Upcoming Webinar - International Webinar Series, Part 3: "Evolving Collaboration"

Playwrights Guild of Canada and Playmarket (New Zealand) are partnering up on an International Webinar series to host an exchange of ideas and perspectives on playwriting. Each organization will invite a distinguished theatre creator to facilitate on behalf of their community and together they will present a topic that extends from one end of the world to the other. Join Canadian theatre creator, Daniela Vlaskalic, and New Zealand theatre creator, Jo Randerson, to discuss the evolving nature of Collaboration.


September 26th 2017

6:00pm-8:00pm EST


Please email monique@playwrightsguild.ca if you need more information.



About Daniela Vlaskalic

Daniela has performed in many theatres across the country. Selected credits include: The Money Shot (Ground Zero Theatre); Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); That Summer (Theatre North West); Pith! The Exquisite Hour, The Bull the Moon and the Coronet of Stars (Theatre Department); Drama (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites ’11); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Theatre Aquarius); How the Other Half Loves, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Deathtrap, Last Chance Romance (Drayton Entertainment), Boston Marriage (Skeleton Key Theatre); Doubt (Canadian Stage); The Drowning Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Citadel Theatre, MTC Warehouse); Stratford Shakespeare Festival, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet The Taming of the Shrew; Vimy, Equus, Einstein’s Gift (Citadel Theatre); Arms and the Man (NAC, Citadel Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse); Cripple of Inishmaan (Theatre Calgary); The Blue Light (Fire Hall Arts Centre); A Doll’s House (Persephone Theatre); At the Zenith of the Empire (Teatro La Quindicina); Hippies and Bolsheviks, Picking up Chekhov (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites ’06); Apple (Workshop West Theatre); Featuring Loretta (theatre riffraff, Magnetic North Festival 2003); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Two Gentleman of Verona; (Free Will Players); Twelfth Night, Strawberries in January, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre). As a playwright, Daniela began collaborating with Beth Graham and Charlie Tomlinson in 1999 with The Drowning Girls. Since then the play has received numerous productions and awards including a Dora nomination for outstanding touring production and was published by Canada Playwrights Press in 2009. Daniela has collaborated with Beth Graham on several plays including; Comrades, The Vanishing Point, Mules, andA Foolish Boy. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta BFA Acting program. Daniela lives in Toronto. 


About Jo Randerson

Jo was born in Auckland and moved to Wellington in 1977.  She studied at Wellington Girls College, and then went on to Victoria University of Wellington to major in English, Theatre and Film.

She became involved as a writer, director and performer in theatre productions for the University’s Student Drama Club. At the same time she also wrote for and performed at BATS Theatre, Wellington, and made television appearances as a stand-up comedian. After graduating, she spent a year in Australia working at an old people’s rest home and as a church youth worker before co-founding the theatre group Trouble on her return in 1995.

Trouble made several award-winning shows: The Girl Who Died, Black Monk, Mouth, The Lead Wait and Bleach (a co-production with Boilerhouse theatre, Scotland). Bleach was part of the 1998 New Zealand Fringe Festival and went to the Edinburgh Festival and the Tramway Festival of site-specific theatre in Glasgow. Jo participated in Bill Manhire's creative writing course at Victoria University in 1997 where she was awarded the Prize for Best Portfolio. That year she also received the Bruce Mason Award after her first play Fold (part of the Young and Hungry season at BATS).

Jo then founded her own theatre company, Barbarian Productions, whose award-winning shows have played in Melbourne, Prague, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Norway and Brisbane as well as around New Zealand. Jo has been involved in numerous theatre collaborations including The Sojourns of Boy with inaugural Laureate Briar Grace-Smith, and halo with Douglas Wright. In 2005 she befriended the Circus Ronaldo (Belgium) and apprenticed herself to Danny Ronaldo and Karel Creemers, learning an outsider style of clown and commedia dell’arte. Jo was then offered a position as a writer and devisor with Company Kate McIntosh of Brussels, where she lived and worked in 2006.

Her writing has twice been shortlisted for the International Institute of Modern Letters Prize and has earned her the following writing fellowships: Robert Burns Fellow (Dunedin), Winston Churchill Fellow  (Russia) and the Creative New Zealand/Department of Conservation Wild Creations Residency at Cape Kidnappers. Jo’s published work includes The Knot and Through the Door, (Wedge Press), and The Spit Children and The Keys to Hell (VUP) and the short story collection Tales from the Netherworld (Steele Roberts).

Jo graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Theatre Arts (Directing) from Toi Whakaari: The NZ Drama School and Victoria University.  She then created the public art ‘dress-up conversation’ Brides in collaboration with Anya Tate-Manning, a series of collaborations with the Swedish performance art duo Goldin + Senneby – M&A (Artspace, Dunedin Public Art Gallery) and Shorting the Long Position which was created for the Turkish Biennale 2013 - and an adaptation of her debut short story collection The Spit Children for a stage production at the Hetpaleis in Antwerp 2014.



Watch our last webinar, "Evolving Dramaturgy" HERE!

By joining our webinars live, you will have your questions addressed immediately and will be a part of the larger discussion. We hope to see you online on September 26th!