Source: Mount Allison University
Mount Allison welcomes Jenny Munday as Crake Drama Fellow
November 7, 2006
SACKVILLE, NB — Jenny Munday has joined the faculty of Mount Allison University as the 2006-07 Crake Drama Fellow. Sponsored by the J. E. A. Crake Foundation since 2001, the fellowship brings to the campus a theatre professional who works to enhance the university’s drama program and the activities of the Windsor Theatre.
Alex Fancy, director of drama, says, "Jenny enjoys great respect because of her exceptional place in Canadian theatre, and we and our students are very fortunate indeed." In her new role she is mentoring Mount Allison student actors and directors, giving workshops on subjects ranging from dramaturgy to auditioning, and co-ordinating workshops given by visiting theatre practitioners, also sponsored by the J. E. A. Crake Foundation.
While at Mount Allison she will continue to play two other important roles: artistic director of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) and playwright-in-residence with Sackville’s Live Bait Theatre for which she is currently writing two scripts.
A playwright, dramaturge, arts administrator, actor and director, she has been based in Dorts Cove, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia since 1997. Her 25-year career has been dedicated to the development of new Canadian work for the stage.
Jenny worked with PARC as executive director and dramaturgical consultant, and has been artistic director of Mulgrave Road Theatre, writer-in-residence and artistic associate at Theatre New Brunswick, and co-founder and co-artistic director of The Comedy Asylum.
As an actor, she originated many roles in new works for the stage, including Anna in Norm Foster’s My Darling Judith, Carmen Bliss in the Comedy Asylum’s Maritime Way of Life, Hannah in Mary Colin Chisholm’s Safe Haven and Agnes in Daniel McIvor’s Marion Bridge. She has worked with theatre companies and playwrights’ development centres across the country — from Rising Tide Theatre in Newfoundland to the Banff PlayRites Colony. She has also worked at Neptune Theatre, the Grand Theatre (London, ON) and the National Arts Centre, and at several summer theatres in Ontario as well as in radio, TV and film.
Jenny Munday has provided commentaries, reviews, narratives and articles for CBC Radio and Television and for several publications, including the Canadian Theatre Review and CanPlay.
Her play, Relatively Harmless, was produced by Live Bait Theatre in the fall of 2005, also as a staged reading at the National Arts Centre’s On The Verge Series at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in St. Johns, NL this past July. It is scheduled for publication by Playwrights Canada Press in 2007.
She recently served on the selection committee for the Governor-General’s Award in Drama.
In February she will direct Don Hannah’s Running Far Back, a play set in southeastern New Brunswick, for Mount Allison’s Windsor Theatre.