Memorial for Jackie Crossland to be held at Firehall Art Centre
A memorial for alternative theatre pioneer Jackie Crossland, who passed away last week, will be held Sunday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Firehall Art Centre.
Crossland died of cancer May 30, one month after her diagnosis, at the age of 69. Born in Barrie, Ontario, Crossland grew up in Port Arthur and Fort William before moving to Vancouver, B.C. and settling in the West End.
She worked as a nanny before earning her GED and, at the encouragement of one of her teachers, enrolled at Simon Fraser University and became involved in extracurricular theatre.
She went on to act, write, and direct for a number of Vancouver and Toronto theatre companies, including the Vancouver Playhouse, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Tamahnous Theatre—which she founded with her partner, Nora Randall—and Savage God.
She also worked at an administrative in the local theatre scene, including positions as executive director of Public Dreams Society, and general manager and financial administrator of Headlines Theatre.