Red Phone

Red Phone is heading to Halifax!

Red Phone will be part of the Prismatic 2022 festival lineup happening September 26 - October 9. Red Phone will be there October 1 to 9.
We're excited to head back to the East Coast and be amongst incredible artists!

Conceived by Sherry Yoon and designed by Jay Dodge, with technology by Carey Dodge, Red Phone is a conversation that you will not soon forget. Part theatre and part social intervention, Red Phone is an audience-to-audience performance that utilizes the intimacy of a phone call and the technology of a teleprompter. It takes place between two hand-crafted, fully enclosed phone booths outfitted with a vintage red phone and an integrated teleprompter.

Two at a time, audience members engage each other in a five-minute conversation in the booth. The act of having the conversation with an unseen partner provides an anonymity that adds to the intimacy of the performance, encouraging participants to be the actor in their own theatrical experience. Red Phone is a one-of-a-kind performance that has been described as the theatrical equivalent to singing in the shower.

Free of charge, anyone can walk up and into the booths with a friend or family member and spend 5 minutes engaging in some of the most urgent, touching, thought provoking conversations written by some of Canada’s most exciting writers.

Red Phone is available for tour! It was the first theatre production to tour Canada since the beginning of the pandemic, albeit remotely. In the fall of 2020, the project toured to:

Montréal, QC – September 23 to 26, at Centaur Theatre
St. John’s, NL – October 1 to 4, at RCA Theatre
Fredericton, NB – October 13 to 18, at Theatre New Brunswick

Red Phone has also toured to Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto adding writers to our catalogue of scripts at each theatre and festival we visit.

Writers & Translators

Alice Abracen

Sacrifice


Alice Abracen is a graduate of Harvard University and the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. Her play Omission was featured in the Centennial Season of Alumnae Theatre in Toronto and her play The Covenant won the 2017 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition.What Rough Beast & The Tour, developed at the National Theatre School, received their US premieres with Underlings Theatre, Boston. Her work has been featured with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the Montreal Fringe, the New Words Festival of NTS, and two Women Playwrights International Conferences (Cape Town & Santiago). Alice is one of the founders of Theatre Ouest End in Montreal. What Rough Beast was featured in Centaur Theatre’s Legacy Series, and her libretto The Chair, co-written with composer Maria Atallah, was a winner of the inaugural Mecenat Musica Prix Trois Femmes. She was a member of the Infinitheatre Playwright’s Unit 2019-2020. Her play What Rough Beast was selected as Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks 2020. She is thrilled and honoured to participate in the Red Phone Project.

Alice Abracen
Sacrifice

Sharon Bala

It’s a gift

Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, won the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. It was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018, the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. The Boat People is on sale worldwide with translations on the shelves or forthcoming in French, German, Arabic, and Turkish. In 2017 Sharon won the Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and had a second story on the long-list.  She is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Visit her online at sharonbala.com.

Sharon Bala
It’s a gift

Keith Barker

Goodbye, My Love

Keith Barker is an Algonquin Métis artist from Northwestern Ontario and the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. He is a recipient of a SAT Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and a Yukon Arts Audience Award for Best Art for Social Change. His play This is How We Got Here was a 2018 Finalist for the Governor General Award for Drama.

Keith Barker
Goodbye, My Love
Tara Beagan
it is so

Plays: The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse have been performed across Canada: in 2021, Schoolhouse opened the 30th season of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (Canning NS). Libretti: Most recently, Brodie collaborated with Anthony Young on Ulla’s Odyssey, the Flourish Prize–winning opera which toured the UK for two years with OperaUpClose. Translations: Brodie is a leading translator of contemporary Québécois playwrights whose recent premieres include David Paquet’s Wildfire (Factory Theatre, Toronto ON) and The Shoe (The Cherry Artspace, Ithaca NY); Joe Jack et John’s Violette (Montréal’s Espace Libre/Vancouver’s PuSh Festival); Rébecca Déraspe’s I Am William (Stratford Festival, ON); and Mohsen El Gharbi’s Omi Mouna (MT Space, Kitchener/Infinithéâtre, Montréal). She is currently Assistant Professor (Playwriting) at UBC and working on a Stratford Festival commission with Jovanni Sy. www.leannabrodie.com

Leanna Brodie
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Bridget Canning

Don’t Come From Away

Bridget Canning writes fiction. Her debut novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, was selected as a finalist for the 2017 BMO Winterset Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, the NL Fiction Award, was long listed for the Dublin International Literary Award and has been optioned for film. Her second novel, Some People’s Children, was published with Breakwater Books in the spring of 2020. She is the recipient of the 2018 ArtsNL Emerging Artist Award.
Bridget holds an MA in Creative Writing from Memorial University and a Masters in Literacy Education from Mount Saint Vincent University. She balances her writing career with teaching Communications at the College of the North Atlantic. 
She was raised on a sheep farm in Highlands, Newfoundland and currently lives in St. John’s. www.bridgetcanning.com

Bridget Canning
Don’t Come From Away

Ginny Collins is a Winnipeg-based playwright who has worked with both English and French theatres. Most recently, Ginny’s play The Flats was produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, was translated into French (Les Flats), and produced at Théâtre Cercle Molière. Ginny’s plays The Good DaughterTerroristas and The Propeller Moment have been published by Scirocco Drama in anthologies.

