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 The NewMarket National Play Festival is excited to announce

the winners of the 2017 Changes for You National Playwriting Competiton:

1st Place-  Camille Intson:  Road

2nd Place-  Liam Salmon:  Iphigenia

3rd Place-  Wyatt Lamoureux:  Tango at Eight

We thank all of our playwright finalists for their outstanding contributions to the success of this year's inaugural festival.  

Genevieve Adam, Toronto, Ontario - Bed Sport

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), All's Well That Ends Well (Victoria Shakespeare Festival), Klank! (HATCH Festival), 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. She is thrilled to be a part of the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival.

Alex Colle, Toronto, Ontario - River Flows West

Alexander’s plays include River Flows West, Red Fox, Ivy, and Towards the Sun. Alexander’s work has been developed by the Playwriting & New Dramaturgy class at York University and Judith Rudakoff. He has recently completed his fourth year at York University, where he is studying Theatre and English. His work has been included in York University playwriting events such as Telling Tales Out Of School and The Ashley Plays, and he is also currently completing his specialization in Devised Theatre where he is discovering new ways to ways to tell a story. In addition to his playwriting work, he has also appeared in collective creation shows at Soulpepper Theatre for the Youth Mentorship Program and Tarragon Theatre for the Paprika Festival.

Alexander’s plays include River Flows West, Red Fox, Ivy, and Towards the Sun. Alexander’s work has been developed by the Playwriting & New Dramaturgy class at York University and Judith Rudakoff. He has recently completed his fourth year at York University, where he is studying Theatre and English. His work has been included in York University playwriting events such as Telling Tales Out Of School and The Ashley Plays, and he is also currently completing his specialization in Devised Theatre where he is discovering new ways to ways to tell a story. In addition to his playwriting work, he has also appeared in collective creation shows at Soulpepper Theatre for the Youth Mentorship Program and Tarragon Theatre for the Paprika Festival.

Trevor Curran, Newmarket, Ontario - Borne and Razed

Trevor James Curran was born in Newmarket Ontario. Growing up in a musical family; his mother an Accompanist, Pianist, Teacher, and Sacred Musician, his father a Tenor soloist, and performer, Trevor was destined for a life in theatre. His first writing was part of an entry in the Sears Ontario Drama Festival, which made its way to the provincial level. As a student of Michael Halfin, Trevor has always had a focus on collaborative creation. He then attended Sheridan College for musical theatre performance. He was privileged to be in the first workshop cast of Come from Away. As both a writer and performer Trevor is excited for the future of Canadian musical theatre. Special thanks to Nancy Watt, Michael Halfin, Stephen Woodjetts, and Marcia Johnson; whose influence gave Trevor a passion for writing.

Jaemoon Lee, Toronto, Ontario - Borne and Razed

Jaemoon Lee is 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!

Mark Foster, Halifax, Nova Scotia: - 241

Mark Foster is a playwright from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Toronto, he attended Dalhousie for English Literature and there fell in love with the theatre. A new writer, Foster has had his works in various societies, festivals, and productions by members of the Halifax arts community. Currently, Foster continues to write fervently while working towards a Bachelor's degree in Education.

Norm Foster, Ontario -The Hoofers

Norm Foster has been the most produced playwright in Canada every year for the past twenty years. His plays receive an average of one hundred and fifty productions annually making him, by far, the most produced playwright in the history of his country.

Norm followed up his  first professionally produced play, Sinners (1982) with The Melville Boys which was produced across Canada and in the United States, including a well-received run off-Broadway in New York.  Since then, Norm Foster has produced an astonishing output of work. Over fifty-five plays in all, including The Affections of May, the most produced play in Canada in 1991.  St. Catherines’ Foster Fest is a summer festival devoted exclusively to Norm’s work.

Born in Newmarket, Norm hasn’t forgotten his home town and has generously provided the NewMarket National with the premiere of his play, The Hoofers, to help the festival get off on the right foot!

Catherine Frid, Guelph, Ontario - The Mess

Catherine Frid’s produced plays include Half Full (Mixed Company Theatre, school tour), Burying Toni (Alumnae), The Bold Canadian (Arts and Letters Club),  Homegrown (SummerWorks and others), GuineaPigging (Alumnae), and Dead Cat Bounce (Toronto Fringe and others). She has been Artist in Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School and Playwright in Residence at Mixed Company Theatre. Catherine’s publications include Our Voices: Senior Selfies (Art Age Publications) and This Isn’t Toronto in Long Story Short, a 10-minute play anthology. 


Upcoming in 2017: Our Roots Our Future (a Canada 150 project), and AfterWise (Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington-Dufferin).

Ron Fromstein, Toronto, Ontario - Good to Go

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).  

