About Nicole 'Coco' Roberge



Our Artistic Director Coco Roberge studied theatre and education at UVic, and in 2010, she graduated with an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a teaching artist, she has 20 years of pedagogical practice but never stops learning with curiosity and energy. Her acclaimed solo show, Come Cuddle Me, originally produced by SHIFT for the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2013, was presented at the 2014 New York Fringe.

Coco teaches drama, dance, musical theatre, writing, and circus in various contexts, including her regular daily gig at Riverside Secondary’s River’s Edge Theatre, while she drives SHIFT creatively. She is passionate about collaboration, contact, community building, SHIFT’s Healthy Artistry Initiative, the SHIFTLab new play program, learning decolonizing practices, and stepping out of the way to spotlight underrepresented stories and storytellers.

Coco Roberge is a spitfire producer who always made me feel heard and appreciated. While working together to produce...”Titillations”, Coco was determined, dedicated and optimistic. Thank you Coco for passionately creating a safe space for me to blossom and to share my work!
— Yvette Dudley-Neuman, SHIFTLab Artist 2017 + SHIFT Festival 11 "Titillations"
She is someone who actually believes in diversity, and she walks the walk...She is fierce, passionate, hardworking and genuine. She goes out of her way to make what she believes is right, possible.
— Fay Nass, SHIFT Festival 10, "Unveiled"