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PARC Playwright Profile: March 2018

February 27, 2018

Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and served as Halifax's third poet laureate from 2009 to 2011. Shauntay is currently developing her stage play The Bridge as Playwright-In-Residence at 2b theatre company. The Bridge will premiere on Neptune Theatre's main stage in 2019, a co-production between Neptune and 2b in association with Obsidian Theatre.

Shauntay is a descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries. Her love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia's historic Black communities, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. A multidisciplinary artist, Shauntay's professional degrees and training include a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and a bachelor of music degree from Dalhousie University. Her awards and honours include a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Connect with her on Facebook or at shauntaygrant.com