Step Taylor is a playwright and actor from Chapel Arm, NL currently living out of Montreal whose work has been staged across Canada. Recent credits include The False Neighbour in Saint John, NB (North of Maine 2015); Model Wanted (2014), The Station (2013), and Sorry, Melon (2012) in Fredericton (NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival); Chapel Arm in St. John’s (Mindless Theatrics 2014); companion pieces The Heel and Screwjob at Gladstone Hotel in Toronto (Code White 2014); and V-Cards in Montreal (Wildside Festival 2014). The False Neighbour received the Gladys Cameron Watt Award in the 2015 Ottawa Little Theatre’s National One-Act Playwriting Competition, Model Wanted won the 2013-14 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights' Competition. Taylor is a graduate of the NTS Playwriting program (2013), and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia (2010). He is a member of the 2015-16 Tarragon Playwrights Unit, and an Artistic Associate of the Newfoundland-based theatre company Mindless Theatrics.
Thursday, June 16th at 7pm
WESLEY J. COLFORD
Wesley J. Colford is an actor/playwright/producer/director from Cape Breton who currently splits his time between Toronto and Sydney, NS where he operates as the inaugural Artistic Director of Highland Arts Theatre (or HAT). After completing the Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College, Wesley studied classical acting at George Brown College in Toronto. Since 2012 he has worked in Toronto’s independent theatre scene as a writer, director, actor, and producer for multiple companies (including his own Toronto-based company: Aim for the Tangent), and box office manager for Tarragon Theatre. His plays have been done in three provinces and he has won awards, been published, and adapted for film. Under his leadership, in their first two years HAT has produced 23 major theatrical productions and has recently become a “professional” member of Theatre Nova Scotia.Writing Credits: Dream – A 1950’s Midsummer Musical (Highland Arts Theatre, 2016); Heart of Steel (Highland Arts Theatre 2015, Next Stage Festival 2016); Dirty Stacee (Theatre Aquarius 2015 – Workshop); A Christmas Carol (adaptation, Highland Arts Theatre 2014 and 2015); Sex and This (Aim for the Tangent/Circle Jerk 2014); The Wakowski Brothers (Toronto Fringe 2012 – “Best of Fringe”, Talk is Free Theatre 2014, HAT 2014); Mature Young Adults (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2013, Aim for the Tangent 2014, HAT 2015)
Thursday, June 16th at 9pm
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Polly Phokeev is a Toronto-based playwright, actor, and theatre-maker. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction. She is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Optional Residency) at the University of British Columbia. Selected acting credits: Mankind and Pride of Life (Poculi Ludique Societas), The Tempest (Hart House), Much Ado about Nothing (Single Thread Theatre Company), The Loyalists (Single Thread Theatre Company). In 2015, Polly workshopped her play Seams with director/developer Mikaela Davies at the Paprika Festival, starring Nancy Palk, and at the Summerworks Festival, starring Clare Coulter (*NOW Magazine: Outstanding Direction, Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Design, Outstanding Ensemble). She guest-writes for Duotang Chesterfield Mystery Theatre (http://www.duotangmysteries.com), and is currently developing How We Are with Mikaela Davies into a three part series that takes place in site specific locations across the city.
Friday, June 17th at 7pm
Adam Meisner was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now lives in Ottawa where he works for the Canada Council for the Arts. Adam studied theatre at the University of Toronto and the University of Manchester, and holds an MA from Carleton University’s School of Canadian Studies. Recently Adam’s play Blue Fluted Plain appeared in the New Theatre of Ottawa’s Extremely Short New Play Festival and his play Dagmar Avenue/House of Dreams placed second in Third Street Theatre’s New Queer Playwriting Competition. His poetry has also been published in several literary journals throughout Canada and the United States including the Iron Horse Literary Review, Plenitude Magazine and Matrix Magazine (forthcoming). Adam starts his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia this summer.
Friday, June 17th at 9pm
The winner of the 2016 SAFE WORDS New Canadian Play Award is POLLY PHOKEEV for
How We Are
"For capturing humanity with startling brevity and empathy."