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Announcing the 2021 PARC Retreat Dramaturges

May 05, 2021

Santiago Guzmán (he/him) is a writer, performer, director and dramaturge originally from Mexico City, now based in St. John’s, NL. He is the Artistic Director of TODOS Productions, the Artistic Associate for Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and General Manager for Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s, NL. He is a proud member of The Quilted Collective. As a dramaturge, Santiago has focused on supporting equity-seeking, emerging writers to tell their stories, as there is a need in our community to see these stories on stage. Through his theatre company, TODOS Productions, he has supported several pieces in development alongside Robert Chafe in 2020 and 2021 TODOS’ Writing Unit. He was the dramaturge for the Fundy Fringe Festival in NB in 2020 and he is currently working with Halifax Theatre for Young People as a dramaturge on a project about immigrants in Atlantic Canada. His work as a writer aims to put local, under-represented narratives and characters on the frontlines, whilst inviting audiences to appreciate the vibrancy of Newfoundland and Labrador from a diverse perspective. His plays have been developed and/or produced by theatre companies and festivals across the country, like TODOS Productions, Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Rising Tide Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre (NS), Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (NS), Boca Del Lupo (BC), Paprika Festival (ON), and the National Theatre School of Canada’s Art Apart Program (QC). As an immigrant, queer, and artist of colour, Santiago believes that representation matters.



Pamela Halstead is a director, dramaturge, actor, teacher and arts consultant and Artistic Director of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC). She is the former Artistic Director of Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary, AB) and Ship's Company Theatre (Parrsboro, NS). In her 10 years between these two companies she dramaturged, directed and/or produced over 60 productions, the majority of them premieres of new works. Pamela received the inaugural Evans Award at the Calgary Critics' Awards for her contribution to the vibrancy of the Calgary theatre community and the 2019 Playwrights Guild of Canada's Bra d'Or Award for her support of Canadian women playwrights.


Don Hannah is an award winning playwright and novelist, and has worked as a dramaturge at the Banff Playwrights Colony, Vancouver’s Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, of which he is a lifetime member. His pair of one person shows, The Cave Painter & The Woodcutter, are published by Playwrights Canada Press, and Cave Painter received the Carol Bolt Award. He was the inaugural Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta where he wrote While We’re Young. He has also had residencies at Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, UBC’s Green College, UNB, the Yukon Public Library, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. His novels are published by Knopf Canada, and Ragged Islands was awarded the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. He is currently writing a play for TNB.


Sharon King-Campbell is a theatre artist, storyteller and writer who has done dramaturgical work on Bernardine Stapleton's woman, naked, Timothy Matson's The Stars are Always Brighter When the Lights Go Out, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland/FTLOL's transVersing, and Bruno Vinhas & Corie Kean's Ori, along with several works in development. She has been working with playwright Vanessa Cardoso Whelan for the past six months through the Writers' Alliance of NL's mentorship program, and is delighted to be continuing that work at the 2021 PARC Playwrights' Retreat. Sharon has also worked in production dramaturgy with St. John's musical theatre company Best Kind Productions. Her own plays include Fighting Fire with Snow (World's End Theatre Company), Give Me Back (skc originals/For the Love of Learning), and Original (skc originals/PerSIStence Theatre). Sharon's scripts in development, Factory Girls and Dayboil, have been workshopped at the PARC Retreat, and Dayboil won a 2020 Arts & Letters Award. Sharon is the author of a new poetry collection called This Is How It Is (Breakwater Books), and is currently pursuing her PhD English at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Yevgeniya Kononoff came to theatre from a background in visual art and dance, and these two disciplines continue to guide her in her work. Originally from the former Soviet Union, she also translates Russian works of drama. Directing credits include Even Burning by Melissa Major (2008 - New Ideas Festival and Fringe Festival), The King Stag by Carlo Gozzi (2009), An Ordinary Wonder by Yevgenii Shvarts (translated and directed in 2010), and The Green Man by Maureen Gualtieri (2012), Dead French Philosophers and What We Mean When We Talk About Love by James Papoutsis (2013), I am Very Far by Graham Isador (Summerworks 2013). Play Invisible (collective creation based on the concept by Yevgeniya, 2013) Yevgeniya is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.


