I'm a writer.
My plays have been acclaimed internationally and produced across North America in places including Los Angeles, Chicago, Alaska, New York, Boise, Toronto, and Paris.
I've also written film and television. My films continue to screen at festivals worldwide, including The Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Cucalorus, Cinequest, Canadian Film Fest, and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.
I love what words can do. My favourite work to watch, read, and write is imaginative, poetic, and funny. It strives to see and understand our world, often from a sidestep outside it.
I also write about feelings a lot, as they tend to drive everything, acknowledged or not.
*** This website needs an overhaul and update. I am in the midst of one. Here you'll find some of my work up until March 2020. If you're interested in newer audio pieces, screenings, and commercial work: this is the temporary location to find those things. ***
I wrote a spot about mental health during COVID for BetterHelp that has received close to 8 million views, between all three cuts. It's directed and concived by Rebecca Applebaum. The 60-second cut is HERE.
"A brash, poetic and fiercely original voice that's equal parts pee-your-pants funny and get-out-that-Kleenex poignant."
- NOW Magazine (Toronto)
Social distancing. Reading. Writing. Looking out a window. Unfortunately (but understandably) all screenings and productions are canceled or on hold due to Covid-19.
My collection of interwoven one-act plays had its US premiere in Chicago right before we couldn't all be in a room together. Directed by Emily Lotspeich, it was called:
"[A] bundle of vitality and layered complexity...edgy theatre with a comedic twist... [it] will inspire a conversation for the whole ride home." - Lauren Lynch, Picture This Post.
<-- eat your heart out
Krista Morin was nominated for "Outstanding Female Performance" for SPOONING (written by me, directed by Rebecca Applebaum) at the 2020 Actra Awards. Krista was recognized alongside 4 other nominees (the award went to ANNE WITH AN E's Cara Ricketts). SPOONING was the only short film across the boards.
My play, U-R-U, had a staged reading at Toronto Fringe's Next Stage Theatre Festival.
U-R-U @ NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL:
It was directed by Canadian Comedy and Dora Award-winner, Heather Marie Annis, and featured an all-star cast: R.H. Thomson (Anne With An E, CBC/Netflix; member of the Order of Canada), Nicole Power, Akosua Amo-Adem, & Michael Musi (Kim’s Convenience), Kaleb Alexander (Canadian Stage; Stratford Festival), Rebecca Applebaum (The Expanse), Alison Deon (Stratford Festival), Jennifer Villaverde (Soulpepper Theatre Company), and Kat Letwin (Soulpepper; VideoCabaret).
Sound Design: Maddie Bautista, Projections: Montgomery Martin, Stage Manager: Ellen Brooker.
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it's nothing premiered @ TIFF 2019
In conjunction with the premiere, I wrote this piece: "It's Nothing Excavates My Experience With An Eating Disorder"
I talked a little about it here.
IT'S NOTHING was on NOW Magazine's list of Ten Must-See Canadian Short Films at TIFF.
Trailer above. Poster by Rachel Wallace, featuring Emily Piggford.
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (Halifax 2019)
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal 2019)
Cucalorus Film Festival (North Carolina 2019)
THESS International Short Film Festival (Greece 2019)
London Short Film Festival (London, UK 2020)
Pendance Film Festival (Toronto 2020)
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma (Montreal 2020)
Sun Valley Film Festival* (Sun Valley, Idaho 2020)
I'm continuing to develop the feature film adaptation of With Love and a Major Organ. The script has also received regional Telefilm Production funding with director Kim Albright and producer Madeleine Davis. My script was short-listed for the Sundance Film Festival's Screenwriters Lab part of The Whistler Film Festival's Screenwriters Lab in 2019.
It goes into production in 2020.
Dec 2019: Whistler Film Festival's Screenwriters Lab. One of 6 writers invited to the Whistler Film Festival.
2019 Cannes Festival hit (and Swedish Oscar entry), And Then We Danced.
Oct 2019: My feature film adaptation of With Love and a Major Organ ranked in the Austin Film Festival's Feature Film Competition and is Short-Listed for the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program.
Sept 2019: With Love and a Major Organ was produced at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
July 2019: U-R-U (a new play inspired by Capek's R.U.R.), was in The Road Theatre Company's Summer Playwrights Festival in Los Angeles, directed by Larry Biederman.
Eat Your Heart Out, a short film I wrote with Abby Pierce, was screened with Lynn Shelton's Sword of Trust at Chicago's ACE Hotel. WATCH THE TRAILER, starring Abby Pierce and Charlie Koontz.
With Love and a Major Organ at Baylor Theatre in Texas, directed by Jessica Holt.
May 2019: Boxed In was produced by the Quand-Même Collective in Vancouver, directed by Morgan Misic.
Feb 2019: U-R-U was in Sacred Fools Theater's New Works Reading Series at The Broadwater Theatre in Los Angeles.
Winter 2018: Selected from 800 applicants for CBC's emerging writers' room for Kim's Convenience (on CBC & Netflix)
US and Canadian workshop productions of U-R-U at Occidental College (LA) & Humber College (Toronto).
With Love and a Major Organ at The Boise Contemporary Theatre. Watch the promotional short film: