New Play Development Series
At Home Theatre, we are committed to producing new work by emerging Canadian playwrights. Originally we intended to choose an emerging playwright from our submissions and present their work live, however, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to uncertainty around when we would be able to actually present the work. To deal with this, we decided to choose not one, but three, promising new playwrights and assist them in developing their work for public presentation. With the assistance of our two playwrights and dramaturgs, Steven Greenwood and Lucas Amato, these three artists have been working on developing their plays since September 2020. We are so excited with what the works are becoming. Scroll down to meet our playwrights!
Carlos (Vitta) Morales
Carlos (Vitta) Morales is a Montreal based musician and playwright. Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Vitta moved to Montreal to attend the Schulich School of Music where he graduated with a concentration in jazz drumming. During his studies, Vitta started to develop an affinity for theatre and would go on to write his most notable play to date: Brunch! The Musical. This original musical comedy was staged twice in 2018, having participated in the Mcgill Drama Festival and Halifax Fringe Festival; the performances were described as “vibrant” by the Mcgill Tribune, and “fun and energized” by The Coast. Vitta tries to incorporate his drumming into his plays by making a point to showcase the more “musical” side of dialogue; always striving to be conscious of its rhythmic aspects. Vitta continues to develop and workshop new scripts but outside of playwriting, much of his time is spent bandleading and writing for the surf rock band King Lobster Krew, and working as a music rights administration consultant for various clients.
Paul Drotos is a 24-year-old Canadian improviser by trade that was told by his drama teacher not to pursue improv. He wrote Grow Up after being told that without a background in proper drama or writing, it would be hard for him to successfully write a play. Paul is, incidentally, terrible at listening to people.
Emily is originally from B.C. and has spent the last three and a half years pursuing a Cultural Studies degree at McGill. A lover of fiction in all its forms, she owes her love of theatre in particular to her fourth grade production of Charlotte’s Web. Since then she has worked on both the technical and creative sides of numerous productions throughout high school and university (some highlights include: Spring Awakening, The Wizard of Oz, and Jack and the Beanstalk: A Christmas Pantomime). Potion Ethics is the first play she has successfully completed as a solo playwright. In the past she has worked collaboratively on an original production entitled Grimm is the New Black (Penticton Secondary School 2015), as well as on some original comedy sketches, short films, and of course some non-sensical plays she wrote with her brothers as a child on family vacations. She is the author of many poems and unfinished novels that very few people have seen and is beyond grateful for the opportunity Home Theatre has provided for her to grow as a writer and to share some of her work with a wider audience.