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PARC Playwright Profile for September 2018

September 04, 2018

PARC member Clarissa Hurley is an award-winning actor and playwright, as well as a director, dramaturge, and editor. Following her MA in English at UNB, she trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Subsequently, she studied at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, with a concentration in early modern Italian comedy (commedia dell’arte). 

Since returning to Fredericton a decade ago, she has been active in theatre and film, appearing in several independent films and working with local companies including Nasty Shadows and Next Folding Theatre. She has worked especially closely with the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company as a board member, director, actor, dramaturge, and playwright. Her play, The Lye Sandwich, was featured in the 2014 NBActs Summer festival, and her most recent script, Mercury, received a staged reading this past summer. She is currently developing the script Ice Water Orphan, an adaptation for stage of the short story, My White Planet by Mark Anthony Jarman. (from My White Planet, Thomas Allen, 2008)


Formerly a freelance journalist, she has published fiction, reviews, essays, and a wide range of articles. She edits fiction for The Fiddlehead literary magazine. Clarissa looks forward to working with PARC as the alternate representative for New Brunswick. She will be a featured reader at the second annual Word Feast Literary Festival in Fredericton this month. Details at www.wordfeast.ca