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  1. Aaron Bushkowsky

    Aaron Bushkowsky

    Aaron Bushkowsky is a Vancouver-based playwright with publications and productions across several genres, including film, theatre, prose, poetry, and non-fiction. His first collection of short fiction, The Vanishing Man, was published by Cormorant Books in 2005, and his two collections of poetry, ed and mabel go to the moon and Mars is for Poems, are available through Oolichan Books. Aaron’s plays, Strangers Among Us and The Waterhead and Other Plays have been published by Playwrights Canada Press. His plays have been nominated for Jessie Richardson Awards several times, winning twice. He teaches film and playwriting at several institutions, including Langara College, Studio 58, Kwantlen University, and Vancouver Film School. He also helps run Solo Collective Theatre, a professional mid-sized theatre in Vancouver that produces original plays by Western Canadian playwrights. Aaron is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Learn More
  2. Allan Boss

    Allan Boss

    Allan Boss has worked on many projects, both regionally and nationally, as a producer and director for the CBC. Boss worked with Ghost River Theatre on their production of An Eye for an Eye, which was chosen to represent the CBC at Wordplay 2007, and was broadcast internationally. Boss’s Ideas program “Updrafts” was nominated for the Peabody, New York Festivals, Gabriel, and Prix Italia awards. With a Ph.D. in drama from the University of Calgary, Boss has shaped the history surrounding Mavor Moore’s life and work. Learn More
  3. Anne Chislett

    Anne Chislett

    Anne Chislett was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She was educated at Memorial University, St. John’s and the University of British Columbia, and taught English in Ontario high schools before becoming a full-time playwright in 1980. Anne Chislett’s plays have been widely produced across Canada, the United States, and Japan. Her Amish play, Quiet in the Land (Blyth Festival, 1981) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and the Chalmers Award, and has become a classic of modern Canadian theatre. It is one of the few Canadian plays to be produced at the Stratford Festival (2003), and was produced in a Japanese translation by Toyoshi Yoshihara by Maple Leaf, Tokyo. Flippin’ In (Young People’s Theatre, 1995) won the Chalmers Young Audiences Award. Not Quite the Same (Theatre Direct, 2000) was nominated for both Dora Mavor Moore and Chalmers awards.

    Other plays include A Summer Burning (Blyth, 1977); The Tomorrow Box (Kawartha Summer Theatre, 1980), which won the Best Production Award at the Hiroshima Festival; Another Season’s Promise (Blyth, 1986), and a new sequel, Another Season’s Harvest, both written with Keith Roulston; Half a Chance (Lighthouse Festival, 1988); Yankee Notions (Blyth, 1992); No Sweat; The Perilous Pirate’s Daughter (written with David Archibald); and Glengarry School Days (Blyth, 1994), written with Janet Amos.

    From 1998 to 2002 Anne was artistic director of the Blyth Festival, a theatre dedicated to new Canadian works which she co-founded in 1975. Anne has also worked extensively as a dramaturge. Many of Anne's plays focus on the farm communities of southern Ontario, and typically feature strong, independent women struggling against stubborn men, or conflicts between parent and child, conformity and individuality. Learn More
  4. Bruce Barton

    Bruce Barton

    Bruce Barton is an educator, playwright, dramaturg, and director. Born in Montreal, raised and educated in Ontario, he spent from 1991 through 2001 living on Canada’s East Coast, including Corner Brook, NF, Charlottetown, PE, and Halifax, NS. Bruce received a doctorate in Drama and Theatre from the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto, where he now holds a position in playwriting and dramaturgy. He has articles published in Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, Essays in Drama, and Canada on Stage. Additional book projects include a theoretical study of the relationship between theatre and film (2004) and a critical history of Atlantic Canadian theatre (2005).

    He is currently completing an extensive entry on Canadian Drama in English for the online Canadian Encyclopedia, and he is the author of the annual, year-end drama review essay for the University of Toronto Quarterly. He is also the editor of Theatre Research in Canada. As dramaturg, Bruce has worked extensively with new and established playwrights throughout Canada, and is currently focusing on physically-based theatre creation (specifically with Toronto’s Number Eleven Theatre). Bruce is a national award-winning playwright with credits in stage and video production, as well as CBC radio drama. His play Roswell is included in New Canadian Drama 8, published by Borealis Press. He is a past-president of the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, and a current member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Learn More
  5. Carol Bolt

    Carol Bolt

    Carol Bolt (1941–2000) was born Carol Johnson, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Educated at the University of British Columbia, she was a successful and prolific playwright, who was also one of the founders of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She was president of the organization at least twice, and chaired many of its committees over the years. Bolt’s work includes Buffalo Jump (1972), Gabe (1973), Pauline (1973), Red Emma, Queen of the Anarchists (1974), and One Night Stand (1977). In addition to her work for adults, Bolt also wrote several plays for children, including My Best Friend is Twelve Feet High (1972), Cyclone Jack (1972), Maurice (1975), and Finding Bumble (1975). Learn More
  6. Catherine Banks

    Catherine Banks

    Plays by Catherine Banks have been performed across Canada and include It Is Solved By Walking; Bone Cage; Three Storey, Ocean View; and Bitter Rose, which aired on Bravo! Canada. Her work is poetic, darkly humorous, courageous, and beautifully theatrical, and her characters—Lud in Three Storey, Ocean View and Clarence in Bone Cage—have been described as Atlantic Gothic. Bone Cage was showcased at the National Arts Centre’s On the Verge in 2005, premiered in 2007, and went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2008. It Is Solved By Walking won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2012, was translated into Catalan by Tant per Tant, and was one of three Canadian plays to tour Catalonia in 2012. Catherine received Nova Scotia’s Established Artist Award for her body of work in 2008. Her newest play, Miss N’ Me, is about a small-town hairdresser who steals her husband’s plumbing van to drive to New York to meet the American rapper Missy Elliot. Catherine is currently adapting Ernest Buckler’s novel The Mountain and the Valley for the stage.

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  7. Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman

    Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman

    Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman is a multiple-award-winning playwright. She graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada and has gone on to write for theatre, radio, film, and television. Selected writing credits include The End of Pretending; Scratch, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and a Governor General’s Literary Award; and CBC Radio’s Afghanada. Most recently she has been working on three feature films. Charlotte lives in Toronto.

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  8. Chris Craddock

    Chris Craddock

    Chris Craddock is a playwright and performer based in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been artistic director of Azimuth Theatre and Rapid Fire Theatre, and in 2000 he was presented with the City of Edmonton Enbridge Award for Emerging Artist. Learn More
  9. Claudia Dey

    Claudia Dey

    Claudia Dey is a graduate of McGill and the National Theatre School. Her plays, Beaver (2000), The Gwendolyn Poems (2002) and Trout Stanley (2005) have been performed in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Vancouver. The Gwendolyn Poems was shortlisted for the 2002 Governor General’s Literary Award and a Trillium Award. Dey is also the author of the acclaimed novel Stunt. Learn More
  10. Cliff Cardinal

    Cliff Cardinal

    Cliff Cardinal is a multiple-​award-​winning Indigenous playwright and actor. Before graduating from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, Cliff wrote three solo plays, including Huff and Stitch, both of which garnered him awards. In addition to his work in theatre, he also has a music project called Cliff Cardinal and The Skylarks, who recently released their debut album This Is Not A Mistake. Cliff lives in Toronto.

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