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Chromatic Theatre’s  Playwrights Unit

Playwrights Unit: News & Updates

Ashley King

Ashley King is a Mexican-Canadian, visually impaired, emerging artist based in Mohkinstsis, and has worked as an actor, writer, public speaker and host. 

She has received her artistic training through Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio, having completed their Master Class actor training program. As the Artistic Associate at Inside Out Theatre, a Deaf and Disability theatre company, she works to educate and improve patron and artist accessibility within Canadian theatre. Through her consultation services, board work and artistic practices, she strives to advocate and to center her work around equal representation, accessibility, and inclusion. As she works towards a professional career on stage and in film, she aims to further her work and develop her skills as a playwright and screenwriter. With a background and bachelors degree in Journalism, Ashley continues to be drawn to the various mediums in which we can share true stories. Her past and current works of writing explore story-telling through the lens of one's own lived-experiences, so that we may better understand and bridge the gap between eachothers' differences.

Miranda Martini

Miranda Martini (she/her) is a musician and writer. She co-wrote music for John Ware Reimagined, a play with music about the life and impact of Alberta cowboy John Ware, which was most recently presented at the Blyth Theatre Festival in Ontario in September. Miranda’s music and face can also be seen and heard in the 2020 NFB documentary John Ware Reclaimed. Miranda was the music dramaturg for the play I Don't Even Miss You, produced by Tiny Bear Jaws as part of RISER Edmonton in April, and has spent the summer touring as the musical guest with another Tiny Bear Jaws show, queer sketch comedy Gender? I Hardly Know Them, which ends its tour in Calgary at Downstage Theatre October 12-16. | @mandsypants

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Ado Nkemka

Ado Nkemka is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and award-winning writer based in Calgary, AB/Mohkinstsis, Treaty 7. She performs under the name AN at community events and festivals. She is a recipient of Calgary Arts Development’s 2022 Individual Artist Project Grant; with this funding, she’s currently working on a guitar-driven pop-rock record (2023) that explores life as a first-generation Black Canadian, love/lust/connection, grounded fearlessness, coming to your senses, and legacy – this may or may not influence the play she'll be working on as a part of Chromatic Theater’s 2022-2023 Playwright’s Unit cohort.

Kristen Padayas

Kristen (She/Her) is a South Asian/Portuguese actor/producer currently residing on Treaty 7 territory also known as Calgary, Alberta. She is a graduate of Grant MacEwan College’s Theatre Arts Program and the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Program. Most recent acting credits include: The Scarlet Letter (Theatre Calgary), The Wedding Party (Alberta Theatre Projects), Sherlock Holmes & the Raven’s Curse, Murder in the Studio (Vertigo Theatre), The Strid (Downstage Theatre), Barvinok (Pyretic Productions). She is an Associate Producer with Chromatic Theatre. Along with being an emerging writer, she is also passionate about dramaturgy and direction!

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Stay tuned for our public showcase of their work in June
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