Emerging Voices 2020-21

SIGNALS FROM THE LOCKDOWN

By Dave Mott in collaboration with Tamara McCarthy

Two friends and lovers redefine their relationship during a global government lockdown. As the isolation further affects them and their everyday environment becomes more hostile, they each resist the urge to connect physically in a world where touch has become deadly.

Public Reading: March 16, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Venue: The Port Theatre | Capacity 48 seats
Tickets: By Donation | Reserve Your Soon

About the Playwright

Dave Mott is a self-made entrepreneur and founding member and co-Artistic Producer of Up In The Air Theatre Society. Dave is a director, actor, curator, playwright, performance scout, devisor, and the co-producer of the rEvolver Theatre Festival. Graduating with a BFA from the University of Victoria, his early creations and directorial projects challenged theatrical boundaries by generating performance for non-theatre venues, site installations and pop-ups. After returning to Vancouver, he founded Upintheair with Daniel Martin in 1999. Their partnership has spawned multiple original works and innovative productions, receiving multiple Jessie Richardson nominations as well as winning for Outstanding Production Small Theatre 2015/16. He is a permanent staff member at The William Davis Centre at VanArts instructing in direction, acting, play creation, physical theatre and ensemble building techniques. He is co-owner of Brandywine Bartending School, and is a respected competitive mixologist, corporate trainer and team builder. Committed to the creation of new plays, supporting and presenting the work of artists at emergent points of their careers, and training the next generation of upcoming performance makers, he strives to push the immediacy of theatre arts to Canadian audiences. Playwright / Co-creator/Dramaturg credits include: A Brief History of Human Extinction, Borborygmi, Men of the World, 120bpm The City and the City, Inside the Seed, Stumped, Wedgie, Johnny Grant, Pyropornomania, The Rave Plays & Metanoia.

Company Credits
Playwright – Dave Mott in collaboration with Tamara McCarthy
Dramaturg / Director – Nicolle Nattrass*
Performers – Tamara McCarthy*, Jonathan Hamilton

ANAHAREO

By Anne Nesbitt

Anahareo, an indigenous woman, convinces Archie Belaney [Grey Owl] to teach her the traditional ways of the wilderness which she hasn’t had a chance to learn. She persuades him to give up trapping, pursue his writing and save the beaver from extinction. In the process, she finds her power and her own story.

Public Reading: April 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Venue: The Port Theatre | Capacity 48 seats
Tickets: By Donation | Reserve Your Seat Soon

About the Playwright

Anne Nesbitt is an emerging playwright. Her scripts have been workshopped by TheatreOne, Nanaimo and The Manitoba Association of Playwrights. She is re-writing her play, Anahareo, which was performed at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and at Riding Mountain National Park in 2007. Sarasvàti Productions’ featured a reading from Anahareo at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works, 2007.

Company Credits
Playwright – Anne Nesbitt**
Dramaturg / Director – Nicolle Nattrass*
Indigenous Advisors: Eugene Blackbird, David Somerville, Jo-Ann Restoule
Consultants – Anahareo’s daughters, Katherine Moltke and Anne Gaskell; her great niece, Louise Montreuil; and her great, great niece, Angie Montreuil
Performers – To Be Confirmed

Anne Nesbitt would like to acknowledge the following supporters: Province of Manitoba, Friends of Riding Mountain National Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Parks Canada, Riding Mountain Historical Society, The Winnipeg Foundation

*Performers appear through the courtesy of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
** Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada

YOU ARE NOT A GHOST

By Jessica Schacht and Sam Young

You Are Not A Ghost is an exploration of past, relationships, and history (both global and personal) told through live performance and asynchronous digital media. It is the story of Tom, a teacher who ghosted his ex, Sylvia, who is about to become his new boss. Through their real time meeting waiting for their HR manager, we learn about their relationship through memories. The more you access a memory, the more it is distorted. So too, in this play, do we play with distortion of history, memory, and our relationship to our past. You Are Not A Ghost is inspired by global travel and how that can allow us to literally move worlds away from our problems and what happens when that space suddenly contracts.

Public Reading: Date and Time – TBC
Venue: The Port Theatre | Capacity 48 seats
Tickets: By Donation

About the Playwrights

Jessica Schacht is a dramaturg, director, and playwright of Métis/Canadian descent based on Vancouver Island. Her focus is the development of new and Indigenous work and collaborative practices. Her work and ethos centre around exploring identity and relationships through the cultural, environmental, and personal experiences that shape us. In addition to being a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Theatre Program Jessica has honed her craft at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity’s Dramaturgy for Dance residency, Theatre Replacement’s New Aesthetics Performance Intensive, as well as Playwright Theatre Centre’s Block A program. Through the support of the BC Arts Council Early Career Development Program, Jessica was the Artist in Residence for the 2018-2019 season at Pacific Opera Victoria.

Other recent credits include In the Shadow of the Mountains (Dramaturg, Visceral Visions), Sis Ne’ Bi-Yiz: Mother Bear Speaks (Dramaturg, Instruments of Change), Shadows of the Prairies (Dramaturg, University of Alberta Indigenous Dramaturgy Festival), Little Women (Assistant Director, Chemainus Theatre Festival), Kamloopa (Fire Igniter & Tender, WCT/The Cultch/Persephone), With Glowing Hearts (Assistant Director, TheatreOne), Adult Company (Co-Writer/Co-Director, Vancouver Fringe Festival), and Emerging Voices (Apprentice Dramaturg, TheatreOne). She is a current collaborator of the Unsettling Dramaturgy Colloquium.

Sam Young is a writer and playwright from and based in Vancouver. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Victoria writing and theatre programs. He writes interactive horror fiction for Onyx Path Publishing, as well as his own material, and produces theatre with Not the Mermaid Theatre, the company he co-founded with his partner. His playwrighting credits include Arsenic Is Natural; Tales Told by Idiots; Thus, I Curse Love!; and, most recently, Adult Company (with Jessica Schacht).

Company Credits
Playwrights – Jessica Schacht and Sam Young
Dramaturg / Director – Nicolle Nattrass*
Performers – Ming Hudson* and Austin Eckart*

Thank you to series Sponsor Sitka Wealth Management and The City of Nanaimo

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