“A Day in the Life” with Director, Producer and Teacher Jennica Grienke

Jennica Grienke is a director, producer, teacher, and theatremaker dedicated to making cool things happen for kiddos and the grown-ups in their life. Sometimes that manifests as award-winning direction of plays like Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (which won 4 Jessie Richardson Awards), sometimes it’s curating dynamic seasons as the Co-Artistic & Managing Director of Carousel Theatre for Young People, or helping vital work tour, like during her past posts at Quest Theatre and Persephone Theatre. She’s a leader, a multitasker, and loves a good laugh. And no matter where you find her, she will bring the perfect combination of professionalism and goodhearted joy. Jennica is a past instructor at Studio 58 and a seasoned performer who likes to laugh, and this line of work requires lots of laughter or it’s all for nothing.

-Written by Dave Deveau, playwright, producer and Jennica’s lifelong friend and collaborator – also Co-Artistic & Managing Director of Carousel Theatre for Young People

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Cast and Crew of award winning Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls directed by me!
Jennica Grienke
Family Day long weekend Baby Rave at Club Carousel 2023
A very special dinner with the playwrights of Frozen River on Truth and Reconciliation Day
Opening night of Oz – playing now until March 26, 2023
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My view during rehearsal for Oz!
Jennica Grienke
My view on my commute home! I love Vancouver!


Which ’hood are you in?

I live in beautiful Mount Pleasant and have the nicest bike ride along False Creek to my theatre on Granville Island!

What do you do?

I am a theatre director, actor and producer currently the Co-Artistic and Managing Director of Carousel Theatre for Young People

What are you currently working on?

I LOVE making magical and formative experiences for young people through the power of theatre – I just directed a play for Carousel Theatre called OZ! It’s a little bit of a backstory for how The Wizard of Oz came to be and a little bit of the story itself.

Where can we find your work?

From now until March 26 my play Oz by Patrick Shanahan will be playing at the Waterfront Theatre! Come see it!



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