Corina performing, production managing, fundraising, sponsorship chasing, building the sets, staffing and getting very good at asking friends to help out…for free. Thankfully, she has great friends, who always stepped up and a husband and son who are willing to put up with a stressed out, half-present Mom/ Partner for months at a time. Now, third time round and with the generous support of Pacific Theatre, things are a little easier and thanks to Heidi Wilkinson’s trim set design… no need to be a set carpenter this time round!! (So, instead she added sound design to her plate… someone teach this gal how to step down from the buffet of work. That second plate always seems like such a good idea….) but, the reasons for all the stress and strife are simple: “I’m very proud of the work Classic Chic has been producing and I have learned so much as an artist and a person, both on and off stage. This exploration of walking like a man, has been valuable to both those parts of me; but more-over than that, this chance to put more women on stage and make more creative space for emerging and mature female theatre artists, across all Stage disciplines is critical and so rewarding.”
Michelle Martin, Marketing & Communications Director
Michelle is a co-founder, producer and the Marketing & Communications Director for Classic Chic Productions. She played Antigonus in Classic Chic’s inaugural production of The Winter’s Tale directed by Lisa Wolpe and enjoyed a career highlight playing Ricky Roma in Classic Chic’s acclaimed production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Selected theatre credits include Collette in Four Dogs and a Bone (Egg Theatre), See Bob Run and To Hear With Eyes (One Yellow Rabbit, Workshop West), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary), The Importance of Being Earnest and Fool for Love (Theatre Junction), Cressida (Workshop West), Misalliance and Night Must Fall (Shaw Festival), 1-900-Dee-Lite (Persephone Theatre), All in the Timing (Summer at the Roxy), Hitting Town (Alchemy Theatre Projects), Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Rough), Twelfth Night (U of T, Graduate Centre for Drama) and Summerfolk (Equity Showcase Theatre). Film/TV credits include Frequency, Dead of Summer, The Romeo Section, The Whispers, Gracepoint, Supernatural, A Novel Romance, Accidental Obsession, two seasons as a series lead on the CBC evening drama, Riverdale, CTV’s Traders, the independent feature film, Backroads, and the short film Sleepwalk (2012 Audience Choice Award, New York City Horror Film Festival). Michelle is a graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She’d like to thank Ron Reed and everyone at Pacific Theatre for their support on this exciting journey.
Inspirations for Classic Chic