Kelley Jo Burke



Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning playwright and poet, a director, storyteller, documentarian, and broadcaster.  Her plays and poetry have been produced and published in Canada, and around the world, including her latest musical stage play Us, which premieres March 2018 with the Regina Globe Theatre, The Lucky Ones,  Somewhere, Sk., Ducks on the Moon, The Selkie Wife, and Charming and Rose: True Love, which has been staged over thirty times in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.  Her radio play "Big Ocean" was heard in 7 countries in 2000. 
Her stand-up documentary, Ducks on the Moon, which she wrote, and performs, toured Western Canada, and was published by Hagios Press, fall 2010. It was also the centre of the 2010 CBC Radio IDEAS documentary of the same name, written and narrated by Burke.

Her play The Selkie Wife was published by Scirocco Drama.  Charming and Rose: True Love was published by Blizzard Publishing in the anthology Prerogatives: Contemporary Plays by Women.  Jane’s Thumb was released in 2006 in Signature Editions' Two Hands Clapping, edited by Kit Brennan. 
Kelley Jo directs and produces for stage and radio.  Recent radio productions include Gail Bowen’s “The World According to Charlie D.” Kevin Kerr’s  “Unity 1918”, Andrea Menard’s “The Velvet Devil, Ken Mitchell’s “Sarah Binks” and Merelda Fiddler’s “My Indian Brother”.
Kelley Jo was the longtime host and producer of SoundXchange, an arts performance and news show for CBC Saskatchewan.  She has authored and produced 9 documentaries for CBC Radio's IDEAS, and has been a regular contributor to national and regional current affairs shows, including This Morning.  For eight years, she was the spoken word host/producer of CBC Saskatchewan’s Gallery.
She’s been telling stories all her life; for the last 20 years,  professionally.




KJB was the winner of the 2009, 1997, and 1992 City of Regina Writing Awards, the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards for Playwriting, and the 2009 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Leadership in the Arts. 

Plays by Straybird Productions: Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker:

Us: A coming-in musical00for rights inquiries please contact Straybird




Plays by Kelley Jo Burke:

The Lucky Ones:


The Lucky Ones

A two-hander of long-time marriage, and The Fight that keeps going, cause even in a coma, Enid gets the last word.  "Impossible not to appreciate."

The Lucky Ones is premiered at Dancing Sky Theatre, 2014. 



Ducks on the Moon:  A Parent Meets Autism, various productions across western Canada, A Curtain Razors production, Michele Sereda, director. 

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Somewhere, Sk.:

Saskatoon musician Carrie Catherine stars as Ez, whose dreams of rock and roll fame in Toronto fall flat, leading her back home to Saskatchewan. Catherine developed the play with award-winning playwright Kelley Jo Burke, who is also the host of CBC’s SoundXchange.








Special - Premiere, Curtain Razors, Regina Sept. 2009, tour to Meacham, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Yorkton and Swift  Current.  Michele Sereda, director.  Workshop performance January 2009, University of Regina.


The Selkie Wife - Premiere, Dancing Sky Theatre, April/May 2008.  Angus Ferguson, director.  Published by Scirocco Drama, April 2009.


Jane’s Thumb - Upcoming, Fly By Night Theatre, Toronto, September, 2011, Saskatoon Fringe, August, 2003, with Thumbco., Kathryn Bracht, director. Radio adaptation by Kelley Jo Burke produced for CBC Saskatchewan, October 1997. Rachel van Fossen, director/producer.


Comfort and Joy - staged reading, Saskatchewan Festival of New Plays, May 2000, Mary Vingo, director.


Big Ocean - radio play, CBC’s Showcase, and in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, U.S. and around the world on shortwave, for the International Festival of Radio Plays, 2000.  Kathleen Flaherty, director/producer.


Virtual.luv - radio play, CBC’s Showcase, October 1998. Kathleen Flaherty, director/producer.



Crack! -  radio play for CBC's Studio 96, January 1996.  Kathleen Flaherty, director/producer.


Had a Great Fall - radio play, CBC Radio Saskatchewan's Ambience, March 1995.  Wayne Schmalz, director/producer.


Charming and Rose: True Love - premiere produced by Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, October 12 to 31, 1993.  Kate Lushington, director. (Now produced over thirty times in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.)  Fringe production by Boomer Co, 1992. Kelley Handerek director.


Playing the Game -  staged reading, 1993 Saskatchewan Festival of New Plays, Saskatchewan Playwrights' Centre, Roy Surette, director, D.D. Kugler, dramaturge.


Fetal Assessment - radio play, CBC Radio Saskatchewan'a Ambience, 1992.  Wayne Schmaltz, director.  Staged reading as part of Studio-Z's internet workshop program with Texas Tech theatre department, TaShawna Thomas, director, Dan Zellner, facilitator, 1996.


Fat Girls (wear all sizes) - Fringe production 1991 in Regina, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Edmonton. Eileen Sproule, director.  Performed by the Curtain Razors.  September 1995, at Vancouver Fringe, Stephanie Kirkland, director.


Goddessness - Fringe production by the Curtain Razors, 1990 in Regina, Saskatoon and Edmonton Fringe Festivals.  Kelley Jo Burke, director.



Award Category Year Play
City of Regina Writing Award new play 2009