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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to participate in the Stratford Festival’s Playwrights Retreat this September. For three weeks I’ll be immersed in the Stratford community, taking in shows, and connecting with other playwrights. And most importantly, have the time and space to begin work on my next project! I’ve been attending productions at the Festival since I was a child, so to say this is a ‘big deal’ for me is a severe understatement.

The Concessions had a great run in Vancouver! I was spoiled with friends and family flying in from New York to Huron County, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Apart from the rehearsal process, which was like watching a dream grow stronger every day, my favourite part of the experience was engaging with audience members, either formally in a Talk Back session, or in the lobby post-show. It was wonderful to hear what people were connecting to, and how varied those responses and reactions were. An unbelievable learning experience. Thanks again to Touchstone Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Firehall Arts Centre for making it happen.

Rob Kempson, writer of The Way Back to Thursday, which I directed at Theatre Passe Muraille in January, was nominated for a Dora Award for Best New Musical. Congratulations, Rob!

I am now the proud recipient of my Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. My feature length screenplay, Almost, Again was accepted as my thesis and I am grateful to Peggy Thompson, my thesis advisor and Martin Kinch, my second reader, for all of their support and constructive feedback. Now I will continue working with Producer Alexandra Breede and her support network at the National Film and Television School in the UK to get it into production!

Almost, Again received an Honourable Mention in the Women in Film and Television Screenwriting Competition this winter.

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