Meet our CCTA 2019 Playwrights!

They come from every inhabited continent on the globe, represent several cultures and Indigenous nations, are from industrialized and developing countries, urban and rural areas, and range in age from early 20s to mid 60s. Some are from low-lying island nations threatened by sea level rise, others are from countries facing severe heatwaves, floods, or droughts. Some are recent migrants, some inhabit the country their ancestors chose or were brought to, and many live on and fiercely protect the land where they were born.

These 50 diverse and talented playwrights were commissioned to each write a 5-minute play based on the theme “Lighting the Way.” They are:

Hassan Abdulrazzak Elaine Ávila Chantal Bilodeau Yolanda Bonnell Philip Braithwaite Damon Chua Paula Cizmar Hanna Cormick Derek Davidson Martin Domecq, translated by Elizabeth Doud Sunny Drake Clare Duffy Brian Dykstra Alister Emerson Georgina Escobar David Finnigan David Geary Nelson Gray Jordan Hall Kamil Haque Monica Hoth, translated by Georgina Escobar Zainabu Jallo Vinicius Jatobá Vitor Jatobá Marcia Johnson MaryAnn Karanja Andrea Lepcio Joan Lipkin Philip Luswata Abhishek Majumdar Julie McKee Giovanni Ortega Mary Kathryn Nagle Lana Nasser Yvette Nolan Matthew Paul Olmos Corey Payette Katie Pearl Shy Richardson  & Karina Yager Kiana Rivera Madeline Sayet Stephen Sewell Lena Šimic with Neal & Sid Anderson Caridad Svich Elspeth Tilley Peterson Toscano Mike van Graan Meaza Worku Marcus Youssef Nathan Yungerberg