Sandra Dempsey

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Sandra Dempsey.

Sandra Dempsey (born 1956) is a Toronto-based playwright best known for her works Enigma and Armagideon.

Life and Career

Dempsey grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. Wanting to become an actress, she eventually moved to Toronto to study theatre at Ryerson University. By 1978, however, she decided to give up acting in order to become a playwright. Her first play, D'arcy, was a semi-finalist out of over 600 competitors in the 1980 Theatre Ontario Playwrights' Showcase competition. It was then showcased in the 1981 Toronto Theatre Festival at Harbourfront. [1] Since then, Dempsey has completed three more full-length plays, two adaptations, and nineteen ten-minute shorts, which have been published and produced across Canada, The United States, and Ireland. [2] Performance-readings of her works have toured audiences and radio shows around the world [2]; her tour across Canada notably lasted from 1985 until 2016. [3]

Dempsey describes her work as "complex... inhabited by articulate, richly drawn and emotional characters. Uncompromising and vital; powerful, compassionate and impassioned". [3] She has a long list of award nominations and wins under her belt, most notably for her play Armagideon. She also notably won The Alberta Achievement Award from the time she spent in the province. [3] She studied at Banff Music Theatre for a few years before taking a residence there. She then also became playwright-in-residence at Alberta Theatre Projects. In 1987, she became president of the Alberta Playwrights Network and would remain so until 1991. [1]

Dempsey has since dabbled in some prose, poetry, and article-writing [1], as well, also with success. Her short story Wings And A Prayer won the Aero Space Museum Silver Jubilee National Writing Competition Grand Prize in 2002; her poetry anthology, Belles of Autumn, recieved two award nominations in 1999. [3]

Works

Full-length plays

  • Wings to Victory (in development)
  • Flying to Glory (2000)
  • Armagideon (1997)
  • Tartuffe (adaptation)
  • Lock Up Your Daughters (adaptation)
  • Enigma (1983)
  • D'arcy (1979)

Short plays

  • Inhumanitarianism (2012)
  • Air Apparent (2008)
  • But We All Have That Here (2004)
  • A Wing and a Prayer (2004)
  • Fat Cans (2004)
  • Orders (2004)
  • Legacy (2002)
  • Barbie & Ken (2000)
  • Casualities (2000)
  • Officer Drag (2000)
  • Pee-Pipe (2000)
  • Pierre La (2000)
  • Rosa's Lament (2000)
  • Blue Collar Blues (1983)
  • Police Release Me
  • Eight to Four
  • The Cuff 'N' Billy Show'
  • That's No Lady, That's My Immigrant!
  • Walk A Fine Line

Stories

  • Wings and a Prayer (2002)
  • Foreign Ex-Change

Poetry

  • Belles of Autumn (1999)
  • Island Lament

Awards

Won

  • Armagideon - 2010 Dylan Days Festival Grand Prize [3]
  • Armagideon - 2005 Becket Playwrights Festival Winner [3]
  • Armagideon - 2001 PlayWorks Award [3]
  • Armagideon - 1999 New Play Search Grand Prize [3]
  • Armagideon - 1997 Alberta Playwriting Competition Winner [3]
  • Wings and a Prayer - 2002 Aero Space Museum Silver Jubilee National Writing Competition Grand Prize [3]
  • Alberta Achievement Award [3]
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation First Draft Screenwriter Award [3]

Nominated

  • Inhumanitarianism - 2011 ReOrient Festival Award (Finalist) [3]
  • Air Apparent - 2011 American Science Theatre 9/11 Playwriting Competition (Top Ten Finalist) [3]
  • Air Apparent - 2009 Eileen Heckart Drama Competition (Semi-Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2009 First Draft Theatre Company Award [3]
  • Air Apparent - 2008 Rogue Valley 10-minute Plays Festival Competition (Finalist) [3]
  • Flying to Glory - 2007 Moondance International Film Festival Award for Best Stage-Play (Finalist) [3]
  • Flying to Glory - 2007 North American Actors Association Festival Award (Finalist) [3]
  • Enigma - 2003 Moondance International Film Festival Award for Best Stage-Play (Finalist) [3]
  • Enigma - 2002 PlayWorks Award (2002) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2002 Edward Albee Theatre Conference Play Lab Award (Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2002 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence (Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2001 New Century Writer Awards (Quarter-Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2001 Uni Theatre 2nd Playwriting Contest (Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2001 George R. Kernodle Playwriting Contest (Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2001 Moondance International Film Festival Award for Best Stageplay (Quarter-Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 2000 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (Honourable Mention) [3]
  • Armagideon - 1999 Crossing Borders: Approaching Millennium International Playwriting Contest (Finalist) [3]
  • Belles of Autumn - 1999 Sandburg-Livesay Poetry Anthology Award (Finalist) [3]
  • Belles of Autumn - 1999 UnMon America Award (Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 1998 Women's Playwriting Festival (Finalist) [3]
  • Armagideon - 1998 Canadian National Playwriting Competition (Honourable Mention) [3]
  • Enigma - 1998 Crossing Borders International Playwriting Contest (Honourable Mention) [3]
  • Enigma - 1983 Broadcloth International Playwriting Competition (Finalist) [3]
  • ''Blue Collar Blues - 1983 Broadcloth International Playwriting Competition (Finalist) [3]
  • D'arcy - 1980 Theatre Ontario Playwrights' Showcase Competition (Finalist) [3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 https://books.google.ca/books?id=WFA8AgAAQBAJ&pg=PA36&lpg=PA36
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://www.brookpub.com/default.aspx?pg=ab&afn=Sandra&aln=Dempsey
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 http://www.sandradempsey.com/

Name:Sandra Dempsey
Location:Toronto, Ontario
Category:Artists
Latitude:43.648001
Longitude:-79.387207