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Sharon Stearns

Discipline: Interdisciplinary, Theatre, Writing
Homebase: Dunster
Languages: English

I am a playwright, actor, dramaturge and producer. I've worked with theatre companies across Canada and also work as a freelance writer. My short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and my documentaries and radio plays have been produced by CBC Radio. As artistic producer of Wishbone Theatre Productions, I develop and produce new plays and musical events. Since 1997, I have taught theatre and creative writing, both privately and in the BC school system. Through ArtStarts, I offer artist residency programs in acting, collective theatre creation and creative writing. Member of Actors Equity, Playwrights Guild, BC Federation of Writers.


Testimonials

Sharon has been a guiding light for those engaged in the development of original Canadian drama and a tireless crusader for theatre arts in Canada. Sandra M. Nicholls, Associate Professor of Drama, University of Alberta

Project Examples

Creative Writing


Working with a specific theme (e.g. environmental, historical, cultural, social justice) I teach creative writing using journaling and storytelling techniques, themed writing exercises and writing games. Much of the focus in my creative writing programs is on developing characters and dramatic monologues.

Acting and Theatre Skills


Working with a specific theme (e.g. historical, social justice, cultural, environmental) I teach basic acting skills - how to develop characters and portray them on stage, body movement and expression, vocal skills, working collaboratively to create a story, storytelling and improvisation.

Collective Theatre Creation


A theme that resonates within the community (e.g. environmental, social justice, historical, cultural) is chosen and I work with the students guiding them to develop characters and story and shaping it into a structured dramatic form. The work is then presented to the school, family and outside community members.

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