Robert Chafe is a playwright based in St. John’s, whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, Australia, and in the United States.
He is the author of eighteen stage scripts and co-author of another ten. He frequently collaborates with director Jillian Keiley.
He was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Drama for Tempting Providence and Butler’s Marsh in 2004, and won the award for Afterimage in 2010. Tempting Providence, directed by Keiley and produced by Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (Corner Brook, Newfoundland), is entering its eleventh year of Canadian and international touring.
He has been writer in residence at Artistic Fraud, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Forest Forge Theatre, (Hampshire, UK), and Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada.
His Oil and Water premiered in a sold out run in February 2011 in St. John’s and toured parts of Canada in 2013.
In February 2015, Robert premiered his adaptation, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
Robert is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.