Erin Macklem

Erin Macklem is a playwright and designer of Métis, Irish and French descent.  She has been privileged to live and work on Lekwungen territory since 1994.  She is the Artistic Associate & Outreach Coordinator for the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC. 

As a playwright, Erin has a special interest in site-specific theatre, and has a particular love of theatre for small audiences in small spaces.  Her writing includes “small works” such as The Map (co-created and performed with Allison Bottomley for Belfry’s SPARK Festival); The First Last Time (Solo Collective and SummerWorks), All the Things I Wasn’t (an interactive purge of childhood ephemera for Theatre SKAM’s Schoolhouse Rocks On), Canoe du Soleil (a canoe circus act co-created and performed with Kassianni Austin for Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride), Field Forest Farmer Fox (Rumble’s Tremors Festival) and an adaptation of Crad Kilodney’s The Simplified Existence of Mr. Duggins (a promenade mini play for Theatre BOMBUS at the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival).  Her one-act play …and the lights fade to black received an award for Outstanding Achievement at the BC Festival of the Arts, and her full-length musical, Tragic Animal Stories, (music/lyrics by Avery Brown) has received development support from Playwrights Theatre Centre, Gotta Getta Gimmick, and the Belfry Theatre.  This Little Light, a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl (music/lyrics by Brad L’Ecuyer) commissioned by the Belfry Theatre, premieres in December 2016.  It includes three neighbourhood school choirs and cameo appearances by community business owners.  She is currently writing Blue Beads and Blueberries, a Métis interpretation of the folktale Cap O’ Rushes, commissioned by Story Theatre Co., scheduled to tour in 2017-18.

Erin’s costume designs have been seen in Victoria for the Belfry Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Kaleidoscope Theatre, and Suddenly Dance Theatre.  Her costumes have toured Canada with Theatre SKAM, Story Theatre Co. and The Other Guys Theatre.  Elsewhere her designs have been seen in Vancouver (Arts Club Theatre), Winnipeg (Prairie Theatre exchange), Armstrong (Caravan Farm Theatre), Kelowna (Viva Musica) and New York (Dual Minds).  She was part of the design team representing Canada in the international competition of scenography – The Prague Quadrennial 2015.

Erin is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and the Associated Designers of Canada.