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PARC Playwright Profile for May 2018

May 01, 2018

PARC will be hosting our annual Playwrights' Colony this May on the Mount Allison campus from May 13 - 27th. We are honoured to have PARC Lifetime Member Don Hannah and dramaturg, translator and teacher Maureen Labonté working as our dramaturgs at the intensive writing retreat. They join PARC's Artistic Director and dramaturg, Pamela Halstead, to work with with our ten visiting playwrights. 


Don Hannah

Don Hannah is a Lifetime member of PARC and an award winning playwright and novelist. His pair of one person shows, The Cave Painter & The Woodcutter, were recently published by Playwrights Canada Press, and Cave Painter received the 2012 Carol Bolt Award. He has worked as a dramaturge at Playwrights Theatre Centre, the Banff Playwrights Colony, and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, of which he is a founding member. His books include Shoreline, a collection of his plays, and the novels, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, and Ragged Islands, both published by Knopf. Ragged Islands was awarded the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

Maureen Labonté

Maureen Labonte is a dramaturge, translator and teacher. She has coordinated a number of play development programmes in theatres and play development centres across the country including at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in Montreal, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. She has also worked extensively as a translation dramaturge. Maureen was the Jury Chair for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre from 2009-2012. Maureen Labonté has translated more than thirty-five Quebec plays into English. Her translation of And Slowly Beauty by Quebec City director and playwright, Michel Nadeau, published by Talonbooks (Vancouver), was shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Translation. Her adaptation of Olivier Kemeid’s The Aeneid was part of the Stratford Festival’s 2016/17 season.