Canadian alternative theatre pioneer Jackie Crossland has died
Canadian alternative theatre pioneer Jackie Crossland passed away Wednesday (May 30) evening of cancer at the age of 69, the Straight has learned.
Crossland, who was born March 8,1943 (on what is now International Women's Day) was an integral force in the 1960s and 70s experimental theatre scene in Vancouver.
She was a member of the groundbreaking Tamahnous Theatre, founded in 1971, and over the course of her career held many important positions in the local theatre scene, including executive director of Public Dreams Society; co-artistic director with her partner, Nora Randall, of Random Acts Productions; and general manager and financial administrator of Headlines Theatre.
Crossland also appeared in numerous films, including 1971’s McCabe and Mrs Miller, and was a playwright whose works included Collateral Damage: The Tragedy of Medea, a feminist re-imagining of the Medea myth that premiered at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival in 1991.