Britt Small studied at LaMama's Director's Intensive in Italy and has trained in various physical theatre forms. She completed her MFA in Directing at the University of Victoria with a production of Sophocles' Electra. She is the artistic producer of company Atomic Vaudeville and plays in the band Slut Revolver. Nationally and internationally, Britt has directed Janet Munsil's Circus Fire and The Ugly Duchess, Jacob Richmond's The Qualities of Zero, Ride the Cyclone and Legoland, The Fantasticks and True West for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, numerous new Fringe Festival plays, and Firebugs at the William Head prison. Her work as a director has received several national awards as well as a Jessie nomination for My Chernobyl at the Gateway and the Belfry. Britt also works as a dramaturge and book editor and has taught acting, play building, movement and improvisation for various organizations including the University of Victoria and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Yukon audiences are likely most familiar with Britt’s work after seeing Ride the Cyclone. She’s coming back to the Territory next week as director of Rebel Knock Out Productions’ The Rocky Horror Show. We asked Britt a few questions about her work, Rocky, and her most memorable experiences as a director.

Q: What’s the best thing about being a theatre artist?

A: The best thing about being a theatre artist is sharing the creative process and acts of discovery with a group of people.  Building something together, the satisfaction of completion.

Q: If you weren’t a theatre artist, what would you be doing?

A: If I wasn't a theatre artist, I’d likely be involved in science or medicine in some way.  I was studying science at McGill before I left for the west coast.

Q: What’s the most memorable reaction you’ve had to your work?

A: Actually when we performed Ride the Cyclone in Whitehorse, I remember that show being quite memorable, because the show was partly about a small town and the complicated feelings arising from growing up in an isolated community.  I remember the audience being very in touch with the show and feeling moved by the shared experience with the community.  I really felt that the audience understood the piece in a way audiences had not before and I learned something new about the piece myself while we were here.

Q: What’s the best part of touring The Rocky Horror Show?

A: We are so excited to be bringing the show to Whitehorse.  If it's successful we may do a more extensive tour next year.  The audiences in Victoria love [Rocky] so much we remounted it this year and added shows.  The music is infectious; we have a great time working on the show.  It's a really fun show [and] the story is ridiculous so we have a lot of fun camping up the text and embracing all the outrageous characters.

Thanks Britt!

Be sure to get your tickets to The Rocky Horror Show, running next week, November 25th – 28th at the Yukon Arts Centre. Also, join us to do the Time Warp – again! at our after-party on Friday night.