Max Reimer, Artistic Managing Director of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company

Spend 69 Seconds With Max Reimer, Artistic Managing Director of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and director & co-choreographer of the Playhouse’s current production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

01.Your first job.
Delivering the Vancouver Sun in North Vancouver. Lions’ quarterback Bill Munsey and Sun columnist/author Paul St. Pierre were on my route.

02.The job you wanted as a child.
Professional soccer player.

03.What gets you up in the morning?
The fact I get to work with passionate, talented people.

04.Your ideal vacation.
Sun, sand, surf and clay tennis courts.

05.Your ideal vacation.
Somewhere with a lot of sun and a beach.

06.Favourite stage play of all times.
Travesties by Tom Stoppard.

07.Favourite song and/or artist.
It’s between Tom Waits and Christine Aguilara (I know).

08.One word your best friend would use to describe you

09.The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
Granville Island.

10.Complete this sentence: On Sunday mornings I
Love cooking peach/bacon crepes for family and friends.

MEET Max Reimer

Max ReimerMax is originally from Vancouver. Before leaving in 1992, Max ran his own company producing large, local events and theatrical productions. He earned an Honours Degree in Sociology and Economics from Simon Fraser University where he also became interested in dance and drama. He acted in principal roles on several American and Canadian variety and dramatic television series before dedicating himself entirely to theatre and was an actor, choreographer and associate director for two major Canadian theatre festivals – Charlottetown Festival (seven seasons) and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (three seasons). He has acted, choreographed and directed at most major regional theatres in Canada: Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, London, Hamilton, Mississauga, Ottawa and Charlottetown.

During his 16 years in Ontario, Max was the Artistic Director/General Manager of Huron Country Playhouse (Grand Bend, Ontario) during its most profitable years (1993–1996) achieving record subscription, box office and surplus records and during which time he also oversaw a major capital expansion.

Max left HCP to be the Managing Artistic Director at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ontario (1996-2008). The Canada Council commended Max for “playing such a significant role in Hamilton’s cultural life” and expressed their strong support for the “remarkable job of business management that he has achieved.” During his administration, Aquarius resolved over $5M in debt, won a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Business in the Arts, and had 11 consecutive operating surpluses, entirely eliminating the accumulated operating deficit of the previous administration.

He is deeply dedicated to professional theatre and was previously the A Category Representative on the Board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), is a member of the performers’ associations ACTRA and CAEA (Equity), and has served as a peer assessor and juror with the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and BC Arts Council.

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