Coleen MacPherson

Coleen MacPherson

Playwright

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

I am a London-based playwright, originally from Canada. I have trained in physical theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where I was one of the first writers as part of a year-long writing program, exploring dramatic text through a movement-based theatre perspective. 

My plays are visceral, often speak about politics in a poetic way, and sometimes taking old stories and make them new.  I have written No End to the Journey (Art Matters Montreal) a play exploring the tragic death of Canadian-Iranian journalist, Zahra Kazemi, adapted a tragedy by Pier Paolo Pasolini (Canadian Stage Festival of Ideas and Creation) and written First Draft, a kaleidescope of voices inspired by questioning humanity's obsession with war.  This piece was recently performed at the Camden People's Theatre, and later at the Mimetic Festival (The Vaults) to sold out crowds.  

I have toured  with internationally acclaimed touring theatre company, Wet Picnic (The Birthday Party, Picnic on the Bridge, Time for Tea) across France and the UK. I have worked with companies in Canada including Canadian Stage, Why Not Theatre, TheatreRUN, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Necessary Angel and MT Space.

I am currently writing and directing a physical theatre piece called This is why we Live, a play inspired by the poetry of Polish poet WisÅ‚awa Szymborska, which will premiere in Paris in April 2016.  I am also a collaborator on The Man Who Fell to Pieces, written by Patrick O'Reilly and produced by Prime Cut Productions in Belfast.

Currently I am compiling a book of poetry, and writing a new piece based on the myth of Persephone.

I work in the UK, Canada and France.

Work History

Writer & Actor - Prime Cut Productions, working on The Man Who Fell to Pieces

Aug 2015 - Present

Freelance Playwright - Produced at Camden People's Theatre, Mimetic Festival

Jun 2014 - Present

Actor - Wet Picnic

Jul 2013 - Present

Artist Educator - Ontario Arts Council

Sep 2011 - Present

Education

Physical Theatre & Writing - MA - Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq

Oct 2012 - Jun 2014

Theatre and Development - BA - Concordia University, Montreal

Sep 2006 - Jun 2007

English Literature and Drama Studies - Hons. BA - University of Toronto

Sep 2002 - Jun 2006

Skills

  • Acting
  • Scriptwriting
  • Directing
  • Physical Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Theatre

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