2014 Juror Biographies

2014 Playwriting Competition

Garry Davey
Garry Davey Garry Davey has been the Artistic Director for TheatreOne in Nanaimo and of the William Davis Centre for Actor’s Study in Vancouver where he taught acting and directed for many years. A graduate of The Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, he has worked extensively as an actor in theatres across the country, as well as appearing in many television productions including recurring episodes of Da Vinci’s Inquest; Cold Squad, and The X-Files. Recent theatre includes roles in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus; and The Miracle Worker by William Gibson for The Chemainus Theatre Festival playing Captain Keller, a role he reprised for Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops. Directing credits include Tamarack by Edward Kuhn, Wrong for Each Other by Norm Foster, The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey and Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, all for TheatreOne, as well as independent productions of Marion Bridge by Daniel McIvor, and The Occupation of Heather Rose by Wendy Lill. In 2007, he adapted the script and co-directed a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for TheatreOne’s Young Company.

In the course of his career Garry has developed his craft with master teachers from across Canada, New York, LA, Paris and London. For the past 14 years, he has also shared his experience with Theatre BC in many ways – as a frequent Zone Festival adjudicator and workshop play director, as well as teaching acting and directing workshops. He has also served as a juror for Theatre BC’s Canadian National, and BC Playwriting Competitions, and as director/dramaturge at the New Play Festival. In 2005 he had the honour to adjudicate Mainstage in Nanaimo. Garry lives with his partner, Donna, in a sweet little house on Gabriola Island.

Keith Digby
Keith Digby Keith has worked at the top levels of live theatre in Canada, including a season at The Stratford Festival, Ontario. While in Edmonton, Keith worked with John Neville, OBE at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, and created The Phoenix Theatre.

At Theatre 3, Edmonton, he directed the award-winning premiere of Sharon Pollock’s internationally acclaimed drama, BLOOD RELATIONS. Keith is a coast-to-coast festival finals adjudicator, having adjudicated the Cabot 500 International Festival in St John’s, Newfoundland, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Festival Finals in Gander and Theatre BC Mainstage Finals in Kelowna and Victoria. Along the way, he adjudicated a final festival in Saskatchewan, and a regional final in both Alaska and Washington State. Keith also spent a decade and a half as a teacher at Brentwood College on Vancouver Island. As a commissioned screenwriter, Keith has completed five screenplays.

His sitcom series, CON JOBS was optioned by noted UK production company, Green Bay Media. Keith was also a series writer on TIME EXPOSURES for Chek TV. Recently, his stage play, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CANARY GIRLS, premiered at the Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, England. In February, his ‘claustrophobic thriller’, TRUNK, co-written with former head of Theatre BC, Brian Paisley, premiered at the Victoria Film Festival and has been contracted by international distributor, IndustryWorks. The next in the claustrophobic thriller series is written and has found an executive producer in L. A. Find out about Keith’s workshops at www.westcoastscreenwriting.com

Michael Armstrong
Michael Armstrong Michael is a forty year veteran of the stage. He has been teaching workshops throughout BC for over fifteen years in Acting, Directing, and Playwriting: and he has adjudicated several times for Theatre BC. He holds degrees in Teaching and Literature and completes his MFA in Playwriting in April of 2013 from the University of Victoria where is he also a sessional instructor in the Theatre Department. His plays In Their Nightgowns, Dancing and Night of Shooting Stars (among others) have enjoyed numerous productions and his new play (and MFA Thesis project) Blue Heaven will be available by May 2013. Recent acting includes roles in Of Mice and Men and Blithe Spirit, both with Blue Bridge Theatre in Victoria.