Masstown Market Shipwright Sessions

From published dramatic poetry to still-in-development musicals, the Shipwright Sessions give you the opportunity to hear excerpts of these works from the playwright themselves combined with an up-close look at the writer through mini-interviews led by Ship’s artistic director, Laura Vingoe-Cram. This season, the Shipwright Sessions, which are free to the public and entirely online, will feature Lisa Nasson, Melissa Mullen and our 2023 Shipwright Resident, Trisha Dhar Malik. 

Lisa is an actor, director and playwright from Millbrook First Nation in Mi’kma’ki Territory. She studied acting at George Brown College and was selected to train in Classical Theatre at Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory. She values her younger years as a touring actor across Canada, which has been a significant attribute to her training. Lisa has also been an arts educator, and has taught theatre and acting performance at the Neptune Theatre School and Young Peoples Theatre. In 2019, she was the Associate Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts with the guidance of the incomparable Keith Barker. She was nominated for a Halifax Merit Award for Best New Play on her collaboration with Xara Choral Theatre’s Rings Through Water. Her newest play, titled Mischief just wrapped up touring to schools across Ontario with Roseneath Theatre, as well as Neptune Theatre in Halifax. Lisa is also a director, and her most recent works include In a little plastic bag, in a tiny jar, on a mantel in the house written by Keith Barker with Stratfest@home (Stratford Festival), and Mischief with Roseneath Theatre. Her audio-play titled The Heartbeat of Poor Tom was selected to screen at the imagineNATIVE festival in 2021, as well as in the Mayworks Festival. Lisa is currently writing her first full-length play, and can’t wait to continue sharing her stories.

Melissa is a PEI based playwright, actor, director and farmer; and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Her first play, Rough Waters, was developed with assistance from PARC and produced by Neptune Theatre and TheatrePEI. Her second play, Flight, was winner of the PEI New Voices playwrighting competition. She has co-written several plays with husband Rob MacLean, including the short piece Dear Mr. Keith for Theatre Yes and Magnetic North, a stage adaptation of Sir Andrew Macphail’s The Master’s Wife, (PEI Heritage award winner), and The Man Who Saved the Songs (a tribute to esteemed folklorist Edward ‘Sandy’ Ives). Melissa and Rob were co-recipients of the 2020 PEI Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts award. Her most recent stage play, Still Dancing, was developed with assistance from PARC during the 2021 PARC Playwrights’ Retreat; and was part of the first PEI Fresh From the Island Festival that fall. She has since adapted Still Dancing as a feature film script.

Trisha Malik is a theatre artist and writer from Mumbai, India, currently based out of Kjipuktuk. Recently, she produced and starred in a show she wrote, “Water, Baby!” that premiered at The Bus Stop Theatre this April. She also just graduated with a combined honours in English and Creative Writing. When she is not reading, writing, travelling or acting, you will find her sipping on sweet caffeinated beverages and wondering about love and many such things—and she would love to have a conversation with you about nothing in particular.

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