The Playwrights

Helena Andrade

Helena Andrade studies literature and performance in Victoria, BC. She is becoming increasingly amphibious and figures she’ll be in the water full time within a couple years.

Kim Clark

Kim Clark is an author, poet and playwright on Vancouver Island. She was a finalist in Theatre BC’s 2013 Playwrights Competition, has had a novella optioned for a feature-length film and her debut novel is hitting bookshelves next year. kimclarkwriter.com

Sean Devine

Sean Devine is a playwright, actor and theatre maker in Ottawa, as well as a Co-Artistic Director of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre. His first play Re:Union premiered in Vancouver in 2011, was published by Scirocco in 2013, and will be presented in Ottawa in 2015. His play Except in the Unlikely Event of War premiered in Vancouver in 2013. Sean is currently working on Daisy, commissioned by NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, in partnership with ACT Theatre in Seattle. Sean is the Playwright-in-Residence at Ottawa’s GCTC, developing a new work called Glacier, and was commissioned by the University of Lethbridge to write a new piece called Kiev / Alberta. Sean is also in partnership with the National Theatre of Greenland to develop a new piece called Hans Island / Tartupaluk. http://www.horseshoesandhandgrenades.ca/

Kennedy Goodkey

Kennedy’s writing accolades began early when he won the National Young Playwrights Search at age 17 for Don’t Ask Me. I Just Live Here. Winner of the First National Sketch Writing Competition for Le Grand Y-Grec, Kennedy spent six years touring Canada and the United States with The Juanabees Comic Theatre Company—named by the Edmonton Journal as “Canada’s best comedy troupe without a TV show.” Kennedy’s screenwriting credits include Sons of Cohen and The Beast of Bottomless Lake. His plays include the Provost Award winning Sarcophagus: A Nightmare and the authorized stage adaptation of the cult novel Cosmic Banditos. He is currently working on a 2015 production of his latest play Trousers Trousers Trousers.

Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall is a playwright and screenwriter. Her first full-length play, Kayak, won Samuel French’s Canadian Playwrights Competition, and has been produced to critical acclaim across Canada. An Associate at Playwrights Theatre Centre from 2010-2013, she is currently Playwright-in-Residence at Pi Theatre, with support from the BCAC to develop her upcoming play, How to Survive an Apocalypse. As a screenwriter, Jordan recently co-created Carmilla: The Series for SmokeBomb Entertainment. www.jordanhall.ca

Alyssa Kostello

Alyssa is a playwright, director, performer and is also the Artistic Director of NOW! Theatre. She most recently wrote and directed Patch, a physical fantasy play taking place on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She has mentored with Amiel Gladstone and is currently studying playwriting with Lucia Frangione. www.nowtheatre.ca / www.alyssakostello.wordpress.com

Valerie Laub

Valerie Laub hails from the northern town of Smithers where she is a poet, playwright, actor and clown. Most of her plays use humour to deal with social or environmental issues. Previously she has written and produced two plays about the pipeline — Alberta Tarzans: The Musical and Alberta Tarzans: The Penultimate Waltz.

Mark Leiren-Young

Mark Leiren-Young is one of Canada’s greenest writers. He wrote and directed the feature film, The Green Chain, wrote the comedy short The Green Chain, wrote and starred in the TV special Greenpieces: The World’s First Eco-Comedy and recently toured western Canada with a solo show, Greener Than Thou. He wrote This Crazy Time – Living Our Environmental Challenge with/about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman – a former Greenpeace leader. For more on Mark visit www.leiren-young.ca

Radha S. Menon

Born in the East and brought-up in the West, founder of Red Betty Theatre, Radha S Menon worked as an actor. Her work has been produced at many festivals by many theatre companies in Canada and the U.K. The Washing Machine, finalist of the Woodward/Newman International Playwriting Prize 2012, had sold out crowds at Next Stage Festival 2012. Ganga’s Ganja was awarded an honourable mention for the Herman Voaden Playwriting contest. A short play, Marooned curated for multi-disciplinary Lost Soles Festival was produced at London Design Festival 2013 at Covent Garden. A new play Rukmini’s Gold in development with two day workshops led by director Trilby James, scheduled for staged reading at Tristan Bates Theatre (London, U.K) in February for Kali Theatre’s Talkback 2015. Winner of Toronto Fringe New Play Contest 2015.

Kim Minkus

Kim Minkus is a poet with three books of poetry 9 Freight (LINEbooks 2007), Thresh (Snare Books 2009) and Tuft (BookThug 2013). She has had reviews, poetry and fiction published in The Capilano Review, FRONT Magazine, West Coast Line, The Poetic Front, and Jacket. Most recently, she co-edited an issue of The Capilano Review that focused on innovative narrative. Her work will appear in the anthology Best American Experimental Writing 2014 (Omnidawn Publishing).

Kathryn Mockler

Kathryn Mockler is a writer, poet, and screenwriter. She is the author of the poetry books The Purpose Pitch (Mansfield Press, Spring 2015), The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012), and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Currently, she is the Toronto editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction and the publisher and co-editor of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque. She teaches creative writing at Western University.

Susan Steudel

Susan Steudel has worked as a deckhand in the past and earns her present living as a court reporter in British Columbia. She is a poet and the author of New Theatre (Coach House, 2012).