Following the success of our inaugural Women From the Future project – we have just commissioned four new plays for Women From the Future II. Over the course of this year Renee Renée Hackett (St. John’s), Catherine Falkner (Vancouver), Liz Solo (Toronto) and Tracey Waddelton (Montreal/St. John’s) will each write a new original script. Throughout the process the artists will share and collaborate with each other online in cross Canada conversations. Stay tuned to this page and to our social media pages for updates on the project and ways you can join the conversation.
The 2019 Women From The Future Commissioning Project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada.
About the Artists
Catherine Falkner is a comedienne, actress and writer who draws upon her collaborative work in comedy to create performances that juxtapose the comedic against the serious aspects of life. She specializes in theatre, film, video and photography. She also works with merging sketch comedy, stand-up, photography, and performance art.
Known for her physical comedy and manipulation of pop culture imagery, she combines stage technique, multi-media visuals, live and recorded sound to create unique, hilarious, and poignantly relevant performance art works. See: catherinefalkner.com
Renée Hackett is an actor, writer and producer from Newfoundland. Last summer she wrote, produced and starred in her first short film, Some Saturdays, which was shot in her hometown of St. Bernard’s. It screened at the 2018 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (CBC Gala), the 2018 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and the Silver Wave Film Festival. She produced and starred in Heather Braaten’s Those Who Wait, a short film which won the Silver Fly Award at the 2004 On the Fly Film Festival in Toronto and was an Official Selection of the New York International Film and Video Festival. Last year she served as the Toronto script coordinator for Frontier- Season 3 (Netflix/Discovery).
Renée’s acting credits include: FILM/TV – Little Dog, Mary Kills People, Republic of Doyle (CBC) The River You Step In (Marjory Avenue Productions) and Those Who Wait (Redwatch Productions). THEATRE – Birthday Balloon (Toronto Next Stage Theatre Festival), Myth of the Ostrich (Victoria Playhouse in PEI and The Toronto Fringe and Next Stage Festivals), The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Sudbury Theatre Center), Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre), Tempting Providence, Of the Fields, Lately, Leaving Home and 1949 (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador), A Christmas Carol and Flowers (The Rose Theatre), Our Eliza (Poverty Cove Theatre).
Liz Solo is a performance and media artist, writer, activist and musician. Liz creates media works for the small screen as well as performances that merge the live stage with virtual (online, game) environments. Her performances, videos and online events have been presented around the world including at ISEA, Istanbul; FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paolo; MaMachinima International Machinima Festival, Amsterdam; The Big Screen Project, Times Square NYC; Festival of New Dance, St. John’s.
Most recently Liz presented her avatar performance “The Asteroid” at the 7a*11d Performance Art Festival at Trinity Square Video, and performed her scripted theatre piece “She, Robot” at the Factory Theatre in Toronto as part of Roles 4 Women’s Women From The Future. The manuscript for her first novel, “Phreak” was shortlisted for the WANL Fresh Fish Award and she’s the recipient of a 2018 East Coast Music Award for her achievements in music. See: lizsolo.com
Tracey Waddleton was raised in Trepassey, Newfoundland and now splits her time between St. John’s and Montreal. An early draft of Send More Tourists, the Last Ones Were Delicious was a finalist for the 2013 NL Credit Union Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and is now set for publication with Breakwater Books in June of 2019.
In 2014, stories of hers won both second and third place in the Cuffer Prize Competition, and she was the recipient of the Lawrence Jackson Award in 2015. Waddleton’s work has been published in Riddle Fence, The Telegram, NQOnline, Paragon 6 and several Cuffer Anthologies.