The Women’s Room
The Women’s Room is the first and only female playwright’s unit in the Waterloo Region. It is a collaboration between Pat the Dog Theatre Creation and Sonderlust.
Inspired by Wives Tales, The Women’s Room was created by PTD as a response to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that found the Waterloo Region to be the worst place in Canada to live & work as a woman. We believe that equal pay, safety, health, and eduction for women can only be achieved by valuing women’s needs, contributions, and stories.
The Women’s Room began in November 2016, and you can catch readings of the seven participants’ works-in-progress June 27th, 28th & 29th at edna’s.
The 2016/2017 Participants
Cassidy Hicks is a feminist playwright and actor currently living and working in London, ON. She is a founding member of OPIA Theatre Collective (www.opiatheatrecollective.ca), a new company focused on the development of new Canadian feminist work. Following her training at the University of Windsor, Cassidy has had three of her plays produced including Fish Wish (Flush Ink Productions), Fermata (Purple Theatre & OPIA Theatre Collective), and Widow’s Wedding Dress (OPIA Theatre Collective), for which she received the 2016 Brickenden Award for Outstanding Original Script. Currently, Cassidy is the producer for OPIA’s upcoming project, Dark Crop, Ontario’s first annual nocturnal performance festival. She loves pie, tattoos, and reading a good play, in no particular order, but preferably all at once.
What Cassidy’s working on in The Women’s Room:
It’s not up to us what parts of our childhood grab the hems of our dresses and ride into adulthood. The Attic is about the girls who grow up, and the girls who don’t.
Erika Reesor enjoys creating theatre that has its roots in feminism and social justice. Outside of The Women’s Room, Erika is very excited to develop Snow Queen with Opia Theatre Collective as part of their 2018 season.
What Erika’s working on in The Women’s Room:
THE MENNO PLAY
Elsa is struggling with her attraction to Miriam. How will this affect her marriage, her children and her faith? And how will the church respond to this situation?
Christina Hamid graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree where she studied Theatre and Playwriting. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education degree at Western University, where she specialized in English and Drama. Christina has also interned at The Playwright’s Guild of Canada. She is currently pursuing a career in teaching and playwriting. One of her original plays has been short listed for the Wildfire Playwriting Competition in Calgary. Christina has taught dance classes for nine years and is trained in Jazz, Ballet and Tap. She is currently working as a background actor for movies and television shows. Christina writes and directs children’s theatre for The Milton Centre for the Arts, her play The Curious Case of The 18 Witnesses was staged in March 2017 and she is currently writing two plays for their summer program.
What Christina’s working on in The Women’s Room:
THIS SIDE UP
Two roommates throw an office party at their house. When one of the female guests gets killed shortly after leaving the party, both roommates feel responsible for her death. What will happen when the doorbell rings and the ghost of the woman they killed returns to their house?
Natalie Jachimowicz is an aspiring playwright and writer. She is currently going into her fourth year at the University of Guelph majoring in Theatre Studies, minoring in English and Creative Writing. She’s studied under Sky Gilbert and Ed Roy for playwriting and acting. She is also trained in vocals and classical guitar. She has performed with the KW Youth Theatre in the production of The Elephant Man and has acted in many student run plays. She plans to expand her experiences while continuing her education and learning more about theatre work outside of school, like in the fantastic and lovely playwriting troupe, The Women’s Room.
What Natalie’s working on in The Women’s Room:
A mother and daughter are struggling to cope with abuse. One copes with a slow death and the other copes with a new life.
Kira Meyers-Guiden is a recent grad from University of Toronto and Sheridan Collegeʼs joint acting program. She is a queer feminist who believes that we can change the world through the expression of art. Recent acting credits include: Mina in Letting Go (West End Studio Theatre), Hetty in Overtones (Beck Festival), Mrs. Plumm in Uncommon Women and Others (Theatre Erindale), Juliet in Occupy Verona: Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Erindale). Recent writing and collaborative credits include: Futch/Bemme (Gay Play Day), The Massey Murder (Theatre Erindale). In addition to her writing and acting, Kira is also a proud fur-mom, YouTube enthusiast and barista extraordinaire. Catch her and Erika’s collaborative piece in Opia Theatre Collectiveʼs Dark Crop Festival Aug 5-6!
What Kira’s working on in The Women’s Room:
As Sam is reeling from a death, she finds comfort in a stranger, Ingrid. This is a story about loss, the art of play, guilt and acceptance.
Intisar Awisse is a writer and editor living in Waterloo, ON. She studied english and publishing and is now a freelance editor working for various publishers. Currently, she is working on a play, A Night in Beledweyne, about the failed Canadian peacekeeping mission to Somalia in 1993. When she’s not editing books or writing plays, Intisar spends her time with her young son, building entire worlds out of blocks.
What Intisar’s working on for The Women’s Room:
Zara must travel to her ancestral home to collect her father’s remains. The only person standing in her way is Rue, a stranger who makes demands Zara can’t possibly meet.
Jenn Weatherall is a mother, home daycare owner, a writer and an artist. Over the last couple of years she has come to understand that to be the best mother she can be she has to be a good ‘Jenn’ first, and exploring her artistic abilities is where she thrives the most. She has made a conscious decision to tell her stories, to put away her fear of redundancy and allow her creative energies to flow freely. The Women’s Room is a significant step for her in her artistic journey and she is extremely excited to see where it will lead her to next.
Jenn has an art exhibit coming up in July and August at the Princess Odeon Gallery and a debut of her play The Sapling in the Dark Crop Performance Festival this August.
What Jenn’s working on in The Women’s Room:
SMALL LITTLE PEOPLE
A mother experiences a much needed release of emotions while washing the dishes for the umpteenth time.