Marjorie is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto, working as playwright, librettist, dramaturge and director. Her works for the stage have been performed in the United States, Scotland, Hong Kong, Russia and across Canada. Her full-length works as a playwright include the plays The Madness of the Square, a nanking winter, Tails From the City, as well as the libretti for the operas, Sanctuary Song, The Lesson of Da Ji, and most recently M’dea Undone. In Hong Kong, Marjorie directed Knives in Hens and A Doll’s House for Theatre du Pif. Marjorie is the recipient of four Dora Awards (3 for writing, 1 for performance), the K.M. Hunter Artist’s Award in Theatre, the Entertainment World Award for Best New Work, a Harold Award, as well as the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship. Notable nominations include the 2017 John Hirsch Directors’ Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award for her playwriting debut, China Doll, and the Canadian Citizen Award for her work with Crossing Gibraltar – Cahoots Theatre’s program for newcomers and other marginalized communities. She has been artist-in-residence with Factory Theatre, Banff Playwrights’ Colony, Tapestry Opera, Cahoots Theatre, Theatre Centre (with 6th Man Collective), Theatre Direct Canada, SUNY (Geneseo, New York) and Theatre du Pif (Hong Kong). Current projects include The Monkiest King (Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus) with composer Alice Ping-Yee Ho, and The Year of the Cello (Factory Theatre) with composer Njo Kong Kie. When not writing, Marjorie is the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre.
First Scene Challenge is an exploration of how a play is considered when submitted to a theatre company, festival, or competition. Will your play be read past the first scene? First Scene Challenge is a new version of the First Page Challenge for writers, which was originated by Joe Kertes at Humber College. The event is […]