A few minutes with Erin Shields

Governor General award-winning playwright Erin Shields is a busy lady: she’s working on a new piece about Shakespeare’s women for Repercussion Theatre and has an adaptation of Paradise Lost coming up at the Stratford Festival in 2018. We’re happy she’s generously donated her time to share her knowledge on adaptation in a workshop for Atelier. All funds raised through the Atelier workshops go to support ARTISTA, Imago’s free arts mentorship programme for young women.

Watch Erin’s 2-minute pitch for the workshop!

We snagged a few more minutes with Erin to ask her five quick questions:

1) Can you please describe yourself as an artist in five words in any languages other than English? (since you’re a writer, I’m taking away your superpower)
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2) Please share an important learning moment in your artistic development.
I met John Murrell while doing the One Yellow Rabbit Lab in 2001. He gave me the greatest playwriting tip ever in the history of the world. It transformed the way I write and contains a certain magic that can transform a script from draft to draft making it tighter and cleaner and closer to my original impulse. And … you’ll have to take my workshop to find out what that tip is.

3) What’s your favourite way to release artistic frustration?

4) What is your favourite trick to unstick things when you are stuck?
Chilling with my two adorable children

5) What’s a play that you wish you’d written?
Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad

Want to know the greatest playwriting tip ever in the history of the world? Adaptation workshop takes place on September 23, 2017 from 10am-6pm. You can register for Erin’s workshop here.

Workshops are $75 and all participants receive a $50 tax receipt. Imago also has payment plans available. Please contact us if you are interested in setting up a payment plan.


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