Cave Canem Productions seeks to cultivate community across divided lines through events, film, and theatre.
Who we are
We are a company of artists who want to reach out across boundaries to connect with people. This begins by trying to understand the world the way other people see it. We seek to foster community with a spirit of playfulness.
Our inaugural project was the Tony nominated play The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh in 2017. The production received three Jessie Richardson nominations, excellent reviews and was named one of the Top 10 Best of Vancouver Theatre in 2017 by Vancouver Presents.
Next was our “pressure cooker” production of Cherry Docs by David Gow. This was an examination of hatred and tolerance about a Jewish lawyer is tasked with defending a neo-Nazi skinhead accused of murder.
Recently we released a psychedelic music video for the song Party for Jon Bryant which you can view under “projects”.
Currently in post-production is Laughing Matters, a documentary about the universal language of humour.
John believes comedy and laughter can bring people together. He’s interested in producing shows and movies that encourage laughter and joy. John was born in Germany to Russian parents and grew up in Australia. After watching old Al Pacino movies, he was inspired to pursue acting. In his acting career, John has been recognized for his role in The Foreigner with an award for ‘Best Lead Actor in Large Theatre’ at the Annual Jessie Awards. John also hosts a variety of comedy shows and is a mainstage player with Vancouver Theatre Sports. In addition to acting and comedy, he also directs. In 2017, John travelled across the world filming Laughing Matters, Cave Canem's upcoming documentary about the relationship between comedy and culture.
Kenton is an actor & director who is drawn to gritty stories that explore the possibility of hope for broken people. He holds a B.F.A. in Acting from UBC, completed an apprenticeship from Vancouver’s acclaimed Pacific Theatre, and studies regularly with Andrew McIlroy. His work has been called “mesmerizing” (The Vancouver Sun), “compellingly real” (Vancouver Presents), and the Georgia Straight named him “a talent to watch”. In 2018 The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominated him for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. Recent credits include Cherry Docs (Cave Canem), Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre North West), The Lonesome West (Cave Canem), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), Trainspotting (Rumble), The Rainmaker (Pacific Theatre), directing True West (Sonder House), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Stone's Throw), and co-writing the dogma feature film Love, Approximately. Kenton is represented by Premiere Talent Management.
Brandon is a Vancouver based actor and producer. He holds a B.F.A. in acting from Trinity Western University and is a past season apprentice from Pacific Theatre. He is also a co-founder of Plan Z Theatre company. Favorite roles include Orpheus in Eurydice (Plan Z), Henry in Here Lies Henry (Stones Throw Productions), and Narrator in The Pavilion (Green Hall Theatre). If you can't find him onstage at the theatre or behind the scenes, you can probably find him kayaking in BC's beautiful lakes and inlets.
Phil can usually be found busying himself in various aspects of theatre. While he is generally known for his design and technical work, including Production Design for A Good Way Out (Pacific Theatre) and Saltwater Moon (Plan Z), Lighting Design for Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Stone's Throw), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), and Lord of the Flies (Gallery 7), he has also been spotted occasionally acting and co-running his theatre company, Clockwork theatre. In his spare time he works as Producton Manager for Pacific Theatre.