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, often from a sidestep outside it.

I also write about feelings a lot, as they tend to drive everything, acknowledged or not.

 

If you want to know what's happening next with my work, that's just below.

Here is what I've been up to recently. Take a look at the menu above for everything else. 

 

"A brash, poetic and fiercely original voice that's equal parts pee-your-pants funny and get-out-that-Kleenex poignant."

                                                                                         - NOW Magazine (Toronto)

 

next:

Social distancing. Reading. Writing. Looking out a window. Unfortunately (but understandably) all screenings and productions are cancelled or on hold due to Covid-19. 

just happened:

REALITY THEATRE @ trap door theatre in chicago  -->

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

This short film I wrote with Abby Pierce screened at the Golden State Film Festival in LA. It stars Abby, Charley Koontz, and Graham Beckel. Watch the trailer.

publication:

A monologue from WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN is included in THE BEST WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES FROM NEW PLAYS, 2019 (Applause Books). It's one of my favourite parts and is not in the previously published, 60-minute edition of the play from 2015 . 

actra awards-->

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

 it's nothing premiered @ TIFF 2019

 

 

IT'S NOTHING, a film I wrote, directed by Anna Maguire and starring Cara Gee (The Expanse) and Emily Piggford (Warigami), premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival! 

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.

 festival screnings:

current:

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.

See the PRESS KIT for WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN.

 

You can buy the published hour-long play here or the newer 85-minute version here.

 

Older news:

 

 

 

Dec 2019:       Whistler Film Festival's Screenwriters Lab. One of 6 writers invited to the Whistler Film Festival.

 

Nov 2019:       Boxed In at Tumbleweed Theatre in Alberta. It's Nothing at the Cucalorus Film Festival in North Carolina.

                        Spooning had its UK Premier at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, was featured at Film Bath with the

                        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.

 

June 2019:    Coeur De Papier a French translation of my play, With Love and a Major Organ, by Constance Labbé                                       premiered in Paris, France in Mises en Capsules at Théâtre LEPIC.

                       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 2018Selected 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:

 

 

              

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

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