Solo Collective began life as the Solo Co-op in 1999/2000 with “Two By Two,” written by Aaron Bushkowsky and Shawn Macdonald. To date, Solo Collective productions have earned more than 30 Jessie Richardson Theatre nominations for writing, directing and performance, with six awarded.
Solo Collective Theatre is celebrating its 15th year of commissioning, developing, and producing exclusively new Canadian work.
The company’s focus is on actor and text, with design elements that are spare but impeccably chosen to support the work. Solo Collective’s evenings of theatre are unique, intimate and completely original. For the past few years the company has produced full-length shows as well as an evening of one-act plays. Each year the company also produces a workshop reading of a new play open to the public. This reading is part of the company’s goal of new play development hopefully toward a full professional production. Over 50 scripts have been workshopped over the past 15 years.
In 2004 Solo Collective began its Annual Emerging Writers Competition. Held each spring this competition reached out to emerging writers from across Canada. All applicants received feedback on their work from two dramaturges, with the top four or five monologues being selected for ongoing dramaturgical assistance and a public staged reading at our SOLO FLIGHTS showcase evening. This competition is now on hold due to other funding priorities.
In 2004 Solo Collective also initiated a Dramaturge Intern program to assist in the development of emerging dramaturges. The programs first two participants were Kris Nelson and Xanthe Faulkner, who have continued on into successful theatrical careers.
Solo Collective is a professional company that operates under the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association ITA agreement, a registered charity, a Member of the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA), and an affiliate of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).