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.

 

MARK GREENE

VICE PRESIDENT

Mark Greene is a lawyer with Alberta Justice, where he practices in the area of occupational health and safety law. An ex-pat Maritimer, Mark moved to Alberta in 1997 (along with the rest of the Province of New Brunswick). He graduated from UofA Law School in 2001 and went straight to work for Her Majesty the Queen.  Though a lawyer by trade, he is a playwright/writer by heart. His inaugural play, Jesus Master Builder – A Divine Comedy, was staged at the Walterdale Theatre May and is currently working on a full-length musical comedy: How to Start Your Own Religion.

 

NICOLE MOELLER

Director at Large

Nicole Moeller has been writing plays for over ten years. Plays include Without YouAn Almost Perfect Thing, the adaptation Erostratus and The Mothers. She is the recipient of the Outstanding New Play Sterling Award, the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Literary Award for Drama and official selection for Germany’s Neue Theaterstücke aus Kanada National Competition, and is published by Playwrights Canada Press. Based in Edmonton, Nicole is a graduate of MacEwan’s Journalism and Theatre Arts Programs. In addition to playwriting, Nicole has spent time working in Marketing and Communications and Administration. A long-time member of the Alberta Playwrights' Network, Nicole is deeply passionate about her craft, and is excited to be part of the APN team, working hard for an organization that has given her immeasurable support already in her career.

 

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

PAST 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.

 

JASON CHINN

Director At Large

Recent plays include: Murderers Confess at Christmastime (Summerworks, Theatre Network Performance Series), I Love Your Hair and Other Conversations (The National Elevator Project for Theatre Yes!), an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, commissioned by the Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation (University of Alberta, MacEwan University), Intimacy for Sartre’s Shorts (Surreal Soreal), and Ladies Who Lynch (Azimuth Theatre, Workshop West Theatre’s Canoe Festival). Jason is developing his next play with the Citadel Theatre Playwrights’ Forum. He was last seen on stage in Beth Graham’s The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Theatre Network).

 

BETH GRAHAM

Director At Large

Beth Graham is a playwright and actor living in Edmonton. Her latest play, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble premiered at Factory Theatre (co-produced with Obsidian Theatre), received a second production at Theatre Network and will be seen at Persephone Theatre in their upcoming season. The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble was a finalist for the 2015 Governor General's Award in drama and is published by Playwrights Canada Press. Beth is also the co-creator of The Drowning Girls, which premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2008 PlayRites festival, went on to tour nationally, was nominated for the Carol Bolt Award, and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. Other co-creations include: Comrades, Mules and Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program and is currently a playwright-in-residence at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre.

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.