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February PARC Playwright Profile: Paul David Power

February 06, 2018

Paul David Power has spent the past twenty years working as a writer, actor, director and communications professional in various mediums and for diverse organizations - including dramatic script for the stage. His formal training includes holding a BA in English with a concentration in theatre and a BAA in Journalism.  Paul has a long history in raising awareness and understanding about disability issues through his work as a playwright, columnist, director and actor.

Paul's work includes several years directing and acting with the Shakespeare by the Sea Festival in Newfoundland and Labrador where he currently holds the position of Artistic Associate. He was President of the Liffey Players Drama Society in Calgary for three years. In 2010 Paul moved to Moncton NB where he assumed the role of Artistic Director for Hubcity Theatre in 2013. He held that position for four years. Paul currently heads his own production company, Power Productions, which is focused on  producing theatre projects focused on deaf and disability themes.

His new play Crippled won the award for best production at the Fundy Fringe Festival in 2017. Crippled makes its official full production debut this month in St. John's NL at the historic Resource Centre for the Arts running February 7 - 10.

Crippled will also be part of San Francisco's Exit Theatre's 2019 season. Paul is currently working on an Atlantic Region tour of Crippled in 2018. Interested artists and artistic leaders can learn more about the project at www.crippled.ca

Paul has been highlighted in the media many times for his work as an artist living with a disability - often inspiring and leading the way for younger artists who face their own challenges and disabilities when it comes to succeeding in the arts.

Paul is one of thirteen Deaf, disabled and Mad Arts Leaders from across the country who participated in the National Art Centre's 2016 -2017 Cycle. The Cycle was a year long process that explored diversity in our national theatre scene and how artists can work to expand and strengthen disability arts in Canada. The process concluded in Ottawa in July 2017 with The Republic of Inclusion. Paul is committed to applying what he learned during this process to projects and initiatives in his own community as well as other areas of Atlantic Canada.