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Sunday, March 10 2019
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About our feature readers:
Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell was the twelfth holder of the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University from 2009 to 2012. She holds a BA in philosophy (Adelphi), an MA in the history of religions (Columbia), and an EdD (OISE/University of Toronto). Deverell is a theatre artist, an independent television producer/director, a co-founder of Vision TV, and the first woman to lead a journalism program in Canada as acting director of the University of Regina’s School of Journalism in the 1980s. In 2005, she concluded her term as news director at APTN, where she mentored her Indigenous successor.
Deverell was also the CanWest Global Fellow at the University of Western Ontario and the Storyteller-in-Residence at Centennial College’s Centre for Creative Communication. In 2010, her play McCarthy and the Old Woman had a first production by the School of Drama, University of Washington, which meant that its heroine appeared on the same stage from which Florence Bean James had been blacklisted during the Cold War sixty years earlier. Deverell has been the author or editor of, or a major contributor to, seven books and the producer/director/writer of eight independent TV titles. In 2016, her multimedia e-learning kit Women, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues, and Resistance was acquired by the National Film Board’s CAMPUS portal, giving it widespread North American distribution.
In 2015–17, Deverell was a mentor for the Canadian Senior Artists Research Network. Her many honours include two Geminis, the Order of Canada, and 2018 ACTRA Woman of the Year. Her book American Refugees: Turning to Canada for Freedom will be released by University of Regina Press May 11th. Her new play “Who you Callin Black Eh?” is in the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Andrea Scott is an actor, playwright & producer whose play, Eating Pomegranates Naked, was accepted into SummerWorks where it won the RBC Arts Professional award, named Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Production. Two years later Better Angels: A Parable won the SummerWorks award for Production and recognized as Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production by NOW Magazine. It had its US debut at the Athena Festival in Chicago and was produced by Rumble Theatre in their Tremors Festival in 2016. Princesses Don’t Grow on Trees, debuted in April 2016 at Solar Stage Theatre under the direction of Jajube Mandiela. Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife, won the Cayle Chernin Award for theatre in 2016, followed by a successful run at SummerWorks (Outstanding Performance – NOW Magazine). Andrea is a CAEA, ACTRA, PGC, DGA member and graduate from the Artist Producer Training Program run by Generator/Theatre Ontario. She is the rock.paper.sistahz resident artist at bcurrent this season working on her play about Viola Desmond, Controlled Damage and her first collection of plays, Better Angels: A Parable was published in October.