Canada Council Supports 2014/15 Playwright in Residence |

Canada Council Supports 2014/15 Playwright in Residence

We are delighted to welcome Sean Devine to GCTC as playwright-in-residence, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. From September 2014 through February, Sean will be developing his new work Glacier, a political and historical ‘ghost story’ set on an ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic. Recently arrived from Vancouver, Sean is a playwright, producer, actor, and co-artistic director of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre, Ottawa’s newest theatre company. His first play Re:Union premiered in Vancouver in 2011, and was published by Scirocco Drama in 2013. Re:Union recently had a staged reading in New York City, and will be produced in Ottawa in Summer 2015. Sean’s second play Except in the Unlikely Event of War premiered in Vancouver in 2013. His third play Daisy has been commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, and will be co-developed with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Seattle’s ACT Theatre. Sean has also been commissioned to write Kiev for the University of Lethbridge, as a finalist for their Fiction at Fifty program.  Sean is an accomplished stage and screen actor, having appeared in numerous productions in Vancouver, Montreal and New York, as well as over three dozen films and television series.

Glacier takes place in two distinct eras, with worlds and cultures colliding. The first story takes place in the present, where a government scientist encounters unprecedented pressure from her superiors. The second story takes place in the 1850s during a fateful British Royal Navy expedition. Glacier uses a uniquely theatrical setting to take a sharp look at crucial issues affecting Canada’s political identity, while exploring a compelling piece of our nation’s history.