Emerging Voices

2021 / 22 Season

The Jury Is In

Emerging Voice’s Artistic Associate and Dramaturg Jessica Schacht is delighted to announce the three scripts selected for TheatreOne’s 2021-22 play workshop series:

• Break Horizons by Kim Senklip Harvey
• The Shape of Your Good Days by Anna Marie Anderson
• The Ties That Bind by Yvette Menard

In all over 30 submissions were received from across Canada, many of them excellent. Over the next few months Jessica will work with the successful playwrights to develop the scripts, culminating in an intensive workshop with professional actors followed by a public reading those same evenings. For playwrights, Emerging Voices offers a rare platform for input and to see their work performed – and for theatre lovers, a wonderful opportunity to both engage in the creative process and enjoy a stimulating, often entertaining evening of theatre.

Watch for more news about Emerging Voices as we approach the first of our public readings, scheduled for Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Meet Our Playwrights

Yvette Menard

BIO:

Yvette has been finding and telling stories her whole life. She wrote and directed her first play when she was about 10 years old, to present to her parents for their anniversary.  Since then, she has raised two children, returned to school as an older adult, graduated from Dentistry, served in the military, and become a clown and a social activist.

Yvette is grateful that out of the solitude, the past two years have provided many opportunities to train online with theatre, clown, and write teachers from around the world.

About this play:

This play is a story about choices, when we’re happy with them, and when we’re not. After reading Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’, I had to ask myself: at what point did Winnie decide she was fine with being stuck? What is the opposite of that?

In ‘The Ties that Bind’, Martha recounts how choices she has made in the past ten, twenty, thirty years. They were good choices at the time, but what about now? Do those choices still fit the life she wants to create now?

Kim Senklip Harvey

Bio:

Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx and Tsilhqot’in and an Indigenous theorist, a cultural evolutionist, and a Governor-General award-winning storyteller whose work focuses on igniting Indigenous power by creating comedic and joy-centered narratives that nourish her people’s spirits. All her work is created out of respect for her Ancestors and for the future generations—to whom so much is owed.

About the play:

Break Horizons is a futurist story that follows 5 Indigenous femmes who live in a minimum-security prison who are battling against the persecution of the crown and voyaging into the deep space within their spirits. Armed with the indestructible force that is Indigenous love this cosmic expedition rocks us with a multiverse of music, dance, and story that is not to be missed. Senklip Harvey’s boundary-breaking adventure is guaranteed to move you.

Anna Marie Anderson

Bio:

Anna Marie [she/her] is a theatre creator who lives and creates on traditional and unceded Lekwungen territory. She previously directed Victoria Fringe Productions Summer Bucket List (2019 Best Original New Work, Best Drama) and The Fitting Room (2018 Overall Favourite Show, Bravest Show). She often works with plays that deal with themes such as social justice, coming of age and mental health. She feels immense gratitude to be selected for TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices program.

About the play:

The Shape Of Your Good Days is a dramedy that tells the story of Alexander and June who are learning how to love again. From the moment they meet they are learning new things about love, intimacy, and in general, life. Eventually, the more difficult things that inevitably come with life catch up to June resulting in her suicide. Left alone, Alexander is partnered with his grief and needs to find ways to forgive June, himself, and the world and try, if he can, to move forward. This play embraces the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to growing both as an individual and within a partnership. Trying to find a way to laugh and maybe ugly cry along the journey this play will ask to be invited into your heart.

TheatreOne

Based on Canada’s Vancouver Island, TheatreOne supports new play development; presents Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) performances, live performances, and curates an annual independent film series. Since its inception in 1983, TheatreOne has produced or presented over 200 TYA and MainStage performances. The Company’s Emerging Voices Series has supported the development of 50 new works since 2016 and its Independent Film Series has presented 120 films since 2000. https://www.theatreone.ca

A special thank you to series sponsors The BC Arts Council and the City of Nanaimo.

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