OUR STORY

Far From The Tree Productions is a grassroots theatre company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Though the company officially formed in the summer of 2019, it has roots going over twenty years back to a little log cabin in the woods in the central interior of BC.

Founders Shelby and Joelle Wyminga grew up putting on pageants and plays by the fireplace in their parents’ living room, blissfully unaware that there was a world of theatre outside the confines of the local elementary school Christmas concert. In the intervening years the wind has carried them far from the pine trees of the Cariboo, where, many melodramatic recitations and countless costume changes later, they are still telling stories together.

The drive behind Far From The Tree Productions grew from a desire to create theatre that looked all the way back to its own origin, the sacred act storytelling, and to celebrate the magic of performance when non-essential elements are stripped away.

OUR TEAM

SHELBY WYMINGA

Artistic Director

Shelby Wyminga was born purple due to near asphyxiation and couldn't cry for the first several moments of her life. Thankfully, she soon managed to catch her breath and hasn't shut up since. She eventually embraced the inevitable and completed her BFA in Acting through the School of the Arts, Media, and Culture at TWU where she studied Visual Art alongside her theatrical pursuits. Primarily an actor, Shelby has enjoyed the freedom to dabble in many areas of theatre creation, developing skills as a scenic painter, costume designer, and playwright.

In the Fall of 2018, Shelby joined Pacific Theatre as a company apprentice for the 2018/19 season. It was during this year that she fell in love with producing and the thrill of being the one to pull the strings behind the scenes. To wrap up her apprenticeship, Shelby produced a female led, ensemble driven retelling of Henry V in which she played the title role. Shelby is a Shakespeare fanatic and is particularly interested in playing with classical text through ensemble exploration with the goal of breaking past some of the "shoulds" to find more "coulds."

Recent acting credits include Jo March in Little Women-audio play (Far From The Tree), Marta Reddy in Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree), Henry and The Dauphin in Henry V (Stone's Throw), various roles in A Prayer For Owen Meany (Ensemble Theatre), Tour Guide in The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe (Pacific Theatre), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shadows and Dreams), Gloria in It's A Glorious, Wonderful Life (Morrow's Lark), and various roles in Still The Kettle Sings (Plan Z Theatre).

Playwright credits include A Hero For Now (staged reading with Stone's Throw), It's a Glorious, Wonderful Life (Morrow's Lark), Chasing Tina and Vicissitudes (SAMC Theatre.)

Design credits include Asking Alice-Set and Costumes (Little Mountain Lion), Miracle Worker- Costumes (Gallery 7), Enchanted April-Set (Gallery 7),  Frankenstein 1945- Costumes (Nebula Theatre).

When Shelby isn't working on shows, you may see her skipping about town in wizarding robes, princess gowns or superhero spandex, spreading a little magic with local events company, Pacific Fairytales.

Follow Shelby's solo adventures @shelbydoomdoom on Instagram!


 

JOELLE WYMINGA

Executive Director

Joelle is a multidisciplinary theatre artist, working primarily as a director, actor, costume designer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. She completed her BFA in Acting with the School of the Arts, Media and Culture at TWU in 2018 and afterwards decided to forgo all responsibility and move to London England for a year to follow her dream of traveling through Europe exploring castle ruins, eating delicious food, and soaking up as much theatre as she could.

 

Over the years, Joelle has become a total nerd for historical study which has been cultivated by spontaneous travel and working in places such as Barkverille BC as a Historical Interpreter and Mackin House in Coquitlam. Because of this deep desire to do research for hours upon hours, Joelle loves to combine her passion for theatre and history, hoping to bring a new light to her work,  by delving into our worlds history, light and dark, to better understand human nature.  She dreams of continually telling the stories of people who have been forgotten or silenced and giving a voice to those who have previously had none. If we share these stories we will be able to make a change in the world.

Most recently, Joelle has been apart of Bard on the Beach's Riotous Youth Internship program, where she received more training in performing Shakespeare and was apart of an ensemble of feisty young artists all creating and learning together and from each other. 

 

Directing credits include; Cariboo Magi (Far From the Tree), The Wooden Pear (SAMC Theatre), and  Jane Eyre: The Musical- Assistant Director (SAMC Theatre).

Acting credits include; Amy in Little Women: An Audio Play (Far From the Tree), Tood in The Cover of Life, Adriana in A Comedy of Errors, Pauline in A Kind of Alaska, Jane Carpenter in Smash, and Mrs. Van Dann inThe Diary of Anne Frank (TWU).

Costume Design Credits include; Cariboo Magi-  (Far From the Tree), CopenhagenThe Wooden Pear- (TWU).

Playwright Credits Include: Little Women: An Audio Play- Script adapter (Far From the Tree), Fight or Flight (SAMC Theatre). 

To see what Joelle does when not working on theatre, follow her on instagram @jojo.wyminga

ZACH RUNNING COYOTE

Producer

Zach Running Coyote is an Indigenous shit disturber, actor, playwright and professional Trickster. He trained for four years at Rosebud School of the Arts. His work explores the relationship between sacred and profane, mischief and ceremony, divine Creator and fallible creation, and the resilience of the human spirit. He’s thrilled to be part of the company at Far From the Tree Productions and expand the roots of this grassroots theatre movement to the icy prairie landscape of Calgary (Mohkinstsis).

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