Get to know APN's Board Members

 

NEIL FLEMING

President

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.

BLAINE NEWTON

Past PRESIDENT

A playwright, sketch writer, improvisor, and sometime engineer, Blaine’s most recent productions include Bravo, produced by Shadow Theatre (Edmonton), Five Stages of Death produced by Cursive Writing Productions (2018 Edmonton International Fringe Festival), Oral Fixations (co-written with Leslie Greentree) produced Ignition Theatre (Red Deer), and the musical revue Air Raids and Siren Songs produced by the Red Deer Players. He spent two seasons as lead writer for Red Deer’s Bull Skit, writing and performing sketch and improvisational comedy. Blaine currently performs with Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre.

When not bragging about himself in the third person, he is also a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada and a past president of the Writers’ Guild of 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.

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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.

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charlotte nixon

director at large

Charlotte is a playwright, actor, and director from Calgary. She has also taught K - 12 drama for over ten years, and tours around Western Canada as an arts educator, teacher consultant, and curriculum guide. It is her love of adolescent drama that inspires her to write plays for today’s modern teenager. Her pirate play Silver's Secret has been performed across Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Charlotte has two new published works: One Bad Apple: The Queen, Snow White, and the Evil Red Delicious and Under the Bed: A Fanciful Adventure with Bed Bugs, Dust Bunnies, Lost Toys, Monsters and Mismatched Socks that are set for release this year. Charlotte has worked with several theatre companies around Calgary and southern Alberta including Calgary Young People's Theatre, Empress Theatre, and Morpheus Theatre. Charlotte currently teaches grades 6 and 7 using the arts immersion educational philosophy at the Calgary Arts Academy.