Mission Statement


With gratitude, we recognize and acknowledge the Qayqayt First Nation and all Coast Salish peoples, on whose traditional and unceded territories we have the privilege to live, work, and play.

City Stage New West, a not-for-profit society, was originally formed in July of 2005, with the intention of filling the cultural gap left in New Westminster, British Columbia, by the closure of the Raymond Burr Theatre.


City Stage New West aims to produce professional theatre in New Westminster that entertains, educates, and enlightens while strengthening respect for Canadian diversity.


The society is governed by board members selected once a year at the November annual general meeting. The Board may also add members by vote if it is deemed necessary. Many of the activities of the Society are performed by committees. Non-board members may also serve on committees.

2022 Staff

Renée Bucciarelli, a resident of New Westminster, formerly enjoyed a twenty-year career in New York theatre as a professional actor, educator, and arts administrator, receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times for work as a classical actor. She has served as volunteer artistic director of City Stage New West since 2008, as part of New Westminster's Youth Facility Task Force which helped build the Moody Park Youth Centre, and as a member of the New Westminster Arts and Culture Commission. For CSNW she has directed King Lear, Murder in the Cathedral, and Burning Up the The Infield: The 1974 Frasers, which she co-authored, and is proud to have produced the musical legacy project Stump City Stories by George Ryan.  For CSNW, she wrote Love Letters to Mrs. Patrick Campbell, based on correspondence between G.B. Shaw and Stella Beatrice Campbell. An honours graduate of Wesleyan University (English/Theatre) and Simon Fraser University (Education), she is the director/developer of The Shakespeare Playground, a drama/literacy program for youth.  She has appeared at many venues as Emily Dickinson in an acclaimed one woman show; and in tv and commercials. More info: www.fraj.com/renee

Pansy Jang served as City Stage New West's Board President from March 2006 to November 2012, and from 2015 through 2018; she served as Secretary/Treasurer 2013-2014. A life-long love of theatre fuels her determination to keep professional theatre alive in New Westminster. Pansy is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Acupuncturist, Osteopathic Manual Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, with her own private practice in New Westminster for the past twenty-two years.



Kris Kuruneri is an actress and director, originally from Harare Zimbabwe. She has a passion for filmmaking, and particularly for telling stories with powerful messages designed to make people think. Directing credits include an award-winning short film, Homeless,  as well as Interview with the Broken,  which received a special mention in the One Reeler Film Competition. Her film acting credits include Not the Same, and Blackwell. Kris has a great love for the stage and has appeared in theatre productions in Zimbabwe and Vancouver. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University (Psychology).

Dr. Christopher Walmsely (former Board President), Callyn Dorval (former Vice President), Damon Calderwood (former Board Director Extraordinaire), Howard Dai, Ruby Campbell, Barb Ganger, Dave Clothier, Melanie Germain, Rod Drown, Chris Robson, Bev Jakeman, Judith Berlin, Cindy Oxenbury.

Thanks also to:  Hannah Bennett, Jemma Downes, Denise Gaines, Patty Holmes, Chantal Hudspeth, Vicki Johnson, Ellie King, Vance Mcfadyen, Keri Minty, James Rowley, Glen Sergius, Wendy Smith, Anne Sutthery, Nancy Weston, David C. Jones, Craig Doyle, Christine and Dennis Magrega, Angela Kerslake.

Special thanks to Ashley Belm, Athomas Goldberg, and Heidi Mueller for past support with promotional materials, and to Cora Price, Keegan Flick-Parker and (especially) Sally Wong for past tech support.