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PARC Playwright Profile for September 2019 is Kent Stetson

August 28, 2019

PARC Lifetime member Kent Stetson, C. M., writes drama, film, television, multi-media, essays, prose and prose non-fiction. Kent holds the Canadian Author’s Association Carol Bolt for Drama Award and The Governor General’s Literary Award, also for Drama. In 2007, Kent received Canada’s highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada.

Award-winning writer/director PEI native Stetson is equally comfortable with word and image. The common bond is drama. His early training in Halifax as a television drama director (BBC, 1973), co-owner of a private film production company, writer/director of drama and documentary for CTV, the CBC, and The National Film Board of Canada set a dual career trajectory which has matured over three decades. Kent branched into multi-media work in the 2000s, working with Montreal’s Lucion Media, Moment Factory and id3. He was head writer for id3’s sound and light show Northern Lights/Lumières du Nord, currently running summers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. NL/LdN won the prestigious International Festival and Events Association’s award in 2014. In 2017, Kent was head writer for two prestigious international television and multi-media projects, produced by Lucion Media and Groupe Phaneuf for Veterans Affairs Canada and The Department of National Defence, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, presented in the presence of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, princes William and Harry, French President François Holland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, GG David Johnston, the twenty thousand Canadians who travelled to France for the events and millions viewers from around the world.

Kent’s work as playwright and screenwriter is innovative and topical, often developing themes of physical and psychological survival in tough situations where his characters struggle to maintain their humanity in ethically perplexing moments of high drama. Kent recently served as Playwright in Residence at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre where, in association with Playwrights Workshop Montreal and with assistance from the Canada Council of the Arts, he completed early drafts of Two Monkeys, One Grape, a new play in two acts for five actors. This summer, with the generous assistance of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, he assembled five great actor-singers, Brussels based clown/Buffon Master Nader Farman, Baroque Mask and Dance specialist Marie-Nathalie LaCoursierre, Director Brian Dooley and theatre compose Nick Carpenter for a wonderful pre-production workshop of the new work.

Kent’s website MasterPlayWorks.com includes his complete recently updated CV and a bookstore where his award-winning dramatic works, novels and essays are available for purchase in a variety of formats.