Excavation Theatre gratefully acknowledges that our work takes place on the stolen, occupied, ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), ḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) Nations, who have been here since time immemorial.
Excavation Theatre strives to create high quality theatrical productions that provoke action and create new conversations surrounding issues of sexual consent and reproductive health. Excavation Theatre shares unheard voices and stories that are controversial, compelling, and provocative. From devised creations to traditional theatre, we focus on stories centered around societal injustices, that seek to dismantle sexist ideologies and practices. We explore the concept that anything at any time, in any place, can be a theatre performance — one only has to dig deep enough to discover it.
At Excavation Theatre we strive to centre justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in all our practices and policies. In casting and hiring, we strongly seek to work with artists who self-identify as members of equity-seeking groups. This includes, but is not limited to, any individuals identifying as IBPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, d/Deaf, living with disabilities, and/or facing other systemic barriers in our industry.
JEssica anne nelson
Jessica Anne Nelson (she/her) is an award-winning theatre director, creator, producer, and intimacy director, living and working on the stolen, occupied, and traditional homelands and waters of the Coast Salish peoples; the Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), ̓Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), xwməθkwəyə (Musqueam), q̓ ic̓ əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ wɑ:n̓ ƛən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) Nations. Growing up in rural Langley on a plant nursery with her grandparents, Jessica's life has always been deeply connected to nature and her family. With countless nooks and crannies to explore outdoors with her two older brothers and the rest of her family, she let the wild and pure nature outside her bedroom window nurture her imagination and help to create and turn her into the Theatre Artist she is today.
Demi Pedersen is an actor, musician and educator based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people. Since graduating from UBC in 2015 Demi has worked primarily as an actor and musician in the Vancouver indie theatre community. She is also a youth educator, teaching film, improv and sketch with Young Moviemakers, an award winning video and production program for children and youth. Demi is represented by Kim Barsanti at Lucas Talent