The Newmarket National Play Festival is pleased to introduce the playwrights whose work will be performed in July 2018. Names of writers reading at the festival are highlighted in blue. Click on the name to see day and time of their reading.
Genevieve is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School in Toronto and the East15 Acting School in the UK. Selected acting credits include: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Road (Equity Showcase Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre By the Bay), Annabel (BBC4), All's Well That Ends Well (Victoria Shakespeare Festival), Recall (Toronto Fringe), Measure for Measure (Thought for Food). Her first play Deceitful Above All Things premiered at SummerWorks in 2015 and won several accolades including Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production, and Best Emerging Artist. It was remounted at the Factory in association with The Storefront Theatre in February 2017. Her second play, Bedsport, premiered as part of the Newmarket National Play Festival in July 2017. Her third play New World premiered as part of Seven Sibling’s Future Theatre Festival last October, and her fourth play Dark Heart was presented in association with Thought For Food at the Assembly Theatre this past January. She is thrilled to be returning to this year’s National Play Festival.
Over the years, Gianna's love of theatre has seen her sporting the hats of performer, assistant stage manager, director, writer, and ticket-taker. Her first foray into playwriting was Murder: A Hollywood Production for HIT Theatre, which played in Toronto and London, ON. Recently, she collaborated on 14 Characters, which enjoyed sold out crowds and five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. An active singer, music teacher, and choral director, Gianna tours with Toronto-based ensembles Countermeasure and Ruach Singers, with upcoming stops in Japan, Mexico, and British Columbia. She is currently working on a new musical: Terms and Conditions. She is thrilled to be part of the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival and is looking forward to a great few days of Canadian theatre!
Dave Carley’s plays have had over 450 productions across Canada and the United States. They include Taking Liberties, Test Drive, Conservatives in Love and The Last Liberal. Upcoming in the GTA: Canadian Rajah at Campbell House in Toronto, January and February 2019. For more, go to
Peter Cavell is a writer, composer/lyricist, and occasional thereminist. He holds degrees in classical composition from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Victoria, where professors described his music as "sarcastic" and "really sarcastic". Since then, his compositions and plays have been performed throughout the US, Canada, the UK, Holland, Bosnia, Singapore, and Japan. Peter is perhaps best known as co-creator of the musicals People Suck (with Megan Phillips) and The Pirate Queen of the Stars (with Andrew Templeton). He lives in Toronto, where he works as a musical director at the Second City Training Centre. www.petercavell.com
Stefanie Rae Curran, Newmarket, Ontario: - For the Love of Austen
Born and raised in Newmarket, Stefanie has always been creative. Writing, choreographing, and later with carpentry and painting. But love and talent collided when she found theatrical design. She is a graduate of both Sheridan College and The Guildford School of Acting in partnership with the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree for Scenic Design. Having been involved with the festival last year, Stefanie found herself rather inspired in the aftermath. For the Love of Austen was born out of that inspiration and Stefanie couldn’t be happier for her play writing debut to be taking place in her home town.
Trevor Curran, Newmarket, Ontario - A Little Reservation
Trevor is thrilled to have another musical in the ten minute play festival this year. He was a part of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective workshop with Leslie Arden in its inaugural year. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance program, Trevor has always kept close to the theatre, and writing has always been a passion of his.
Jaemoon Lee, Toronto, Ontario - A Little Reservation
Jaemoon is excited to return to the NNPF with another new musical composed with partner Trevor Curran. A graduate of Randolph Academy. he is an actor/composer/music director in Toronto. His acting works include: Niko, Big Love, Toronto Fringe 2015; The Leader, Rise/Fall, Toronto Fringe 2017; Another Job Applicant, Kim’s Convenience, CBC; Michael, It’s (kind of) a Love Story, Tree of Life Theatre Company; and Brandon, It’s Time, InspiraTO Ten-minute-play festival. His MD works include: Big Love, Toronto Fringe 2015; A Little Match Girl, and original musical revue by Robertson Wickins and Jaemoon Lee. He’d like to thank his parents for their endless support for what he does. Enjoy the show!