Ginny Collins
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Ivan Coyote

Jag Alskar

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer, and is an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work.

Ivan Coyote
Jag Alskar

Jay Dodge

#GlobalCull, The Heisenberg Principle

The Artistic Producer of Boca del Lupo, Jay Dodge has won several Jesse Richardson Theatre Awards including seven nominations for the Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation. His artistry is one of innovation and daring, demonstrated in his one-man show about conflict photography featuring interactive video, stunt rigging and verbatim text, Photog. Jay’s playwriting is characterized by a balance compelling content with dynamic forms. Other examples include Red Phone, an iterative project that dramatically shifts the relationship of the audience to the playwright through the technology of a telephone and video prompter; large scale, site specific works such a Vasily the Luckless co-written with James Fagan Tait which engaged the geography of the performance’s journey as a central collaborator in the dramaturgy and design; and My Dad, My Dog which leveraged the world of Jay White’s animation in taking the audience on a journey to the most sequestered kingdom on earth, North Korea. Currently serving on the national board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Jay is also a co-founder of PL1422 and has special interest in creative space making. He has consulted with several local BC companies including the Playwrights Theatre Centre and Gateway Theatre for their strategic and facility planning.

Jay Dodge
#GlobalCull, The Heisenberg Principle

Sherry Yoon

The Heisenberg Principle

Sherry J. Yoon, Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo, is a theatre creator and director with a passion for creating new performances through collaborative pursuits. With Boca del Lupo, Sherry has co-created more than 35 productions, including: Fall Away Home, an intergenerational site-specific production in the forest of Stanley Park; Photog, a large-scale show that toured across Canada and was created with interviews from prominent conflict photographers; and You Are It, as part of the Silver commissions from the Arts Club Theatre that investigates the complex dynamics between female friendships. During Sherry’s tenure, the company has received numerous awards, including the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, and Jessie Awards for Outstanding Production, Design, Actor, Ensemble, as well as the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award. Her productions have toured festivals and venues across Canada, Europe and Mexico.  She co-created an online exhibition of Expedition, an iterative collaboration between Boca del Lupo and the Performance Corporation, and working on Net Zero, an interactive theatre installation about climate change that involves the audience charging a battery with a stationary bicycle. She is also a freelance director who has worked at the Richmond Gateway Theatre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Canada.

Sherry Yoon
The Heisenberg Principle

Susanna Fournier

Still Human

Susanna Fournier is an award-winning Canadian theatre-maker, actor, and educator. Her main crush is constructing new texts for live performance and visioning interdisciplinary productions. Her work is rowdy, joyous, and sometimes “impossible” – especially lately since her latest project, Always Still the Dawn, a double bill of new plays set to premiere at Canadian Stage in Toronto, was one of the many projects rendered “impossible” by the COVID 19 pandemic. That’s ok though, for her, art is anything but easy and certainly never predictable. In 2018/19, her company, PARADIGM productions, launched her critically acclaimed trilogy, The Empire, across three different Toronto venues and as a podcast series you can listen to at www.empiretrilogy.com. She’s a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada and Generator’s Artist Producer Training Program. She’s on faculty at both Randolph College for the Performing Arts and Armstrong Acting Studios where she teaches empowered, mindful, and playful approaches to performance. In writing she explores the space between who we are, who we have been, and who we want to become. Her work is trauma-informed, heart and spirit forward because she thinks tenderness can change our world and wonders if you do too.  www.susannafournier.com

Susanna Fournier
Still Human

Shauntay Grant is an author, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist who lives and works in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). A multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees in creative writing, music, and journalism, she “creates artworks that are engaging and accessible, but also challenging, rigorous, and informed by deep research” (The Royal Society of Canada). She is the author of The Bridge, published by Playwrights Canada Press and winner of a Robert Merrit Award. Other projets include Beyere (commissioned by Obsidian Theatre for its 21 Black Futures project in partnership with CBC Gem), Passing (commissioned for Eastern Front Theatre’s Micro Digitals Creation Project), and Identity: A Song Cycle (commissioned by Against The Grain Theatre). She’s been a playwright in residence with 2b theatre company where she is currently developing Maridzambira, a musical play created in collaboration with Zimbabwe’s “Princess of the Mbira” Hope Masike. She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology From The Ashes: Six Solo Plays (Playwrights Canada Press, 2023) and the author of the children’s picture books My Fade Is Fresh (Penguin Random House, 2022) and Africville which won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. A member of The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

