2013 Finalist Biographies

(In no particular order)

by Sean Oliver

Sean Oliver Sean is a Vancouver based actor, playwright and the Co-Artistic Director of Hardline Productions. As a writer, Sean has been involved in the creation of numerous new works including: Coercion (rEvolver Festival), Heptademic Redux (Vancouver Fringe), 500 Days to Mars (Studio 58), and Our Neighbourhood (Hive 2: The New Bees). Sean’s original short scripts The Curtain and Moon Trip have been produced at Rumble’s “Tremors Festival” and Sum Theatre’s “Pull Festival for 10-minute Plays” respectively.

His first short film Letters From a Stone Cold Killer was short-listed at the 2012 Canadian Short Screenplay Awards, and was subsequently produced by Scopitone Films. The film was released in early 2014.

Sean is currently developing two new works: Red Patch, an imaginative re-telling of First Nations soldiers in World War I, as well as The Fighting Season which deals with his own father’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan, as an ER physician.

Selected acting credits include: Of Mice and Men, Twelve Angry Men (Hardline), L’Hypocrite (Theatre la Seizieme), Vimy (Firehall), Robin Hood (Carousel) and the world premiere production Unstuck (the Frank), for which he was nominated for a Jessie Richardson theatre award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role.

You can visit Sean online at seanharrisoliver.com or through Hardline Productions at hardlineproductions.ca


by Bill Marchant

Bill Marchant A writer, actor, director, producer and educator, Bill Marchant has been making art in Canada for over thirty years. An accomplished actor, he is best know for recurring roles on Stargate-SG1 and Davinci’s Inquest.

Marchant’s work as a playwright includes the award-winning play, “Ashes”, produced by Eyeheart Productions. Other plays, “Gift of Screws” and “Clown Elections” have received rave reviews and sold-out runs. He is currently working on “sister” plays, two post apocalyptic stories that happen in the same place and time but occur completely independently of one another . His debut feature film as both writer and director, “Everyone”, toured the international festival circuit, winning dozens of awards including the prestigious Zenith D’Or at the Montreal World Film Festival and the AMEX Award for Best Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. “Everyone” is distributed worldwide by TLA releasing.

As Head of Department of the Acting Program at Vancouver Film School for over twelve years, Bill has contributed to the passion and artistry of more than a thousand young actors, imploring them to tell a better truth. An accomplished poet, he has also published a chapbook entitled “Auguries”. Not content to be merely busy, Bill has recorded two albums of original music with Nashville based singer-songwriter, Michael Chase. Songs from the albums have received radio play and featured prominently in film and television including Lynne Stopkewich’s “Suspicious River”.


by Michael Poirier

Michael Poirer I am a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada and have a number of full-length and one-act plays completed (eleven having gone to community stage). The playwrights Guild represent my amateur rights and you can find my plays in their catalogue. I won Theatre B.C.’s 2007 national playwriting contest for a one-act called “Perriott and Mr. Grump”. I have a full-length screenplay “Typecast” (crime thriller) that has reviewed very well, as well as a full-length animated feature. I have written and produced two radio plays in a crime/comedy series, which are available on CD (Milly and Tilly).

I have also written, produced and directed three short films, “The adventures of Milly and Tilly” and “Typecast” which can be found on YouTube @ – Bruceamol Milly and Tilly – Typecast is on the sidebar. I have written and produced a promotional video for tourism Vernon; it can be seen on You Tube @ Vernon B.C. – Our playground. My third short film, “The Promise”, a paranormal thriller, can be seen on You Tube @ – superpro1369, the promise. “Bloodlines” (Paranormal thriller) is a self- published novel that has been quoted as a “can’t put down” read. I also have a number of short stories that are written in both, thriller and romance genre. I am presently writing my second full-length novel called “Life is a Risky Business” which is a little less aggressive (romantic slant), but still following my paranormal genre. You can see an overview of my work at Michaelsworld.info


by Ken Klonsky

Ken Klonsky Writing credits include Taking Steam, a play written with the late Brian Shein, performed at the Jewish Repertory Theatre of New York (1983) and the Leah Posluns in Toronto (1983), published by Playwrights Canada Press (1982) and anthologized in New Jewish Voices, SUNY Press (1985). An anthology of short stories, Songs of Aging Children, was published in 1992 (Arsenal Pulp Press). Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom, Chicago Review Press/Lawrence Hill Books (2011), the spiritual autobiography of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, was written with Carter.