Ron Fromstein is a largely self-taught playwright from Toronto. He is a three-time winner of the Canadian National Playwriting Competition (2006, 2007, and 2009) and six-time winner-finalist of the Toronto Fringe 24 hour playwriting competition. Other works include Just Us, The Big Smoke, and One in a Million (a micromusical). He is delighted to be returning to the NNPF after the success of Good to Go in last' years festival.
Robert Hamilton, Vancouver, B.C. - Boyfish
Home is now Vancouver, but I grew up in small town northern, New Brunswick. At my age I have been writing for what seems like forever - poetry, short stories, journaling my life since 1987, scripts for film and stage. I attended the Canadian Film Centre, Praxis, and recently completed Block A at the New Playwrights Centre where I began developing my one act drama/comedy, Nasty Pig. Being a gay man, a lot of my writing is centered on gay characters. Currently, I am working on a full length monologue, Our Story: Coming out in the time of HIV and AIDS. My inspiration is the life that surrounds me.
After working as an actor and improviser including a stint with Second City, Dave has recently turned to writing. He’s had numerous scripts featured at the Toronto Cold Reads series and Store Front Theatre’s Sing For Your Supper. His play, The Flashman, was part of the Short, Short Play Festival in Toronto in 2016. His play Happily Ever After was included in Unit 102s Operation 24 in December 2016 and his play Forerunnerswas selected to be part of Pittsburgh’s New Works Festival in 2017. The word on the street is that Dave is especially pleased to be a part of this year’s NewMarket National Play Festival.
Jessica Hood is a Vancouver-based theatre artist, who works as a performer, producer, costume designer, and playwright. She holds a BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. Jessica has worked for such companies as rice & beans theatre, The Troika Collective, Rumble Theatre, and Pacific Theatre. She was a participant in PTC’s Block A playwriting program led by David Geary. She is developing a new play, currently untitled, where famous couples from literature – Romeo and Juliet, Adam and Eve, Hades and Persephone, have been transplanted into the modern world without any perception of their true identities. With elements of magical realism and dark humour, this play unearths the mundane problems of romantic relationships, which gradually escalate into much darker, pervasive issues. jessicahoodartist.com
James Hutchison, Calgary, Alberta - Valentine's Day
James Hutchison is a playwright focused on comedy, romance, and mystery. James has written several one-act and full-length plays including: What the Dickens! the story of the Pine Tree Players disaster prone production of A Christmas Carol which was a finalist for the 2017 McLaren Memorial Comedy Play Writing Competition. James has also written an original adaptation of A Christmas Carol which received its world premiere in Cardston Alberta at the Carriage House Theatre in December 2017. His short play QUOTA, a dark comedy about political oppression, received a London production in April 2017 as part of the British Theatre Challenge Act II with Skyblue Theatre and won the Audience Appreciation Award. James currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he writes plays, walks his dog Zeke, and has never tried to keep up with the Kardashians.
Joseph Joubert wrote “To teach is to learn twice.” This certainly rings true for Janet who has had the great privilege of working as a theatre educator for well over three decades. During this time, she has worked with thousands of students exploring the art of acting, directing, theatre design and playwriting. She herself has written, directed and produced dozens of plays over the years - many of which were penned specifically for her students. Since retiring from the classroom, Janet has gone on to working freelance as a dramaturg with CSARN, an adjudicator for Theatre Ontario and the NTS Festival, a workshop leader, and a jurist for playwriting competitions. Her most recent directorial works include The Penelopiad, Antigone, and With Love and a Major Organ. Janet’s other true love is travel. The Kiss was written in January during her six-week jaunt through Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
Playwright and actor, Wyatt Lamoureux believes in the points of inclusion that bind us and the tools we use to hold ourselves together despite the exclusion created by society and popular culture. He was thrilled last year to have Tango At Eight included in the NNPF's inaugural season, and is delighted to return in 2018 with Old Age and Treachery. Past credits include Algonquin Highway at the Toronto Fringe, and in Peterborough, ON, a noir-thriller Apple Pie, Ice Cream, and the comic take on genius Shakespeare vs. The Merchants of Venom. Wyatt also has 18 years in community service in shelters for the homeless. He is an apprentice member of ACTRA.
