This year was full of unusual academic activity.
The year began as a judge for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts’ inaugural 10-Minute Play Competition, working with judges Jeanne Beckwith (Norwich University, Vermont) and Jennifer Gunnels (NYC). The three top plays were then given a staged reading at this year’s ICFA in Orlando.
March and April I had the opportunity to be an adjudicator for two music festivals – adjudicating everything from French language children’s poetry recitation to musical theatre.
May was spent adapting the play version of Just Keep Breathing to a bare bones film script for filming later in the year.
June through August were spent directing Geoff Pritchard’s thesis project, Cloven Hoof: The Trials of James Evans. It was produced for the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and staged at historic McDougall United Church. I will post more about this experience eventually.
I also began directorial prep and casting for the ELOPE/Sherard production of Tale of Two Cities The Musical by Jill Santoriello. The show is slated for the end of February 2014 at Sherwood Park’s Festival Place theatre.
August also saw the re-visioning of the Chat Blanc project on the work of Erik Satie. This looser, more theatrical version of the 2012 academic project spearheaded by MacEwan instructor Roxanne Classen was staged at the McMahon Theatre at Faculte St. Jean as part of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival – directed by Eileen Sproule.
November saw the shoot of the film version of Just Keep Breathing, part of the dissemination phase of the CIHR-funded study on Moral Distress in Paediatric Intensive Care Teams: A Canadian Perspective. For more information on that project, check out the other tabs on the blog.
Work in the community included finishing my stint as Secretary of the Boyle Street Community League (in March), coordinating the temporary Community Garden for the season, acting on the board of the Alberta Music Education Foundation, and working hard on the municipal election campaign for one of the council candidates.