Shauntay Grant
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Ryan Griffith

Helicopters of Truth

Ryan Griffith is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (2007). His play Fortune Of Wolves was recently published by Playwrights Canada Press. His short play Shepody, Rage and Wolfe was featured as part of the National Elevator Project Plays produced by Theatre Yes in Edmonton and Halifax, and his original plays Returning Fire and A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else, as well as his adaptation of Alistair MacLeod’s The Boat have recently been produced by Theatre New Brunswick.  He has served as a board member for both PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) as well as the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Currently, Ryan is the Artistic Director for the Next Folding Theatre Company in Fredericton.

Ryan Griffith
Helicopters of Truth

Karen Hines

Condialogue

Hines is an award-winning playwright, performer and director in theatre, television and film, and a National Magazine Award-winning writer. She is a recent finalist for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for The Pochsy Plays and Drama: Pilot Episode. Hines appeared as “Karen” for three seasons on CBC’s Emmy Award-winning Newsroom, and in many “awkward assistant” roles in Toronto-for-New York movies. Her short films featuring the character Pochsy have been presented internationally, as have the live performances, and her solo Crawlspace (recently presented by Boca del Lupo) has toured widely (Crawlspace is now a CBC PlayMe Podcast). Hines’s latest dark comedy All the Little Animals I Have Eaten was cancelled before its 2020 Toronto opening due to COVID-19, but morphed during lockdown, and will premiere in a French translation at Montreal’s Jamais Lu Festival this May. Along with a few current Boca projects, Karen is now writing the fourth in the Pochsy series, Pochsy IV: My Heart Breaks For You.

Karen Hines
Condialogue

Hiro Kanagawa

Out of the Blue

Hiro Kanagawa is a Vancouver-based writer and actor. His play Indian Arm received the 2017 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Drama.  His other plays include The Tiger of Malaya and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, both of which have been performed across Canada.  His next play, a stage adaptation of Mark Sakamoto’s bestselling memoir Forgiveness, is the recipient of a National Creation Fund grant and is slated to premiere in January 2023 at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre and at Theatre Calgary in a production directed by acclaimed Nikkei director, Stafford Arima. Hiro’s long collaboration with Boca del Lupo also includes Azano for their Micro-Performance series and Negotiations for Plays2Perform@Home.  A sought-after script doctor and consultant,  Hiro was story editor on the critically-acclaimed Canadian series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Intelligence and Blackstone.As an actor he is perhaps best-known for his numerous recurring and guest starring roles on popular television and streaming series such as Star Trek: Discovery, Altered Carbon, The X-Files, iZombie and many more.

Hiro Kanagawa
Out of the Blue

Shawn Macdonald

TransCanada

Shawn is an actor and playwright. His plays have been produced at the Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre, and Pacific Theatre. He has won two Jessie Awards for playwriting for World’s Greatest Guy and Prodigal Son. Shawn has been the Program Leader for the LEAP Playwriting Intensive for Young Writers at the Arts Club for over 10 years. He loves to write plays and to be part of the development process with fellow playwrights.

Shawn Macdonald
TransCanada

Janet Munsil

The Inheritance

Janet Munsil is a Victoria-based playwright and the author of more than a dozen plays produced internationally, including Ugly Duchess, Be Still, Circus Fire, Influence, I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key, and That Elusive Spark. She completed her MFA in Writing at the University of Victoria. She is also a theatre director. She acknowledges her debt to, and respect for, the Duwamish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Hupačasath, Esquimalt, Songhees, Stoney, Sylix, and Nez Perce peoples, upon whose land she has lived.

Janet Munsil
The Inheritance

Omari Newton

Are We Good?

