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John Burnham

Born in 1940, John saw a lot of the world courtesy of the US Navy and careers in electronics, aviation, and the oil patch.

John is he author of an adult mystery, The Kitten Burglar, released in November, 2009. He is also the vice-president of Writer's Ink, the Red Deer and district writer's club and a member of MENSA, IONS, and The Orchid Society of Alberta. John's interests are Paleontology, Astronomy, Comparative Religion, Cosmic Evolution, and — of course —writing. John still marvels at his good fortune: While many men spend their entire lives searching for the right woman, John has enjoyed the love of two fine ladies. In a time when many people have strained relationships with their children, John can say that his three grown daughters are his best friends.


sharon cavanagh

Sharon is a two-time Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award Winner. she has also worked as a director in both theatre & film. Her play The Pasta King of the Carribean was made into a film for Bravo! Television.

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To listen to Sharon's The He/She Playsclick here.

Marty Chan

Marty has been writing for over 20 years. Plays include Mom, Dad, I'm Living With A White Girl and The Bone House. Marty is a five time Alberta Anthology Monologue Contest winner and he also pens 2 young adult book series: The Marty Chan Mysteries and Barnabas Bigfoot.

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col cseke

Col is a Calgary based playwright & performer as well as the Co-Artistic Director of Verb Theatre. His plays include: Jim Forgetting (published by Scirocco Drama), The Dandelion Project, The Fight or Flight Response, The Ex-Pats (with Brent Podesky) & Of Fighting Age (with David van Belle & Christopher Duthie). As a member of the award winning Downstage Creation Ensemble, he has co-created and performed in In The Wake, Good Fences, Bus(t) & Arm's Length Embrace. With his friends at Downstage, Col shares three Betty Mitchell Award nominations for Outstanding New Play, receiving the award once for In The Wake.

Trina davies

Trina Davies is a playwright based in Vancouver BC Canada. Trina’s award-winning plays include ShatterMulti User DungeonThe Auction, and Waxworks. Her play The Romeo Initiative was a finalist for Canada’s top literary prize the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama 2012 and was the winner of the National Enbridge Prize for Established Artist. Her plays have been performed across Canada and in a number of other countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, and India. Her work has been translated into Italian and German. She has participated in artist residencies at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

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Neil Fleming

Neil is an award-winning playwright, designer, and screenwriter based in Calgary who has been mentoring emerging artists for over a decade. Neil has taught playwriting at Mount Royal University, Central Memorial High School, the Calgary High School Drama Festival, and Red Deer College. He has just completed his fifth year as the playwright-facilitator for Alberta Theatre Project’s long-standing Fresh Prints Student Writers Group. Neil also works as a freelance copywriter and video-producer creating short films, documentaries, corporate videos and commercials. He has won 4 AMPIA awards for screenwriting including two for the television series “Fixing Dinner” and one for his short film “Tug”. Neil is a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada and is proud to sit on the board of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network.


Mark allan greene

Mark Allan Greene is a lawyer by trade, playwright/writer by heart. His inaugural play, Jesus Master Builder - A Divine Comedy hit the stage at the Walterdale Theatre in 2015. He is currently working on a full-length musical comedy entitled, How To Start Your Own Religion.

Playwrights' Guild of Canada  member. To view her PGC profile  click here .

Playwrights' Guild of Canada member. To view her PGC profile click here.


beth graham

Beth Graham is an Edmonton playwright and actor, whose plays have been produced across Canada and internationally. Her latest play, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, was the recipient of the 2015 Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama and was also a finalist for the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Beth is one of the co-creators of The Drowning Girls, which was nominated for the Carol Bolt Award and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. Other co-creations include: Comrades, Mules and Victor & Victoria's Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things. Beth is a graduate of the University of Alberta's BFA acting program. 

savanna harvey

Savanna Harvey is a creator-performer and dramaturg from Edmonton. She has written 2 plays, The Annotated Autobiography of Leone McGregor and Shadowlands. They were both originally produced through her company, Pretentious Productions. Copies of her plays can be purchased through the Pretentious Productions Facebook Page. Savanna has also created installations and visual art exhibits. Her work has been seen in the SkirtsAfire Festival, NextFest, the Found Festival, Gravity, and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. In 2017, Shadowlands will be touring across Canada on the Fringe theatre circuit.


