Greg MacArthur, U of A’s Playwright-in-Residence has been shortlisted for Canadian theatre’s richest prize, the $100,000 Siminovitch Award along with six other nominees. The shortlist, selected from 23 nominees, includes MacLeod, Tremblay, Saskatchewan’s Mansel Robinson, Newfoundland’s Robert Chafe and Quebec’s Jasmine Dube. The Siminovitch Prize, launched in 2001, is awarded to playwrights, designers and directors on a threeyear rotation, in honour of a body of work that advances Canadian theatre and inspires younger emerging artists. Of the $100,000 prize, $25,000 goes to a protege of the winner’s choice. The Siminovitch gets presented Nov. 7 in Toronto.
Greg MacArthur is known for plays that explore themes of identity and escape, focusing on characters that exist on the fringes of society. Some of his more notable playwriting credits include Tyland, produced in February 2010 as part of the Alberta Theatre Project’s Enbridge playRites Festival (Calgary); Recovery, commissioned and produced in 2006 by the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and produced by Rumble Theatre (Vancouver) the same year, garnering six Jessie Richardson Award nominations including Outstanding Production; Get Away, produced at the 2005 Alberta Theatre Project’s Enbridge playRites Festival (Calgary) and earning three Betty Mitchell Award nominations including Outstanding New Play; and Snowman and girls! girls! girls!, two plays published together in 2005 in Exposure by Coach House Books.
MacArthur has been Artist-in-Residence at Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (2006-2010), Writer-in-Residence at The Writers’ Network/Centre for the Book in Cape Town, South Africa (2003), and Playwright-in-Residence at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (1997 -1998) and is currently the playwright in residence at the University of Alberta.