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Alison is an emerging playwright originally from Cape Breton, where she co-wrote her first play with six of her friends: an absolutely awful post-apocalyptic script entitled 7 Remain. Her only excuse is that she was thirteen. Despite this rather unfortunate and retrospectively a hilarious script, Alison wound up discovering her interest in writing.
Alison is currently based in Halifax and works as a lighting designer, stage manager, and very occasionally as a performer and director. She was the lighting designer for the inaugural year of the RBC Chrysalis Project ( Lo [Or Dear Mr. Wells], The Colour Purple) and is the resident lighting designer for Matchstick Theatre. She has also recently worked as an assistant stage manager on Peter Pan and Cinderella (Neptune Theatre) and directed a new musical ( See Jane Run, Highland Arts Theatre). In her spare time, she has previously written plays about death, shadows, and/or pet fish.
Neptune Theatre’s commitment to supporting emerging artists and cultivating an open environment within their doors is perfectly demonstrated in their new INKubator Project. As their first participant, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication this project holds to best serve the individual project and participant chosen. When I was selected for this program, I expressed where I felt my experience was lacking, and Annie Valentina made sure to tailor the process around what would most benefit me in those areas. We worked together to create a plan, and that customization made me realize exactly how supportive this program was going to be, which it has upheld at every stage of the process.
This program made it possible for me to take part in the Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre’s 2020 Writing Retreat, which took place online due to the restrictions on travel and gathering at the time. This connected me with other playwrights at varying stages in their careers and experience, with other dramaturges, and with a network of support that I can access in the future. The opportunity to have readings and workshops with professional actors, as I have through INKubator itself along with the PARC retreat, cannot be overestimated; it completely shifted the way I saw my script and, on a larger scale, the way I understand my voice as a playwright.
While the project I applied with truly would not exist without this program, INKubator has offered more than the opportunity to develop one script. It has provided me with the chance to learn from numerous established artists, better understand the process of new play development, and has left me with knowledge that will continue to affect any future projects I want to tackle. I am extremely grateful for every minute I have spent in Annie’s office or in a rehearsal hall at Neptune or on Zoom calls with various artists, just as I will be grateful to be presenting my work in its current stage of development in April. Additionally, I am grateful that I will be walking away from this program a better playwright and artist, giving me the tools to continue to develop my own work going forward.
- Alison Crosby