The Writers Group


THE WRITERS GROUP is a creative hub for emerging/established playwrights, offering a platform for artists to meet and discuss their work throughout the year alongside a dramaturg. Workshops of the new works in development are organized in collaboration with our Collective. At the end of the season, each playwright has a staged reading of a work in development.

Each writer has been paired with a dramaturge for our 2016/17 season. Reneltta Arluk, Lindsay Drummond and Kwasuun Vedan have been paired with each writer to meet with them once a month and facilitate two group sessions, witnessing the progress of their work throughout the year.

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          Our Dramaturges (from left to right): Lindsay Drummond, Reneltta Arluk, Kwasuun Vedan

Some of our writers will be featured in this year’s rEvolver Theatre Festival! Stay tuned for more details.

The Writers also attend group workshops with our interdisciplinary artist collective, the Urban Ink Collective, on a semi-monthly basis, learning the foundations of a variety of artistic disciplines such as monologue creation, clowning and performance.

Learn more about our fantastic writers below!

Angie Descalzi

angeladescalziAngie is incredibly excited and honoured to be part of Urban Ink’s Writer’s Group. Originally from Ecuador- South America, Angie came to Canada 11 years ago with the dream to create and work in theatre. In 2016 she took part in PTC’s Block A where her current work in progress Jumandi: Kichwa Warrior was born. She cannot wait to bring this story to life and give a voice and a platform to the indigenous stories of Ecuador. When she’s not writing, Angie works for the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Theatre Wire, and has a ton of fun producing plays with her pals at Hardline Productions. Muchas gracias to Urban Ink for such an incredible opportunity! 

Sarah Hager

img_8607Sarah Hager (Metis/Cree) is a Vancouver-based director, writer and editor. She has worked extensively on First Nations productions, most recently as an editor for the CBC-televised documentary Truth, Dance and Reconciliation, and as a screenwriter for the upcoming APTN kid’s series Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show. After graduating from Capilano University’s Motion Picture Arts program in 2010, Hager went on to intern at The National Film Board and Urban Ink Productions. She then worked on several APTN television series, including Tiga Talk and Down2Earth. In 2013 she was selected as a participant for the the inaugural WFF Aboriginal Filmmaker’s Fellowship, and was mentored by a number of prominent Indigenous creative talents, including Tantoo Cardinal, Marie Clements and Sundance Institute’s N. Bird Runningwater. Hager is currently working as a writer for InFocus Film School as well as a freelance editor. She also produces and hosts the comedic D&D podcast Adventure.exe

Brenda Prince

final-headBrenda Prince, AKA, Middle of the Sky Woman, is an Anishinabe-Ikwe from the middle of Turtle Island. Born and raised in Winnipeg, this Bear Clan member has made her home in Vancouver, BC since 1983. She is a graduate from the Creative Writing Program at UBC. Brenda enjoys travelling and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She is honoured to be part of BOLDSCRIPT for the second time.

Kamila Sediego

ns-headshotKamila is very happy and excited to return to the Writers’ Group for a second year. Born and raised in Vancouver to Filipino parents, Kamila’s work explores the duality of her first-generation cultural identity, the incredible importance of family, and the richness of her Filipino heritage. She is a graduate of Langara’s Film Arts program, and has a Creative Writing BFA from UBC. She was Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s 2015 MSG Theatre Lab finalist, is a member of Boca del Lupo’s 3.7% Initiative, and is Urban Ink’s newest Artist in Residence. 

Hanna Waswa

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