Who we are (old)

hapax theatre is a not-for-profit organization based in Victoria, BC. The company was formed in 2014 by Heather Jarvie and Chad Laidlaw and opened its first show, A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor, in March of that year.

hapax theatre respectfully acknowledges that we live, create, and perform on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen People, today known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.


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Heather Jarvie (She/Her) Chad Laidlaw (He/Him)
Artistic Director / Co-Founder Production Manager / Co-Founder

Heather has an extensive background in music, theatre, and dance and has been an avid contributor to the Victoria Theatre scene for many years. Selected highlights of her performance experiences include Hello, Dolly!, La Traviata, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Nevermore, Children of Eden, The Crucible, Woyzeck, A Beautiful View, The Magic Flute, and Dog Sees God. Heather’s directing highlights include Harvey, Company, Nevermore (2019 Pick Of The Fringe Winner), The Boy In The Chrysalis (2018 Pick Of The Fringe Winner), A Beautiful View, In On It, Be Still, and the world-premiere of new Canadian play Castle On The Farm.

Heather was the Guest Producer of the 29th annual Victoria Fringe Festival and then immediately moved into the Artist-In-Residence position with Pacific Opera Victoria where she was the Assistant Director on Otello, Mary’s Wedding, The Barber of Seville, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and La Voix Humaine. Leaving her residency at Pacific Opera Victoria, Heather became the Artist-In-Residence for the Icelandic Opera where she was the Assistant Director on the award-winning production of Eugene Onegin. 

Chad has been working in theatre and the performing arts since he was a child, first playing violin and trumpet before moving on to theatre as his primary artistic outlet, primarily as a stage manager, lighting designer, and sound designer. Selected design credits include 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible, A Party to Murder, Harvey, A Beautiful View, A Beautiful View, Escape From Happiness, 84, Charing Cross Road, Constellations, Company, Be Still, Castle On The Farm.

Chad has previously been both a Front of House Manager and Venue Technician for the Victoria Fringe Festival. He previously was Box Office Manager for Langham Court Theatre, and Production Assistant at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.