Guest Artist 2013

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DJANET SEARS – FemFest 2013 Guest Artist

Celebrated playwright Djanet Sears is also an acclaimed theatre director and an adjunct professor in drama at the University of Toronto. Her plays have been widely produced, published and translated. Selected productions include: THE ADVENTURES OF A BLACK GIRL IN SEARCH OF GOD (Mirvish Productions, Nightwood Theatre, Obsidian Theatre); HARLEM DUET (Black Theatre Workshop, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Nightwood Theatre, CanStage), and AFRIKA SOLO (Black Theatre Workshop, Factory Theatre, Theatre Fountainhead). She is also the editor of two anthologies: TESTIFYIN’: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN CANADIAN DRAMA, VOLS. I & II. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, a Creative Fellow at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Warwick University, Playwright-in-Residence at Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre , Nightwood Theatre, and International Artist-in-Residence at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York City. Her honours include the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Screenwriting Award, the Gold Prize at the International Radio Festival Of New York, a Chalmers Fellowship, a Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, the Toronto Arts Foundation William Kilbourne Award, the African Canadian Achievement Award, the Harry Jerome Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

Playwriting Masterclass with Djanet Sears

An intensive playwriting workshop for mid-career playwrights. A rare opportunity to work with one of Canada’s best playwrights!
Sunday, September 15 3pm-6:30pm
Monday, September 16 3pm-6:30pm
Cost: $50
University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street)
Registration is limited to 12 and will be reserved for mid-career playwrights, please contact us at or 204-586-2236 for information and registration.

Reading and Reception with Djanet Sears

There is nothing quite like hearing a playwright read their own work, especially one who is also an award-winning actor. Join us to hear special FemFest guest Djanet Sears read from her repertoire of writing. Then take advantage of the opportunity to meet her in person with a reception afterwards.
Tuesday, September 17 5pm
Free Admission
University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street)
This event is presented through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

The Real Thing Lecture with Djanet Sears

Hear Djanet Sears talk about her career in theatre and film. What have been the challenges and rewards? What advice does she have for emerging artists?
Wednesday, September 18 12:30-1:20pm
Free Admission
University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street)
sponsored by the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film