Interview Archive

Illustration of a hand holding leaves and a small animal approaching the leaves. The background is green.

Who is Belle Island? Billie Kearns and Jill Glatt on Being Local

  • Artist
  • Interview

What began as a mutual admiration between neighbours has blossomed into a collaboration across artistic disciplines. Spoken word poet and storyteller Billie Kearns and visual artist and educator Jill Glatt often run into each other on neighbourhood walks in the Inner Harbour. This fall, they’ve teamed up to present Storytelling and the Land: Who is Belle Island?, a public workshop in preparation for their upcoming exhibition at the Agnes Etherington […]

Read More About Who is Belle Island? Billie Kearns and Jill Glatt on Being Local
Photo of Aara Macauley smiling and holding a microphone.

Beyond Books: Kingston WritersFest 2023 is ‘Unbound’

  • Artist
  • Interview
  • Writersfest

Like red-tinged leaves, flannel shirts, and droves of students lining up for lattes, Kingston WritersFest has been a fixture in the autumn landscape for as long as I’ve lived in the Limestone City. This week, I sat down with Artistic Director Aara Macauley to discuss this year’s theme—Unbound—and to learn how the festival, which runs from September 27th to October 1st, plans to connect Kingstonians with literature beyond the printed […]

Read More About Beyond Books: Kingston WritersFest 2023 is ‘Unbound’
Headshot of Michael Broadhead

Raising the Bar: Music and Labour with Michael Broadhead

  • Artist
  • Interview

If you’ve been to a handful of Kingston’s jazz nights, indie shows, musical theatre productions, or music festivals in the past decade, chances are you’ve heard Michael Broadhead on the upright or electric bass. In the wake of the Labour Day long weekend, I met up with Broadhead to talk about music, labour, and how performing artists can support one another in Kingston’s arts scene.  This interview has been edited […]

Read More About Raising the Bar: Music and Labour with Michael Broadhead
Alex Boese rehearsing 'Birthmarks' Photo is in black and white.

Alex Boese and Michael Catlin Talk ‘Birthmarks’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Interview
  • Theatre Kingston

Recently, I had a chance to sit down with performer Alex Boese and director Michael Catlin to chat about their upcoming play Birthmarks, which will be playing at Kingston Fringe. The play was written by Canadian playwright Alexandria Haber and follows Alex’s character, Kate. Birthmarks follows Kate as she tries to get over a tragic loss in her life while also trying to reconcile the relationship with her mother whom […]

Read More About Alex Boese and Michael Catlin Talk ‘Birthmarks’
Photo of Jesse Vriend.

The Vape Pen is Mightier Than the Sword: Mythical Ponderings with Jesse Vriend

  • Artist
  • Interview

Myths, musicals, Marvel movies, and the Mabinogion: Jesse Vriend is in pondering mode, and I’m along for the ride. It’s a Monday afternoon in early July and we’re sitting at Mallo, a café on Bathurst with ribbons of neon lights on the ceiling and a cute little cactus on the table.  I met Vriend in 2017 through a creative writing course at Queen’s. For a semester, I took great joy […]

Read More About The Vape Pen is Mightier Than the Sword: Mythical Ponderings with Jesse Vriend
Photo of Nam Nguyen.

Playwright & Lyricist Nam Nguyen Talks ‘CAEZUS’ and ‘A Perfect Bowl of Pho’

  • Artist
  • Interview
  • Kick & Push Festival

On my first day in Toronto, I lugged my suitcase along Dundas and sat down at Oxtail Pho to chat with playwright and lyricist Nam Nguyen. Nguyen’s musical A Perfect Bowl of Pho (book and lyrics by Nguyen, music by Wilfred Moeschter) premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2022 and is coming to the Kick & Push Festival this August.  In the meantime, his new show CAEZUS (music by […]

Read More About Playwright & Lyricist Nam Nguyen Talks ‘CAEZUS’ and ‘A Perfect Bowl of Pho’
Photo of Sarah Waisvisz typing on her laptop while holding a baby.

Work that Matters: An Interview with Sarah Waisvisz

  • Artist
  • Interview

Sarah Waisvisz is a playwright, dramaturge, multi-disciplinary performer, and professor at the Dan School of Drama and Music. Her plays include Monstrous, a solo script about the Afro-Caribbean-diaspora experience and mixed-race identity, and Heartlines, a two-act play about queer-Jewish activists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. I reached Waisvisz over Zoom recently for a short but lively conversation. We spoke about her upcoming play Double Helix, her work as a professor, […]

Read More About Work that Matters: An Interview with Sarah Waisvisz
Photo of Leslie Arden sitting at a piano and laughing.

“I just sat there mesmerized”: Leslie Arden on Musical Theatre

  • Artist
  • Interview
  • Watershed Festival

Leslie Arden is a renowned Canadian composer, lyricist, and librettist. In 2019, she was commissioned to write a new musical, The Lancashire Lass, for the DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. First shown in an online preview in 2021, and then in concert in 2022, The Lancashire Lass is having its fully staged debut at this year’s Watershed Festival on May 26th and 27th at the Kingston […]

Read More About “I just sat there mesmerized”: Leslie Arden on Musical Theatre

Part Two: Playwrights’ Circle with Sarah Emtage & Shannon Kingston

  • Artist
  • Interview

This conversation with Sarah Emtage and Shannon Kingston is the second installment of a two-part interview. To learn more about these playwrights and read the beginning of the interview, click here. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  Something that I found interesting about Shortwave 2022 is that the three of us—quite coincidentally, I swear this is the first time we’re sitting down as a group—had similar threads […]

Read More About Part Two: Playwrights’ Circle with Sarah Emtage & Shannon Kingston

Part One: Playwrights’ Circle with Sarah Emtage & Shannon Kingston

  • Artist
  • Interview
  • Shortwave Radio Theatre Festival
  • Storefront Fringe Festival

Sarah Emtage is a poet, playwright, sculptor, and library technician in Kingston. She is the author of the radio play The Sound Castle (2020) and its two-part sequel, Jabberwocky and The Listeners (2022), which were produced for the Shortwave Theatre Festival. Shannon Kingston is a Kingston-born playwright currently studying children’s media at Centennial College. Her radio play Garden Of Edith (2022) was produced for the Shortwave Festival, and her previous […]

Read More About Part One: Playwrights’ Circle with Sarah Emtage & Shannon Kingston
Photo of Arden Rogalsky holding their pink book titled, 'FREAK FAIRY TALES.'

Master of Mixed Emotions: Princess Towers’ ‘Freak Fairy Tales’

  • Artist
  • Interview

“I’ve never felt comfortable performing anything super direct, like a normal love song. But a song about an inanimate object can find an oblique way into real feelings. These songs take very minor things and put them in big, mythical terms. I like that challenge—what’s the smallest thing you can write about and still make it compelling?” This is Arden Rogalsky, songwriter and lead performer of Kingston folk-rock collective Princess […]

Read More About Master of Mixed Emotions: Princess Towers’ ‘Freak Fairy Tales’
Photo of Rosemary Doyle.

“Like having a perfect conversation,” Rosemary Doyle on Playwriting

  • Artist
  • Interview
  • Theatre Kingston

Last weekend, I sat down with playwright Rosemary Doyle to learn about her writing process. We were joined at the kitchen table by a vivacious three-year-old who had endless questions for me (who am I, why did I ring the doorbell, why does my skirt have sparkles, can I twirl, can I watch her twirl, too?!). Faced with this hard-hitting preschool journalism, my conversation with Doyle was conducted in quick […]

Read More About “Like having a perfect conversation,” Rosemary Doyle on Playwriting