From Quintet to Colony

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on April 16, 2013
This week’s artists in the 2013 Banff Playwrights’ Colony, on the deck at the top of Lloyd Hall. Photo: Jim Oliver.

Wow. What a difference a week makes.

After a quiet but highly productive week of intense writing with fellow playwrights Wanda Graham (Sambro, N.S.), Greg MacArthur (Edmonton), Anita Majumdar (Toronto), Emily Pearlman (Ottawa) and her dramaturg Laurel Green (Calgary), as of today we have somehow grown from 5 to 25! And we continue to bring together writers from coast to coast and beyond.

This week we are joined by a joyous and fresh new wave of playwrights: Pierre Brault from Ottawa, Motion (fresh off her stint in the Banff Spoken Word Program) from Toronto, Kerry Sandomirsky from Vancouver and Jovanni Sy from Richmond, as well as two playwrights from the U.S., Greg Moss (Albuquerque, New Mexico) and Colman Domingo ( ??? ) who is doing an independent playwriting residency in the Leighton Colony at Banff, as well as Canadian Evan Placey who now resides in England. We were also pleased to welcome a new slate of collaborators who will be working with the writers: Kim Collier (Toronto), who will be working with Greg MacArthur, Mel Hague (Toronto) who will be working with Motion and Miriam Weisfeld (Washington, D.C.) who will be working with Greg Moss with more arriving later in the week.

And of course we also welcomed the talented company of actors who will be working with the playwrights over the next two weeks: Shelter Elter (Edmonton), Tracey Ferencz (Toronto), Kris Joseph (Edmonton), Richard Lee Hsi (Edmonton), Monice Peter (Calgary), Pamela Sinha (Toronto) and d’bi young anitafrica (also fresh off a stint as Faculty for the Banff Spoken Word Program) from Toronto, who will also be staying on at the Banff Centre doing her own playwriting residency after the Colony.

Tonight, I am most thrilled to be hosting my second play.write.night evening for playwrights, where we will be joined by special guest John Murrell, playwright, translator and librettist and former head of the Playwrights Colony, Artistic Director/Executive Producer of Theatre Arts and Executive Artistic Director of Performing Arts at the Banff Centre, for a collegial evening of sharing amongst writers.

I can’t wait to see where this fresh burst of energy takes us.


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