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The PARC Playwright Profile for January is Jamie Bradley

January 01, 2020

Jamie Bradley is a native Haligonian whose first paid gig writing for theatre was right out of high school with a summer company for kids called Bubblegum Theatre. He remained a writer and performer of children’s theatre for a few years with various companies, including Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Jamie has written five plays for fringe festivals, and over thirty dinner theatre scripts (most of which he also directed) for Feast Dinner Theatre in Charlottetown, Summerside, and Yarmouth; and Grafton Street Dinner Theatre in Halifax.

His first large-scale productions were Jamboree, the inaugural musical of Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre, and Titanic: The Fated Voyage, which were produced in Summerside and at Halifax’s Cunard Centre for the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Before the Leaves Turn, Jamie’s play about two small-town families coping with the effects of First World War, toured New Brunswick & Nova Scotia in 2016 and had a public reading on the centenary of Armistice on Remembrance Day, 2018 at Pier 21. The retrospective Pictou: Our Town, Our Stories was produced at the DeCoste Centre in 2017 and 2018; and Jukie & Her Dad, the story of a young woman turning to her father in the midst of a family tragedy, premiered at the Saint John Theatre Company in June, 2018.

KAMP, the new musical co-written with composer Garry Williams, was first created at the 2015 PARC Colony and the world premiere was co-produced by Halifax’s Eastern Front Theatre and Neptune Theatre in October/November, 2018. It was nominated for ten Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards and won five, including “Outstanding Production”. Most recently Jamie has written the book, and co-written the lyrics, with composer Scott Owen for a new musical farce set in a Victorian Halifax funeral home entitled Parlour Tricks, which is being workshopped with PARC this month. He is now in the process of researching an historical drama set in London’s Bedlem Hospital, and is planning a new family musical for 2020.

Jamie’s stage acting credits include Great Harbour (Hogtown Collective); Seminar and David Sedaris’ Uncomfortable Christmas (Kick At the Dark Theatre); Reader Be Thou Also Ready (Live Bait); and Titanic: The Fated Voyage (White Rose Entertainment). Television acting credits include series such as Forgive Me, Pure, and Lizzie Borden, He’s also performed as a puppeteer/voice artist on The Mighty Jungle and You and Me. Jamie's main claim to fame, though, is that he was one of the original hosts of CBC-TV’s Street Cents.

Jamie has served on numerous volunteer arts boards. He was President of ACTRA Maritimes and ACTRA National Councillor (also serving as National Treasurer and National Vice President); and he is presently Vice President and Trivia Quizmaster of PARC. He a board member of Kick At the Dark Theatre and last summer was elected to the board of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, representing the Atlantic Region. He is a Life Member of ACTRA and was the first recipient of the ACTRA Maritimes Award of Excellence, before it was renamed after the late David Renton.