Estate of Svetlana Zylin

Svetlana Zylin was a professional theatre artist since 1972 when she founded the Woman's Theatre Cooperative in Vancouver.  She subsequently directed productions for a multitude of theatres and universities, including but not limited to Theatre Passe Muraille, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, and Vancouver Playhouse. 

As Artistic Director of The Ritz Cafe Theatre Society, she provided a venue for Toronto's more adventurous performing artists, wrote and produced a play "The Christmas Box" specifically for the space, and was actively involved in generating and producing original work.  After the demise of the Ritz, she produced some of that work in other venues in Toronto.

Svetlana is past President of the Board of Directors at The Theatre Centre, has represented theatre companies on the P.A.C.T. Board, the Quebec Drama Federation, and was president of the Board at PLAYWRIGHTS' WORKSHOP MONTREAL.  Film and television work includes being the Associate Producer of CANADA: TRUE NORTH, a four-part P.B.S./N.F.B. documentary series aired throughout the world.

She has been the recipient of awards and grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council in recognition of her work.  As a member of the Canadian theatre communities, she has also officiated on juries and panels for the Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Yukon Arts Council. 

As a former Artistic Associate with P.O.V, a Montreal theatre company dedicated to innovate theatre, Svetlana directed and produced new work by Montreal artists.  HIT AND RUN, of which she was the Artistic Coordinator, produces feminist work.