JILL CONNELL

b. 1976
Nepean, Ontario, Canada

jill@itcouldstillhappen.com

 

EDUCATION

Playwriting Program (2011), National Theatre School of Canada – Montreal, QC

Master of Arts in English (2006), University of New Brunswick – Fredericton, NB

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Drama / Political Studies (1999), Queen’s University – Kingston, ON

 

SELECT PLAYS

The Supine Cobbler [2015] 80 min, 5 performers, published with Coach House Books [2017]

Arctic Ocean [2011] 100 min, 12 performers

Since Santino XXX [2010] 25 min, solo show

HROSES: An Affront to Reason / HROSES: Outrage à la raison [2009] 80 min, 2 performers

The Tall Building [2008] 80 min, 3 performers

 

PRODUCTIONS, IT COULD STILL HAPPEN

2018 HROSES: Outrage à la raison – Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Montreal *writer, director, producer

2017 HROSES: Outrage à la raison – Les Ateliers Jean Brillant, Montreal / WaterWorks, Toronto *writer, director, artistic producer

2015 The Supine Cobbler – Clay and Paper Industrial Space, Toronto *writer, director, co-producer

2015 The Tall Building – SummerWorks, Toronto *writer, director, co-producer

2014 Since Santino XXX – Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto. *writer, performer, directed by Katie Swift

 

OTHER SELECT PRODUCTIONS

2016 The Tall Building – Handsome Alice, Calgary, directed by Denise Clarke

2016 The Supine Cobbler – The Maggie Tree, Edmonton, directed by Vanessa Sabourin *four Sterling Nominations, including Outstanding Independent Production

2013 HROSES: An Affront to Reason – Mi Casa & Evolution Theatre, Ottawa, directed by Emily Pearlman *Rideau Awards for Best Director (Emily Pearlman), Best Actress (Katie Swift), and Best Sound Design (AL Connors)

2011 HROSES: An Affront to Reason – The Maggie Tree & Azimuth Theatre, Edmonton, directed by Vanessa Sabourin *Sterling Award for Outstanding Independent Production, Sterling Nomination for Outstanding New Play

2011 Arctic Ocean – New Words Festival, National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, directed by Denise Clarke

2009 The Tall Building – Azimuth Theatre, Edmonton, directed by Steve Pirot

2006 The Shark Tumour Collection – NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival, directed by Len Falkenstein

 

FILM

2016 Made of Things My Eyes Could See – It Could Still Happen Films, Toronto *writer, director, co-created and co-produced with Ishan Davé and Philip Nozuka

2015 Tuerto – it Could Still Happen Films, Toronto *writer, produced and directed by Ishan Davé

 

RELATED WORK

2011 Youth Facilitator – Mammalian Diving Reflex, Skagaströnd, Iceland. 

2009 Arts Mentor, Alberta’s Future Leaders – Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

2008 Youth Facilitator, High School Mentorship Program – Nextfest, Edmonton. 

2006 – 2008 Programmer – Theatre Alberta, Edmonton. Editor of Theatre Alberta’s quarterly magazine and Programmer of PlayWorks Ink.

2004 – 2006 Research Assistant in Modern Drama – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

2001 – 2003 Insight Theatre Coordinator – Planned Parenthood Ottawa. 

 

SELECT AWARDS

2017 Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Ontario Arts Council

2017 Shortlist – Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Award

2017 Nomination – John Hirsch Director’s Award, Ontario Arts Council

2016 Grant to Established Playwrights, Toronto Arts Council

2009 – 2017 Theatre Project (various), Canada Council for the Arts

2013 – 2017 Theatre Project (various), Ontario Arts Council

2013 – 2017 Theatre Project (various), Toronto Arts Council

2015 Contra Guys Award for New Performance Text, The Tall Building, SummerWorks Performance Festival

2013 Grant to Emerging Playwrights, Toronto Arts Council

2011 Sterling Nomination for Outstanding New Play, HROSES: An Affront to Reason

2010 Peter Dwyer Award, Canada Council for the Arts

2006 Lush Triumphant Fiction Contest, subTerrain Magazine

2004 Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

2004 Columnist of the Year, The Brunswickan

2004 Angela Ludan Levine Book Prize, University of New Brunswick

1999 J.C.W. Saxton Playwriting Award, Queen’s University

1991 High School Literary Trust Award, Ottawa Valley Book Festival

 

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

2018 Le Devoir, review, HROSES: Outrage à la raison

2018 ARP. media, review, HROSES: Outrage à la raison

2018 Jeu: Revue de Théâtre, HROSES: Outrage à la raison

2017 She Does the City, interview

2016 Vue Magazine, review, The Supine Cobbler

2016 Edmonton Journal, review, The Supine Cobbler

2015 The Theatre Reader, review, The Supine Cobbler

2015 Fat Girl Food Squad, interview

 

PUBLICATIONS

2017 The Supine Cobbler – a play, published by Coach House Books

2006 The Shark Tumour Collection, short story, subTerrain Magazine

2005 Cherry Ghost, blueprint for a ghost, The Neo-Comintern Magazine (issue 11)

2004 travels with carolyn, poem, The Fiddlehead (issue 220)