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Plays

Gilgamesh and Enkidu

Two-act play, Epic of Gilgamesh adaptation by Jesse LaVercombe, Ahmed Moneka (performer: Iraqi Theatre Company/Royal Shakespeare Company, Canadian Opera Company), and Seth Bockley (writer: 2666, Goodman; February House, The Public).

Workshop: Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, October 2018

(Canadian production optioned)

Workshop: The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, December 2018

(under consideration for 2019/2020 studio season)

Workshop Presentation: Pivot Arts Festival, Chicago, June 2019

G-G-G-Genevieve

Two-act musical, book by Jesse LaVercombe, music and lyrics by Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski and Jesse LaVercombe

—Commissioned by YES Theatre

Workshop: YES Theatre, directed by Robert McQueen, August 2018

Hallelujah, It’s Holly (or, A Judeo-Unitarian Verbatim Documentary Representation of the Rise and Fall of Holly from Hamilton)

Three-act play, with dramaturgical support by Daniel Brooks and Andrea Donaldson

—Commissioned through Driftwood Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence Program

Reading: Driftwood Theatre, directed by Jeremy Smith, May 2018

—Toronto Arts Council Level Two Playwriting Grant Recipient 

Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender

One-act play, directed by Adam Lazarus, dramaturgy by Guillermo Verdecchia

Production: New York International Fringe Festival, 2016

Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, New York Theatre Guide, Theatre in the Now, Broadway World, and more.

Production: Kick & Push Festival, Kingston ON, 2017

Production: Videofag, Toronto, 2016 

A Presence of Monster

One-act play, co-creator, directed by David Bloom

Production: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, 2014

Donny’s Second Book

One-act play, co-authored with Step Taylor

Production: Saint Thomas University, 2012

 

Short Plays 

The Question

Reading: The Theatre Centre, Daughter Fundraiser, June 2018

Alex & Ted

Performance: The Howland Company, Toronto, 2017

Bee Keeping with Millennials

Performance: Toronto Monologue Slam, 2017

I Hear You

Reading: Feminist Debaters 2017, Toronto

#MCAA (Make Canada America Again)

Reading: Wrecking Ball #21, Toronto, 2016

The Return

Reading: Wrecking Ball #20, Toronto, 2016

Preacher Man

Production: United Solo Festival, New York, 2013

**Winner of the Best Short Solo Award**

Production: Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2013

Production: Toronto Festival of Clowns, 2012

Production: Saint Thomas University, 2012

Production: The National Theatre School of Canada, 2012

 

Short Films

“The Things You Think I’m Thinking”

14 minute drama, directed by Sherren Lee, screenplay by Jesse LaVercombe, starring Prince Amponsah and Jesse LaVercombe, produced by Meraki Moving Pictures, 2017

Awards:

·       Qualified for the 2019 Academy Awards

·       **Grand Jury Prize for Best International Short Film** - Outfest, LA, 2018

·       **Special Jury Prize** - Canadian Film Festival 2018

·       **Best Screenplay** - CMG Short Film Festival 2018

·       **Best Canadian Short** - Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2018

·       **Breakthrough Award** - Toronto New Wave 2018

·       **Best Actor (Prince Amponsah)** - Toronto New Wave 2018

·       **AWFJ EDA Award** - Whistler Film Festival 2017

·       **Multicultural Golden Sheaf Award** - Yorkton Film Festival 2018

·       **Best Director Fiction - Award** - Yorkton Film Festival 2018

·       **Best Men's Short Runner-up Jury Prize** - Out On Film Atlanta 2018

·       **Best Canadian Short** OUTeast Queer Film Festival 2018 

“The Things You Think I’m Thinking” has been Officially Selected at over forty festivals and theaters internationally, including SXSW (Grand Jury Award Nominee), Slamdance, BFI Flare: London, TIFF Short Cuts, LA Film Fest, Cardiff Iris Prize Shortlist, Kansas City LGBT Film Festival (Celebration of Courage Short Film Finalist), and the Chicago Critics Film Festival.

 

“Philip”

5 minute comedy, directed by Sherren Lee, produced by the Canadian Film Centre, 2016

“Tony”

5 minute drama, directed by Adam Goldhammer, produced by the CFC, 2016

 

Articles

“Life’s Too Short to be a Douchenozzle” – Intermission Magazine*, March 31st, 2017

“Bluit Nanche” – Intermission Magazine, October 21st, 2016

Naked Men on Small Stages” – Intermission Magazine, May 12th, 2016

*Former Contributing Editor

Other 

Do What You Love

One-act performance, created and performed by Nathaniel Justiniano/Naked Empire Bouffon Company, San Francisco (in collaboration with Robert Rosen, Adam Lazarus, Jesse LaVercombe & Gabriel McKinney)

Production: Uno Fest, Victoria, BC, 2017

Production: Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2017

Production: Shotgun's BLAST Festival, Berkeley, CA, 2016

Production: PianoFight, San Francisco, 2016 

The Life of Jude

            One-act musical by Alex Poch-Goldin, music by Jesse LaVercombe

Production: SummerWorks Festival, Toronto, 2013

Published by Scirocco Drama, 2014

Workshop: National Theatre School of Canada, 2012

Fishing

One-act play by Britney Tangedal, directed by Matthew Hines and Jesse LaVercombe

Production: Montreal Fringe Festival, 2017

Dinner Parties

Durational performance, co-creator

Production: Vancouver Art Gallery as part of FUSE: Crowd Studies, 2013

Education

The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS), Acting, 2013

Capilano University, Bachelor of Performing Arts (4th year in conjunction with NTS), 2014

Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory, 2016

 

Acting

Jesse LaVercombe is an award-winning actor who has performed across Canada and in New York, New Orleans and Minneapolis, as well as in Canadian and American film and TV. His career has almost entirely been in new work, including premieres and workshops at Tarragon, Nightwood, Factory, Crow’s, Blyth Festival, Jungle Theater, PuSh Festival, Caravan Stage Company, Videofag, Why Not, 4th Line, Canadian Film Centre, Black Women Film, National Theatre School, and many on screen projects. He is a member of AEA, CAEA and ACTRA.