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 worked on the 4th season of Kim's Convenience as part of CBC's Emerging Writers Room.
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 from a different point of view.
I also write about feelings a lot, as they tend to drive everything, acknowledged or not.
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"A brash, poetic and fiercely original voice that's equal parts pee-your-pants funny and get-out-that-Kleenex poignant."
- NOW Magazine (Toronto)
What better way to ring in 2020 than laughing in terror?
First Daughter, Helen Spectacular, arrives at the world’s largest robot-producing start-up with a plan to free the robots and grant them human rights. She quickly becomes embroiled in a love triangle, a secret science experiment, and a very competive Twister game. It's not long before a robot revolt is underway. Absurdly comic and existentially chilling, U-R-U examines our obsession with progress at all costs, and the decreasing worth of humanity in this increasingly artificial world. It's a comedy about the inevitable robot take-over. MORE INFORMATION.
This staged reading of U-R-U is at Toronto's Next Stage Theatre Festival and features an incredible cast:
Akosua Amo-Adem (A Streetcar Named Desire, Soulpepper/ Kim's Convenience, CBC) R.H. Thomson (Anne With An E, CBC/Netflix; member of the Order of Canada; Governor General’s Performing Arts Award ), Nicole Power (Kim’s Convenience, CBC; Chasse-Galerie, Soulpepper), Kaleb Alexander (Pass Over, Obsidian)), Michael Musi (Kim’s Convenience, CBC), Rebecca Applebaum (The Expanse, SyFy), Alison Deon (Much Ado About Nothing, Stratford), Jennifer Villaverde (Wedding at Aulis, Soulpepper), and Kat Letwin (Chasse-Galerie, Soulpepper).
News: 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.
IT'S NOTHING has been an Official Selection at:
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (Halifax, 2019)
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal, 2019)
Cucalorus Film Festival (North Carolina, Nov. 13th-17th, 2019)
London Short Film Festival (London, UK. Jan. 10th-19th, 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: