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PARC Playwright Profile for December 2018

November 29, 2018

Scott Sharplin grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, but in 2009 he moved to Cape Breton (for work, obviously). He cut his playwriting teeth in the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, and was a mover and shaker in the indie theatre circuit as co-founder and Artistic Director of Sound & Fury Theatre (2000-2005) as well as AD of the Walterdale Playhouse (2007-2009), Western Canada's longest-running community theatre. Out East, he has worked with CBU's Boardmore Theatre and Sydney's Highland Arts Theatre as a playwright, director, and occasional actor. Scott's plays have been published in anthologies by Playwrights Canada Press, Signature Editions, and Athabasca Press.

In the winter, Scott teaches Drama at Cape Breton University, while in the summer, he animates an 18th century French soldier at the Fortress of Louisbourg. In his rare spare time, he advocates for trans rights and climate reform.

There is a world premiere of Scott Sharplin's play Good Animals at the Highland Arts Theatre from January 8 - 12, 2019.  It will be directed by PARC member and 2018 PARC Playwrights' Colony participant, Michael McPhee. 

Two lungfish debating whether or not to take the plunge. A sabretooth cave painting model. The first dog in space. Throughout natural history, humanity has felt the urge to move past its basic instincts, to evolve, to rise up… but what of our fierce and furry counterparts? A hysterical, historical romp through time and space through the eyes of the animal kingdom.