Andrew Lee is excited to be appearing for the second year in a row at the Newmarket National 10-Minute Play Festival. His plays have also appeared at the Toronto Fringe, Hamilton Fringe, and The New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre. He was the 2017 winner of the Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest and is currently developing a play for St. Joseph's Hospital for World Suicide Prevention Day. He lives in Hamilton with his awesome wife Katrine and two amazing daughters, Nora and Iris.
Samantha Machado, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Daphne of Evora
Samantha Machado is thrilled to be returning to the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, and now is a student the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS, where she is pursuing a combined honours in early modern studies and theatre studies with a minor in German. She is the founder of Imported Plaid, and her work has also been featured as part of the 2016 Manitoba High School Playwriting Competition. Selected Acting Credits: The Rabbit (Dalhousie Theatre Society), Antigone (King’s Theatrical Society), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Imported Plaid).
Natalie Meisner, Lockeport, Nova Scotia - Virginia & Orlando & Vita
Natalie Meisner is a widely produced author of stage plays and award winning multi-genre writer. Her nonfiction book: Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family (Fernwood) was a finalist in the Atlantic Book Awards. SPEED DATING FOR SPERM DONORS was a hit at Lunchbox and Neptune and will be available from Playwright’s Canada Press (forthcoming). LEGISLATING LOVE: THE EVERETT KLIPPERT STORY debuted at Calgary's Sage theatre to full houses and standing ovations. She is at work on several new plays as well as her first children’s book, My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother and Me (Nimbus,2020). Natalie is a wife and mom to two great boys and a Professor Department of English at Mount Royal University working in the areas of creative writing, drama, gender/sexuality studies. ()
Jessica Moss, Toronto, Ontario - Break In
JESSICA MOSS is the creator/performer of solo shows 'Modern Love' (Next Stage Festival, Toronto), and 'Polly Polly' (Theatre Mischief at Toronto and Edmonton Fringe; Patron’s Pick, Best of Fringe, Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship). Her full-length plays include 'Next to Him', 'I Will Miss You When You’re Gone', 'Cam Baby' (Theatre Mischief (Toronto), Chimera Ensemble (Chicago), Toronto Fringe New Play Contest Winner 2015, Leah Ryan's FEWW finalist 2017, Weissberger finalist 2017, finalist for Premiere Stage's New Play Festival, Cayle Chernin Award Finalist), 'A Girl Lives Alone' (Winner of SafeWord Theatre New Play Contest), several works in development, and many collaboratively created works. Her work has been developed or presented at Great Plains Theatre Conference, Roundabout Theatre, Premiere Stages, Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Canadian Stage Festival of New Ideas and Creation, among others. As an actor, she has appeared in shows with Necessary Angel/Luminato, Tarragon Theatre, SummerWorks, Sudbury Theatre Centre, the NAC, and many times at the Toronto Fringe. She produces theatre with her company, Theatre Mischief. She is a recent graduate of the Juilliard playwriting program.
By day Guy is a scientist at the National Research Council, working on making buildings more sustainable. He grew up in northern England, and has been active in community theatre since moving to Canada. Recent acting credits include Towards Zero (Superintendent Battle, May 2017), An Inspector Calls (Gerald, Jan 2018), and Move Over Mrs. Markham (Philip Markham, June 2018), all at Ottawa Little Theatre. As a writer, Guy enjoys the discipline imposed by the 10-minute format, and is very grateful to Newmarket for providing new opportunities for Canadian playwrights.
Liam Salmon, Edmonton, Alberta - Clytemnestra
Liam Salmon is an award winning queer playwright based out of Edmonton, Alberta. He was a member of the Edmonton Citadel Young Playwriting Company and the Citadel Playwright’s Forum where he wrote/workshopped many of his plays. His work has been performed across Canada: from Calgary, to Montreal, to Toronto. He’s currently finishing up his last year at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. His graduating play, The Words We Do Not Have, will be performed at the end of the year in May.
Ted Stenson, Calgary, Alberta -The Pipe Test
Ted Stenson is a writer and filmmaker based out of Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from the MFA Theatre program at the University of Calgary with a degree in Playwriting. He works in a variety of mediums and is currently developing a low-budget feature film about the corrupting influence of punk music. Ted is excited to be returning to the NNPF after the successful debut of A Chance at Love.
