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Join Playwrights Guild of Canada and Gwaandak Theatre at the Yukon Playwrights Conference on April 14th from 12-8 at the Old Firehall in Whitehorse, YT. We are inviting all theatre creators to register for free so that we can all gather for “The Power of the Playwright” Panel, “From Page to Stage” Marketing Workshop, a Catered Dinner by Bridges Cafe, Spring Thaw Play Readings, and some community networking at the Dirty Northern Pub.

FREE REGISTRATION FOR ALL THEATRE CREATORS

You do not have to be a PGC member to attend this conference.

The Yukon Playwrights Conference is funded by the Access Copyright Foundation and Playwrights Guild of Canada.

“The Power of the Playwright” Panel

Our day starts with a panel of guest and local playwrights who will discuss the power that a playwright has to transform the world through theare creation. Panelists are Leonard LinklaterKevin Loring, and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Moderated by PGC regional representative, Kevin Kennedy.

About the Panelists:

Leonard Linklater

Leonard Linklater is a founding Co-Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre, as well as a playwright and CBC journalist. He was born and raised in Inuvik, N.W.T. and is a member of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. His first play Sixty Below received seven Dora nominations for its 1997 Toronto production with Native Earth Performing Arts, including for best script.Since 2000, Leonard has co-produced various Gwaandak productions. He is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada. Leonard workshopped Justice at the 2010 Native Earth Weesageechak New Play Festival; the play premiered in fall 2012 in the Yukon. Justice was featured in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene, fittingly, in an old court house.

Kevin Loring

Mr. Loring is an accomplished Canadian playwright, actor and director, and was the winner of the Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for his outstanding play, Where the Blood Mixes in 2009. The play explores the intergenerational effects of the residential school system. It toured nationally and was presented at the National Arts Centre in 2010, when Mr. Loring was serving as the NAC’s Playwright in Residence.

A Nlaka’pamux from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia, Loring created the Songs of the Land project in 2012 in partnership with five separate organizations in his home community. The project explores 100-year-old audio recordings of songs and stories of the N’lakap’amux People. Loring has written two new plays based on his work with the community including Battle of the Birds, about domestic violence and power abuse, and The Boy Who Was Abandoned, about youth and elder neglect.

A versatile artist and leader Loring has served as the co-curator of the Talking Stick Festival, as Artist in Residence at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, as Artistic Director of the Savage Society in Vancouver, as a Documentary Producer of Canyon War: The Untold Story, and as the Project Leader/Creator, and Director of the Songs of the Land project in his home community of Lytton First Nation.

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is an emcee, playwright, and arts administrator. Notable works for the stage include They Say He FellA Man A FishCakeThe House You BuildSalome’s Clothes, and Gas Girls. DM’s work has been recognized with a SATAward nomination, the Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, the Enbridge playRites Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and two nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Kevin Kennedy

For over twenty years, Kevin Kennedy has been living, writing, and performing in Canada’s north. His work ranges from live theatre and storytelling to video and multimedia.  His play “Just Think” was presented by the Northern Arts and Culture Centre in Yellowknife, and he has toured his own award-winning one-man shows to nineteen Canadian theatre festivals and many northern communities.

 

“From Page to Stage” Marketing Workshop

Local and established playwright, Brian Fidler, Gwaandak Theatre’s Artistic Director, Patti Flather, and Nakai Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jacob Zimmer will share their perspectives on promoting plays and creating professional relationships in theatre. PGC’s Monique Renaud will then facilitate a workshop in which you can build your own toolbox of fresh and creative marketing ideas. Participants will collaborate in small groups to design a visual Marketing Plan for each artist’s current or upcoming project.

About the guest speakers:

Brian Fidler

Brian Fiddler is an actor, director and the principal instigator and creator at Ramshackle Theatre.

Patti Flather

Photo Credit: Bruce Barrett

Patti Flather is an Anglo-settler theatre artist from the West Coast who now calls Whitehorse home. Patti co-founded Gwaandak Theatre, where she’s Artistic Director, to empower Indigenous and Northern voices. Gwaandak has developed and produced works by Keith Barker, Sara Graefe, Leonard Linklater, Yvette Nolan, Kenneth T. Williams and others, and is supporting and commissioning new work. Some of Patti’s plays include Sixty Below (with Leonard Linklater), West Edmonton Mall and Where the River Meets the SeaParadise was published with Playwrights Canada Press in 2017. Patti also is a dramaturg. She’s a recipient of the Yukon Arts Builder Award and past winner of Theatre B.C.’s national playwriting competition.

