Since September, ten playwrights from across Canada have been meeting weekly with facilitator Natasha Nadir, and passionately writing new work. Join us as we share excerpts of these pieces read by four Canadian actors on:
Saturday December 4th at 10:30am PST
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Ticket prices range from free to $20. ASL will be provided along with closed captioning.
Meet our playwrights! They have been working hard the past few months and here’s what they have to say:
Emily Brook: “I discovered that as long as you focus, trust the process and whoever your partner is at any given moment you can’t really lose.”
Ebony Gooden: Ebony believes it is important to create a safe space for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Deaf artists in Calgary in order to grow a thriving community.
Emma Kivisild: “I love working with other artists with disabilities, and presenting the realities of our lives.”
Sam MacPhee-Pitcher: “Hearing the works of others and imagining the staging potential is one of the greatest joys of each session.”
Alex Masse: “One thing I’ve really come to admire is the sheer scale that theatre allows. All of these stories, wherever they are, however “big” or “small” their scale may seem, can be told enchantingly through theatre.”
Gaitrie Persaud: “I enjoyed analyzing the script and listening to amazing writers’ perspectives and feedback.”
Seeley Quest: “I’d love to connect with potential performers and production team people interested in working together to move modeling toward staging.”
Fiona Smith: “I love hearing/seeing/experiencing the development of my colleague’s scripts each week – there is some cool stuff happening in this group!”
Jennifer Strong: “This class has provided a wonderful platform from which to explore playwriting.”
Victoria Urquhart: “Knowing that my work doesn’t have to be about disability in order for it to be strong as a “disabled perspective” has helped me to find my voice in a lot of ways.”
Facilitator: Natasha Nadir – Natasha is a director, dramaturg and playwright living in Vancouver, BC. She has an MFA in Directing from UBC, a BA from Bishop’s University and Acting Certificate from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. While Artistic Associate at Gateway Theatre she directed Mary’s Wedding, Burning In, The Grandkid, Brighton Beach Memoirs and facilitated five seasons of SceneFirst: Staged readings of New Work. She has worked as a creative facilitator (View From a Window, Starry Starry Night) and an acting instructor (William Davis Centre, Company of Rogues) working with a wide range of artists and students. Natasha is a member of the Wet Ink Collective and on the board of Playwrights Theatre Centre.