Get to know APN's Board Members

 

 
 
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BLAINE NEWTON

PRESIDENT

An award winning playwright with productions across Western Canada and an audience of well under a million people, Blaine’s monologues, short fiction and poetry have been featured on CBC Radio and published in anthologies of Alberta writers. He is a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe ACME Theatre Company (“Fine Theatre Since Tuesday”) and a regular contributor to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Westword Magazine. He spent two seasons as lead writer for Red Deer’s Bull Skit, writing and performing sketch comedy and preforming improvisational comedy, and has continued as a contributing writer.

He is also a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, a past-president of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and presently serves on the board of Alberta Playwrights’ Network representing Central Alberta.

 

Andrew Torry

TREASURER

Andrew's plays have appeared at Fire Exit Theatre, Theatre BSMT, SAGE Theatre's Ignite Festival, Nextfest, the Edmonton Fringe, the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, and TheatreXtra. His plays have been shortlisted for many awards, including the 2014 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Literary Award for Drama. He lives in Calgary.

 

Linda Wood Edwards

SECRETARY

Linda Wood Edwards is president of LUE-42 Enterprises, a consulting and writing company with nearly three decades specializing in associations and governance. Linda is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered (Corporate) Secretaries (FCIS) and holds a Bachelor of Administration degree and certificates in human resources management and program evaluation. Linda is the author of two very nerdy books related to boards and bylaws, and when she has a burning need to use adjectives she writes plays and produces them through Northern Sabbatical Productions. Linda is also a certified funeral celebrant, a free-lance writer, and a devoted fan of the Canadian Football League.

 

NEIL FLEMING

director at Large

Neil is an award-winning playwright, designer, and screenwriter based in Calgary who has been mentoring young writers for over a decade. Now in his third year with the ATP - Fresh Prints Student Writers Group, Neil has also taught playwriting at Mount Royal University, Red Deer College, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Neil is now winding down his second tenure as Board President of the Alberta Playwrights Network, and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada where he sat as the Regional Rep for Alberta.

 

joe semenoff

director at large

Joe is a freelance actor, playwright, producer, and production manager. He has worked with various theatre and film companies in the city including: Calgary Opera, Birnton Theatricals/Stage West for Kids, Calgary One Act Play Festival, Polyscope Productions, Vision 10 Productions, Common Ground Festival, and Goodger Pink Productions. Joe has worked as an Artist in Residence at Willow Park School with their Drama Department focusing primarily on playwriting. He has written several scripts for Willow Park that cater to what students are currently learning in other classes.  Joe also produces short films for various film competitions every year through his company RunAway Cat Productions. He is a graduate of the Mount Royal University Theatre Performance Program, and has also trained with Fight Directors Canada and Company of Rogues Actor Studio.