Camille Intson, London, Ontario - Road

At twenty years old, Camille Intson is a writer and theatre creator living and working in Southern Ontario. Her festival submission, Road, was originally workshopped at the Grand Theatre in London Ontario with support from Jeff Culbert, Megan Watson, and dramaturge Lisa O’Connell of Pat The Dog Theatre Creation. This summer, her work will also be featured at the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Festival (The Stock, dir. Raffie Rosenberg, ArtLaunch Theatre Company) and at Tomo Suru Players’ ‘About Love: A Festival of Short Plays’ in Vancouver, British Columbia. Other recent credits include: Blood Lines (Playwright-in-Residence - 17th Annual Paprika Festival, Toronto ON); Antigone (Anouilh/Galantiére) (Director - The ARTS Project, London ON); The Boy Who Bled (Playwright - Purple Shorts One-Act Festival, London ON); Anonymous (Playwright/Director - Purple Shorts One-Act Festival, London ON). Camille works seasonally as a Tour Leader in Quebec City, Montréal, and Ottawa, and is a Hamilton Music Award-winning singer-songwriter and ex-harpist. She is a current English Literature and Performance Studies student at the University of Western Ontario and the co-founder and director of ArtLaunch Theatre Company based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Biggest of love, as always, to friends and family. http://www.camilleintson.com.  

Camille in the news

Wyatt Lamoureux, Peterborough, Ontario - Tango at Eight

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 is thrilled to have Tango At Eight included in the NNPF. Past credits include Algonquin Highway at the recent 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 17 years in community service in shelters for the homeless. He is an apprentice member of ACTRA.

Andrew Lee, Hamilton, Ontario - Just Enough

Andrew Lee is an award-winning playwright whose plays focus largely on memory and mental illness and how they are represented. His plays have been produced in both the Hamilton and Toronto Fringe Festivals, and most recently he was very proud to have his plays "Prayers to St. George" (2016) and "The Ballad of Sadie Wong" (2017) produced in week one of the New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre (Toronto). His play "Subway Extension to the Mariana Trench" won the Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest and will appear on stage in the festival in 2017. Andrew proudly makes his home in Hamilton, ON.

Samantha Machado, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Philosophy is Dead

Samantha Machado, the writer of Philosophy is Dead (and so are we), is an emerging playwright born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She will graduate from Balmoral Hall School in June 2017, and will be attending the University of King’s College in the fall. Samantha is very excited to be a part of the New Market National Ten Minute Play Festival.


Samantha is the founder of Balmoral Hall School’s drama club, Imported Plaid, and directed and acted in their first production, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (2017). Samantha’s play, Supracoracoideus, was a finalist in the Manitoba High School Playwriting Competition and was performed in 2016 under the direction of Bruce Michalski. This year, Samantha has had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Backstage Pass Program.


Samantha would like to thank her friends, family, and teachers (especially her English teacher Mr. John Kerr and former English teacher Mrs. Rhonda Smith) for helping her to become the woman she is today. Samantha dedicates this play to her late aunt, Mariam Findlay.

Elmar Maripuu, Toronto, Ontario - The Syndrome Thing

Elmar became involved in theatre in the north of England, through working as a volunteer on a summer arts program for children in deprived urban areas.  He subsequently formed a company delivering performances and collaborative events in playgrounds, classrooms, old people’s homes, mental hospitals, and out on the streets.


While living in New York, Elmar wrote several plays in Estonian, which have been performed in Canada, the USA, Sweden and Estonia.  In 1990 he contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union by working in Tallinn as a translator for the Estonian Encyclopedia.


Elmar currently lives in Toronto and is CEO of Stone Bay Software, developing IT solutions for the charitable gaming industry.  He continues to write as time permits.  His play Forever was selected for the 2011 HotInk at the Lark festival in New York City.

Jody McColman, New Westminster, B.C.  (Portland, Maine) - Back in Town

Jody McColman is a playwright and actor whose short plays, including "A Long Time Coming," "Schrodinger's Roulette," "Port City Blues," and "God Speed, Apollo" have been featured in festivals across the United States.  The Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival is Jody's first production in his native Canada, and will be the first production of his short play "Back in Town." Born in New Westminster, B.C., Jody now lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Mary and their two cats, Sidney and Maxine.

Sean Meldrum, Port Hope, Ontario - The Diagnosis

"Sean Meldrum is a playwright, actor, and sound designer. He attended Queen’s University and graduated from their Dramatic Arts program in 2016. In that same year, Theatre Mies produced his play Gnaw as a part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. It was staged again as A.N. Myer Secondary School’s submission to the Sears Drama Festival in Welland. The Cellar Door Project, a company with whom Sean has been involved since their sophomore expedition, produced his site-specific play New & Used in Brian's Record Option in Kingston. It was later remounted during the 2016 Kick and Push Festival and is currently being adapted for the screen. Two of Sean’s short plays, Tang and Doorknocker were presented at the Isabel Bader Centre by Kingston’s Drama Studio Series."

