2022/ 23 Season
Emerging Voices, now in its 18th year, is a series of workshops and staged readings of three new, original plays by local and regional playwrights.
Emerging Voices supports the Equity in Theatre Initiative, Playwrights Guild of Canada which promotes gender equality and diversity in theatre.
By Miles Hayes
When ex-dancer Brianna reveals to her boyfriend that she has Turner Syndrome, she is prompted to consider how her chromosomal condition has affected her life and relationship. Matters are further complicated when her friend, an upbeat performance artist named Carole, crashes on her couch.
Miles Hayes (he/him) is a writer from Nanaimo B.C. In 2019 his debut play Public Intoxication was produced by Western Edge Theatre. His writings have also appeared in Sea & Cedar and Portal Magazine, where he also served as an editor for the 2021 edition.
By Natasha Nadir
A comedy about family, the one you are born into and the one you choose (or chooses you). Del, the adopted son of a family of women, decides that the only way to save his young marriage is to stage an elaborate wedding renewal ritual. When his wife is nowhere to be found, the family is forced into the wilds of British Columbia where his sisters are dragged into a labyrinthine retreat and the action teeters on the edge of farce.
Natasha is a professional director, dramaturg and emerging playwright based in Vancouver, BC. She has an MFA in Directing from University of British Columbia and a BA in Drama, Bishops’ University. While Artistic Associate at Gateway Theatre she directed both new and classical plays ( Mary’s Wedding, Burning In, The Grandkid, Brighton Beach Memoirs) and facilitated five seasons of SceneFirst: Staged readings of New Work. Recent credits include dramaturgy for 90 Days, Something In The Water and directing/ dramaturgy of View From a Window. She has worked as an acting instructor and creative facilitator throughout her career. She facilitates the Playwriting Circle for Realwheels Theatre. She is a member of the Wet Ink Collective that has been an invaluable resource for her writing. Natasha is on the board of Playwrights Theatre Centre.
By Kathryn Shaw
Ever wonder what it would be like to be alive and kicking at 105? In her new comedy, SUPER SENIORS, Kathryn Shaw takes you to the Fairfield Residence to meet three women over the age of 105 who have differing responses to their extraordinarily long lives. Based on experience with her own ancient family members, the writer brings insight and humour to the conundrum of extreme old age.
Kathryn Shaw is the recently retired Artistic Director of Studio 58, the Professional Theatre Training Program at Langara College. Her new play SUPER SENIORS was read at Presentation House in April 2022. For over 40 years, Ms. Shaw directed for theatre companies across Canada and taught acting for professional and community groups in British Columbia, Winnipeg and Halifax. She has also been a guest instructor at the National Theatre School. Kathryn received the Canadian Actors Equity Life Membership award in 2016 and In 2010 she received the Career Achievement Award from the Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance. In 2005, Kathryn was elected into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.
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.