Greg White is an actor, writer, director, and producer from Toronto, Ontario. As an actor, Greg has appeared in national commercials, films and television series, most recently on the new CTV drama series The Detail. Greg has also written for television as the head writer for Inside the Box, a television trivia game show for CanWest. Greg has written, directed, and produced commercials and award winning short films, and is the writer and director of the independent feature film Separation, a psychological thriller starring Canadian Academy nominees Peter Stebbings and Sarah Manninen. On stage, Greg's previous acting work includes The Wizard of Oz as The Lion, Into The Woods as The Wolf (both with Queensville Players), August: Osage County as Steve Heidebrecht (Whitby Courthouse Theatre) for which he received a THEA nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, and most recently in Avenue Q as Nicky (Whitby Courthouse Theatre). Greg is a graduate of the 2018 CMTWC Toronto Musical Theatre Writer’s Workshop, studying under Canadian musical theatre icon, Leslie Arden (TY for everything, Leslie!). Funeral Sandwiches is Greg’s very first work written for the stage to be produced, and he is thrilled to be a part of NNTMPF! Greg is on Twitter and Instragram @whiteymcg.
Michael G. Wilmot, London, Ontario - Readaholics
Michael spent a number of years on-air in radio before his love of theatre was sparked after beingdragged to an audition to act as moral support for a friend. His writing has been mainly in the field of comedy, including writing freelance for Jay Leno's Tonight Show monologue and for Kevin Nealon during his stint on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update segment. For a time he also had regular columns in two U.S. comedy newsletters. As a playwright, his scripts have been performed across the USA and Canada, in Australia and Russia.His play “No Tell Motel” has been translated into Russian (under the title “Love Shack”) and was performed in Astrakhan Russia in 2016. His short play "Nancy" is published by Playwrights Canada Press in their short play anthology "Long Story Short". A member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Dramatists Guild of America, Michael lives in London, Ontario, Canada with Lynda Martens, his partner and fellow playwright.
Chelsea Woolley is a playwright whose work includes: The Mountain (Geordie Productions), These Peaceable Kingdoms (New Words Festival), The Exhibition of Extraordinary Oddities and Living Freaks (Major Matt Mason) and, The Only Good Boy (Theatre BSMT). Chelsea’s plays have earned recognition through a number of national and provincial playwriting competitions. In 2016, Chelsea attended the Banff Playwright’s Lab and in 2017, the National New Play Network’s MFA Playwright’s Workshop at the Kennedy Centre, in Washington, DC. She is a current member of Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program, and a member of the New Creation Unit with Theatre Direct. Chelsea is also one of three writers to be honoured this year with the Ellen Ross Stuart Prize and is working in association with the Tarragon Theatre, the Blyth Festival and Hart House Theatre on a new piece of Canadian theatre. Chelsea is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program.
"Jimmy is a fourth year student at the Schulich School of Business. He was a part of Soulpepper Theatre's 2014 City Youth Academy and his plays Snape Kills Dumbledore! and Shakespeare's Survivors were featured in the 2016 and 2017 Paprika Festivals. At York, Jimmy was a member of the Vanier Improv Company. His favourite thing that he has ever written is an essay exploring the influence of Ayn Rand on contemporary superhero movies."
Laura Hall, Ottawa, Ontario - My Generation (staged reading)
Laura has worked professionally in Ottawa for over 15 years as a performer, producer, writer and stage manager. Laura’s foray into writing began with a web-comic (madgeoftruth.tumblr.com) and sketch comedy videos, for which she has received several awards. After producing, writing and directing Double Duty for Ottawa’s 2014 Fresh Meat Festival, she went on to develop a spin-off web series, The Adventures of Blip Blork. More recently, she has been dabbling in stand-up comedy and playwrighting. You may have seen the ten-minute pre-curser to this story performed at Newmarket Theatre as part of Newmarket Celebrates the Arts, 2017. This version of My Generation would not be possible without dramaturgical support from Theatre Wakefield and funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.