Karen Hines

Karen is the author of Drama: Pilot EpisodeCitizen PochsyHello...Hello (A Romantic Satire)Oh, Baby & Pochsy's Lips. She is a two-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Other awards and citations for her productions include twelve Dora Mavor Moore nominations, the Betty Mitchell Award for New Play, two Alberta Writers Guild Awards, and twice finalist for the Chalmers Award for Playwriting. All of her plays are published by Coach House Books.

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Laurie hodges humble

Laurie's publications include the 2004 CBC Alberta Anthology and the Alexandra Reader 25th anniversary Anthology. Her novella Middle of Nowhere was shortlisted for the 2009 Ken Klonsky competition.

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For more about James & his work -

james Hutchison

James Hutchison has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Calgary and an Honours Diploma in Television Writing and Producing from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. His commercial television work has received recognition from Worldfest Houston, the Television Bureau of Canada, and the Telly Awards. His one-act comedy Death and the Psychiatrist is being produced as part of MiniFest 2017 at Acadia University, Nova Scotia and his play QUOTA will receive a London production in 2017 with Skyblue Theatre. James has written several other one-act and full-length comedies including: What The Dickens! (The Story of the Pine Tree Players Disaster Prone Production of "A Christmas Carol"). James is a member of APN, Theatre Alberta, and the Playwrights' Guild of Canada. You can follow James on Twitter - @lifeisanact

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heidi janz

Heidi Janz, PhD, is a writer/playwright based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her work focuses on exploring the experiences of people with disabilities–particularly youth and women with disabilities–and making these experiences accessible to larger audiences. Her plays include: Returned to Sender, Voices At Dying, Dying to be Heard & The Book of Jobes. Heidi is currently working on a new play Showdown on Cripple Creek.

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katherine koller

Katherine Koller lives in Edmonton, Alberta and writes fiction and for radio, stage (theatre, ballet, opera and dance) and screen.

Her one-act comedies have been produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, CBC radio, Jagged Edge, Lunchbox Theatre, Winnipeg‘s FemFest, Alumnae Theatre in Toronto and Walterdale Theatre in Edmonton, and have been invited to festivals in the U.K. and the U.S.

Her full-length plays concern the pressures of science and technology on family relationships, often with the land or some element of nature playing a character part.  Some are set in history to give meaning to present-day events.  Coal Valley: the Making of a Miner was commissioned and produced in Drumheller in 2005 and is included in The Alberta Advantage, (Playwrights Canada Press, 2008). The Seed Savers received its premiere at Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre in 2009 and was produced at the Station Arts Centre in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, in 2010, and is in Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays (Athabasca University Press, 2012). Last Chance Leduc won the 2013 Alberta Playwriting Competition. Katherine is currently working on Dirt Baby and Riverkeeper (plays), Madonna of the Wilderness (opera libretto), Art Lessons (novel) and Cowboy Boots and a Corsage (film). Katherine also teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

myrna kostash

Myrna Kostash is an acclaimed writer of literary and creative nonfiction who makes her home in Edmonton when she is not travelling in pursuit of her varied literary interests and passions. These have taken her from school halls in Vancouver, BC, to Ukrainian weddings in Two Hills, Alberta; from the site of the mass grave of Cree warriors in Battleford, Saskatchewan, to a fishers’ meeting in Digby, Nova Scotia; from the British Library in London, UK, to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. She is inspired in her work by her childhood in the Ukrainian-Canadian community of Edmonton, her rites of passage through the Sixties in the US, Canada and Europe, by her discovery of the New Journalism and feminism in the 1970s, by her rediscovery of her western Canadian roots in the 1980s, and most recently, by her return to her spiritual sources in Byzantium and the Eastern Christian (Orthodox) Church.

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josh languedoc

Josh is an freelance theatre artist & educator from Edmonton who has a keen interest in writing plays dealing w. social justice issues & subculture exploration. He has 2 theatre companies: The Kazoodles, a TYA company & Go For Broke Entertainment. 

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Annette loiselle

Annette is an Edmonton based actor, writer, producer and theatre instructor. She is also the Festival Director of SkirtsAfire: her arts festival. She's been a theatre professional for over 24 years and her first play The Passion of Mary was produced at the Roxy Theatre in 2012. 

