March 16, 2020


Waterloo Train Station

Marshall Ward and Sara Geidlinger
interview Kristen SHepherd and Deanna Kruger

Welcome to Bonn Park, where podcast hosts Marshall Ward and Sara Geidlinger chat in-depth with fascinating people living, working, and creating in Waterloo Region – an area known as the “creative capital of Canada.”

Marshall and Sara will be interviewing two Femme Ontario Arts Council Playwrights in Residence, Deanna Kruger and Kristin Shepherd.

A playwright and actor from North Bay, Ontario, Kristin Shepherd is 2020’s Pat the Dog OAC Playwright in Residence. She was a nominee for the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize in 2019. Kristin’s first play, $38,000 For A Friendly Face, won the 2007 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights’ Contest. It has been produced more than a dozen times in Canada and the US. Hope Op, a comedy about yoga, crime and women’s anger premieres in Kitchener, March 2020, the first production of Regional Women Co-op Collective, di-rected by Heather Davies. Curved, a dark comedy about about sex, dying, and finding a voice in the world, won at the QUONTA Festival in 2017. It was presented at Play Smelter in 2015, and at the Women’s Work Festival in St. John’s in 2017. Kristin has had generous and invaluable support from the Arts Council of Ontario and from Lisa O’Connell (dramaturg) and Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.

Deanna Kruger is the 2019 Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council Playwright-in-Residence at Pat the Dog Theatre Creation. She received second prize in the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada’s RBC Emerging Playwright Award for The Sword-Bearers. Deanna is an alumnus of two playwright units: Pat the Dog’s The Women’s Room (2017-19) and Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip(2016-17). Her plays have been staged in Guelph, Toronto, and Vancouver. In 2019-2020, she will return to Pat the Dog’s The Women’s Room as facilitator and playwright mentor. Deanna lives and writes in Guelph, Ontario.