Playwrights-in-Person at Summer Theatre Intensive 2017

We are proud to announce that we will host not one but two Canadian playwrights at this year’s Summer Theatre Intensive!

As we have grown our program into a two-week residence at Factory163 in sunny Stratford, Ontario we will be bringing in one playwright per week to host a reading of their work at the Stratford Perth Museum.

John Lazarus will join us in Week One on Monday, August 7th and Kristen Da Silva will be with us for week two’s reading on Monday, August 14th.


Stratford Perth Museum
4275 Huron Street, Stratford, ON N5A 6S6


This will be a FREE EVENT open to participants of Theatre Ontario and Off The Wall’s summer courses, as well as the greater Stratford community

Monday August 7th, 7:00pm

Lazarus_JohnJohn Lazarus has been an award-winning Canadian playwright since 1970, and a renowned teacher of playwriting since the early 1990s. He is also known as a screenwriter, critic, and essayist.

John's plays have been produced across Canada and the United States, and in England, France, Germany, Italy, Israel and Japan. His first professionally-produced play, the one-act Babel Rap, was for many years the most frequently produced play written in Canada. With his Dreaming and Duelling, he became the first Canadian playwright to be produced by the Shaw Festival. His Village of Idiots has won numerous awards in its different incarnations as a stage play, a CBC Radio mini-series and a National Film Board cartoon. He continues to write new work that gets produced across the country. He is a professor in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University, and lives in Kingston with his wife Lin.

Monday August 14th, 7:00pm

Ins DasilvakristenKristen Da Silva was born in Oakville and raised in the small farming community of Nobleton, Ontario. She attended York University, graduating with an Honours degree in Political Science that she has never done anything with. She has a background in improv and sketch comedy development and performance as a founding member of the Vanier Improv Company and sketch groups Rocket-9 and Gazebo Pals. Her small town roots show up in most of her plays, which include Book Club, Five Alarm, Gibson & Sons (winner of the 2016 Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award), Jack's Lake, Sugar Road and The Sunny Side. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario and works as a playwright and actor. Recent productions of Kristen’s work include Book Club put on by Paladin Productions in South Carolina (US) and Gibson & Sons by the Milton Players. This year she will have two world premieres, the first of which being Five Alarm at the Port Stanley Theatre Festival from July 26th to August 12th, which will be showing again at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre from August 23rd to September 9th. Her second world premiere of 2017 will be Sugar Road, playing at Theatre Orangeville from October 19th to November 5th.

Playwright-in-Person is made possible through PlayConnect - a grant from the Playwrights Guild of Canada, funded by the Canada Council.


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