Laura and Christine spent many happy hours reading the 40 excellent plays and play pitches Delinquent Theatre received from our call for submissions. That was followed by many excruciating hours spent trying to select our Resident Playwrights. We were utterly thrilled by the high calibre of writing we received from all applicants and intrigued by some common trends; We received plays about feminism, greek tragedy, and urban enniu, slam poetry, musicals, and even some screenplays. We most definitely received more worthwhile submissions than we have the resources to support, and hope that all applicants find great success with their work (we have no doubt they will!) We thank everyone who submitted for their wonderful talent.
While we initially set out to choose two playwrights, we ended up selecting four. We are immensely excited to introduce our four Resident Playwrights – Christopher Cook with his family drama Quick Bright Things; CJ McGillivray with memory play White Picket Fence; Mily Mumford with twisted two-hander Love is for Superbeasts; and Sebastian Kroon with solo show Wolf. Stay tuned for hot gossip from our upcoming workshops, and our announcement of the final showcase of these new works at the end of March. If you’d like to support our program, Delinquent Theatre gratefully accepts donations here.
Christopher’s writing credits include The Better Parts of Mourning, presented as a staged reading in the 2011 Clean Sheets Festival (The Frank Theatre Company), his one man show, Compassion for Killers (Whirlwind Productions), and You’ll Probably Come Back, presented as part of the 2010 Cultivating the Fringe Award hit Wicked Shorts (Alley Theatre). Christopher received his theatre training from Concordia University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
As an emerging playwright, actor, musician and composer, CJ is in her final year of studies at Capilano University in the Acting for Stage and Screen diploma program. She has produced over eight plays including the raunchy comedy Blood Orange Scotch Seawater which garnered her 1st place in the 2012 IGNITE! Playwriting Competition. Her latest psychological thriller Pity, Old Flame was awarded a scholarship of special recognition by Arts Club panelists Bill Millerd, Hiro Kanagawa, and Elaine Avila as part of the 2013 LEAP Playwriting Intensive. In the realm of film and television, CJ was featured at the 17th Annual Vancouver Amnesty International Film Festival for directing the short documentary, An Occasional Inconvenience. She is sincerely thankful to the support of her incredible mentors and to the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company for awarding her the 2011 Darlene S. Howard Award for Excellence in the Arts and Outstanding Work in Theatre. Selected stage credits include Portia in Julius Caesar (Two Gentleman of Vancouver), Mary Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (EXIT 22), Balm in Gilead (Arbutus Studios), The Vagina Monologues (EXIT 22), and Onomatopoeia (IGNITE!). Upcoming productions include her freshly intimate dramatic comedy, Somehow Here Before as performed by the graduating theatre students of Capilano University and her original short drama, Rogue Horizon which will be featured at the 2014 Pull Festival with Sum Theatre this coming January.
Mily Mumford is a Victoria based emerging playwright who has been writing and producing work under the company name “Determined Illusions” since 2010. She has been a sketch writer and performer with the Victoria based Atomic Vaudeville since August 2008, and has been fortunate to work with other such companies around Victoria as Puente Theatre , Theatre Skam, Intrepid Theatre and Theatre Inconnu as a performer. She is also a recent ‘graduate’ of One Yellow Rabbit’s Summer Creation Lab (2013) in Calgary, Alberta, which focuses on theatre and movement creation for artistic professionals.
Past productions of her own work include two one act plays for the Victoria Fringe Festival Pretty Monster (2010) and Love is for Superbeasts (2012), a one act play for Puente Theatre’s Work/Play festival Korsakoff’s Hourglass (2012), and several short plays for Theatre Skam’s Bike Ride Festival: Post-Apocalyptic Picnic (2011) and Artist is a Dying Language (2012), the latter went on to Firehall Theatre’s BC Buds Festival in May 2013.
Sebastian Kroon is a theatre artist, based in Vancouver for the last 10 years. He has appeared on stage for the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Felix Culpa, Firehall, Gut-wrench, Hardline Productions, National Arts Centre, No Bells and Whistles, Pacific Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, RealWheels, (r)evolution theatre, Studio 58, and the Vancouver Playhouse. He is one of the original members of the Honest Fishmongers, and was a founding member of the We Make Creatures collective. He has co-written The Night of the Red Hot Lovin’, Journey to Meatballs, Other People’s Pain, Honeysuckle, Skunk’d, Hardline’s 24 PP, and After the End. For his own company, Cabbage Under Heavy Fire, he wrote and performed Circus, and toured the Canadian Fringe Festivals.