Best New Musical short list through the Playwrights Guild of Canada Tom Hendry Awards!

November 14th, 2018|

The Playwrights Guild of Canada annually gives out out the Tom Hendry Awards for new work, including the Stage West Best New musical in development, and I’m proud that one of the musicals I’ve been developing “A Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, and an Atheist, Stuck in a Room!” was among three works shortlisted for the prize. This four person musical is one that I’ve tinkering with on my own for the last little while, and as it has yet to be workshopped, I was so pleased to have it included among the works of some very talented people. Here’s what the jury had to say about the piece:

“I love that the meta set up has a contemporary feel and it has a broad appeal. The dialogue was funny and it was clever. I enjoyed this! I had fun with it and had laughs at parts that surprised me! I was not insulted, which I expected to be! The concept is topical and is not a typical form. I could easily see this produced as it has a lot of potential.”

You can hear learn more about the show and hear few demos here, or contact me for more information.

Bingo Ladies coming to Ottawa!

September 24th, 2018|

I was so happy to hear the news that the community theatre group Indie Women Productions will be doing a remount of the musical I’ve written “Bingo Ladies” in the new year at the Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa. Indie Women Productions mounted the show in 2016 in Perth and all profits went to charity, which will also be the case for this upcoming production, with all proceeds going to Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre. There are currently no other productions planned for 2019, so if you have a craving to see some Bingo Ladies, come on down to Ottawa! The show runs from February 26th to March 2nd 2019, and you can get your tickets here, I will definitely be there to see this lovely group of people put it up at some point. And what a great poster!

On The Radio- A New Musical for Rising Tide

September 8th, 2018|

It was a busy summer for me at Rising Tide Theatre… So busy it seems I forgot to update my website?! Yup. I have never done five shows in Rep before, but between the Newfoundland classic “West Moon” by Al Pittman, to the premiere of “Rebel Time” by Ed Riche (a great two hander that where I shared the stage with Meghan Greeley), the Trinity Pageant, This Marvellous Terrible Place… and the musical that I wrote for Rising Tide this year, “On The Radio” (that I was also acting in), there was a lot going on!

Now, to be clear, “On the Radio” is actually a play with music, where the music accentuates or comments on the action of the play, instead of forwarding it. The play takes place at a radio station in St. John’s between 1946, and uses a variety of american music from the time contrasted with traditional Newfoundland music. I was also lucky to find the original scripts of the Newfoundland Radio Show “The Irene B Mellon” which I adapted and inserted in the script. It was quite the summer in Newfoundland, and I thank all the actors and creative folks involved, and Rising Tide Theatre for breathing life into this new script!

And now… Back to the mainland. Back to writing. Stay tuned!

Naughty… but Nice! With Forte Theatre in Calgary

January 3rd, 2018|

It has been a long time since I performed in Calgary… other than a quick Jersey Boys promo tour, over ten years! So how great was it when I auditioned for “Naughty… but Nice!” and got to come home and visit my dad and perform in a REALLY fun show over the holidays. This cast, and this production crew were a blast. I also got to sing “To the People That we Lost Last Year” the song that I wrote for the show that has been a part of the show in its previous three incarnations; singing a quartet you’ve written with three wonderful cast mates is something I won’t soon forget. And… I got to sing the below song, “Lait de Poule” written by Joe Slabe. Have I ever had this much fun onstage? I doubt it. Have a listen here!


Neptune YPCo – My Side of the Country!

November 20th, 2017|

Last year, my friend Laura Caswell called me up about a show that I had written almost a decade ago, “My Side of the County”, a musical for families about Canada’s history and people. Would I be able to update the show to be performed by the youth performance company at Neptune?
Fast forward to September, and I arrived fresh from a visit to P.E.I. to meet 19 incredible young performers, aged 13-18. It was clear after a few readings, that the show did in indeed need to be updated, but the teens were so giving, and honest about the show, that I left with some great ideas. I spent the next month and a half re-writing the script and composing three new songs for the show, and was lucky enough to attend the opening at Neptune.
Well, I have to say, I don’t think I’ve had a more rewarding theatrical experience. When young people love something and get behind it, they offer everything, and we ended up with a musical that they were totally invested in, which you could feel when you sat in the audience. Thank you to Neptune Theatre, those incredible young performers, and to Laura Caswell for remembering a show that I’d put up on the shelf!
For more information on the show, please visit its dedicated page on this site here.

Charlottetown Musical Theatre Conference

September 5th, 2017|

Left Trinity Newfoundland yesterday at 8 am, journeyed through all four Atlantic provinces, and now here I am in gorgeous PEI for the Charlottetown musical theatre conference. Really looking forward to seeing some new shows, talking about the craft of writing, and catching up with old friends. It’s worked out incredibly well to have this time here, as I’ve just finished up performing in Trinity for the summer, and next week will be heading to Halifax for the workshop of my musical for young audiences “My Side of the Country” with The Neptune Theatre Young Company. Very grateful to all involved for the opportunity to explore that piece!

New Musical: On the Radio!

August 23rd, 2017|

Been having another great summer here in Trinity, some highlights being performing again as the Nobleman in Pamela Morgan’s Folk/Opera “The Nobleman’s Wedding” (villains are fun!) and spending time with all the wonderful people I’ve met over my four years working out here. This summer has also had an extra challenge of writing a new show! So happy to have completed the first draft of the new musical “On The Radio” which will receive a reading with some of the actors from Rising Tide Theatre tomorrow. This piece takes place at a radio station in St. John’s Newfoundland from 1941- 1949, covering world war II, the American Invasion of troops, and the National Convention that led to Newfoundland becoming the 10th province of Canada, so… quite a lot of ground to cover! It’s been a great challenge, and I’ve enjoyed incorporating traditional Newfoundland tunes as well as 1940s songs into the script. Next stop, the Charlottetown Festival Musical Theatre Conference! Hope everyone’s having a great summer!

Back in Newfoundland!

May 28th, 2017|

It’s so great to be back for another summer with Rising Tide Theatre in Trinity, on the east coast of Newfoundland. This year I’ve come out early as I’ve been commissioned to write a new musical for the company called “On The Radio”. This show that will take place in a radio station in St. John’s between the years 1941 and 1949. There’s a lot of ground to cover, including the “invasion” of the americans, the war, and the confederation debates leading up to Newfoundland becoming the tenth province. So… there’s a lot of research! It’s the first time I’ve written a show for such a specific group of actors in mind though, and I’m having a great time doing it. Then, starting the beginning of June, I’ll be an acting with the company for the summer. There’s something wonderful and grounding about being an actor again, and it always informs the writing in some way or another.

Wishing everyone a great summer, if you’re in the area drop in and say hello!

Playwright’s Residency

February 6th, 2017|

I’ve been having a great time as Playwright in Residence for Theatre Orangeville, working on the new musical “The Whole Enchilada”. The residency has included spending time in Orangeville (they gave me an office and everything!) as well as seeing a lot of theatre and readings, and quite a few breakfasts with Artistic Director David Nairn. This show is something new for me, with far more songs as compared to dialogue than I’m used to. It also means there’s a lot of music, so there’s a lot of experimenting with different ways to move the story along through song. Thanks to the OAC for the opportunity!

New Mexico

October 1st, 2016|

After a great summer in Newfoundland (including a lot of fun as the villain in the Folk Opera “The Nobleman’s Wedding”) as well as a reading of one of my new plays, I’ve been back in Toronto for a little more than a week. And now… headed to New Mexico to research the next piece! Looking forward to telling everyone about it!