So….the other morning I read a list of “30 female playwrights you should know”. I was really excited to click the link. And while I really do appreciate the work of the women listed there, the list felt painfully incomplete. My first instinct was to tweet it, along with “Lets’ list 30 more”. So i’ve decided to create my own list. Look these fabulous playwrights up - links to their public info are included where applicable.
Tara Beagan - ntlakapamux and irish “canadian” theatre artist, author of (among others) Reckoning, free as injuns, and In Spirit
Falen Johnson - pissed off Mohawk playwright and writer (as per her twitter), author of Salt Baby, Ipperwash, and more…and co-host of the amazing Secret Life of Canada podcast.
Kate Hennig. Kate has been writing in one way or another for most of her life. Her writing includes plays, poetry, stories, articles for industry publications, a dissertation, two blogs, and a research paper. Writer of The Virgin Trial, The Last Wife, and more.
Debbie Patterson - Winnipeg playwright, director and actor, author of Candy from a Baby, Molotov Circus, Sargent & Victor & Me, and countless more, and creator of Sick + Twisted Theatre.
d’bi young - Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, and educator, as well as a 3 time Dora Award-winning actor and playwright, writer of The Orisha Trilogy, The Ibeyi Trilogy, and more.
Susanna Fournier - writer, actor, and the artistic producer of PARADIGM productions. Writer of Antigone Lives, Vincent, ALL THE WAYS YOU SCARE ME, and more.
Columpa Bobb - Canadian photographer, actress, playwright, poet and teacher of Coastal Salish descent, and writer of Singing Shards, Jumping Mouse, The Race, and more.
Trey Anthony - playwright, actor, and producer. Creator of Da Kink in My Hair, How Black Mothers Say I Love You, and more.
Yvette Nolan - Canadian playwright, director, actor, and educator. Writer of Annie Mae’s Movement, BLADE, The Unplugging, and more.
Pamela Sinha - writer, actor. Writer of Happy Place, Crash, New, and more.
Djanet Sears - playwright, actor and director, nationally recognized for her work in African-Canadian Theatre. Afrika Solo, Harlem Duet…the list goes on.
Marjorie Chan - multi-disciplinary theatre artist working as playwright, librettist, director and dramaturge. Writer of Women of the Ward, Ocean Child, and more.
Audrey Dwyer - multi-disciplinary artist with over twenty years of experience working as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, Facilitator and Mentor…writer of Calpurnia & more.
Anusree Roy - Playwright, actor, librettist. Writer of Pyaasa, Brothel #9, and more (including operas!)
I’ve put together 17. All from this Northern land, mostly off the top of my head or with a quick google search refresher. Who would you add?
EDIT: Adding a few more.
18. Carolyn Gray - Canadian Playwright. My favourite of Carolyn’s plays is The Elmwood Visitation, and her North End Gothic is a delightful script you should all read.
19. Kat Sandler - Canadian playwright, dramaturg & actor. Kat has an array of plays including Mustard and Bang Bang.