KJB teaching at St. Peter's College this summer--Aug 16-19, 2012

The Playwrights’ Toolbox at St Peter's College Summer Workshops



The Playwrights’ Toolbox:  Kelley Jo Burke In this four day intensive playwriting course, we will explore new strategies for all stages of the playwriting process, from first conception to refining dialogue and plot. The goal is to build a individualized writers' "toolbox", appropriate not only for those just beginning playwriting, but for those who wish to enrich their already established playwriting practice. Each day will begin with a writers' workshop session, adjusted to the needs of the participants, but which will generally include a brief discussion of an aspect of playwriting, exercises and moderated peer response to the previous day's takeaway exercises. Students are encouraged to bring dramatic works-in-progress with them, as afternoons will be given to not only writing in response to the mornings' discussions, but for work on on-going scripts and individual dramaturgical sessions with the instructor. Evening readings of scenes in progress will be organized for the benefit of, and at the request of the participants.


Areas of focus are: Kick starting the creative process, authenticity of voice, mapping the plot, and moving your imagination from page to stage.

Participants should submit a short bio, telling me a bit about yourself, what you want from the course, and your experience with writing for the stage, and a sample (Min. 500 words) of your playwriting.

Date: August 16, 9:30 a.m. – August 19, 4:30 p.m. 2012

Cost: $395

Minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants

Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning (most recently the City of Regina Writing

award for Ducks on the Moon and the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for

Excellence in Playwriting for The Selkie Wife,) playwright and poet, a director,

storyteller, documentarian, and broadcaster for CBC Radio.

She dramaturges, directs and produces for stage and radio and is the

host/producer of CBC Saskatchewan’s radio arts performance hour

SoundXchange. She has also written and produced a number of documentaries

for CBC Radio’s Ideas.

Her published plays include Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism, The

Selkie Wife, Jane's Thumb, and Charming and Rose: True Love, and her poetry

and essays have appeared in Grain, CVII, The Fiddlehead, and in a number of






Lookingglass, a new work in progress by Kelley Jo Burke, U of R, April 3-5


By Kelley Jo Burke

April 3-5, 7:30 PM

Shu-box Theatre, University of Regina

Those in the Regina area are invited to my new work in progress, Lookingglass, being staged by the 4th year graduating class of the University of Regina Theatre Department, directed by Kathryn Bracht.


Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism podcast


"Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism" the documentary airs Monday, Feb 20 at 12 noon on CBC Radio One across Canada

"Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism" the radio documentary, which combines elements from my performance of the play, Ducks on the Moon, with interviews with other parents, and experts in the field of autism and parenting, will air as a holiday special, Monday Feb 20 at 12 noon on CBC Radio One across Canada. 

The book Ducks on the Moon which has the full play, extended interviews from the documentary and photos from the production, is available at Hagios Press or here at,, or


Ducks at the Hayloft in Saskatoon, Tuesday November 15 at 7:30 pm.

For one night only, Kelley Jo Burke's  DUCKS ON THE MOON is at Saskatoon's Hayloft, with special musical guest Peter Katz.

Tuesday, November 15 at the Hayloft


Doors 7:00, Show at 7:30pm

401 27th Street West

Bring your own refreshments and an appetizer to share (if you choose)!

Tickets $20 at 

 PETER KATZ will also perform a few songs during the evening, including one inspired by Kelley Jo's play. It promises to be an unforgettable evening!
Kelley Jo Burke is a Regina-based award-winning playwright, performer, director, storyteller, documentarian, broadcaster, and mother of three. Her plays have been produced and published in Canada, and around the world, including: Ducks on the Moon (Hagios), The Selkie Wife (Scirocco), Jane’s Thumb (Signature), and Charming and Rose: True Love (Blizzard). She dramaturges, directs and produces for stage and radio and is the host/producer of CBC Saskatchewan’s radio arts performance hour SoundXchange. She was 2009 winner of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the 2009 City of Regina Writing Award, and the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting.