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The PARC Playwright Profile for August 2021 is Richie Wilcox!

August 14, 2021

Richie is a multi-talented director/writer/creator/dramaturge whose work has been seen across Canada and has toured internationally.

Richie has spent the better part of the last decade co-creating, devising, writing and directing new works. Originally from New Waterford, he spent his formative years doing shows at Festival on the Bay and what was then called UCCB and learned from the best of Cape Breton at that time. Richie moved off the island for his education and graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in Theatre and, moving further off, followed up with an MA in Theatre Directing from Texas State University.

Richie has worked with numerous theatre companies over the years: co-founding Angels & Heroes in his early career years in Halifax where he directed shows such as Fewer Emergencies, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Blackbird among many others. He spent almost a decade working at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre as a director and performer and was Associate Producer for the 2018 summer season at Ship's Company Theatre. For four years he served as an Artistic Associate for Theatre Outré in Lethbridge, Alberta where he directed UNSEX’d, Late Company, The Confession of Jeffrey Dahmer and more.

Richie is the Artistic Director of Halifax’s live art company Heist where he performed in a tour of The Princess Show to Toronto, Victoria and Fredericton. He and his cohorts at Heist are also the creative team behind the award-winning sequel Princess Rules, the multimedia extravaganza Nation, his original show New Waterford Boy: A Ceilidh, and their newest work, Frequencies.

Back in 2007 Richie was given the Mayor’s Emerging Artist award and in 2018 he received the Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor for his work in Princess Rules. He is the editor of Daniel MacIvor: New Essays on Canadian Theatre and is in the midst of writing two new plays at the moment – one about death (Good Grief) and one about a famous basketball tournament (Coal Bowl Week).

Richie is currently the Artistic Director of Ship's Company Theatre where the premiere production of his newest work, Good Grief (developed with the support of PARC!), previews on August 4 and 5, opens August 6 and runs to August 22 (https://www.shipscompanytheatre.com/good-grief/) .