December 28, 2019

We made it! Not only is it the end of another year but it's the end of another decade! For the last three years I've been aiming to see over 52 plays per year and this year I really outdid myself. In 2019 I saw a whopping one hundred fifty-six plays over fifty two weeks! Most of these plays came from my time in the spring and summer spent at theatre festivals across Western Canada. This included six shows at the Festival of Animated Objects, nine at the 2019 Hydra Performing Arts Festival, eleven plays at Sage Theatre's annual IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists, and a whopping one hundred between the five fringes I attended in Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver during my summer tour with Chimera Theatre. You can read more...

November 10, 2019

Theatre is, by its nature, collaborative. That's what I really love about it. It's what makes the art form so alive. When an author writes a book, there's usually only one interpretation of the text: the reader. Of course, there's input from the editors, the publishers, etc., but in the actual ingestion of the art it goes from the words that were written by the creator straight into the mind of the reader and that reader interprets the story.

With theatre it's different. A playwright writes words and then those words are interpreted by artists. A director creates the vision of the show. The designers create the world and space and texture of the play to come to life in. Actors bring the characters to life. Each of these add an interpret...

August 27, 2019

That's right friends! One Day will be my first play to reach the stages of the United States when it debuts at the Otherworlds Theatre's Paragon Festival! The play has been selected to be one of the forty shows in the festival running November 9th and 10th, 2019.

This is the fifth annual Paragon Festival, the world's largest Science Fiction and Fantasy Play Festival. And if you know anything about me...science fiction and fantasy are two of my favourite things. Having the opportunity to explore these genres (plus the supernatural and horror genres) on stage over the last few years has been incredibly rewarding. According the Otherworld's website:

"Paragon is a short-play festival dedicated to furthering Otherworld's mission of growing the gen...

July 22, 2019

After placing in the final four for New Vintage Theatre's 2019 Black Cat Cabaret Playwriting Competition this past February, my latest 10-minute play Dispatch will be receiving its world premiere this week in Newmarket, Ontario! This is the first of my plays to be produced in Ontario and I'm very excited that a new market (see what I did there?) of people are able to take in my work. 

The Newmarket National 10 Minute Play Festival was founded in 2017 and this is its third year of operation. According to their website: "Twenty-four original ten-minute plays are packaged into four “pods” of six shows playing at Newmarket's newly refurbished Old Town Hall Theatre. Plays are selected from submissions sent in from across...

June 9, 2019

I did it. 

I wrote, self-directed, and performed in a one-man show. Earlier this spring I announced that my newest show Other Deaths of the Universe would be debuting this spring (and explained why in the world I would undertake this daunting task). I wasn't sure how the project would turn out, but I survived it. It was the scariest thing I've done so far as a theatre artist and a performer but, most importantly, I learned a lot from the experience. Here's a few thoughts from the process: 

Lighting Design by Tauran Wood. Photo by Aiden Nidelet.

  1. Being yourself on stage is very, very hard.
    This show was deeply personal. It was challenging as a performer not only to memorize and perform a 65 minute show by myself, b...

April 28, 2019

Spring is a busy time of year. It's summed up by three words that most Arts Administrators I know dread: grant writing season. I've finished five grants already in the last month and I'm working on finishing two more before the week is done. Most years, I'm scrambling just to get enough words, budgets, support materials, and reference letters just to get submissions in on time, but this year I've been taking a little more time to think about whyI'm doing theatre in Canada and why it's important to me and my community.  Somewhere between being in the middle of tech week, writing all these grants, and still trying to find time to sleep, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my thoughts. It is, of course, also great way to procr...

March 20, 2019

Spring is finally here and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's breathing heavy sighs of relief in this warm fresh air. I was initially afraid that Edmonton wouldn't be as balmy as Calgary, but so far northern Alberta is treating me great with every day being above 10ºC!

March has been a whirlwind of a month so far and I'm so excited to be jumping into my next project in Edmonton (The Invisible at Catalyst Theatre). Before talking about what's coming up next in my theatre world, I just wanted to reflect on my first time with the Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary last week!

Here's what the festival is all about according to their website:

"Here at the Festival of Animated Objects we strive to engage our audience and animate our city by bre...

February 14, 2019

Well, the world premiere run of The Robber Bridegroom by the Brothers Grimm (adapted by the Chimera Theatre Ensemble) is finished. The show ran for eleven performances in Kamloops and Calgary and was met with enthusiasm in both cities! This show has meant a great deal to me and I'm so thankful to have gotten the chance to work and play with so many wonderful collaborators, designers, performers, and puppeteers!

If you're interested in reading a bit about the show in the press, we've got some previews about the piece here: Calgary Herald, Kamloops This Week, InfoNews Kamloops, The Omega, and CFJC TV. I also spoke on the CFJC Midday show about the production!

Now, why might you be interested in reading about this show if we've already closed? B...

January 21, 2019

 The Robber Bridegroom opens at Chimera Theatre in Kamloops this week! We're so excited to load this amazing puppet show into the Pavilion Theatre next week and then travel to Calgary the following week.

Having the opportunity to devise and create a new show is such a blessing and I've thoroughly enjoyed the process. It's been a lot of hard work, but the show has really come together and I'm excited to see how audiences react to it over the coarse of our run. We've combined rod puppetry, shadow puppetry, and physical theatre to make a play that's part puppet show, part immersive theatre, and even part improvised. I truly think it's going to be a play/experience that audiences in Kamloops haven't seen before and I'm excited to bring a product...

November 5, 2018

It's November and you all know what that means...winter in Canada.

I've lived in Edmonton once before and I recall, quite fondly, the autumn season. In particular, I remember wearing my Halloween costume over-top of my snowsuit as a child for trick-or-treating. We did not, thankfully, have snow ON Halloween this year in Edmonton, it waited a total of one day, but it is now a winter (and icy) wonderland here in the great white north of Alberta.

So it's winter in Edmonton. Why would I be here? Well, Christmas theatre of course! I'm currently working as the assistant director on Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Citadel Theatre! It's part two of my self-guided season of assistant directing project for this year (you can read more about...

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