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Patti Flather

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Patti Flather is an award-winning playwright, theatre artist and writer living in Whitehorse, Yukon. She grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. Patti began her writing career in journalism before moving into playwriting, fiction and screenwriting. She has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon, for three decades on the territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta'an Kwäch'än Council.

Flather has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of B.C. and is an alumna of Humber School for Writers.

Her play Paradise was published in 2017 with Playwrights Canada Press. The Gwaandak Theatre/MT Space production was featured at the international IMPACT 15 Festival in Kitchener and toured nationally. A scene is forthcoming in Refractions: Scenes with Playwrights Canada Press in 2020.

She is a co-writer, dramaturg and one of the directors of Ndoo Tr'eedyaa Gogwaandak (Forward Together) – Vuntut Gwitchin Stories, launched as radio plays and booklets in Gwich’in and English in 2019 with Gwaandak Theatre/Vuntut Gwitchin Government and available free at vuntutstories.ca. Flather was a co-creator of Gwaandak’s devised work Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, which toured the Yukon and nationally and is published in Canadian Theatre Review (Spring 2018).

Her other plays including Sixty Below (with Leonard Linklater) and West Edmonton Mall have been produced across Canada and published; her play Where the River Meets the Sea won the 2005 Canadian National Playwriting Competition. Flather’s CBC Radio Drama adaptation of West Edmonton Mall was nominated for a Canadian Screenwriting Award. Street Signs (formerly The Soul Menders) was a finalist in the Herman Voaden Playwriting Competition; it premiered in Whitehorse after development with Banff Playwrights Colony and Theatre One.

New plays in development include Treaties, with Linklater, supported with a 2019 residency at the Caravan Farm Theatre National Playwrights Retreat.

Flather’s short fiction has been published in various literary journals including Prairie Fire, Room and dANDelion. Her fiction collection Such A Lovely Afternoon is forthcoming in 2021. Her feature screenplay Kiss That Alaska Highway was a winner in the U.S.’s Moondance Film Festival and Toronto’s Female Eye Festival.

For two decades (1999-2019), Flather was Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre, which she co-founded with husband Leonard Linklater, a Vuntut Gwitchin playwright and broadcaster. The Whitehorse, Yukon company develops, produces and tours plays showcasing Indigenous and Northern voices, including Indigenous/intercultural collaborative creations.

In 2018 she conducted a Nightswimming Pure Research experiment at the University of Calgary with co-researcher Reneltta Arluk, (Not) Our Mother Tongue, exploring impactful use of Indigenous language in theatre.

Flather has been a featured author at two Yukon Writers Festivals/Young Authors Conferences and at play readings across the country. A past recipient of the Yukon Arts Centre's Arts Builder Award (2016), she is a proud member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Playwrights Guild of Canada and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Currently she is Manager of Cultural Program & Ceremonies with Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games until April 2020.

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Publications

Paradise. Playwrights Canada Press, 2017

Awards

Canadian National Playwriting Competition (Theatre B.C.) for Where the River Meets the Sea, 2005
Female Eye Film Festival Script Reading Series, Toronto Festival, Toronto for Kiss That Alaska Highway (screenplay), 2011
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