Jeannette Lambermont-Morey has directed for theatres across Canada and the United States, from the Stratford Festival (8 seasons), to the Virginia Stage Company (twice); including such theatres as The Citadel (Edmonton), The Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa), Atlantic Theatre Festival (Nova Scotia), Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), Festival Players (Prince Edward County), Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton), the Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque), Talk is Free Theatre and Theatre by the Bay (Barrie), Theatre on the Ridge (Port Perry), the New World Theatre Project/Perchance Theatre (St. John’s, NFLD), YES Theatre (Sudbury); and Toronto theatres, Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Harbourfront Centre, The Guild Festival Theatre, and The Toronto International Fringe Festival, etc. She has worked extensively in college and university theatre programs as a director and instructor. Jeannette was Artistic Director of the New World Theatre Project in Newfoundland 2012/13 and served as Executive Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada from 1999 to 2015. As a director/dramaturge, Jeannette has developed a number of works including an adaptation of Goethe’s Faust with music by Leslie Arden, several independent new musicals with YES Theatre (Sudbury), and numerous plays by up-and-coming Canadian and American writers in various stages of development. Jeannette is currently Artistic & Managing Director of Xchange Theatre Works in St. John’s, NL.


Lara Lewis is a queer mixed Mi'kmaw/settler theatre artist living in Kjipuktuk. As a dramaturge, she has apprenticed under Jenny Munday, Natasha MacLellan, Ann-Marie Kerr, & Pamela Halstead. Lara is a graduate of the Fountain School of Performing Arts and University of King's College School of Journalism. Lara is also a Merritt Award-nominated actor; she has worked with independent companies across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, most recently with Theatre New Brunswick's Young Company. As an administrator, Lara has worked with Mayworks Kjipuktuk and Halifax Fringe, and is the chair of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op.



Anita Majumdar is an acting graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia in Theatre, English and South Asian Languages. A student of kathak, odissi and bharatanatyam classical Indian dances, Anita has danced and choreographed contemporary hybrids of these forms for stage for over two decades. As a playwright, Anita was awarded Canada’s Governor General's Protégé Prize in playwriting where she was mentored by the late John Murrell and was one of 50 artists invited to celebrate the Canada Council for the Arts 50th Anniversary. She has also been a writer in the  Tarragon Writer's Unit, the Cahoots Hot House Writer's Unit, playwright in residence with Nightswimming and been invited to attend the Banff Playwright's Lab on multiple occasions. Her most produced and toured work, the Fish Eyes Trilogy, is published with graphic illustrations by Playwrights Canada Press and in 2017 she completed her Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. As well, she was the recipient of Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance (Boys with Cars, Nightswimming/Young People’s Theatre) that same year. A complete recording of the Fish Eyes Trilogy can be heard on CBC Radio's PlayME podcast. Currently, Anita is working with Nightswimming in Toronto where she is commissioned to write her new work, A Girl Has No Gym.


Ellen Peterson: playwright, dramaturg, actor, artist, one-time improv comic, author, and teacher. Her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility premiered at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in October 2018. The Brink and The Eight Tiny Reindeer of the Apocalypse premiered at Prairie Theatre Exchange (2013) and Theatre Projects Manitoba (2012) respectively. Short plays Learning to Drive, Branta Canadensis and On the Shelf have been published in anthologies Instant Applause I and II (Blizzard Publishing) and Generation NeXXt (Scirroco Drama). A monologue, Stories Houses Tell, was featured as an online audio performance through Prairie Theatre Exchange’s “Winnipeg Stories” in February and March. As an actor Ellen has appeared on nearly every stage in Winnipeg and in most of the school gyms in Manitoba. When not writing, Ellen teaches theatre and creative writing, currently at Manitoba Theatre for Young People and with schools and conservatories across the country. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg (B.A. Theatre ’84), she has served as dramaturg for the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, the Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre, and the Saskatchewan Playwright’s Centre. Ellen is currently working on Down Cant River, about the long-reaching effects of a murder in a campground, and The Consolations, in which minor deities deal with the effects of the human population on Earth.


Dalbir Singh is a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. He taught courses there as well as at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph. At Waterloo, he taught the first theatre course exclusively focused on racial identity and Canadian theatre. He has edited five collections of plays and critical essays on topics including Tamil culture and identity, post-colonial theatre, South Asian Canadian drama, and queer Canadian theatre. As a result, he has published the work of such notable writers as Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Ravi Jain, Guillermo Verdecchia, Anusree Roy, and Yvette Nolan. He is currently co-editor of a special issue of "Canadian Theatre Review" devoted to the history of the SummerWorks Performance Theatre Festival in Toronto which will feature the work of many theatre artists such as Evalyn Parry, Jonathan Seinen, Shaista Latif and Adam Lazarus.