VITAL SPARK theatre was formed in Vancouver in 2002.  It is dedicated to breathing fresh life into the old; shining lights in dark corners; and giving voice to the unheard and the forgotten of B.C. history.


Joan Bryans has been involved in live theatre as actress, producer, writer and director for way more years than she really cares to remember.

For Vital Spark, Joan has written and directed Birthright (later published by Playwrights Canada Press), Two Years in NicolaBy Some Divine Mistake, Theatrics at Mansfield Park, Spring Forward! and Rebel Women.
In past years Joan has created and directed for United Players several productions based on the life and works of Jane Austen: Jane Austen's Holiday FayreLooking for Mr. Darcy, and Regency Revels.   Past directing credits also include The Apartment (Women at Play(s) 3), Socrates on Trial  (UBC),  Shadowlands, Pride and Prejudice (United Players) and Emma (Metro). 

Recent acting credits include The School Teacher in The Government Inspector,
The Stage Manager in The Habit of Art, the title roles in Mrs. Klein and Hecuba,  Frances in The Breath of Life,  Bridget in There Came a Gypsy Riding. Mama in Wreckage, Pegs in I Am Yours, Gertie in Fuddy Meers, Clytemnaestra in Electra, Ruth in If We are Women and lead roles in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Trojan Women and The Road to Mecca.

Joan Bryans
Pat Unruh .... Music Director Mimi Abrahams .... Lighting Designer
Sean Malmas .... Set Designer Sandi McDonald .... Graphics Designer