Alberta Theatre Projects’ current season will culminate in Playwrights Projects, two weeks of concurrent workshops, from April 29 to May 12, 2019, featuring the work of our Playwrights Unit members Cheryl Foggo, Marshall Vielle and Vern Thiessen, Anna Chatterton and Louise Casemore. The Playwrights Unit is facilitated by newly-appointed Artistic Associate Meg Braem, herself a Governor-General’s Award shortlisted playwright. Included among the workshops will be Calgary playwright Casemore’s Undressed, Alberta Theatre Projects’ first work commissioned under the tenure of new Executive and Artistic Director Darcy Evans. Playwrights Projects will round off in an exciting weekend of public readings from May 10 to May 12, 2019.
ATP PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT MEMBERS
Meg’s plays have been nominated for a Governors General’s Literary Award and won the Alberta Literary Award for Drama, the Alberta Playwriting Competition and Playwright Theatre Centre’s “The News Competition.” Her work has been produced at Lunchbox Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Sage Theatre, Sparrow and Finch Theatre, Theatre Transit, Atomic Vaudeville, and Intrepid Theatre. Meg is a past playwright-in-residence at Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, ATP and member of the Citadel Playwrights Forum. Most recently Meg premiered Flight Risk in at Lunchbox Theatre and her play The Josephine Knot was published by Playwrights Canada Press. Meg is co-author of Amplify: Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance (University of Toronto Press, 2019) with Norah Bowman and Dominique Hui. Meg is the Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.
She is a creator, director, and Sterling award winning writer/performer, and Artistic Director of Defiance Theatre. Involved in over a dozen world premieres and counting, including her work as writer and performer for OCD (multiple Canadian dates), FUNCTIONAL (2016 Found Fest, 2017 Ignite Festival), and recent premiere of GEMINI (co-starring Vern Thiessen). Louise is a devoted to finding honesty and intimacy wherever she can, and all things strange and unusual.
Anna Chatterton is a librettist, playwright and performer. She is a two-time finalist for Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama; in 2018 for Gertrude and Alice (co-written with Evalyn Parry, devised with Karin Randoja); and in 2017 for Within the Glass. Anna’s other plays include Quiver (Nightwood Theatre) and the stage adaptation of The Horse and His Boy premiering at the Shaw Festival on the Festival MainStage in 2019. Her work has been nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning Outstanding Production of an Opera for Rocking Horse Winner. Anna was named a top ten Toronto Theatre Artist of 2016 by NOW Magazine, won a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Hamilton Arts Award for Theatre. As a librettist Anna’s opera work has been produced across Canada and in the States. Anna is currently playwright in residence at Nightwood Theatre and has been a playwright in residence at the National Theatre School of Canada, Tarragon Theatre and Tapestry Opera.
Cheryl Foggo, a descendant of the 1910 Black pioneers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, has been published and produced extensively in multiple genres. Her play, John Ware Reimagined, won the 2015 Writers Guild of Alberta Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama and was produced most recently at Edmonton’s Workshop West Theatre Company in November, 2017. She received the Sondra Kelly Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of Canada in 2013. In 2014 she co-produced Alberta’s first Black Canadian Theatre Series with Ellipsis Tree Collective Theatre Company. A long time student of African-North American history, she has a particular interest in disseminating the stories of Alberta’s Black pioneers. Cheryl is continuing her exploration of the life and roots of legendary Black cowboy John Ware in a new documentary with the National Film Board of Canada, scheduled for release later this year.
Vern Thiessen is one of Canada’s most produced playwrights. SHAKESPEARE’S WILL, APPLE, EINSTEIN’S GIFT, VIMY, LENIN’S EMBALMERS and OF HUMAN BONDAGE have gone on to hundreds of productions in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. He is the winner of the Dora, Sterling, and Carol Bolt awards for Outstanding New Play. He is also the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Canada’s highest honour for playwriting. Vern is currently Artistic Director of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre in Edmonton, Canada.
Marshall Vielle (Natay’ao’tako – Holy Walking Around the Encampment)
Marshall is an Indigenous Actor, Director, Podcaster, and Drag Performer from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He is recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts, specializing in Theatre Performance. He is especially interested in using theatre for community development, having been involved in various projects both locally and internationally aimed at using artistic practices to encourage social change. Marshall is the recipient of the 2018 Theatre Calgary Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award and an Artist-in-Residence at Trickster Theatre. He is excited to be working with the ATP Playwrights Unit and would like to thank his family, friends, and artistic mentors for their endless love and support! Select acting credits include: High Trails (Springboard Performance/Fluid Fest), KAAHSINNONIKS: Our Ancestors (Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakesbow/Theatre Calgary), Blow Wind High Water (Theatre Calgary), Working It Out (Work Plays), Dreams, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Unlimited: A Collective Creation, Sauce for the Goose (University of Lethbridge), March of the Red Coats (The Fort Museum), and The Ugliest Girl Meets Elvis (Empress Theatre). Select directing credits include: Naked (Chinook One Act Festival), SCORN, alterNatives (University of Lethbridge).