Omari Newton is an award-winning professional actor, writer, director and producer. As a writer, his original Hip Hop theater piece Sal Capone has received critical acclaim and multiple productions, including a recent presentation at Canada’s National Arts Center. He has been commissioned by Black Theater Workshop (BTW) in Montreal to write a companion piece to Sal Capone entitled Black & Blue Matters. Omari and his wife, fellow professional playwright Amy Lee Lavoie, have received commissions from The Arts Club Theatre to co-write a new play: Redbone Coonhound.  A bold and innovative satirical comedy that confronts instances of systemic racism in the past, present and future. Omari is co-directing the first in a series of rolling world premiere at The Arts Club Theatre in October of 2022. The play will then open in Montreal (Imago Theatre) & then Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. The husband and wife duo also just completed “Black Fly,” a satirical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that centers on Aaron and Lavinia. Newton’s work in Speakeasy Theatre’s production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment earned him a 2017-2018 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, as well as a nomination for Best Direction. He has recently completed directing critically acclaimed productions of “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, and “Pass Over” by Antoinette Nwandu.  Notable film & TV credits include: Lucas Ingram on Showcase’s Continuum, Larry Summers on Blue Mountain State and lending his voice to the Black Panther in multiple animated projects (Marvel). Most recently, Omari has a recurring role as Nate on Corner Gas (the animated series) and a recurring role as Corvus of Netflix’s hit new animated series The Dragon Prince.

Omari Newton
Are We Good?

Yvette Nolan

Civil War III

Yvette has written plays (The Unplugging, The Birds, Annie Mae’s Movement), libretti (Shanawdithit, Sophia), plays for film (Katharsis), plays for audio (Flag, You Can’t Get There From Here, Lache Pas La Patate), and a whack of short pieces for Sum Theatre’s Last Sunday, Short Cuts Festival, and Boca del Lupo. Boca pieces include Expedition, Red Phone, and The Fifth Setting (Plays2Perform@Home, Prairie Box).  She is also a director and a dramaturg. She is also currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Yvette Nolan
Civil War III

Ellen Peterson is a playwright, dramaturg, actor, and teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg. Ellen’s plays The Brink and The Eight Tiny Reindeer of the Apocalypse premiered at Prairie Theatre Exchange (2013) and Theatre Projects Manitoba (2012) respectively. Other plays include Branta Canadensis, Learning to Drive, and The Blanket Show, and The Goose. Her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility premiered at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in October 2018.

Ellen Peterson
Sorry!

Sharon Thesen

What’s Wrong?

Sharon Thesen is a poet, editor, and writer. She received her MA degree from Simon Fraser University, taught English and Creative Writing at Capilano College, and was a professor of Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan.  She is the author of nine books of poetry, the most recent two Oyama Pink Shale and The Receiver.

Sharon Thesen
What’s Wrong?

Ian Ross

Untitled

Metis/Ojibway playwright and author Ian Ross was born in McCreary, Manitoba in 1968 and currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Theatre. Ian Ross has written for theatre, film, television and radio. Ross’s play “Heart of a Distant Tribe” was published in the Manitoba anthology A Map of the Senses: 20 Years of Manitoba Plays, edited by Rory Runnells (Scirocco). His play fareWel, which garnered him the 1997 Governor General Award for Drama, is a dark comedy about Native life on the fictional Partridge Crop Reserve.

Ian Ross
Untitled

Marcus’ fifteen or so plays include King Arthur’s Night, Winners and Losers, Jabber, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil, Adrift and A Line in the Sand. They have been produced in 20 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. Marcus is the recipient of the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre, the Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award and the Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, among others. He is currently Senior Artist at Neworld Theatre, International Artistic Associate at Farnham Maltings in the UK, an artistic advisor to the National Arts Centre English Theatre and playwright in residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. 

Marcus Youssef
All Good
Lydie Dubuisson
French Translator, On es tu correct? (Are We Good?)

Bruce Gibbons Fell

Spanish Translator, Adios mi Amor (Goodbye My Love) & Aún Humanos (Still Human)

Bruce Gibbons Fell (Toronto) is a Chilean award-winning playwright and translator. His plays and translations have been presented in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Cuba, the US, and the UK. His theatre company, SO MUCH DRAMA, showcased his work in Toronto and developed his play The Communist Manifesto for Children at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Bruce is currently Director of New Play Development at Interdram (Santiago, Chile).

Bruce Gibbons Fell
Spanish Translator, Adios mi Amor (Goodbye My Love) & Aún Humanos (Still Human)

Mishka Lavigne

French Translator, Sacrifice

Mishka Lavigne is a playwright and literary translator based in Ottawa/Gatineau. Her plays have been produced and developed in Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States. Her play Havre was recently awarded the Governor General’s Literary Prize for Drama (French). Her most recent play Copeaux, a movement-based poetic creation piece with director Éric Perron premiered in Ottawa in March 2020. She is currently working on her new play Shorelines, slated for production in 2021, on a bilingual opera libretto with Montreal composer Tim Brady, and is developing a scripted comedy series as part of the CBC’s Creative Relief Fund. Mishka is a National New Play Network (USA) alumni playwright as well as a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada and the Centre des auteurs dramatiques. 

Mishka Lavigne
French Translator, Sacrifice

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