In 2005, Jenny, started Laughing Matters Theatre Company to raise money for charity. These plays, readings, and events have raised more than $50,000 so far! Jenny now produces independently and with colleagues, while Laughing Matters Theatre Company focuses on classes and workshops. For productions and readings prior to March, 2018, click the link below.
Produced and directed by Jenny Mitchell, this event raised money for teenage mental health and suicide prevention. All proceeds were donated to jack.org, Kids Help Phone, and The Lachlan Thomson Legacy Fund. Musical director - Peter Abando. Advisor - Janet Gigliotti. Starring Matt Montgomery, Mark Dozlaw, Meghan Gardiner, Miranda McDougall, Jonathan Winsby, Jennifer Copping, Max Kim, and Katherine Matlashewski, with support from Cailin Taverner, Britt Bailey, Thomas Chan, Byron Abando, and Stanley Tsang. Volunteers - Dylan Mitchell-Gash, Evan Mitchell-Gash, Max Richards, Max Pietrzyk, Ariana Oakley, and Jennifer Kasun. Special thanks to Callum Gunn at East Cherry for photography, and The Arts Club Theatre for venue support. And much gratitude to Justin Paul and Benj Pasek for granting the exclusive rights to their songs for this event. June, 2018.
Produced by Jenny Mitchell and Meghan Gardiner, with Janet Gigliotti, this epic concert raised several thousand dollars for Kids in Need of Defense, and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society. Performances by Nyla Carpentier, Jenn Griffin, Chelsea Rose, Zofia Musiej, Katrina Reynolds, Eric McCormack, Amanda Tapping, MacKenzie Porter, Dawn Pemberton, Odessa Shuquaya, Omari Newton, Paul Kinman, Bernard Cuffling, Dave Deveau, Elaine Avila, Kari Grunberg, Meghan Gardiner, Matt Montgomery, Mark Dozlaw, Jennifer Copping, Jonathan Winsby, Max Kim, Katherine Matlashewski, Kevin Michael Cripps, Janet Gigliotti, Jolene Bernardino, Graham Verchere, Toby Verchere, Jaime MacLean, Taylor McKee, Monica Sumulong, and Ben Parker. Volunteers: Ariana Oakley, Jennifer Kasun, Paige Fraser and Lucy McNulty. Special thanks to The Arts Club Theatre for their venue support. July, 2018.
A reading of Theresa Rebeck's timely play, with funds donated to Atira Women's Resource Society. Starring Alison Wandzura, Rob LaBelle, Stephen Lobo, David Lewis, and Diana Bang. Thanks to XY Lounge for venue support.
A reading of The Truth, written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton. The cast featured Eric McCormack, Agam Darshi, Stephen Lobo, and Jenny Mitchell. Proceeds were donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Associate producer: Janet Gigliotti. Support provided by Chase MacLeod, VV Tapas Lounge, Dylan Mitchell-Gash, Evan Mitchell-Gash, and The Cultch.
August 15th, 2021
A sweet, funny play by Bekah Brunstetter, with proceeds going to A Loving Spoonful. Starring Nicola Cavendish, Allan Morgan, Marci T. House, Bob Frazer, and Jenny Mitchell. Thank-you to The Cultch for venue support and to FOH rockstar, Ariana Oakley. May, 2018.
A reading of Lolita Chakrabarti's brilliant play, with all proceeds to PAL Vancouver. Starring Austin Eckert, Luisa Jojic, Patrick Sabongui, Jennifer Copping, Bernard Cuffling, Kyra Zagorsky, Christina Sicoli, Daniel Arnold, Brenda Crichlow, Giacomo Baesatto, Emma Johnston, and Chase Sander. Thanks to The Cultch for venue support, and to FOH rockstar, Ariana Oakley. April, 2018.
Mike Bartlett's haunting script, read by two Vancouver powerhouses, P. Lynn Johnson and Rekha Sharma. All proceeds to Beauty Night Society. Thanks to FOH super-volunteer, Jennifer Kasun, and to the XY Lounge for venue support. September, 2018.
Martin McDonagh's hilarious and haunting play, read by some of Vancouver's finest actors, including Dean Paul Gibson, Jennifer Lines, David M. Adams, Andrew Wheeler, Raugi Yu, Ming Hudson, Todd Thomson, Chris Cochrane, Ashley O'Connell, Paul Herbert, and Mark Gash. All proceeds to WISH Drop-in Centre. Thanks to FOH volunteer, Katherine Matlashewski, and to the XY Lounge for venue support. October, 2018.
New plays written by Vancouver playwrights Dave Deveau, Lucia Francine, and Benjamin Ratner. Starring Dave Deveau, Rae Takaesu, Sarah Watson, Laara Sadiq, Ben Cotton, Christina Jastrzembska, Katey Hoffman, Hamza Faoud, Jay Brazeau, Alison Wandzura, William MacDonald, Justin Elliott Ramsey, All proceeds to the Arts Club Theatre's LEAP Playwriting Intensive for Young Writers. Thanks to FOH volunteer, Katherine Matlashewski, and to the XY Lounge for venue support.
A reading of Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, to honour the life of friend and colleague, Gabe Khouth. The play was suggested by Gabe's brother, Samuel Vincent Khouth, who spoke to the audience of Gabe's life-long love of movies, and in particular, James Dean.
August 22nd, 2019
The reading featured Gabrielle Rose, April Telek, Jenny Mitchell, Judy Lee, Lochlyn Munro, Barbara Tyson, Robyn Ross, Lucy McNulty, Lauren Fisher, Aidan Faivre-Duboz, Brenaugh Gatzke, Lilia Miki, and Nicole Harney.
Thank-you to the wonderful audience, the front-of-house volunteers, Britt Bailey, Katherine Matlashewski, and Jen Kasun. Support was provided by Red Gate Revue Stage, The Arts Club, Fable Diner, and Katharine Falcon of Studio 3 Media.
Associate producers: Janet Gigliotti and April Telek.
All proceeds from the event were donated in trust to Gabe's children.
The very first reading for charity starred Bernard Cuffling, Jennifer Clement, Katey Wright, Barbara Wallace, Dave McIntosh, Mark Gash, Jenny Mitchell, and Maggie Kolodziej. Several thousand dollars were donated to UNICEF after this successful night at Presentation House Theatre.
Two readings of this brilliant play starring Nicola Cavendish, Vincent Gale, Jennifer Clement, Nancy Ebert, Mark Gash, Jenny Mitchell, and Christina Schild, hosted by Jonathan Bruce raised money for UNICEF.
February, 2007, Presentation House Theatre
Vancouver premiere reading! Starring Nicola Cavendish, Patti Allan, Susan Mendelson, Jennifer Lines, Marci T. House, Jennifer Clement, Veena Sood, and Jenny Mitchell. Two readings of this play raised money for Dress for Success. January, 2013, Presentation House Theatre
Two readings of this play, starring Vincent Gale, Shawn MacDonald, Dean Paul Gibson, Jillian Fargey, Kevin Kruchkywich, Mark Downey, Mark Gash, Callum Henderson and Paul Kloegman raised money for The Babz Chula Lifeline for Artists Society. October, 2008
This reading was the Vancouver premiere performance! Starring Enid-Raye Adams, Jennifer Copping, Brenda Crichlow, Janet Gigliotti, David Lewis, Jenny Mitchell, Nelson Wong, and Kyra Zagorsky. Produced by Jennifer Copping and Jenny Mitchell. All proceeds from this reading were donated to Project Limelight. May 2016, Goldcorp Stage
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