*Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, aka Belladonna the Blest, an emcee, playwright and agitator. Her main body of work, the 54ology, includes: Cake, Sound of the Beast, A Man A Fish, Salome’s Clothes, Gas Girls, Give It Up, The Smell of Horses, and The First Stone. Commissioned works include Witness Shift (Obsidian Theatre, 21 Black Futures), Reaching For Starlight (Geordie Theatre), Say the Words (Wrecking Ball), The House You Build (SNTC). Opera libretti include Forbidden (Afarin Mansouri/Tapestry Opera) and Oubliette (Ivan Barbotin/Tapestry…

*Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Debbie Patterson, a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a founding member of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR), served as Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital year, and as Artistic Director of the Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba. She served as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) from 2012 to 2018 and is currently a member of the PTE Playwrights Unit.

Playwriting credits include How it Ends, Sargent & Victor…

**Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Vishesh Abeyratne, he is currently serving as one of two playwrights-in-residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). His play “Divide and Rule” recently received a workshop as part of the TACTICS Online Series and was one of the winners in Infinithéâtre’s Write-On-Q! playwriting competition. His solo show “The Procrustes Pitch” was presented by Between Us Productions in New York and Riverside Theatre in Iowa. He has also written a play for young audiences called “Exposure”, published by YouthPLAYS, Inc.

**Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Marilo Nuñez, a Chilean Canadian playwright, director, actor and academic. She was the 2018 recipient of the Hamilton Arts Awards for Established Theatre Artist and was recently nominated for the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize. She is the 2021–22 Playwright in Residence at Aluna Theatre (Toronto) and was a member of Natural Resources, Factory Theatre’s playwright’s unit for established writers in 2019. She was Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre in 2016 and was McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence in 2018. She is…

**Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with award-winning playwright Jennifer Wynne Webber who writes in multiple genres and who has also worked as a television journalist, professional actor, dramaturge, and video producer. Her first book was a novel called “Defying Gravity.” Scirocco Drama has published two of her plays: “Beside Myself” and “With Glowing Hearts: How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did).” Her play, “White Lies,” was published in the literary journal, Ryga and, under its former title “Whistling at the Northern Lights,”…

**Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Diane Flacks, who is a writer/actor. Recently, Diane played the titular role of Nathan in “Nathan the Wise” in Stratford’s 2019/2020 season. She wrote and starred in “Unholy”, her acclaimed play about women and religion for Nightwood Theatre. “Unholy” was nominated for a Dora, was filmed live for Zoomer tv and published in 2019. Selected plays include “Waiting Room”, “Bear With Me”, “Random Acts”, “SIBS” (with Richard Greenblatt). TV writing includes “Workin’ Moms”, “Baroness von Sketch Show”, and “Kids in…

**Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Yvette Nolan, an Algonquin playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays include “BLADE”, “Annie Mae’s Movement”, “The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy)”, “The Unplugging”, “Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show” (co-writer), the libretto “Shanawdithit”. She co-created, with Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight, the verbatim play “Reasonable Doubt”, about relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. From 2003–2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book, “Medicine Shows”, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights…

*Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Janet Munsil, a playwright and the former producer/artistic director of Intrepid Theatre in Victoria (1992–2016). Her plays have been produced internationally by theatres including the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, ATP, Tarragon, Touchstone, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Citizen’s (Glasgow), The Arts Club Stanley Theatre, Persephone, and the Soho Theatre in London’s West End. Her play “That Elusive Spark” was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards. She teaches playwriting at the University of Victoria as a sessional…

**Each month we interview member playwrights to share their work, stories and inspiration with the community. We recently spoke with Shauntay Grant, a Nova Scotian playwright, poet, performance artist, and children’s author. She served as Halifax’s third poet laureate, and she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Dalhousie University. Her stage play “The Bridge” premiered at Neptune Theatre in 2019, a co-production between 2b theatre and Neptune Theatre in association with Obsidian Theatre. The Bridge was nominated for 11 Robert Merritt Awards, taking home four at last month’s virtual awards show including the award for Outstanding New Play…

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