The Third Colour by Ian Ross
Tracey Nepinak & Kathleen MacLean
Photo by Leif Norman
October 2 - 20, 2019
Prairie Theatre Exchange has always been, and continues to strive to be, a “home” for theatre artists – a place where new ideas can be explored, and creativity can be supported and encouraged.
In 2007, led by artistic director Bob Metcalfe, PTE formed a Playwrights Unit. PTE became a home for these playwrights, setting aside an office dedicated to them and their work where they can find a quiet place to work, or to think. PTE also hosts the feedback meetings, provides readings and workshops when appropriate, acts as an advocate for the members’ work, and, most importantly, provides access to all the resources at PTE, from printing and photocopying to advice from the Managing Director on grant-writing.
In November of 2018, current PTE artistic director Thomas Morgan Jones announced the creation of the PTE Emerging Playwrights Unit, in partnership with Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) and their Executive Director Brian Drader. This relationship with MAP and these new playwrights built on the principals of the first unit, with the goal of helping to develop these playwrights’ voices and stories.
In 2023, the unit was renamed the PTE/MAP playwrights unit to honour the collaborative nature of the relationship between our two organizations and the support we are both offering the participating playwrights.
Because the playwrights in our units are not confined to writing only for PTE, they have seen a number of plays produced on other stages here in Winnipeg and across the country. PTE feels that this is a win-win situation – our community’s playwrights are given the opportunity to pursue their craft with encouragement and support, and PTE is able to more fully realize our goal to foster the creation of theatre and to nurture theatre artists.
We are a contemporary theatre company focused on developing new plays and serving as a home for playwrights. As such, we are deeply grateful to these playwrights for their trust in us and are honoured to have them as a part of our company.
Supported by the Richardson Foundation
Anika Dowsett aka Petty Davis is a queer playwright, performer, and drag artist. They are interested in making people who are used to being comfortable uncomfortable, challenging oppressive hierarchies and eating homemade food.
As Petty Davis, Anika has been performing and occasionally hosting at Club 200 and Fame since 2019. During the pandemic they have been part of online drag shows from Vancouver (The Big Top) to Waterford, Ireland (Disgraceful Cabaret). Petty Davis starred in Karen Asher’s A Sad Slow Dance and performed with Sarasvati at the 2020 International Women’s Day Cabaret ofMonologues.
Anika spent 4 years at the University of Winnipeg bouncing between film and theatre but truly found their voice taking Playwriting 1 and Playwriting 2 with Brian Drader.
Anika Dowsett was a finalist in Sarasvati’s 2020 Bake Off and was a performer and co-creator of To Kill a Lizard in Sarasvati’s 2019 Launchpad Program. They were apprentice stage manager for Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Spelling 2-5-5 and continues to work at MTYP as an instructor, teaching assistant, administrator and box office attendant.
Samantha Machado is an emerging playwright from Winnipeg.
Her short plays have been featured at the National New Market Ten Minute Play Festival.
She is an alumna of One Yellow Rabbit’s Summer Lab Intensive and the University of King’s College.
Rayna (she/they) is a Michif/Scottish visual and theatre artist from the Red River Valley on Treaty 1. She trained at the University of Winnipeg in Theatre Performance and trained at Humber College’s Devised and Physical Theatre program.
Rayna has continued to work and train with various companies across the country. They wrote and produced new work in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival (2016/2017) and RMTC’s Shakespeare Fest (2020). Their work centres around themes of identity, femininity, land, and mythology. This year, they are one of the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellows and has been training in arts administration with Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
They enjoy photography, gardening, beading and spending time out on the land.
Matthew Paris-Irvine is an emerging director, playwright, actor and designer of mixed Afro-Caribbean and Settler descent proudly from Winnipeg’s North End, a cultural haven whose stories are begging to be told. Matthew was lucky enough to complete mentorships through Creative Manitoba and RMTC with Rodrigo Beilfuss and Philip Akin. He is, and will always be, incredibly grateful to them for their kindness and humility.
Recent Credits include, Directing: The Show (RMTC); O(Phelia) (ShakespeareFest); Bastard. (Staged Reading, FemFest); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Apprentice, University of Winnipeg); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Apprentice, WJT).
He also has a cat. It has an attitude problem.
Scout Rexe (they/she) is a playwright and dramaturg. As a writer, their work explores queer and trans identities, celebrity, sexual violence, and social change. Guillermo Verdeccia called Rexe’s first full-length play This is the August (SummerWorks, 2016) a “smart, funny play, rich with the complexities of contemporary life in the west.”
Her first short play Lodged in the Body (Theatre of the Beat, 2018-2019) was commissioned and toured Canada and the Netherlands, reaching over 2000 people.
Rexe is currently writing O Death, a full-length play with music. They are developing this work in close collaboration with Fatma Sarah Elkashef and Elio Zarrillo with the ongoing support of Playwrights Workshop Montreal. Rexe is also developing Cult Play, a media arts project that was part of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights Digital Dramaturgy Initiative in 2021 and co-writing a TV series called Make It with her Scotland-based writing partner Kate Hammer.
As a younger person, Rexe made books. She still occasionally edits novels, non-fiction, and poetry.
Andraea Sartison is a devised theatre artist and event producer. She is known for boldly creative performance concepts, interdisciplinary collaboration, and curating large scale public art events and festivals. Andraea has traveled internationally as a performer and director of new Canadian plays, from the Canadian fringe circuit to Broadway, New York; but, her favourite work has unfolded through collaboration with other amazing artists who call our "One Great City" home.
She is the founding Artistic Producer of One Trunk Theatre, and Co-Owner of Event Production and Arts Consultation Company Fête Jockey (with Jennie O).
Ben Townsley is a creator, performer and singer with a love of language, music and the absurd. Ben is a big believer in the idea of “accessibly deep theatre” and creates work that is both fun and raucous, as well as intricate and heartfelt. He acts as the lead playwright of the award winning theatre company, Walk&Talk Theatre. He has been writing for Walk&Talk since 2016 with no signs of slowing down, receiving critical acclaim for The Ballad of Johnny Boy (Winner of the Harry Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba Play, 2018) and other award nominated works, “KING” (2017) and The Headliners (2019).
2020 saw the creation and production of his contemporary radio play, Blink, and notable 2022 achievements include the early stages of a new audio piece and the final phases of his upcoming work, End of the Line.