PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE
Mieko Ouchi works as a writer, director, dramaturg and actor. A finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama and recipient of the Carol Bolt Award, Mieko’s plays are translated into six languages and produced across Canada and internationally.
is a playwright, dramaturg, and sometimes an actor based out of Edmonton. Her plays have been presented at SkirtsAfire, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, and Script Salon .
is a Deaf performing artist and playwright. He is the founder and artistic director of Canada’s national theatre showcase dedicated to the Deaf performing arts, SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival.
is an actor, a playwright, and an artistic co-producer with local indie theatre company Impossible Mongoose. She graduated from the University of Alberta's BFA acting program in 2016. Recent writing credits include Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests, Prophecy, and The Fall of the House of Atreus: A Cowboy Love Song (Sterling Award for Outstanding Fringe New Work 2016). Jessy is currently working on a new supernatural horror musical about a talking ghost-weasel on the Isle of Man. It is based on a true story.
is a Sterling Award winning writer/performer, and Artistic Director of Defiance Theatre. She is relentlessly curious about intimacy, inspiration, and you.
Musyoki is a poet, playwright, dramaturge, and an aspiring novelist. He recently graduated from the University of Alberta where he pursued an M.A in Drama on postcolonial African Theatre. Mukonzi has been in Canada for two years and has worked as a dramaturge and a researcher in Workshop West, Timms Centre Studio Theatre, the Fringe Theatre and the University of Alberta Drama Department. Mukonzi is currently the resident dramaturge at Workshop West Playwrights’Theatre and he is utterly thrilled to be part of the Canadian theatre scene.
Recent plays include: I Shot a Duck, Murderers Confess at Christmastime, Ladies Who Lynch, and I Love Your Hair and Other Conversations.
is a Anishinaabe playwright, storyteller, educator, and performer. An alumni of the Citadel's Young Playwrights Company, Citadel's Playwrights Forum, and the Banff Centre's Playwrights Lab, Josh is currently working on multiple plays that honour the voices of his people. Recently, Josh toured his one-man storytelling show, Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land to 6 Canadian Fringe Festivals. Other projects include The Eyes of Spirits(Workshop West, Native Earth Performing Arts), and Civil Blood: A Treaty Story (Thou Art Here Theatre). Josh also helps teach the #writesofpassage program for Workshop West.
May and Eric Rice
have been involved in many aspects of theatre including playwriting, assistant directing and other production roles. They are committed to writing and developing theatre that addresses the themes of women’s rights in the Middle East. They are very excited to be working with the Workshop West team!
A recipient of the New Play Sterling Award and Gwen Pharis for Drama, Nicole’s plays include An Almost Perfect Thing and The Preacher, The Princess and a Crow.