JD Derbyshire



From the artist:  "Solo one shot video with live captioning, one person and many things."

"I am deeply grateful to work and live as an uninvited settler on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, colonially known as, Vancouver, BC. across Canada."



Artist Bio


We are thrilled that JD is an alumni of One Yellow Rabbit's educational program, Summer Lab Intensive.

 JD is a comedian, theatre maker, writer and mad activist. Their play Certified where the audience becomes a mental health review board to determine their sanity by the end of the show, recently won Jessies for outstanding original script and the Critic’s Innovation Award in Vancouver.

Select plays include:

Certified, Stood, A Modern Woman’s Guide to Female Impersonation, Bearded Circus Ladies,  The Opposite of Everything is True, Gloom, All In, Joke You, Funny in the Head, Me on the Map with Adrienne Wong, Dog of my Understanding, Auditions for an Embarrassed Woman, Turkey in the Woods, Presentations include High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), The Progress Festival (Toronto), FoldA (Kingston), Uno (Victoria), PuSh (Vancouver), Summerworks (Toronto).

As a stand up she toured Canada. with Yuk Yuks back in the day and appeared at People’s Comedy Festival (Toronto), International Gay Theatre Festival (Dublin), Vancouver International Children’s Festival,  the  A&E Special ‘Funny Girls’ and most recently on The Lady show, Vancouver.

JD has participated in the Banff Centre Playwright’s Lab and the Playwright’s Unit at Alberta Theatre Projects with co-creator Adrienne Wong. Her fictitious memoir, Mercy Gene: the man made making of a mad woman, currently awaits publication.



Spotted At The High Performance Rodeo 


2020 - Certified



What's Next For The Artist


Turf Wars co-written with Dave Deveau with Zee Zee Theatre, (Vancouver)

Karajokee in development with Pi Theatre (Vancouver)

Mad Mercury in development with Anita Rochon and others in Vancouver.

A fictitious memoir Mercy Gene: the man made making of a mad woman, currently awaits publication.



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