Shivering Songs

Karen Bassett

Karen Bassett is an actor, writer, director, and improviser working in the professional theatre for the past fifteen years. Karen’s writing skills evolved over a decade of intensive training in improvisation, both short, comedic form, and long, multiple themed form with the dynamic physical theatre company the Irondale Ensemble Project, where she co-wrote and performed in dozens of new theatre productions. As an actor, Karen has also performed for Neptune Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Eastern Front Theatre, 2b Theatre, Ship’s Company Theatre, and Mulgrave Road Theatre where she was nominated in 2007 for a Merritt award for outstanding performance in their last production of By the Dark of the Moon. As an independent playwright , Karen has written two plays, Thrive (produced at Eastern Front Theatre in 2005) and Heroine (produced at the BusStop Theatre in May 2010). Thrive received a Merritt nomination for Best New Play in 2005. Her quick rhythm, and sense of irony personalizes her writing style. Her latest play, Heroine, has been honed in the past year through several workshops, dramaturges, and readings with the Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre, where she served on the board for five years. Heroine features extensive stage combat sequences, which initiated a mentoring relationship with fight master Robert Seale, effectively influencing the characters’ dialogue. Reviews said of Heroine “Karen Bassett’s riveting play…” , “…an exciting unfolding story…” – Elissa Bernard, the Chronicle Herald;”Heroine is a taut, well crafted piece of theatre…” – Jeremy Webb, the Chronicle Herald; “…a well told story filled with bawdy humour and beautifully executed sword fighting..” – Kate Watson, the Coast.

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