Meet Vancouver TheatreSports’ executive director, Jay Ono.
The newest show from Vancouver TheatreSports at the Improv Centre on Granville Island is Murder on the Improv Express (Apr 12-May 26). Set in the 1930s on a luxury train trapped in the Canadian Rockies, the passenger list includes a prominent socialite, a retired military officer, and a famous detective. And of course, a corpse. Taking inspiration from the audience, improvisers will create a hilarious new script each night.
Jay Ono has been Executive Director of Vancouver TheatreSports since 1994. He has been instrumental in directing the artistic growth of the organization, while having the vision and business acumen to establish a strong and stable infrastructure. This year, as a result of Jay’s leadership, Vancouver TheatreSports is celebrating 38 years of laughter, making it a pillar of the Vancouver arts community.
His 35 years in the entertainment industry includes producing, consulting, directing, teaching, administrating, and performing. Jay was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of the historic Stanley Theatre in 1999, and was chosen as one of B.C.’s Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver.
20 Questions with Jay Ono
1. Your first job.
Working the graveyard shift as a clerk at 7/11.
2. The job you always wanted as a child?
3. Your pet peeve.
4. Your hero.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
6. One thing no one knows about you.
I am obsessed with mini drones, Costco, and Amazon.
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
My family, Netflix, and a George Foremen Grill.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9. If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?
10. Hero or villain?
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
Improv changes lives.
12. The song that gets the most play on your iTunes / Spotify playlist.
“24K Magic” by Bruno Mars.
13. Your favourite play.
A Chorus Line.
14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?
Bart Simpson because of his imagination, and that he is mischievous.
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
Wasn’t he swell.
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
17. Your idea of happiness.
In a penthouse suite on a luxury cruise line touring the world.
18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty-year-old self?.
Live in the moment.
19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
The growth of Vancouver TheatreSports.
20. To be or not to be?
To be (present).