Jacob Zimmer

Jacob Zimmer creates uncommon performances and experiences. In 2017, he moved to Whitehorse as the Artistic Director of Nakai Theatre. As the founder of Small Wooden Shoe he has been independently producing and creating work through collaboration and improvisation for over 10 years. Highlights include Dedicated to the Revolutions (Buddies in Bad Times, High Performance Rodeo, Super Nova, Magnetic North Festival), Perhaps in a Hundred Years (Hub 14, Summerworks, OFFTA), Life of Galileo (for Tracy Wright, Convocation Hall), Upper Toronto (Toronto Public Library, PARC etc…) and Antigone Dead People (Toronto, Tokyo). Jacob worked in dance as a dramaturge with Dancemakers and in an on-going collaboration with choreographer Ame Henderson/Public Recordings. He also designs processes and facilitates learning and engagement in the arts and other fields. Jacob holds a BFA (Theatre) from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and received the 2008 Ken McDougall Award for emerging directors. nakaitheatre.com / @jacobzimmer

Monique Renaud

Photo Credit: Vidhi Gupta

Monique has explored Canadian theatre as a performer, writer, director, and producer after graduating from the University of Windsor with a BFA in Acting. She has since become enthralled in arts administration and advocacy and has emerged into an administrative role within the last 5 years. She is the Public Relations Manager at Playwrights Guild of Canada as well as the Co-Chair of the Communications Committee for the Canadian Arts Coalition.

 

Spring Thaw Play Readings

The entire Yukon community is invited to experience four short play readings by guest and local playwrights. Featured playwrights include Reneltta ArlukWren BrianKevin LoringDonna-Michelle St. Bernard, and Doug Rutherford.

About the readers:

Reneltta Arluk

Reneltta is an Inuvialuit, Cree and Dene woman from the Northwest Territories. She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program from the University of Alberta and founder of Akpik Theatre, the only professional Indigenous Theatre company in the NWT. Reneltta is author of Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies with Bookland Press and is currently available in English, French and Cree. She has contributed to various magazines such as Inuit Quarterly, ArcPoetry Magazine and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance Publications. Her plays include TUMIT, a radio adaptation of I Count Myself Among Them by Richard Van Camp and is currently working on a play about Tookoolito, Inuk woman guide to Charles Francis Hall in the late 1800’s. Pawaâkan Macbeth, an adaptation of MacBeth into Cree cosmology and storytelling is her latest work, which she dedicates to the youth of Frog Lake, AB.

Wren Brian

Wren started her diverse career in Whitehorse, Yukon where she was born and raised. A graduate from the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre & Film Honours Program, Wren is a playwright as well as an arts administrator, director, and producer. In her writing Wren is dedicated to creating characters that can be played by actors of any gender, ancestry, and age.  Recently her play Anomie won the 2017 Harry S. Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba Play at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and her play Bystander was one of three plays shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild of Canada Emerging Playwright Award in 2015. For more information visit: wrenbrian.com

Kevin Loring

Mr. Loring is an accomplished Canadian playwright, actor and director, and was the winner of the Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for his outstanding play, Where the Blood Mixes in 2009. The play explores the intergenerational effects of the residential school system. It toured nationally and was presented at the National Arts Centre in 2010, when Mr. Loring was serving as the NAC’s Playwright in Residence.

A Nlaka’pamux from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia, Loring created the Songs of the Land project in 2012 in partnership with five separate organizations in his home community. The project explores 100-year-old audio recordings of songs and stories of the N’lakap’amux People. Loring has written two new plays based on his work with the community including Battle of the Birds, about domestic violence and power abuse, and The Boy Who Was Abandoned, about youth and elder neglect.

A versatile artist and leader Loring has served as the co-curator of the Talking Stick Festival, as Artist in Residence at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, as Artistic Director of the Savage Society in Vancouver, as a Documentary Producer of Canyon War: The Untold Story, and as the Project Leader/Creator, and Director of the Songs of the Land project in his home community of Lytton First Nation.

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is an emcee, playwright, and arts administrator. Notable works for the stage include They Say He FellA Man A FishCakeThe House You BuildSalome’s Clothes, and Gas Girls. DM’s work has been recognized with a SATAward nomination, the Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, the Enbridge playRites Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and two nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Doug Rutherford

After years in acting, Doug succumbed to his desire to create theatre, writing his first play, Fracture Zone, in 2010. This won the Nakai Theatre Best Next 24 Hour Playwriting award in 2011. He has written five plays in total, dealing with school shootings, major natural disaster, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, domestic violence, and is currently editing a play dealing with the perception of terrorism.

Roy Ness – Emcee

 

Roy Ness has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for over 40 years, where he has written and performed for stage, radio, storytelling festivals and comedy revues. He is the author of Rutting Season, a novel set in the Northern wilderness. Dogtown: the Musical, written by Roy in collaboration with composer Grant Simpson, was first produced in June 2016 for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. It is based on the true story of Trevor the death row dog, which polarised the community and gained international attention. Dogtown: the Musical explores the human/dog relationship with humour, music and heart. Roy finds time for writing when he is not gardening, fishing, hunting, horse logging or playing with his grandchildren.

 

 

Dinner, Coffee, and Tea will be provided to registered conference participants.

Catered by: Bridges Cafe

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