Joel Pettigrew, Thornhill, Ontario - The Dilemma

Joel Pettigrew is a theatrical, writer, director and producer who over the past decade has brought numerous productions to life in Toronto.  His most recent shows include: "Becoming Me," (Toronto Fringe 2017, Producer) "Waking," (Toronto Fringe 2016 and Eos Festival 2015, Playwright, Director, Producer) as well as appearing in and running various cabarets and short films.


Joel is delighted to be taking part in the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival, and hopes you all enjoy "The Dilemma." Life is a picnic, eat up! 

Norm Reynolds, Toronto, Ontario - Two-Hander

A hit at the inaugural Summerworks Festival (CBC Radio, NOW Magazine), Put Up Your Hand went on to be one of four scripts chosen for the WordWorks Festival at Solar Stage. Reynolds's The Good-bye Play was staged at the Playwrights of Spring Festival and at TheatreStarts; it was originally workshopped at the Humber School for Writers with Edward Albee. Reynolds has published short fiction in the United States and Canada, and book reviews in the Canadian national press. His acting credits include Degrassi High, and King Berenger in Exit the King. He currently teaches English and Drama in Toronto.   

Click photo to meet Norm

Sebastian Rosewater, Montreal, Quebec (Beijing, China) - The Results

Sebastian Rosewater is from Montreal and currently resides in Beijing, China, where he works as a freelance journalist. He graduated from McGill University with a degree in Theatre. The Results is his first play produced in Canada. 

Liam Salmon, Edmonton, Alberta - Iphigenia

Liam Salmon is a 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 and workshopped many of his plays. His work has been seen at the New Works Festival, Nextfest, the Edmonton Fringe, and most recently at the Citadel Theatre as part of a 5 Minute Play Festival. A graduate of the University of Alberta, he received a Frank Bueckert Prize for aptitude and promise in playwriting. He also recently won Theatre BSMT’s Dwellers Playwriting competition, and a Dorothy White Award as part of the Ottawa Little Theatre’s National Playwriting Competition. Currently, he’s heading into his final year studying playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada. 

Jan Sims, London, Ontario - A Day at the Beach

Jan Sims is a writer and broadcaster. Her one act plays, "The Lost Treasure of Jesse James" and "Bed & Breakfast" were performed at the McManus Theatre at London’s Grand Theatre through the Playwrights Cabaret. Her career in television news includes being a reporter and anchor in cities across Ontario including CTV London, Toronto, Barrie & Sudbury. Jan has an M.A. in Journalism from Western University and a B.A. in Drama & Sociology from Queen’s University. She is married with two sons; a filmmaker and a university science student. 

Ted Stenson, Calgary, Alberta - A Chance on Love

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.

Aaron Tang, Toronto, Ontario - Baguette

Aaron Tang was born in Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Film from Queen’s University and is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at The University of Guelph. His main focus is on playwriting and fiction. Aaron's essays and stories are published in Ricepaper Literary Magazine and Language and Manner Literary Journal. He lives in downtown Toronto.

Jessica Van de Kemp, Bradford, Ontario - Hatching in a Cage

Jessica Van de Kemp, OCT (BA, B.Ed, MA) is the author of the poetry chapbooks: Daughters in the Dead Land (Aldrich Press, forthcoming 2017), Four-Coloured Memory (Bitterzoet Press, 2017), and Spirit Light (The Steel Chisel, 2015). Her poem, “Slant of the Girl,” was shortlisted for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize and appears in the latest Global Poetry Anthology (Véhicule Press, 2015). The winner of two Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Jessica currently teaches rhetoric and writing courses at the University of Waterloo, where she is pursuing a PhD in English. Website: jessvdk.wordpress.com | Twitter: @jess_vdk

Callum Worsley, Mount Albert, Ontario - A Love in Vein

Callum Worsley, born and raised in Mount Albert, Ontario first became involved with the stage when he auditioned for the Arts  Huron Drama Program at Huron Heights Secondary School, Newmarket. During his four year period there, he performed in many plays, some of which were showcased at The Sears Ontario Drama Festival. During his last two years in the Arts Huron program, he won two School awards for outstanding performance in a supporting and lead role. It was in his final year he wrote his first play as part of a school assignment which was then selected to be produced in the Sears Festival. Since then, Callum, along with writing in his spare time, attended York University for Cinema and Media Studies and will be in the Comedy Writing and Performance Program at Humber College this September. 

Holly Wyder, Toronto, Ontario - Daze at the Park

Holly Wyder is a chameleon of the arts, wearing colours of a producer, actor, comedian, musician, writer and, at times, an open ear for other artists who need to be heard. Holly most recently worked on a sketch show called "Lol Lol Land" for the Orlando Fringe this year.  She wrote and performed in a piece called "Getting Odd" at the Toronto Fringe in 2016 and produced/wrote/acted in her very own web-series "Female Therapy" (femaletherweb.com). You can follow her down any other roads by checking out hollywyder.com