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Directed by Nicolle Nattrass | Artistic Associate/Dramaturge

 Emerging Voices is a series of staged readings of new Canadian plays by local and regional playwrights. The series allows emerging writers to have their plays workshopped by professional artists in a day long workshop and performed in a staged reading before an audience, providing valuable feedback in the creative process.

Thank you to Emerging Voices season sponsor:

Occupational Hazards by Roneen Marcoux (Nanaimo) 

January 10, 2017

Annie has just started working as a cocktail server in a country western bar. She has no experience hustling drinks and she’s worried her boss is going to fire her if she doesn’t pick up the pace. Luckily she is being trained by Maggie, a twenty year veteran of the drink pushing business. Maggie takes the new girl under her wing, but what Annie learns about working in bar, is more than she bargained for...



Roneen Marcoux has a background in theatre and geography. Consequently, not matter where she goes she can act the part and find her way around. Her previous theatrical undertakings include two original plays “Que Sera” and “No Regrets,” both of which were well received at the Nanaimo and the Vancouver Fringe Festivals.  She also has two published poems to her credit, “Beach Dogs” and “A Choppy Crossing.” A graduate of The Writer’s Studio, at SFU Roneen has more recently been working on a personal account of her time volunteering in Southeast Asia, “Cambodia Notes.” 



The Seduction Theory by Sherry MacDonald (Vancouver)

February 7, 2017

* Playwrights Guild Member

Based on so-called ‘training schools’ for girls in Canada during the 1950s, The Seduction Theory is set in a draconian institute where girls are locked up simply for being ‘incorrigible’, a code word for sexually active. Though viewed through a historical lens, the play explores silencing the female voice through victim-blaming, a practice that continues to be habitude today.

The Seduction Theory won Theatre BC’s 2015 Special Merit award.


Sherry MacDonald

Sherry’s plays have been staged in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Orlando, Florida and include among others The Stone Face, The Duchess of Alba, Iraqi Karaoke, and Cowgirl Jane. Also a filmmaker, her short films Blindspot and Iraqi Karaoke (based on her stage play), has screened at festivals locally and internationally. Recently, Sherry was writer-in-residence at the Writers Trust Pierre Berton House in beautiful Dawson City, Yukon! Among other projects, she is currently working on a one woman play about her experiences as a single mother raising three boys titled We Don’t Even Have Any Pickles. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and her work is published by Anvil Press. 


Creative Criticism by Michael Poirier (Vernon)

March 7, 2017

* Playwrights Guild Member

John Sarokowski is a sessional teacher at a university where he teaches creative writing. He has several plays of his own floating about and jurors’ plays for competitions. He also freelances as a dramaturge and a director. He supplements his theatre/teaching income by doing renovations and odd carpentry jobs. John has had a rough ride in life, but he creates most of his own problems; mainly by having a rather arrogant attitude. When a young, budding playwright hires him to critique a play he has written, a bond forms between them, a bond of healing and awakening.

Michael L. Poirier

Michael Poirier has been writing (letting people read) his plays and fiction stories for about sixteen years. He has over twenty plays listed with the Playwrights Guild of Canada who represent his amateur rights; some of them are award winning plays. His work has been produced in Regina, Barrier, Vernon and Penticton.

Michael has two self published novels; “Bloodlines” is a paranormal thriller and “Life is a Risky Business” is adult fiction. He has a number of short stories of mixed genres as well. He also has three movie scripts floating around getting some attention - “Wakanda the Spirit Horse” is a period piece set in 1894 with a paranormal slant. “Typecast” is an action thriller, and “Glider” is an animated drama about a flying squirrel.

Michael dabbles in film as well and enjoys writing, directing and acting in them. If you go to his website, michaelsworld.info, you can take a look at his world!




Harbour City Theatre - 25 Victoria Rd. | 7:30-10pm | Suggested donation $5

 Emerging Voices has caught the eye of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and has been chosen to partner in the Equity in Theatre Initiative, which seeks to promote gender equality/diversity in theatre.


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