Director, born in 1957, and grew up in Vancouver. His career has been primarily in British Columbia. He graduated from Studio 58 in Vancouver, and worked as an actor, independent producer, and founder of Burnaby Summer Theatre.
From 1997 to 2007 Surette ws AD at Belfry Theatre. At Belfry he directed Terrence McNally's A Perfect Ganesh, Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Jason Sherman's Patience, Michel Marc Bouchard's The Coronation Voyage (2000), Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy (2001); Aaron Bushkowsky's One Last Kiss (2004); Rachel Wyatt's Knock, Knock (2004); Carol Shields' adaptation of her novel, Unless (2005); and Joan MacLeod's Homechild (September 2007) among others.
His 86 direction credits also include Bernard Shaw's Overruled (Shaw Festival); Peter Pan (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); a national tour of Shirley Valentine, starring Nicola Cavendish; The Number 14, which he co-created and which has enjoyed over 1000 productions across the country and abroad; and Flying Blind, a collective creation produced by four companies that has played in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and in Australia.
He was appointed Artistic and Executive Director of Centaur Theatre from November 2007 until the summer of 2017. His directing credits for Centaur include The Madonna Painter by Michel Marc Bouchard, and Innocence Lost: A Play About Stephen Truscott by Beverley Cooper.
In 2017, Surette was appointed Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre, his career coming full circle.
His many awards include three Monday Magazine's M Awards for Most Outstanding production for Urinetown: The Musical, and Jessies for Unless, Lilies, and The Number 14.
Last updated 2017-01-25