Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre, was created in 1993 as the brain child of Andorlie Hillstrom.
Hillstrom was DIWC’s artistic director until June of 2014. She was joined by music and production director, Robert Ursan in 1996. In June of 2014, following the departure of Hillstrom, Ursan took on the role of Artistic director in addition to his roles as both music and production director.
A non-profit organization, run by a volunteer board of directors, the company initially produced shows at the Regina Performing Arts Centre. In 2008, due to the growth in the size of the company, DIWC moved its productions to the Conexus Arts Centre. In 2015, DIWC moved its productions to Darke Hall, on the U of R, Conservatory of Performing Arts campus.
Hundreds of young people from across southern Saskatchewan have been members of Do It With Class Young People’s theatre since its creation in 1996.
Many have gone on to develop performance careers, including: including Paul Nolan, who recently played Guy in Once, Pasha Antipov in Dr. Zhivago and Jesus in the ever- popular Jesus Christ Superstar, all on Broadway; Tatiana Maslany, who stars in the BBC America series Orphan Black; Amy Matysio, who plays Kenny in the comedy series Single White Spenny, currently airing on Showcase, Jacqueline Burtney as Purity and Erma in Roundabout Theatre’s production of Anything Goes; and many others such as Jeff Irving, Kyle Golemba, Tess Degenstein, Sara-Lys Huck and Ingrid Nilsen.
Others have gone on to develop careers as musicians, educators, lawyers, doctors, policy analysts and more. Many have identified DIWC as having played an integral role in the development of confidence, self-esteem and team building skills, critical in all careers.
In early 2014, DIWC celebrated its 20th anniversary in a gala celebration at Regina’s Conexus Arts Centre.