2018 Finalists

2018 Finalists

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CCA Theatre: Production

Recipient

Briana Brown: Robert

Kat and James wait in a hospice lounge for their father to die. Not exactly estranged, but certainly not close, the two struggle to make conversation until James reveals the worst secret he possibly could. Robert humorously examines questions of identity, family, love and loss. With a set of bagpipes.

Briana Brown’s work as a playwright and theatre director has been presented at theatres and festivals across Canada. Selected directing credits include: Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun (Lark & Whimsy), Wait (Theatre SKAM’s Skampede, Victoria), The Way Back to Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, In Tune Festival, Vancouver), and an invited participant in Directors Lab North. Selected writing credits include: The Concessions (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver), which earned a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, Almost, Again (2010 Best of Fringe Toronto, published in Out on a Limb anthology), and Cassandra (2006 Canadian Fringe tour, 2007 Winnipeg’s FemFest, published in One for the Road anthology). She has been part of the Stratford Festival Playwright’s Retreat, the Thousand Islands Playhouse Playwright’s Unit, and an OAC Playwright in Residence with Driftwood Theatre, where she developed Robert, which was shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award.

Finalists

Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster: Wolves

Setting: An indoor soccer field…Astroturf. There should be the sense that the field goes on forever.” Over the course of six warm-ups, an indoor girls soccer team delves deep. With their fast-paced, interwoven discussions, these fierce teenage women battle to make it to Nationals, and to understand the world, to make sense of friendship, love and sex, international politics, ethics and tragedy. A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sarah Delappe’s The Wolves is remarkable for featuring complex, idiosyncratic characters who are actively defining themselves, creating a funny, beautiful and searing portrait of young womanhood. The Howland Company is thrilled to be bringing this unique play to Crow’s Theatre this fall.

Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster is an actor and director from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, currently based in Toronto. She is a founding member of the Howland Company, where she has taken on roles as producer, performer and director. Courtney is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre, where she has performed in over 15 productions, including New York Times Critic’s Pick productions of Spoon River and Of Human Bondage. Her other acting credits include roles at Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, and upcoming performances with Tarragon Theatre and Cahoots Theatre. She is currently the Shen Fellow at Soulpepper, working to create development opportunities for theatre artists of the Asian Diaspora, such as 2017’s successful Shen Development Series and Festival. As an emerging director, Courtney co-directed The Howland Company’s hit production of 52 Pick-Up, and Theatre Inamorata’s world premier of Gray. Courtney has taught theatre in schools with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning Through the Arts Program, Soulpepper’s Community Programming, and the Paprika Festival. She is a grateful alumna of the Loran Award and a recipient of two Dora Awards for Best Ensemble.

Ellie Moon: What I Call Her

The estranged mother of 25-year old Kate is on her death bed. A Facebook post becomes the subject of heated debate. Then, a knock on the door. A play about gaps in how people perceive and understand the world they live in, female generational rage, and the loneliness of holding onto one’s own truth.

Ellie Moon is an actor, playwright and producer. As an actor, her stage credits include productions at The Bush Theatre in London, UK, at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, and Ellie will play the title role in Driftwood’s Rosalynde (or, As You Like It) this summer. Ellie is currently Tarragon Theatre’s Bulmash-Siegal playwright-in-residence. Ellie’s playwrighting debut, Asking For It, opened Crow Theatre and Nightwood Theatre’s 2017-18 seasons, selling out its entire run. Asking For It was called: "the most compelling show in town…a sly, intelligent piece of documentary theatre borne of Ghomeshi gate" (Simon Houpt, The Globe & Mail), "★★★★…timely, personal and riveting… essential viewing", (Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine), and ("an incredible accomplishment…a vital piece of theatre." (May Antaki & Maija Kappler, Intermission Magazine) and was named on NOW Magazine, Intermission Magazine, and other "Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2017" lists.  Ellie’s sophomore play, what I call her, will be part of Crow’s 2018-2019 season, opening November 19th and running until December 8th. In 2016, Ellie founded The Secret Shakespeare Series, a charitable and theatrical project that has raised thousands of dollars for Canadian charities. In 2018, Ellie worked as Apprentice Artistic Director at Crow’s Theatre and sat on the Luminato Millennial Feminist Committee. 

