Entries in kelley jo burke (41)

Wednesday
Nov222017

Award-winning "Best New Musical in Production" Us, world premiere at the Regina Globe Theatre selling out fast

Monday
Nov062017

Online Scriptwriting Course THEA 215 AE open for registration

So pleased to announce this!  My online scriptwriting course, first offered in 2017, Theatre 215AE, will be available again through URegina Media Arts and Performance (MAP)--starting Winter 2018. It combines on-line at-home work with three live-on-video writers' workshops, and individual consultation and dramaturgy with me. It's gonna be fun! 

Monday
Oct302017

"Us" by J. Straker and yours truly WINS Stage​ ​West​ ​Pechet​ ​Family​ ​New Canadian Musical​ ​Award

Straybird Productions
Regina, Saskatchewan
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2017
Contact: Kelley Jo Burke: 306-596-0757/kelley.jo@sasktel.net or
Jeffery Straker: 416-882-0992/jeffstraker88@rogers.com
New Canadian Musical, “Us” by Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker
Announced as winner of the Playwrights Guild of Canada
“Stage West Pechet Musical Award”
at the 2017 “Tom Hendry Awards” Gala
TORONTO, ON—The Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) has awarded the new Canadian musical “Us” by Kelley
Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker with the “Stage West Pechet Musical Award” at the annual Tom Hendry Awards.
The award is presented annually to a PGC-member recognizing the best new Canadian musical in development.
Co-created by playwright Kelley Jo Burke (book) and singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker (score) of Regina,
Saskatchewan, the duo is thrilled to be receiving the recognition from the PGC as well as the $5000 prize. Their
new work is already part of the current season at The Globe Theatre (Regina, Saskatchewan) where a main
stage production run is scheduled for February 28 – March 18, 2018.
Kelley Jo Burke was present in Toronto to receive the award at The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto remarking:
“Thank you to- The Sask Arts Board, Sask Playwrights Centre, Roberta McKay and Elmer Brennan, the Centre for
New Play Development at the U of R, and a huge thanks to Ruth Smilie and the Globe Theatre in Regina who will
give our show its premiere stage in March, and to our director Val Pearson for her faith in the project. But my
hugest thanks must go to the staff, volunteers, and above all the campers of Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan and
Alberta—Canada’s leadership retreat for gender and sexually diverse youth—because they are warriors—and
this project would have been wholly impossible for Jeff and I without the gift of their voices, and the gift of their
inclusion of us.
The new musical is set at a summer camp for LGBTQ youth and is an exploration and celebration of the search
for identity amongst a wonderfully diverse group of young people. The creation team has been writing and
developing the piece for the past 2.5 years.
The ‘Stage West Pechet Musical’ award is sponsored by the PGC and Stage West Restaurants. Past recipients
include: ‘Come from Away’(2013), ‘Onegin’ (2014), 33 1/3 (2015), Prom Queen (2016).
For more information regarding the co-creators, refer to contact info at top of this release.
For more information regarding the 2018 production of “Us” at Regina’s Globe Theatre:
http://globetheatrelive.com/plays/1718-mainstage/us
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Thursday
Jun012017

It happened! And it's available for streaming now! Bringing Up Furbaby!

My new documentary is live on the CBC IDEAS website--click in to stream it anytime!

 

 http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/bringing-up-furbaby-the-evolution-from-family-pet-to-pet-family-1.4136659

Sunday
Apr232017

CNFC/CARTE BLANCHE 2017 CONTEST SHORTLIST REVEALED! and I'm on it....

Holee! Who knew?

Just look at this! And watch a video of me reading an excerpt for the conference celebration!

 

 THE CNFC AND CARTE BLANCHE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR 2016–2017 CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST SHORTLIST.

The winner will be announced on May 5 in Vancouver, BC at the 13th annual CNFC conference.

The shortlist was selected by contest judge, Andreas Schroeder.

“To the Lighthouse,” by Kelley Jo Burke

 

Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning drama and nonfiction writer, and writing teacher.  Her musical Us premieres March 2018 at Regina’s Globe Theatre, and “Bringing Up Fur Baby” (CBC Radio’s IDEAS) airs May 2017.

 

 

“The Unicycle in My Garage,” by Barb Howard

 

Barb Howard has published  three novels and one collection of short fiction. She has recently started to explore the amazing and difficult process of writing creative nonfiction.

 

 

 

“A Chaotic Jumble of Infinite Possibility” by Joshua Levy

 

Joshua Levy is a frequent storyteller on CBC Radio and recently received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write a memoir. He splits his time between Montreal, Toronto, and Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Congratulations to our three finalists and thank you to everyone who participated!