Renowned Canadian playwright Rick Chafe is the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence

Rick Chafe, Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence 2016

Rick Chafe, Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence 2016

The Department of English and the Department of Theatre and Film at The University of Winnipeg are proud to announce the award-winning Winnipeg playwright Rick Chafe as the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence for 2016. Chafe’s newest play, Marriage: a Demolition in Two Acts, will premiere at Prairie Theatre Exchange in March 2016.

Starting on January 11th, 2016, Chafe will have an office (2A45) in the English department where writers and emerging writers in the community can meet with him for a free consultation about their writing. You may contact him by email at, or phone 204-789-1476.

He will also be featured in public events in the new year, including a reading from his works and the annual Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Lecture.

Chafe’s plays have been produced by theatre companies across Canada, including The National Arts Centre, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Persephone Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Projects Manitoba, and Shakespeare in the Ruins.

His plays include The Secret Mask, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama and winner of the first Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Dog, The Odyssey, Beowulf, Zac and Speth, and the musical Strike! (co-written with Danny Schur). Rick also writes for film and television.

The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program at The University of Winnipeg was made possible by a generous donation from the Shields family. The program’s name honours the memory of Carol Shields, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2000. At Convocations, our students and their families were privileged to hear her wise and beautifully-crafted addresses to the graduands. Carol was also a generous mentor to emerging writers, so this program is a fitting tribute to her. As former UW President Dr. Lloyd Axworthy has said, “Carol was enormously committed to cultivating young writers. Through the thoughtfulness and generosity that the Shields family has shown to the University, opportunities have been created for many more people and emerging writers to discover their creative voices.” As we welcome Rick Chafe to campus, we are proud and grateful to be celebrating our eleventh year of the residency.

Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Paterson, Chandra Mayor and Jennifer Still.


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