December 5, 2019

In June I joined the Playwrights Guild of Canada Board as the Treasurer and in October we had our in-person board meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, after which we joined in the Atlantic Edge Conference. This two day conference put on by PGC and the Playwright Atlantic Resource Centre was a great introduction to playwrights in the east coast and a fabulous learning opportunity. It was very similar to the Yukon Playwriting Conference...

May 29, 2019

I'm really excited to be involved in Prairie Theatre Exchange's Festival of New Works (previously the Carol Shield's Festival) again this year! In the past I've had some Fringe previews and performed as part of Manitoba Theatre for Young People's Creators Unit, but this year is different. First of all, all members of PTE's Emerging Playwrights' Unit will have brand new scenes performed during the Opening Night of the festival. And secon...

November 9, 2018

I am really excited to announce that I will be one of six emerging playwrights involved in Prairie Theatre Exchange's first ever Emerging Playwrights Unit! This is a collaboration with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights and will run until May 2020. PTE and MAP will provide support and resources to help all of us in the creation of new works leading to a reading of our works in May 2020. I am honoured to be a part of this awesome gr...

October 9, 2018

After 4.5 years of hard work and development with support from Gwaandak Theatre my play Bystander is being premiered by them! I'm so grateful to Patti Flather and Gwaandak Theatre for staging this production and being such a help to me as an artist. Especially exciting is that they and director Clare Preuss decided to do an experiment and have three actors share both roles in this production! In essence, rehearsing three shows at the sa...

August 1, 2018

So happy to say that my companion piece to last year's Anomie, Animosity, sold out nearly every performance and received a 5 star review from CBC reviewer Michelle Palansky this summer! It was great to re-visit these characters and explore a different aspect of humanity with all context removed. Big thank you to the entire team who made it possible!

Click here to see the CBC review!

More about Animosity:

Two people. Trapped in an abyss. Re...

July 31, 2017

My director, Eric Rae, and I took a gamble this year and decided to present an existential absurdist two person drama, called Anomie, at the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. While we were not greatly awarded in ticket sales, we got a lot of great feedback, including the honour of being awarded the 2017 Harry S. Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba Play! I could not be more thrilled, and thankful. Especially to my team: director Eric Rae, a...

May 20, 2017

Not only did I get the chance to return to my hometown, but I also got to return to the stage as a performer in Gwaandak Theatre's ensemble piece Map of the Land, Map of the Stars. We just finished a sold out tour of the Yukon between May 9 and 18, and are lining up a tour "down south" (i.e. the provinces) in the fall. This play was created over a two year period of gathering stories from around the Yukon, and while I was not a part of...

September 18, 2016

This is year I was very grateful to be one of five female playwrights accepted into FemFest's 2016 Bake Off! On August 19th I, along with four other emerging playwrights, were given three ingredients to "bake" into a ten minute scene, which we had to write in eight hours. Organizer and director Cairn Moore cast the scenes and then each one got two hours of rehearsals. Tomorrow, the actors with scripts in hand, will perform all five scen...

August 5, 2016

Changing your name is sort of a big deal, if not for any other reason than the paper work & money it involves. So, I spent a lot of time contemplating: to change my name to Wren Brian or not to change my name to Wren Brian that is the question. Whether it is nobler to stick with the last name Hookey or take arms against the patriarchy...and so on. As you may have guessed, I decided to change it. If you want to know why, keep on reading!...

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