Frances Koncan

Playwright, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canada

Frances Koncan is an artistic director, writer, director, and producer of mixed Indigenous (Anishinaabeg) and Slovene descent. Originally from the Couchiching First Nation, Treaty 3 Territory, she is currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory. Her current work practice includes leading a project in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights to research and generate new, culturally-sensitive dramaturgical methodologies, and at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, initially as box office staff, then apprentice director, assistant director, and now a playwright programmed in their 2019/2020 season. For 2020/2021, she will also be joining the Winnipeg Free Press as an arts reporter, with a special focus on Indigenous arts. Her practice as a writer, director, producer, and arts administrator aims to explore current artistic practices and methodologies, and create new ones utilizing culturally specific and culturally sensitive practices (ie. land-based dramaturgy for Indigenous writers), as well as exploring the potential applications of theatre and the arts in the areas of mental health and social wellness. She is a graduate of the City University of New York Brooklyn College's M.F.A playwriting program, where she taught undergraduate English, and prior to that earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Manitoba.


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