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  • 27 Oct 2015 7:11 PM | Anonymous

    2015 Finalists for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award:

    It is Solved by Walking

    Creator: Catherine Banks (playwright)

    Nominator: Reina Green.

    In this play, published in 2012 by Playwrights Canada Press, middle-aged Margaret reflects on her sexual desire and the suppression of her creativity through the metaphor of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” The play turns the usual understanding of “poetic muse” on its head as muse Wallace Stevens, with his bullying, confrontational ways, both inspires Margaret and paralyzes her artistic drive—even as he forces her to recognize emotions she had previously suppressed. Readings of the play have been held as far away as Catalonia, where the text was translated into Catalan. It was staged in Halifax by White Rooster Theatre and HomeFirst Productions in 2014.

    Jury Comments: A fascinating, affecting exploration of the relationship between sexuality and creativity, elegantly constructed.

    Creator Catherine Banks lives in Nova Scotia.

  • 26 Oct 2015 5:37 PM | Shirley Barrie

    On October 25th 2015, Shirley was honoured to receive the Playwrights Guild of Canada's Lifetime Membership Award at the annual Tom Hendry Awards, hosted this year by Kawa Ada and held at the historic Arts & Letters Club in Toronto.

  • 10 Oct 2015 4:55 PM | Monica Raymond

    Monica Raymond received a full Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and will be in residence there from mid November till mid December 2015.

    The Swan Fellowship is for writers who are also visual artists, or for visual artists who are also writers.

  • 08 Oct 2015 12:08 PM | Deleted user

    Our original musical satire, YOU WANNA HEAR LUCK? won the 2014 IMEA (International Music & Entertainment Association) Award for Outstanding Original Book of a Musical, and its 2014 Nomination for its Outstanding Original Score of a Musical.

  • 08 Aug 2015 3:53 PM | Virginia Wall Gruenert

    off the WALL received the following email message today:

    We here at the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize would like to invite your theatre to become one of our “Source Theatres.” As a source Theatre, you will be asked to submit an outstanding new play written by a woman to be considered for the Prize.  Your commitment to new plays and plays by women has distinguished you in the field, and we would be honored if you would join our family.

    We are honored and proud!

  • 06 Aug 2015 12:47 PM | Shirley Barrie

    Nominated for Best Toronto Playwright in NOW Magazine's best of 2015 Readers' Choice Awards.

    Voting closes Sept. 15

    To vote go to:


  • 05 Aug 2015 12:39 PM | Deleted user

    Our original musical satire, YOU WANNA HEAR LUCK? won the 2014 IMEA (International Music & Entertainment Award) for Outstanding Original Book of a Musical and its Nomination for Outstanding Original Score of a Musical. Book & Lyrics by Elly Rakowitz Helfeld & Ruth Pleva, Music by Herb Sweet & Ruth Pleva.

  • 12 Jul 2015 10:39 PM | eliza wyatt

    at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005, from Fringe Report for her play FLOWERS OF RED

  • 06 Jul 2015 3:21 PM | Mary Steelsmith

    Playwright Mary Steelsmith has been awarded a scholarship by the Dramatists Guild of America to attend their National Conference, July 16-19, 2015, in La Jolla California.

    Here is a link to the full announcement:

  • 06 Jul 2015 11:27 AM | Deleted user

    Awarded the 2004  Raymond Flores award in New York for her one act  play Lo Mein and Tequila.

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