Alison Lawrence – Co-Producer
Alison is a writer and actor. Her plays include The Thing Between Us, which premiered at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace and was subsequently shortlisted for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt Award; Piece by Piece, which premiered at the Next Stage Festival in 2015 and as part of the New American Voices series at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End; and The Catering Queen, which had two sold-out, critically acclaimed runs: first at the Toronto Fringe winning Pick of the Fringe and NOW Magazine’s Outstanding New Play of the Fringe, and in an independent production at the Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space. The Catering Queen was published by Scirocco Drama in the fall of 2011.
Alison’s other work includes And All For Love, which premiered at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and bittergirl, co-authored with Annabel Fitzsimmons and Mary Francis Moore, (also published by Scirocco Drama) which has had sold-out runs in Toronto, in theatres across Canada and in London, England. The bittergirls also co-wrote the self-help guide Bittergirl: Getting Over Getting Dumped, published by Penguin Canada, Plume U.S. and in Brazil. Bittergirl: the musical premiered at the Charlottetown Festival in 2015 to sold-out houses and is playing at theatres across Canada.
As an actor, Alison starred in her own plays The Catering Queen and bittergirl; she has also been seen in Studio 180’s production of The Laramie Project, in Top Gun! The Musical at the Toronto Fringe, Toronto's Factory Theatre and also at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and in many productions across Ontario in theatres from Thunder Bay to Morrisburg. Alison has also written personal essays for The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and The National Post. She is currently writing a new comedy, Close to Home, for the Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover, and she has a new play The Right in development with Studio 180 in Toronto.
Mary Francis Moore – Co-Producer
Mary Francis is an award-winning writer, actor and director. She is the director of the international touring production of You Fancy Yourself and its critically acclaimed sequel The Cure For Everything, and recently co-created and directed the Dora Award-winning One Thing Leads To Another for Young People's Theatre in Toronto. Mary Francis is the Associate Artistic Director at the Confederation Centre for the Arts/The Charlottetown Festival. She created 2017's acclaimed The Dream Catchers for The Charlottetown Festival, and will direct On the Road with Dutch Mason for the Festival in 2018. She is also the curator of Harbourfront Centre's Junior - Big Thoughts for Growing Minds, 2018.
Mary Francis and Alison and Annabel Fitzsimmons are the creators of the hit play, book and musical bittergirl. Bittergirl - the Musical played at theatres across the country in 2016 - 2017 from Vancouver's Arts Club to a return engagement at the Charlottetown Festival's Mackenzie Theatre.