TARRAGON THEATRE ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE RBC EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT PRIZE AND 2016/17 PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT

TORONTO (May 25, 2016) Tarragon Theatre is pleased to announce the winner of the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes for new artists, is Geoffrey Simon Brown from Calgary, Alberta. The prize has a value of $8000 and includes a year’s worth of dramaturgical support from Tarragon Theatre, as well as a public reading during the theatre’s annual Play Reading Week. Nominations were received from select artistic directors across Canada.

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Geoffrey Simon Brown

Geoffrey Simon Brown is a playwright, director, and actor born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Geoffrey is a co-creator of the Major Matt Mason Collective, a theatre company dedicated to creating intimate, visceral, experimental theatre about and for Calgary’s younger generation. His plays Destroy, Air, and Control have premiered with the collective in the past five years. His play, Still Still Still, is the 2013 winner of the Playwrights Guild of Canada Post-Secondary Award and was included as part of the 2014 NNPN MFA Playwrights’ Workshop. His play, The Circle, premiered in Calgary at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2015 and will have a subsequent production at the Tarragon theatre in Toronto this fall.

Reflecting on the award, Geoffrey said: “Thank you so much to Tarragon for offering this award. It not only gives me the resources to create, but also the ability to take the time to focus on developing stories. It is such a tremendous opportunity.”

Tarragon is also pleased to introduce the 2016/17 Playwrights Unit: Kawa Ada, Gillian Clark, Elyse Friedman, Meghan Greeley, Chloé Hung, and Rose Napoli. Each year, Tarragon Theatre invites an exciting mix of theatre creators into its Playwrights Unit, where each creator develops a new play with the theatre over the course of a year. Originally founded in 1982 by Urjo Kareda, this successful play development program has been replicated in theatres across the country. The activities of the Playwrights Unit culminate in Play Reading Week, a series of free public readings showcasing the 2016/17 Unit members’ work that will take place in May, 2017.

Tarragon extends gratitude to the RBC Foundation for its generous ongoing support of the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize. More information on Tarragon’s play development programs can be found at www.tarragontheatre.com.

ABOUT TARRAGON THEATRE: Tarragon Theatre is one of Canada’s most important arts institutions. For 45 years, Tarragon Theatre has created, developed and produced new plays by home-grown artists as well as significant works from the world stage, vitally contributing to the important legacy of a Canadian culture. Since its founding, over 190 works have premiered at Tarragon and over 500 scripts have been created and workshopped, receiving 34 nominations and 11 wins for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Tarragon received the 2012 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in recognition of producing and developing leading edge and thought-provoking Canadian Theatre, both nationally and on the world stage. Richard Rose has been the Artistic Director since 2002. www.tarragontheatre.com

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