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Wright, Johnna


A theatre practitioner since 1987, Johnna Wright has directed and acted for theatres across Western Canada as well as in Ontario. She is a two-time recipient of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bard on the Beach; The Triumph of Love, Blackbird Theatre), and has also been honored to receive the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director. Recent projects include Tomson Highway's The (Post) Mistress for Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre (Saskatoon), The Rivals for Blackbird Theatre (Vancouver), and The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble for Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon). Johnna holds an MFA in Drama (Directing) from the University of Alberta, and is also a graduate of UBC Theatre.

"I'm a director because I love to tell stories. I'm interested in plays with intelligence, passion, compassion, humour, and an opportunity for theatricality. Particularly with new work, I'm keenly aware of the director's responsibility to the playwright's vision: its our job to tell the story in as compelling a way as we can, to mine the script for all its layers of meaning. Over the past fifteen years I have had the opportunity to work as dramaturge with some uniquely talented Canadian playwrights, and I hold an enormous respect for those theatre artists who create what directors, actors and designers will then interpret."

Currently Johnna is Literary Manager for Persephone Theatre and Associate Artistic Director for Blackbird Theatre, as well as a freelance director and dramaturge.


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