Call for Applications – IBPOC* Playwrights Unit
Chromatic Theatre is very excited to announce the members of our inaugural IBPOC Playwrights Unit.
Caleigh Crow is a Métis writer, musician, educator and performer from Calgary. Playwriting credits include HEXEN, The Order of the Poor Ladies, Kill Time Before Time Kills You. Her latest play,There is Violence and There is Righteous Violence and There is Death; or The Born-Again Crow, was performed at Saskatoon’s Live Five Theatre Festival in May 2019. She has written and performed in the sketch comedy show Betch-A-Sketch at the St Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, and the Revolution They Wrote: Feminist Short Works Theatre Festival. She also plays bass guitar in the band Pope Joan. Her work tends towards themes of metaphysics, class struggle, magic, and joy. She is an artist during the night. During the day she sells about eight hours of her life to a retail store.
Rebecca Comer is an emerging creator and performer with a focus on race and creating work for Black audiences. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 2018 with an MFA in Theatre Studies from the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Her research culminated in the creation of a solo performance: Conversations with my Sister, performed as part of the 2018 SCPA Alchemy Festival. Rebecca’s artistic practice currently includes acting, performance creation, and playwriting. Performance credits include: Bear with Us (2018 Body in Space: An Art Party) and Ya Burnt! (2019 IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists).
Kodie Rollan is Philippine-born, Scarborough-raised, Calgary-based playwright, dramaturg, actor, and producer. As a playwright, he is drawn to telling stories that examine the socio-political environment of our world. Coming off a staged-reading in Toronto with Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Kodie is excited to workshop his latest play, The Watchdog Society, with Chromatic Theatre’s IBPOC playwright’s unit. The piece explores racial profiling in the digital age and poses the question, “whose safety gets prioritized within diverse communities?”
At Chromatic Theatre we are dedicated to developing and supporting work by and for the wide breadth of cultural diversity that exists in our city. We are excited to launch a Playwrights Unit that will bring together IBPOC playwrights from across the city of Calgary, with the aim of strengthening our community, and investing in new Canadian plays.
*IBPOC stands for Indigenous, Black, and Persons of Colour. You can read more about the origins of this term here.