MARCH 29TH, 2000


Founded in 2000, The Sunset Theatre Society’s Mandate is to: nurture, develop, produce and present professional theatre in the remote and supportive environment of the Sunset Theatre in the remote gold mining town of Wells, BC. 

The Sunset Theatre is Governed by a Board of Directors with one full-time volunteer staff person, Executive Artistic Director, Karen Jeffery.  The Sunset Theatre has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary season.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact us at 250-994-3400 or

250-617-2167 or you can email us at


Holly Jones - President

Natasha McEwan - Secretary

Julia Mackey - Director

Doug McKeag - Director

Onalea Gilbertson - Director

Christine Brlecic - Director

Michaela Jeffery - Exploration Series Playwrighting Advisor 


Karen Planden - Executive Artistic Director

Glen Cairns - Artistic Associate

Lahna Lampson - Administrative

Summer Students are supported through the generous employment grants from Service Canada.  

Lifetime membership fee only $20.

Membership Card with receive a  $2 discount for all Sunset Theatre productions except rentals (i.e. Arts Wells) and Sunset Cabaret.
One 'bring a guest' pass - (guest must be a non-member)
Aftershow Bevies - applies to only particular shows
Sunset Theatre Pin

To become a member please contact

If you or your company or someone you know is interested in supporting the Sunset Theatre in a bigger way, please contact us directly.  We are currently looking for partners who we can get creative with to make this little diamond in the rough a goldmine.  

This partnership can be through sponsorship, private donation, creative contribution, volunteerism, advocacy, becoming a board member or service provider, or providing value in kind.

Karen Jeffery

Executive Artistic Director (nee Planden) 

A theatre professional of over 30 years Karen juggles her passion for theatre between acting, singing, producing, designing, writing and being an arts administrator.  In 1999 Karen purchased the Sunset Theatre in Wells BC and with her husband Dave restored it beyond its former glory.  The Sunset Theatre Society was formed in 2000 for the purposes of bringing professional theatre to the Cariboo region dedicated to the creation of new plays. Karen went to theatre school in New York at HB Studios after spending a short time at Studio 58 in Vancouver and has worked professionally in Toronto, Stratford, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver and even spent some time in Nashville, living in a tent pursuing a career as a country and western singer.  Not afraid of new frontiers, Karen accepted a contract with the 2010 Vancouver Olympics responsible for creating the cultural programming for the Athletes Villages and an 18 day Arts and Cultural Festival for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.  Karen now splits her time between the Sunset Theatre in Wells, and Lions Bay BC, where she calls home with her two younger children, a dog named Stella and shares two incredible stepchildren, Michaela Jeffery and Daniel Jeffery with her husband Dave. In her spare time, Karen enjoys painting and building inspirational silver jewellery under the moniker, Time of the Soul is Now.   

"Working with indigenous artists and communities has been a big part of my career. At 25th Street, we produced several plays by indigenous artists and also produced a Northern Saskatchewan tour of Maria Campbell and Harry Daniels’ play, One More Time. 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games as Manager of Village Plaza Events, I worked directly with Four Hosts First Nations establishing the Art Galleries in each Athlete’s Villages celebrating and promoting the indigenous artists of the region.  For the 2015 Canada Winter Games, in addition to producing an 18 Arts and Cultural Festival, I was responsible for Protocol and worked closely with members of the Lheidli T’enneh Band. 

Facilitating the creation of theatre with indigenous artists and community members is one of my greatest joys and inspirations.  I have learned the delicate process of allowing the voices of our Indigenous peoples to lead the way. It is about being present, giving time and honouring the process. It is my job to listen.  I don't get involved with the voice of the artist but help to hold the space so that their voice can rise to the surface. This is hopefully true for all artists creating at the Sunset Theatre."