Numerous feature articles focused on issues of social justice include an interview with Rubin Carter for The Sun Magazine, Chapel Hill, NC, (August, 2003).

In addition, Ken works as Director of Media Relations and as an advocate for prisoners at Innocence International, Dr. Carter’s organization conceived to help free wrongly convicted prisoners worldwide.


by Meghan Gardiner

Meghan Gardiner Meghan is a Vancouver performer and writer most notably known for her one woman show, Dissolve. After touring this play for a decade, Meghan recently handed over the reigns to Shameless Hussy Productions, who are now touring the show across the country. The success of Dissolve led to a CBC supported documentary film which is now being distributed internationally and for which she was nominated for a Leo Award in screenwriting. Meghan wrote Blind Spot and Role Call while she was the playwright in residence for Green Thumb Theatre, the latter garnering her the Sydney Risk Award for emerging playwright at the 2012 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

Meghan recently released her first short film entitled Stalled, and it has gone on to participate in over fifty international film festivals including Cannes, Sarasota and DC Shorts. She was nominated in both the performance and screenwriting categories for Stalled at the 2013 Leo Awards. Meghan is currently working on two commissioned plays: Love Bomb for Shameless Hussy Productions and At Liberty for the Solo Collective. Recent credits as a performer include Becky Shaw (Mitch and Murray Productions), Gunmetal Blues (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Vancouver Playhouse), BusyTown (Carousel Theatre) and Blood Brothers (Arts Club Theatre). Meghan is a YWCA Woman of Distinction nominee, and is both grateful and proud to be working as a Canadian theatre artist – meghangardiner.com Twitter @Meghan_Gardiner

(In no particular order)

by Peter Boychuk

Peter BoychukPeter Boychuk holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Victoria and studied acting at Studio 58. His plays include Shelter from the Storm (Touchstone Theatre/PTC/Fire Arts Centre); Afterglow (published in the anthology Two Hands Clapping by Signature Editions); Fortunate Son (winner of the Stanley Mills Purchase Prize, Honourable Mention in the Canadian National Playwriting Competition, and Best of the Fest at ACToberfest 2007); and Fritters in Kandahar (winner of the Solo Collective/Vancouver Playhouse Emerging Writers Competition).

He also works frequently as a dramaturge and director. Notable credits include Prodigals by Sean Minogue for Twenty Something Theatre; Snow Angel by Kathleen Black for Lower Ossignton Theatre; Nothing Like The Sun by Melanee Murray for Calgary’s Ignite Festival; and The Chamber by Larry Lamont for Dark Horse Theatre in Montreal. Peter grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon and lives in Vancouver.


by Sheldon Seigel

Sheldon SeigelShel Seigel is an emerging novelist and playwright. He practiced law for twenty-five years and adjudication for six more before putting his legal career aside to write and study fiction on a full-time basis. He is currently completing a BFA (Writing) at the University of Victoria. Shel has published hundreds of technical legal decisions and several short articles for non-law related magazines. He has written three one-act plays: Boys Cruise, The Houseguest, and LAST FALL, which was produced by SATCO (student production) and recently finished a three-day run at the Phoenix Theatre in Victoria.

Shel also has participated in making the short film ‘Til Death, which is doing the festival circuit and chalking up awards as we speak, and Maureen Bradley’s Two 4 One, which is currently in post production. He has written three novels: SuperNova, Lenny’s Garage, and And The Wheels Fell Off!, which in March 2014 was shortlisted by the Geist Foundation and Anvil Press in the International 3-Day Novel Competition. He has also published a graphic novel, Man in a Pinstripe Suit, and regularly writes and posts short stories and micro-stories to his website at shelseigel.com