Playwriting Circle Showcase 2023
Enjoy excerpts from emerging playwrights who identify with disability in a free public reading!
For the last three months, writers and emerging playwrights from across Canada have gathered virtually every Saturday to learn about the playwriting process and work on new material, with facilitation and dramaturgical support from Natasha Nadir.
Join us in supporting new talent!
WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 12PM PST
WHERE: Online via Zoom
This is a FREE event. Register HERE.
ASL Interpretation provided by ASL Interpreting Inc.
For questions, access needs, or to register via email, contact: email@example.com or call 604.322.7325
Featuring works by: Jennifer Burgmann, MariFer Douglas, Damion LeClair, Elizabeth Rodenburg, Peihwen Tai, Caroline Toal, and Andrew Vallance.
Jennifer Burgmann is an actor, writer, and aspiring director. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from Simon Fraser University, and is currently a student at the Realwheels Acting Academy. Her work in performance includes solo pieces, one-act and full-length plays, and multidisciplinary collaborative projects. She recently worked as Assistant Director for Teenage Dick directed by Ashlie Corcoran and presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company. In 2009, Jennifer developed a rare illness that resulted in disability. Her stories about her experiences have been published on The Mighty, Yahoo, and MSM, and is currently in the process of writing her first plays, Riding the Dragon and A Cripmas Carol. Jennifer feels compelled to share stories about personal growth that develops from trauma, and is committed to supporting disability representation, inclusion and accessibility in Arts and Culture.
MariFer Douglas is a Mexican-Canadian emerging Producer, Director and theatre artist. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2018 with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a Sociology Minor. She has directed and produced her own work since 2016 through her emerging collective Xongos Arts Club. Her work has been shown in the IGNITE! Youth Festival, The Burnaby Village Museum, The Burnaby Arts Council, The Cultch, the Tom Cone Festival, PTC’s Block A program and was awarded an ECD Grant on 2020 to work on her current script INTEAMACY with Theatre Terrific, a theatre company that specialize in working with people with disabilities. She also gained a recognition from Summer Canada Jobs for the play Driven By Clockwork as one of the outstanding Summer Projects of 2017. MariFer’s style is abstract with elements of psychological thrillers and surreal aesthetic. She identifies as a MadArtist and her interest is to create experimental work that challenges our perception of the world and question the meaning of reality and truth. She is an advocate for mental health and raising awareness to create more empathetic and compassionate communities. She is also interested in creating a theatre where sensations are the primary element of the experience, and experiment with new forms of storytelling. She is enjoying her time as part of the Playwriting Circle at Realwheels and is excited to share her new work on the showcase.
Damion Alexander LeClair is a Métis, Two Spirit multi-disciplinary artist and actor who currently resides on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Sel̓íl̓witulh nations. Damion has toured extensively and performed across all of Canada’s major stages in multiple productions vitalizing their strength in psychical comedy and theatre. Damion has a strong passion and determination in decolonizing modern theatre stereotypes, tropes and practices. Recent credits include: Th’owxiya The National Tour 2023 (Axis Theatre), They Know Not What They Do (Native Earth) and the workshop of Rougarou at Weesageechak 36 (Native Earth).
Elizabeth Rodenburg (she/they) is a queer, neurodivergent artist, actor, and playwright from Guelph, Ontario (the traditional territories of the Anishinabek; the Mississaugas of The Credit First Nation). A recent graduate from the University of Windsor’s BFA in Acting program (2022), Elizabeth has devised and created numerous original works both independently and collectively through the University of Windsor, Buddies in Bad Times, and Tarragon Theatre. They are passionate about telling often untold stories in a way that celebrates artists and their identities and strive to centre their art around the strength and individuality that can be found in community.
Peihwen J. Tai (she/her) is a Taiwanese/Canadian writer and performer based on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Nations. She is the 2023-2024 Level 3 playwright for the Arts Club’s LEAP program. This year, after her graduation from UBC (BFA Double Major, Theatre Acting & Japanese), she has since worked with What Lab, The Parallel Project, Rumble, and PTC. Not formally trained in writing, she has learnt storytelling from her Hakkanese family.
Caroline Toal is an award-winning actor and emerging playwright. She has performed theatrically for over ten years, originating roles for numerous new Canadian productions, and has been nominated for six awards for her work. Caroline co-wrote and performed in Single Thread’s immersive, outdoor theatrical experience, Ambrose, and participated in the New Young Reviewers Unit through the Toronto Fringe Festival. For the Realwheels Playwriting Circle Showcase, she is presenting an excerpt from her first play, Survivors, which was supported by grants from Studio 180 and Workman Arts.
Andrew Vallance is a story teller, stand up comic and shit disturber with a love of chocolate and a very pronounced social media fixation. He is a Realwheels veteran and hopes you enjoy his work. He currently resides in Vancouver.
Creative and Production Team
Natasha Nadir – Facilitator / Dramaturg / Host
Kimit Sekhon – Technical Coordinator
Adam Grant Warren – Host / Actor
David Bloom – Actor
Len Harvey – Actor
Matthew Dacheng Jin – Actor
Cheri Maracle – Actor
Sherine Menes – Actor
Kelsey Kanatan Wavey – Actor
Thomas Schultes – Graphic Designer