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 Richie Wilcox. This season, the Shipwright Sessions, which are free to the public and entirely online, will feature Santiago Guzman, Sharon King-Campbell, and Jiv Parasram. 

Santiago Guzmán (he/him/they) is a writer, performer, director and dramaturge originally from Metepec, Mexico, now based in St. John’s, NL. He is the Artistic Director of TODOS Productions, the Artistic Associate for Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and General Manager for Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s, NL.
Santiago’s work aims to put local, under-represented narratives and characters on the frontlines, whilst inviting audiences to appreciate the vibrancy of Newfoundland and Labrador from a diverse perspective.
He is a member of Playwrights Canada Press’s inaugural editorial committee.
Santiago’s work is very gay, very brown, and very real. Santiago believes that representation matters.

Sharon King-Campbell is a theatre and literary artist based in Ktaqmkuk, colonially known as Newfoundland. She is a playwright, actor, director, producer and scholar with a passion for the connective and change-making power of theatre. Sharon was the 2017 recipient of the Rhonda Payne Award, was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2020, and is a three-time winner of the Arts & Letters Awards in fiction, dramatic script and poetry. Her collection of poetry, This Is How It Is, was published in 2021. Sharon holds a BFA Theatre and a MA English from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is currently pursuing her PhD.

Jivesh Parasram (He/Him/His) is an award winning multidisciplinary artist, community activator, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has played across Canada, and Internationally.

Jiv grew up in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and has developed most of his artistic work between T’karón:to (Toronto) and the Unceded Coast Salish Territories  (Vancouver). In 2009 he co-founded the award winning collective Pandemic Theatre, and currently holds the position of Artistic Director for Rumble Theatre. His play “Take d Milk, Nah?” was recently nominated for the Governor General’s literary awards and is available from Playwrights Canada Press. Most recently his project “The Only Good Indian” – a collaboration with Pandemic Theatre was published by Scirocco Drama.

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The Ship’s Company Theatre wants to recognize that we are located within Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral homeland of the Mi’kmaq people. These territories are covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship”, and these treaties did not deal with the surrender of these lands or their resources but instead recognized Mi’kmaq title and stewardship and established rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship.


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