Wren Hookey is an emerging writer, director, and producer currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Interested in all aspects of theatre and film, Wren started her diverse career in Whitehorse, Yukon where she was born and raised. She got her start in theatre via the unique high school Music, Art, and Drama (MAD) Program in Whitehorse, which provided her with other opportunities to participate in the local theatre community as an actor, stage manager, and various crew positions. She continued her education in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the University of Winnipeg in the Theatre & Film Honours Program (specializing in acting, filmmaking and directing). Since graduating Wren has primarily worked as a theatre administrator, while developing her skills as a writer and director. Wren has worked with various theatre organizations, ranging from independent companies to professional ones, including: Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (Royal MTC), Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE), Sarasvàti Productions, and Gwaandak Theatre.
In her writing Wren is experimenting with creating characters that can be played by actors of any gender, ancestry and age. In March 2015 she self-produced her play Borderline Support Group, which had six characters who could be played by any actor regardless of gender, ancestry, and age, with great success. An unproduced two hander play with the same type of characters called Bystander, was recently one of three plays shortlisted for the Playwright's Guild of Canada Emerging Playwright Award. She is continuing to develop this play with the support of Gwaandak Theatre.
Wren has directed several plays which she has produced herself, including SHARDS and Borderline Support Group. Recently she has also apprentice directed on two professional productions: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance directed by Robb Paterson at Royal MTC, and Butcher directed by Ann Hodges at PTE (with support from the Winnipeg Arts Council).