Other Writing and Collaborations


In Development

2017 Playwright-in-Residence @ Driftwood Theatre

"For the first time, Driftwood Theatre will host a resident playwright during its summer season. Emerging Canadian playwright Jesse LaVercombe will work alongside Othello company members for six weeks, developing his play Resurrect, originally created as a site-specific play for Driftwood’s 2017 Trafalgar 24 festival.

The Beyond the Bard residency will culminate in free public readings of Mr. LaVercombe’s work prior to select performances during the Bard’s Bus Tour. Beyond the Bard is made possible with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists’ Project."

Artistic Director: Jeremy Smith

Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Aaron Willis

Public Readings directed by Andrea Donaldson

Final reading TBA.

The Bup Plays Charades

Grandpa was lousy at charades, always was. Smart, funny, a remarkable athlete... but something about silently acting out silly phrases from movies befuddled him. But he laughed it off. In March 2009, when I was 17, Grandpa climbed to the third story of an indoor shopping mall in Edina, Minnesota, and jumped. But he didn’t fall all the way. He landed on the second story’s crosswalk, on the railing, on his spine, and before his injuries completed his suicide, he spent 8 months in a hospital, in pain, his throat too damaged to speak.

With collaborator Beth Kates (Projection Designer: Alice in Wonderland [Shaw], Brimful of Asha  [Tarragon] The Last Donnelly Standing [Blyth] The Road to Mecca [Soulpepper]), Jesse LaVercombe plays a game of charades with the audience and tries to understand the passing of his grandpa, whom he grew up calling The Bup.

Developmental funding from the Ontario Arts Council/Crow's Theatre.


Naked Men on Small Stages

"I'm going to be performing in Salvatore Antonio’s newest play, S h e e t s, at Videofag, and, along with the rest of the cast, I’m going to be naked.

To be clear, I’m not worried about the size of my dick.

I’m not. It’s fine; it’s normal.

I’m at least 60 percent sure it’s normal and fine."

Published May 12th, 2016

Edited by May Antaki

Bluit Nanche: How My Friend Took Over a Multimedia Art Installation on a Dare

"At 11 p.m. on October 1, I filled up my flask, put pants on, got out of bed (in that order), and biked to the big, inflatable, smoke-squirting sun. As I waited for my friends, I mentioned to a stranger in the audience that the actual sun would be rising quite shortly, and so I didn’t understand what the fuss what about, and she looked at me absolutely befuddled as to why I existed."

Published October 21st, 2016

Edited by May Antaki

Life’s Too Short to Be a Douchenozzle: Ten Ways to (Not) Alienate Other Actors

"4. If you’re with an acquaintance and run into another acquaintance, you can introduce them by just their names. You don’t need to describe what they do.

“This is Sophie, she’s an AMAZING artist and theatre devisor and poetry slam administrator, a true teller of necessary stories…”

No need to network. We’re in Dollarama."

Published March 31st, 2017

Edited by May Antaki


Intermission Song

"To all of our readers,

While 2016 had a lot of lows, it also had a pretty high high for us: launching Intermission... we wanted to share another highlight of the year: having a song written about us. For our launch party, actor/writer Jesse LaVercombe penned a song about Intermission and performed it with the band Dress Black. It is, without a doubt, the catchiest song about an online theatre magazine ever written. Take a break from Christmas music and listen here!"

Trump Trilogy - Three American Addresses to the People of Canada

"The Return" - Wrecking Ball #20

"Those of you who know me know that I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I moved to Canada six years ago to study, and I liked it here and so I stayed. But now, after recent events, I’ve decided to move back to the U.S., sometime this year, and when I do, I don’t think I’m going to come back here very much."

Writer/Performer: Jesse LaVercombe     Dramaturge: Adam Lazarus

Wrecking Ball, in association with The Pia Bouman School’s Scotiabank Studio Theatre, January 25th, 2016.

"#MCAA (Make Canada America Again)" - Wrecking Ball #21

"I know you worry about your identity, Canada. You tend to hem, and you tend to haw, about who you are, what you stand for... what it means to be inside of you. ...I know don’t like me, and I know you hate this. I can see it in your chilly eyes and smell it on your sweet, sticky breath. But today you get what you’ve always wanted: to be part of US."

