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In Development

Since our founding in 1975, we have commissioned more than 50 new plays for young audiences. At Green Thumb, we believe that consistent focus on play development is essential to support the voices of both emerging and established playwrights, and to accurately reflect the ever-evolving issues and questions that young people grapple with.

Green Thumb commissions evolve from conversations with the playwright about what they are interested in exploring. We work with the playwright to develop the production and provide feedback based on extensive experience in touring theatre to young audiences. 

These artists are currently developing works for young audiences with Green Thumb:
Georgina Beaty

Georgina Beaty

Georgina Beaty is the author of the short story collection The Party is Here (Freehand Books, 2021). She writes for theatre, film, and is currently at work on her first novel. She's the playwright of Extremophiles (High Performance Rodeo, SummerWorks, Uno fest) and has worked on collective creations with many companies including Blyth, Small Wooden Shoe, Electric Company, and several with the company she co-founded, Architect Theatre. Georgina's also an actor who has performed across Canada and internationally. She grew up in the Rockies and is a 2020-2022 Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University.

Scott Button

Scott Button

Scott (he/his) is a creator working in theatre, film and television. His TV pilot script Night Passing was a semi-finalist in the Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship and the Diverse Voices Competition, it was also a "Second-Rounder" in the prestigious Austin Film Festival. Recently, his quarantine-themed film/theatre hybrid Desiree AMA was commissioned by Upintheair Theatre. Scott is the lead writer at the Research-Based Theatre Collaborative at the University of British Columbia. With the Collaborative, he is in post-production for Rock The Boat, a series of films that explore fraught student and faculty relationships. His plays Viva (Theatre BC Playwriting Award-Best One Act), The Hunger Room & Desire(e) have received local production, and Desire(e) has been published in an anthology of new work. He is an inaugural member of the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Emerging Playwrights Unit and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee. Scott is passionate about creating multi-faceted, queer lead characters. Upcoming: Night Passing Audio-Drama (Arts Club Theatre), streaming this Spring. These days, he is grateful to be spending the pandemic with his wonderful spouse, Chris. https://www.scottbutton.ca/

Read our Q & A with Scott

Ashley Cook

Ashley Cook

Ashley Cook is Metis and Saulteaux from Pine Creek First Nation and a 2nd generation urban Indigenous woman, wife and mother currently based in Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg. She recently graduated with honours from the acting program at Studio 58 in Vancouver and has been acting in theatre since she was a teen when she got her start touring TYA shows to local high schools in 2007. At Studio 58 her short play Labour Pains was staged in 2018. She was also a recipient of the David Pritchard Award for Outstanding achievement in Stage Management for her work on Mortified (Studio 58). She now is based in her traditional territory in (Wanipigow) Winnipeg and continues to write and act for stage and film, aiming to nurture her practice and bring theatre shows and training to the youth of her community and beyond.

Kim Senklip Harvey

Kim Senklip Harvey

Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx and Tsilhqot’in Nation member with Ancestral ties to the Dakelh, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa communities. She is an Indigenous Theorist, Cultural Evolutionist and storyteller whose work focuses on the ignition of Indigenous power and innovating methodological processes with artistic sovereignty to create joy centered narratives that nourish the spirits of peoples oppressed by the imperial state. Kim creates artistic ceremonies to protect and evolve Indigenous cultures and believes that stories are the most powerful tool we have to provide every organism the opportunity to live peacefully. Kim is currently working on a tv adaptation of her award-winning play Kamloopa, she is completing her first book entitled Interiors: Love Stories from a Salish Plateau Dirtbag and is in the creation of her next artistic ceremony Break Horizons: A Rocking Indigenous Justice Ceremony. She is in her final year of her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria and all of her work is with respect to her Ancestors and for the future generations, whom we owe so much.

Learn more about The Mystics, Kim's story for young audiences here.

Michael McCreary

Michael McCreary

Michael McCreary is an autistic comedian, author and TEDX speaker who has been performing stand-up comedy since age 13. In the past 6 years, he has performed stand-up shows and keynote addresses in every province in Canada – plus the Yukon - and across the United States. He has been featured on The National and on CBC Radio’s “Laugh Out Loud”!" Michael is currently in the process of adapting his book, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic, to the stage, a show intended for all ages.

He can be reached at www.aspiecomic.com, www.comicsnos.com, and on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/aspiecomic.”

Read our Q & A with Michael

Makambe K. Simamba

Makambe K. Simamba

Makambe K. Simamba is a Dora Award winning playwright and actor for her solo work, Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (b current performing arts). She recently co-directed inVISIBLE (Too) at the University of Lethbridge. Selected acting credits include Winners and Losers (Chromatic Theatre), A Chitenge Story (HandsomeAlice), GIANT (Ghost River Theatre), Bea (SageTheatre), SIA (Pyretic Productions), inVISIBLE (HandsomeAlice), Burn Your Maps (Cinelou Films), Grand Army (Netflix),and Young Drunk Punk (Citytv). Makambe is a national award winning playwright whose work includes Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little BrothersA Chitenge StoryMakambe Speaks, MUD and The Drum Major Instinct. She is 2020/21 Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at the Tarragon Theatre, as well as co-host of the Blackstage Pass podcast at Cahoots theatre. Makambe is a proud Zambian whose intention is to be of service through her ability to tell stories. www.makambe.com

Read our Q & A with Makambe

Agnes Tong

Agnes Tong

Agnes Tong is an actress, dancer, and emerging playwright based in Vancouver. Originally from Ottawa, Agnes moved out West to attend Studio 58 theatre school. Since graduating, Agnes has appeared on stages at the Arts Club, Gateway, the Cultch, Firehall, Chemainus, Caravan, Globe, Waterfront, and all over the lower mainland when on tour. Agnes is honoured to be commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre to write a play for high school students. She is passionate about cycling, dark chocolate, breathwork, meditation, travelling, and crystals.

Read our Q & A with Agnes

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