Sit back and enjoy 15 new works on diverse themes across three evenings, closing with an awards presentation and reception. The festival is the culmination of five months of hard work and dedication from high school to university level students who have been working with program leader Shawn Macdonald and assistant Christine Quintana to develop new works with unique perspectives.
The program has been running for 8 years now, and this year’s group has shown great passion on learning about theatre and honing their writing styles. The students are also encouraged to think critically and provide feedback to others in the group. This has lead to some very dynamic sessions, both in the classroom and via online discussions.
All events are FREE and held at our Revue Stage on Granville Island:
Saturday, March 15, 7 PM
Ten short plays by the Level one class: Caitlan Alinsod, Christina Chiang, Bonnie Duff, Muriel Faifman, JS Gilbert, Morgan Lindsay, Kelsi James, Racheal McDaniel, Jacob Saltzberg, and Katrin Zavgorodny.
Sunday, March 16, 7 PM
Four one-act plays by the Level two class: Avery Burrow, Lauren Byrne, Mercedes Deutscher and Avash Islam.
Saturday, March 22, 7:30 PM
A full-length play by this year’s Level three student, Chloe Packer.
Sunday, March 23, 7 PM
Wrap party with awards presentation and reception.
Local actors – Sebastien Archibald, Scott Button, David Bloom, Meagan Chenosky, Evelyn Chew, and Katharine Venour – are working closely with the students to prepare the works for the staged readings.
The festival allows for another important layer in the workshopping process – not only do students have their works read by professional actors, but they also have the opportunity to gauge audiences reactions to hearing the plays for the first time and receive feedback from post-reading discussions. The intel collected will allow the young playwrights to further refine their plays for the end of classes in April.
Check out LEAP’s Facebook page to learn more about this year’s crop of playwrights and for more information on the upcoming festival.
LEAP is generously supported by the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, Metro Vancouver, the RBC Foundation, Bonnie Mah, and the Gerald and Sheahan McGavin Capital Grant to the Arts.