Deconstructing Dramaturgy Workshop

With Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Andrea Donaldson, Faly Mevamanana and Max Fearon

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Get an inside look at the dramaturgical process and learn the kinds of questions that can provoke a deeper exploration of a work-in-progress. For this session, Write From The Hip (WFTH) Program Director Donna-Michelle St. Bernard will share her writing and Nightwood’s Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson, former WFTH Program Associate Faly Mevamanana and current WFTH Program Associate Max Fearon will share their dramaturgical questions and process. Join us as we demystify the sometimes elusive role of the dramaturg and empower attendees with a handful of the tools necessary to do the work.

About the panelists

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (aka Belladonna the Beast) is an emcee, playwright, dramaturge and agitator.  Her work has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize, Governor General’s Literary Awards, SATA, Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, Enbridge PlayRites Award and Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play.  She has been engaged as a dramaturge for Pink Pluto, Native Earth Performing Arts, Factory Theatre, lemonTree creations and Humber College Drama Program.  DM is the artistic director of New Harlem Productions, emcee in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, playwright in residence at lemonTree creations, Program Director for Nightwood’s Write From The Hip playwrights unit and coordinator of the ADHOC Assembly.

Headshot of Andrea Donaldson.

Born and raised in Toronto, Andrea Donaldson has directed productions for theatres across the country including Soulpepper, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Direct, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Festival Players in Prince Edward County, NTS, Summerworks, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Espace René-Provost, Toronto Fringe, Red Sky Performance, and Nightwood Theatre. For two decades, Donaldson has played a pivotal role in fostering new works for the stage, both in her role as Tarragon’s Associate Artistic Director and as the program Director for Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program – a unit for exceptional emerging playwrights, in which she developed Rose Napoli’s Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)Grace by Jane Doe, and Every Day She Rose by Andrea Scott and Nick Green. Andrea received a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance & Outstanding Production for performing in the Urge Collective collaboration And By the Way, Miss (Theatre Direct).

Faly Mevamanana is a Dora-nominated actor and emerging dramaturge, currently splitting her time between Toronto and Vancouver. She began her career studying Musical Theatre at The Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Some of her favourite performing credits include The Dreamcatchers at The Charlottetown Festival, Peter Pan at Neptune Theatre, and starring as Juno in Juno’s Reward at the Grand Theatre.

In the last year, Faly has been developing her dramaturgical ability, on both the stage and screen. She has shadowed renowned dramaturges such as Stephen Colella at Young People’s Theatre, Mary Francis Moore with the Musical Stage Company’s Launchpad program, and is currently finding mentorship as a writer through BIPOC film.

Max Cameron Fearon (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Mad, and multiply-disabled artist, facilitator, and administrator. Their work often explores how our identities, communities, and experiences help shape our understandings of self and others. Max was a Young Innovator in 2018-2019, and they’re currently collaborating with River Oliveira on a new piece with support from Nightwood and the OAC (“How the Wolf Says Goodnight”). They’re also interning in Artistic Directing with SummerWorks and coordinating Project: Humanity’s PH 1:1 arts mentorship program. 

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