Born in St. Thomas and raised on the family farm outside of Dutton, Ken Cameron is a playwright and Artistic Director currently living in Calgary. He is the author of more than fifteen plays, including Harvest which recently closed a near sold-out run at Ontario’s Blyth Festival and will be performed at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre in the summer of 2009. In 2007 Ken won the Enbridge playrites Award for the one-act version of Harvest, which The Calgary Herald described as “comic gold”.
Ken is the Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival produced in partnership with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. With a mandate to showcase Canada’s outstanding touring productions, Magnetic North is produced in Ottawa in odd numbered years, and in a different Canadian city every other year. In 2010 the festival will be hosted by the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.
Ken is the author of My Morocco, based on the death of his sister, Dutton native Beth Evans. The play premiered in London Ontario, subsequently toured Western Canada and was nominated for Outstanding New Play at Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards in Calgary.
Ken’s play My One And Only premiered at The Alberta Theatre Projects’ Enbridge playRites Festival ‘04 and received a second production by Edmonton’s Workshop West Theatre in April 2005. The play was featured at The National Arts Centre’s On The Verge reading series, received an Honourable Mention in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition and was nominated for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for playwriting and a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play. It was produced in New York City by the Bridge Theatre Company in November 2005.
All three plays will be published by Newest Press in 2010.
Ken was the Executive Director of the Alberta Playwrights' Network, a provincial organization that develops plays and playwrights around Alberta from 2001-07 and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Calgary Inc Magazine in 2006 and writes irregular travel articles for FFWD Weekly in Calgary. He and his wife Rita still enjoy traveling abroad together.
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