Congratulations to Jen Quinn, the 2017 recipient of the Megan Newton Memorial Award in Theatre!
Jen is a Director, Dramaturge, Curator, Producer and Administrator who has just started a Graduate Diploma program in Management of Cultural Organizations at HEC Montréal. She holds a BFA from the University of Victoria’s Theatre Department where she studied Directing, Design and Production Management. Hailing from the West Coast, Jen has worked with a number of Victoria-based theatre companies, including William Head on Stage, where she taught workshops to inmates of a minimum security prison. Jen has participated in the Director’s Lab North and was a part of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Ensemble.
For four years, Jen was Head Administrator of Freestanding Room, where she founded, curated and produced the ShortStanding Festival of Short Performances. Her direction for Composite Theatre Co.’s I’m Not Here at SummerWorks earned her an Honourable Mention in the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. Jen’s work with Imago Theatre (first as Artistic and Administrative Assistant in 2016/17, then as Director of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in Imago’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist series) has played an integral role in Jen’s continued development of an intersectional feminist art practice.
The Megan Newton Memorial Fund was set up by Meg’s family and colleagues to honour her spirit and resourcefulness through an award for students in theatre.
To read more about Megan and the Memorial Fund, please visit www.megannewtonfund.org.
The fund is held at the Victoria Foundation and the award is given annually each Fall.