Urjo Kareda Artist-in-Residence

Audrey Dwyer is a multi-disciplinary artist with over twenty years of experience working as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, Facilitator and Mentor.

Her theatre work includes Young People’s Theatre’s One Thing Leads to Another (Dora Awards – Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Ensemble), The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Mirvish Productions’ Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, RMTC’s Good People, thirsty at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Mirvish/Studio 180’s Clybourne Park and The Overwhelming, Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park – The Tempest, Obsidian Theatre’s Black Medea, Mirvish/RMTC’s Medea, Patty’s Cake (Dora Award – Outstanding Children’s Production), Young People’s Theatre’s Blue Planet, and The Second City Touring Company.

Audrey was a mentor for the Summerworks Leadership Intensive Program. She co-facilitated the program for two years in 2012 and 2013. She was the Assistant Coordinator and Educator for Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program from 2008 to 2010. Over the past ten years, she has worked with companies such as TIFF, The Amy Project, Nia Centre for the Arts, Black Women Film, and VisualEyes as a Guest Teacher and Mentor. She has been a guest facilitator for Humber’s Community Week since 2016. She was also a Resident Arts Educator at Young People’s Theatre.

Most recently, Audrey wrote and directed Calpurnia, which was produced by Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre. The box office hit was shown to sold out audiences at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.  In 2011, she directed and dramaturged The Apology by Darrah Teitel, which was presented at the Next Stage Festival. That year, she was nominated for Outstanding Direction, her team was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble and the play was nominated for Outstanding New Play (Independent Division – Dora Mavor Moore Awards).

In 2008, she was the Associate Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre. In 2015, she won the Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre. From 2016 – 2017, she was the Artistic Director of Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre. She graduated from The National Theatre School.