CCA Media Arts: Production

Recipient

Shannon Fewster: The Girl Code

Four girls rebel against their hyper-traditional boarding school by pranking it using technology they invented, hacked or “borrowed” while staying only one step ahead of their technology hating Headmistress.

Shannon Fewster is a Toronto based Producer and Creator. She recently Produced Kristal Clear, a web series about an internet celebrity who awakes on new years day to discover she’s invisible. Kristal Clear won Best Series at Hollyweb 2018 and Best Actress in a comedy. In development is The Girl Code, a web series she created with the motivation to encourage teen girls in STEM subjects by giving them comedic role models of girls who code, invent and make mischief. She was the co-producer of web series Sudden Master [Vancouver Web Fest, Rockie Awards, Hollyweb], Producer of Divorce Photographer [Hollyshorts, CIFF, Whistler, San Jose] a short film produced with the National Screen Institute as part of their short dramatic program in 2014 and Emily [CBC Short Film Face Off] a BravoFact short film. Some of her previous credits include, Associate Producer on Born To Be Blue, Assistant Production Coordinator on Midnight’s Children. Shannon has several feature films in development. Let It Rain with New Real Films and Meelad Moaphi, Hey 45 with Morwyn Brebner, Tim Southam, Anna Stratton and Joshua Demers, and Quebexit with Joshua Demers.

Finalists

Courtney Deelen: Home

When Annie catches a glimpse of her homeless father after a 20 year absence, she begins to relive her childhood through a mix of happy and bittersweet memories. As a child, Annie idolized her father but knew of only one aspect of his dark secret. It isn’t until she reunites with him as an adult that she truly understands all that he had to sacrifice because of his inner demons.

Courtney is an Actor-Producer-Director hybrid whose constant need to understand every aspect of storytelling ignites her love for this industry. Since developing her production company DEELEN with TROUBLE, Inc. with her partner, Michael T. Burgess, they have successfully completed 5 short films, a PSA, a concept trailer, 2 commercials, and a music video within the first two years of DwT’s inception. They have 2 short form documentaries in post production, a web-series and 2 long-form projects in development. A proud member of ACTRA & The CMPA, a Gertie Girl Alumni from two seasons at Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino in Dawson City, and a graduate from St. Clair College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program. You can follow Courtney on Twitter @CourtneyDeelen and check out www.courtneydeelen.com for more updates.

Tee Schneider: North

A successful columnist heads north to bury her estranged mother and put to bed the dark past she left behind years ago, but a chance meeting with a residential school survivor will set her on the true path to reconciliation.

Tee Schneider is a Writer/Producer/Actor committed to creating work that provides opportunity for women and marginalized groups. In 2012 her play Kinsky, a historical fiction based on the first female Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Bertha Von Suttner, (née Kinsky), was awarded the Ontario Creator’s Reserve through Nightwood Theatre. Tee spent 15 years producing theatre in Ottawa and Toronto, before turning her focus toward television and film writing. In addition to North, she has several projects in development including: Avon Calling – a series about generations of women who escape violence, educate families, find freedom and gain independence by selling perfume, lipstick, and opportunity to women just like them, Maple’s Milestones – a children’s animated series that explores early childhood developmental milestones in a fun, accessible and imaginative way through the experiences and adventures of baby Maple and her friends, Circle of Girls – a short film about a middle-aged woman trying to re-enter to the workforce after several years as a stay-at-home-mom and Playdate Purgatory – a short form web series about the comic hell of hanging out with people we have nothing in common with because we love our children that much. Earlier this year, Tee co-produced a proof-of-concept for a short form web series entitled Car Shorts through the ACTRA Co-op program. Some of Tee’s acting credits include Flashpoint, ‘Da Kink in my Hair, This Can Happen To You, Cold Blood, Quarter Life Crisis and Mighty Machines. She has also appeared in national and international television and radio ads and performed in regional theatres in Ottawa, Toronto and surroundings. To learn more visit TeeSchneider.com, connect with her on LinkedIn or follow @teeschneider on Twitter.

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