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Chris Abraham: Director


Chris Abraham Chris Abraham is the Artistic Director of Crow’s Theatre.

Since recording this interview Chris was awarded Canada’s highest honor in theatre: The $100,000 Eli­nore and Lou Simi­novitch Prize. Read my coverage of the event featuring Rick Miller and Louise Pitre, HERE.

Chris is an award winning theatre and film director, dramaturg and teacher who has worked with Canada’s foremost artists and theatres.

In the podcast we discuss some of his directorial choices, including his work on “Seeds” a documentary about the legal battle between a Saskatchewan farmer and Monsanto, which is “coming soon to a theatre near you” if you live near Montreal, Calgary or Ottawa.

I’m a big fan of his work at The Stratford Festival. His work there has been consistently solid. We discuss his plans for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2014 at The Stratford Festival.

Finally we get into his background. Chris didn’t come from a theatre family but by age 14 he knew he wanted to be a director.

Links From The Show

Crow’s Theatre

National Theatre School of Canada Directing Program

Porte Parole

Canadian Stage

The Stratford Festival

Kenneth Brown: Playwright, Performer


Kenneth Brown
Kenneth Brown is one of Canada’s most prolific writers for the theatre. He’s performed at more Canadian Fringe Festivals than anyone. Kenneth and his work have traveled the world. He’s also spent 30 years teaching theatre at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton.

In our conversation Kenneth refers to himself as a “mountebank insane poet.” His passion for theatre is infectious and he discusses the things that continue to drive his desire to create art that moves people.

We discuss Fringe Festivals and theatre as a creative spontaneous act. We also cover world travel, studying theatre at The National Theatre School with Colm Feore, Ann-Marie MacDonald & Judith Thompson, and the problematic relationships we have with our fathers.

Listen to the Podcast