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Meg Braem - MFA (Playwriting) 2009

The playwriting program at the U of C offers the perfect environment to incubate as a playwright. Because the program focuses on the participants writing, that's what I was doing, writing. Through the process of writing two plays I was able to practice my craft while having support and mentorship. It was invaluable to be able to talk to my supervisor about ideas, structure, the business and the life of a writer. One of the biggest lessons I learned at the U of C is the endurance needed to be a playwright. I could never have finished my first full-length, nor written a play that would be optioned as soon as I graduated, had it not been for this support.

The rigor of the program is an invitation to do your best and the profs are there to help you get better. Also, Alberta is a great place to be a playwright. Theatre's here are quite open to new work and Calgary is a great community of be a part of.

Since her graduation, Meg Braem has been writing and teaching. Her thesis play Blood: A Scientific Romance was produced at Sage Theatre and went on to win the Alberta Playwrights Competition, the Alberta Literary award for Drama. It was also nominated for the Governor General's Award. Meg's play Coast had a workshop production with Theatre Transit last year and her newest play Exia was just produced at the University of Lethbridge. Meg has been a Playwright in Resident at Alberta Theatre Projects and Sage Theatre. She has been developing her work as part of the Citadel Playwrights Forum, The Banff Playwrights Colony, the Stratford Shakepeare Company's Playwrights Retreat and Lunchbox Theatre's Stage One. Since 2011, she has been teaching in the Department of Dramatic at the University of Lethbridge.

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