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blaine newton

A playwright, sketch writer, improvisor and sometime engineer, Blaine’s most recent productions include Bravo, produced by Edmonton’s Shadow Theatre, Five Stages of Death at the 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Festival produced by Cursive Writing Productions, Oral Fixations (co-written with author Leslie Greentree) produced by Red Deer’s Ignition Theatre, and a musical revue Air Raids and Siren Songs produced by the Red Deer Players.

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


heather morrow

Heather has been writing since 1995 and has had productions with Edmonton’s Carnival of Shrieking Youth, Theatre Network’s NextFest, Walterdale Playhouse and the Edmonton Fringe Festival. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from UNB.

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Gordon Pengilly has written more than fifty plays for TV, film, radio, and the stage. His work includes Seeds, Swipe, Metastasis, Yours 'til The Moon Falls Down, Tom Three Persons, Tom Form and the Speed of Love, Contraption and  They Don't Call Them Farmers Anymore which has been produced across Canada and abroad. His screenplay Drumheller or Dangerous Times won the 2003 Writers' Guild of Canada Jim Burt Prize. Gordon is one of the most prolific radio dramatists in Canada. In 1989 CBC selected The Ballad of an Existential Cowboy as one of its "Best of the Decade". He has also been nominated for a Peabody Award in 1993. His radio play, Seeing In The Dark received the 2007 BBC International Radio Drama Prize and was broadcast on the World Service. His newest play Flesh & Ghost was workshopped as part of FUSE 2009 at Theatre Calgary and was recently workshopped by Playwrights' Theatre Centre and then showcased at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York with Broad Horizons Theatre. Gordon has been resident playwright or dramaturg for theatres and institutions in Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Red Deer, Toronto, Victoria, New Brunswick, Ireland, and Texas. His first collection of plays Metastasis And Other Plays, published by NeWest Press received the 2009 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.   


tracey power

Playwright, Director, Actor - Tracey has written musicals, TYA and her billingual play Garage Alec was nominated for an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award.

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caroline russell-king

Caroline's plays have been produced all across Canada in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario. Theatre companies which have premiered her plays include: The Glenmore Dinner Theatre (Scrooge - The Female VersionScheme-a-Dream ChristmasFrom Here to Insanity and Moments of Madness), The Marquee Dinner Theatre (In the Cards), CBC radio (Search for the Stampede) and Lunchbox Theatre (A Butler Did It and Mr. Fix It) and Solar Stage, Toronto (Mounting Sex in the Afternoon Zone).

Caroline was playwright-in-residence with The Glenmore Dinner Theatre for four years. She also was the Petro Canada Stage One Literary Manager for Lunchbox Theatre for three years. Caroline is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas.

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rose scollard

Rose has over 31 produced dramas. In 1996 she was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize an international award for women playwrights. In 1997 she was Writer in Residence at the U of C. Her play, Tango Noir' was published in 2013. 

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For more info on James and his work visit his website:

For more info on James and his work visit his website:

james wade

James is a Calgary-based playwright and performer. His work has been produced or developed through Lunchbox Theatre, the Calgary and Edmonton International Fringe Festivals, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Calgary, SAGE Theatre's Ignite! Festival, and Theatre Genesis. His work has garnered awards from across Canada, including the Alberta Playwriting Competition Grand Prize in 2014 for his play Helmut's Big Day. His other plays include Greetings From Sardineland, WILF, In Case of Fireand A Song of BucephalusJames has recently completed his thesis work as part of the MFA Playwriting program at the University of Calgary. 

For more info or to contact Linda,  click here.

For more info or to contact Linda, click here.

Linda Wood-edwards

Linda has been writing plays since her monumental trip to the Yukon in 1997, although she didn’t actually produce one until 2005. Since then she’s done several productions of her seven plays, including in exotic international locations like Washington DC, Adelaide Australia, and Saskatchewan.

She has a few more plays in the hopper and is looking forward to an exciting 2016 Fringe and sharing her latest show. In her other company, LUE-42 Enterprises, Linda consults to boards on governance and writes a ton of bylaws and policies. Whenever she gets a pressing need to use adjectives, she writes a play.

Linda also helps her friends with their plays, serves on various boards in the community, and is a devoted fan of the Canadian Football League. She believe in fairness, fun, and sharing what she’s learned so we can all make this planet a great place to live.