PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that Deneh’Cho Thompson is the winner of the 2016 Fringe New Play Prize for The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine.
The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty and production mentoring from PTC.
Deneh’Cho Thompson (Dene) is an aspiring director, actor and playwright based in Vancouver. In 2009 Deneh co-founded workingclasstheatre, an indie theatre company dedicated to producing new works, providing training opportunities and showcasing the work of emerging artists. workingclasstheatre has had the pleasure of growing up in the British Columbia emerging artist community alongside Resounding Scream Theatre, rice&beans Theatre, SHIFT Performing Arts Society, and others. Since 2009,
Deneh has been developing an artistic practice that uses devised theatre as its principal component, often blurring the lines that define the roles of director, actor and writer.
Deneh’s recent directing credits include The Dudes of My Life, a devised piece, and The Governor of the Dew, by Floyd Favel. Deneh trained at Capilano University and, more recently, Simon Fraser University. In 2015 Deneh joined both the Full Circle First Nations Performance Ensemble and the Urban Ink Collective.
PTC Dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty describes the prize-winning work: “The play fragment we already have contains beautiful poetic sequences with implications of a multi-disciplinary theatrical combination of movement and technology. Deneh is telling a new tale in a new way, embracing populist forms of comedy and traditional First Nations storytelling with a 21st century sensibility.”
Kathleen and Deneh will begin development on the play by mid-January. It will be on stage at the 2016 Fringe Festival, September 8-18, 2016.