Writer/Performer: Jesse LaVercombe

Wrecking Ball, in association with Theatre Passe Muraille, November 6th, 2016


"I Hear You" - Feminist Debaters 2017

"My father is, in many ways, deeply flawed. His celebrity has not guarded him from deep insecurity, and that insecurity has expressed itself in ugly ways. And even though his words and even his actions have at times discouraged and upset me, he raised me with nothing but warmth and respect... and I know that in his heart, behind those flaws, is the same warmth and respect for all people--most people."

Writer/Performer: Jesse LaVercombe     Dramaturge: Sophia Fabiilli

Feminist Debaters, Victory Cafe, January 29th, 2017

A Presence of Monster

A wanton King was once banished from the Earth.
Imprisoned on the moon,
doomed to look upon the life he left behind,
but never to return.

Premiered January 30th, 2014 at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Created by David Bloom, Madi Adams, Marguerite Witvoet, Paige Locke, Arash Memarzadeh, Maya Klassen, Jesse LaVercombe, Colin Sheen, Jordan Watkins, Michelle Vine, Megan Solís, Lindsay Warnock, Tom Hackett, Keri Smith, Michelle Johnson, Maddison Popov, Laurel Lemley, Brianna Wiens, Maggie Davey, Michelle Zazulak, Matthew Beairsto, Chalene Scott, Rebecca Karpus, and Robbie Carley 

The Life of Jude

The Life of Jude is the hilarious and devastating parable of a misguided priest who believes he is a chosen disciple of God. An epic biblical musical that spans the life of a young boy raised by the church who, in his attempts to fulfill The Word, sows tragedy all around him. 

Premiered at SummerWorks 2013 in Theatre Passe Muraille's Mainspace

Published by Scirocco Drama (Winnipeg, Manitoba) 2014

Writer: Alex Poch-Goldin

Director: David Ferry

Composer: Jesse LaVercombe

Musical Director: Adrian Shepherd

Cast: Steve Cumyn, Pamela Sinha, Bruce Dow, Paul Dunn, Jeffrey R. Smith, RIchard Zeppieri, Adam Kenneth Wilson, Kevin Bundy, Shannon Currie, Paul Dunn, Hardee T. Lineham, Dylan Roberts, Chloe Poch-Goldin, Grace Fitzpatrick, Sehar Bhojani, Jeremiah Sparks, Chris Blades, Alexander Plouffe, Stephane Garneau-Monten, Maurice Dean Wint, Adrian Shepherd, and Darcy Gerhart

"This ambitious, sprawling epic... will blow you away... often funny yet deeply ironic." - NOW Magazine

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Dinner Parties

Premiered November 29th, 2013 at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of FUSE: Crowd Studies.

This FUSE brings the sociability of the artist to the forefront, as relationships are built and explored in a variety of site-specific, socially-charged practices that maintain unique relationships to human interaction. Works by Germaine Koh’s League Project, Instant Coffee, Kimsooja and Douglas Coupland, among others, investigate art, performance and getting connected.

Created by David Bloom, Madi Adams, Marguerite Witvoet, Paige Locke, Arash Memarzadeh, Maya Klassen, Jesse LaVercombe, Colin Sheen, Jordan Watkins, Michelle Vine, Megan Solís, Lindsay Warnock, Tom Hackett, Keri Smith, Michelle Johnson, Maddison Popov, Laurel Lemley, Brianna Wiens, Maggie Davey, Michelle Zazulak, Matthew Beairsto, Chalene Scott, Rebecca Karpus, and Robbie Carley


Donny's Second Book

Donny and Everett's father just passed away, leaving half of the family home to each brother. One wants to keep it, the other desperately needs to sell it. They haven't spoken in years, and both harbor a few too many family secrets to come to terms.

Premiered August 23rd, 2012 at the St. Thomas University Black Box Theatre.

Written and Performed by Step Taylor and Jesse LaVercombe

*This TEC (Theatre Engaging Communities) project was made possible through the financial support of the National Theatre School of Canada



A thematic meditation in four vingettes, and the universal need to plumb the depths for truth.

Presented at the Montreal Fringe Festival, 2017

Written by Britney Tangedal

Starring: Erica Anderson and Adrian Shepherd

Directed by Matthew Hines and Jesse LaVercombe

"A quirky two-hander glancing through the interactions of various odd couples by a fishing spot, Fishing threads the needle between absurdist humour and hard-hitting truths." - Montreal Theatre Hug