About
Naked Stage

While our name might imply an erotic happening, it’s the stage that’s naked, not the performers. Our performances don't have movement, extensive lighting, sound systems or props. The stage is bare except for actors sitting on stools and music stands holding their scripts. This method has been used for decades, mainly in universities and schools; it also has special appeal to seniors who liken it to old-time radio, where the audience had to listen carefully to fully understand the story. 

We’re pleased to work with the Arts Council of Surrey on this exciting venture. All regular shows are held at the Newton Cultural Centre on 72 Ave in Surrey. Watch for announcements regarding cast auditions and play dates.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To offer engaging, affordable theatre featuring new and experienced actors in a unique performance medium

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Our board of directors
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Colleen McGoff Dean

President / Artistic director

Colleen McGoff Dean discovered her love of theatre in high school, and she's been active in performing arts ever since. As a university student in the San Francisco area, Colleen studied Readers Theatre as part of her coursework. Later, as a college instructor, she taught Readers Theatre courses and coached students for intercollegiate Readers Theatre competition. Since moving to BC nearly 30 years ago, Colleen has been active with the White Rock Players Club as an actor, director, stage manager, producer, crew member, and member of the board. In June of 2017, Colleen performed in Naked Stage's production of Love, Loss and What I Wore, and the following year directed Jacques Plante and the Parkdale Knitting League for NSPS. She became the Artistic Director in 2018, and excited by the opportunity to be part of the growth and quality of the readers theatre productions Naked Stage offers to the community.

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Jim Trimble

Past president / Co-founder

Jim has, after 15 years, retired as MC of the Vaudevillians, B.C.’s #1 seniors' entertainment troupe. Among other achievements, he was responsible for the establishment of a Vaudevillians Bursary for students in the performing arts at Douglas College. His goal with this was to raise it up to $100,000 which was accomplished in 2016. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Medal for his work in guidance and leadership with the seniors' group. Jim has always been interested in live performance art and was excited to be part of this exciting new project, hoping to bring unique stage plays to the public at an affordable price and to once again work with the youth of the Lower Mainland. In 2017, Jim was highly honoured when the City of Surrey proclaimed him a Surrey Civic Treasure for his ongoing work in the arts community.

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Kelly Thompson

Vice-president

Kelly Thompson began her involvement with Naked Stage in 2018 acting in the production of The Savannah Sipping Society. She began work as the resident Producer for the 2019/2020 season. While continuing in that role, she joined the board in 2020 in the role of Vice President. Kelly enjoys playing on stage and working behind the scenes. She brings many years of experience serving on Boards of theatre companies and dance Companies in both the US and Canada as well as serving on civic granting and arts advisory committees in both Calgary and White Rock.

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Geoff Dean

Treasurer

Geoff's been a college-prep math and physics teacher at Kwantlen Polytechnic (and its predecessor institutions) for many years; he's now retired.  He's always enjoyed going to the theatre with his wife, Colleen, both when they're in the audience and when Colleen's on stage.  He's glad to be able to support Naked Stage as its Treasurer.  He's never acted himself, but it's a delight to be able to take on the treasurer's role and thus free up the other members to focus on their acting.

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Nancy Painter

Secretary

Nancy Painter has been involved in many theatre organizations, including Theatre BC. Her favourite roles on stage have included Mrs. Savage in The Curious Savage, Hester in Still Stands the House, Janet in Waiting for the Parade, and Prospector in How the West Was One. She’s appeared in Jacques Plante and the Parkdale Knitting LeagueAlabama StoryA Christmas Carol and The Velveteen Rabbit (online version) with Naked Stage Productions, and just wishes she’d discovered this group sooner! She loves the emphasis on character development. In her other life, she’s a freelance writer and editor based out of Surrey. Despite 25 years on the West Coast, she’s still a prairie girl at heart.

Tracey is a busy mother of three (ranging from 11 - 24) and owns a business operations consulting company. As a longtime theatre lover, she jumped in with both feet when the opportunity arose to join the Naked Stage! She loves every aspect of the theatre and is constantly seeking ways to experience more of this amazing medium. Joining the board and performing in productions was just a nature fit. "I love adventure and excitement, but since I'm afraid of heights and enclosed spaces, this is the next best thing!"

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Tracey Carlson

Director- Website 

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Simon Challenger

Director

Simon is excited to be a member of the Naked Stage Players Executive Board. He has been very involved in community theatre, directing and performing with various companies over the years. Simon takes great delight in performing in the works of William Shakespeare and resists no opportunity to do so. His first work with Naked Stage was in the Velveteen Rabbit and he is really looking forward to being a part of many more productions.

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George Stone

Director

George has been acting for almost 60 years. He's done a wide selection of lead and character roles. Some of his favourites have been Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, Fagan from Oliver and Oscar from The Odd Couple. But, aside from the well known shows, he's had the most fun in one-act festivals in Alberta, where he won several regional and provincial Best Actor awards. Naked Stage has been a delight for him. He has played parts in several plays and made his NSPS directing debut with Trying.

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Bridget Browning

Director

Bridget is delighted to be joining the Board of Naked Stage. This past (COVID) season, she has participated in the production and direction of a number of Naked Stage Productions.  She has participated in theatre productions for a number of companies in Vancouver and the lower mainland for years and also has in the past, and presently serves, on other local theatre boards. We welcome her experience and talent and that she has chosen to become a part of our ongoing experiment! 

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Lyn Verra-Lay

Director

Lyn has lived an arts rich life in the Surrey-Delta community for over 30 years.  In this capacity she has mentored and supported youth as Coordinator of the Youth Arts Council of Surrey (YACOS) in literary, visual and performing arts events and opportunities. YACOS was a finalist in the Surrey Board of Trade’s Arts and Business Awards in 2020: Arts & Innovation category. An award-winner in performing and visual arts, Lyn was awarded one of seven positions in BC as a Culture Days Ambassador in 2017 for the national initiative, Culture Days, representing the City of Surrey.  
She has enjoyed performing in and producing, local musical theatre productions and believes that the Arts is the hub where everyone can connect!