As a writer I love engaging the minds and enthusiasm of young audiences; I mine history for golden nuggets that shine today, and am particularly attracted to stories of women who refuse to play by the rules. I am always fascinated by the many shades of grey that make up the human experience. As a producer I co-founded the Tricycle Theatre in London, England with Ken Chubb and from 1989 to 2003 I was co-artistic director with Lib Spry of Straight Stitching Productions. As a story and script editor I work with Ken Chubb on the development of projects for film and television and was Senior Story Editor for Jozi-H, a 13 x 1 hour drama series. I also work as a dramaturge for theatre.
I was also nominated for Best Toronto Playwright in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice Awards.
I am Marguerite , directed by Molly Thom, ran at the Alumnae Theatre from April 10 – 25, 2015.
Three plays I had the opportunity to dramaturge have had recent success. Chloe Whitehorn‘s Divine Wrecks was named as one of the Top Ten shows of 2015 by the blog, lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.com, Norman Yeung’s, Theory, won the 2015 Herman Voaden Playwrighting Award, and Donna Langevin’s, Bargains in the New World, was the winner of First Prize at the Eden Mills/Guelph One Act play competition for 2015. Congratulations to Chloe, Norman and Donna!
There are two upcoming school productions of my adaptation of Hansel and Gretel at Fries Lake School District, Hubertus, Wisconsin in January, 2016 and Raymond Fitzsimmons Mount Calvary Christian School in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on November 13 & 14, 2015.
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