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About Patricia Ludwick

A brief biography

I grew up in the wild beauty of Vancouver Island, a friend of trees, seaweed, wild pea vines, birds and animals of all kinds. As a teenager, I fell in love with the theatre, and went off to England to train as an actor, returning to Canada to my first professional job in Nova Scotia, where I fell in love with that coast, those fields and woods, lupines and wild blueberries. Caught up in the renaissance of new Canadian plays, I threw myself into founding small companies, workshopping new scripts, creating collectively and collaborating with dancers and composers, and eventually, writing my own plays for the theatre, which found productions in small companies at various times, and for radio, which were broadcast on various CBC Radio programmes. I began working as a dramaturge with the New Play Centre in Vancouver while still working as an actor, and when I moved to Gabriola Island, I shifted into feature film scripts, doing manuscript assessment and story editing for various funding bodies, independent producers, and individual screenwriters. I have also worked as an editor of nonfiction books for a small press on the island, to support my habit of living amongst the natural beauty of the west coast. Along the way, I have been privileged to learn much from talented artists in a number of disciplines, and have enjoyed sharing my own amalgamation of those skills and perceptions with people who have a hunger for engaging their creative energy through the medium of words. A practising Buddhist for many years, I desire to create a more compassionate world through writing practice.

Curriculum Vitae: Patricia Ludwick

Professional Associations: Playwrights Union of Canada
Canadian Actors Equity Association
Writers Guild of Canada
Editors Association of Canada
Federation of BC Writers
Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, 1966-69
Professional development workshops in movement, voice, storytelling, improvisation, mask, mime, dance, film
from a variety of teachers in the performance field.
Patricia Ludwick grew up on Vancouver Island, trained as an actor in England, and worked professionally on stage, radio and screen for over twenty years. As her interest in new works developed, she began writing plays for the stage and radio, which have been produced across Canada, in the United States, and Australia. Concurrently, she began working with other writers to help develop their scripts for the stage and, later, for the feature film industry. Her published work includes articles and poetry published in literary magazines and anthologies, and she has also worked as an editor of nonfiction trade books for an alternative press. She has been teaching in the arts community for over thirty years, including instructing university-level credit courses in scriptwriting and conducting community-education courses in writing based on personal experience.

Script Development


Stage plays:

COMING OF AGE: three character play produced for Women in VIEW Festival at the Firehall Theatre in January 1994, Vancouver, B.C.

SPINSTER: storytelling performance work, produced for Women in VIEW Festival, Vancouver, January 1989; for Springboard Festival, Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver, May 1989; for Groundswell Festival, Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, November 1989

ALONE: full-length play, first produced April 1983, by the New Play Centre and Theatre Energy in the duMaurier Festival, Vancouver; second production, February-March 1985, by Kam Theatre, Thunder Bay, Ontario; third production, January-February 1987, by Workshop West, Edmonton, Alberta

A LETTER TO MY GOD-DAUGHTER short play for dancer and actor, commissioned for Palindromes: On Women Aging, produced at Burnaby Art Gallery and videotaped for broadcast on Rogers Cablevision, August 1983

TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC short play for dancer and actor, produced for Short Takes by the New Play Centre, Vancouver, November 1984

VISION/REVISION short play for actor and dancer, produced as an Equity Co-op in the first Vancouver Fringe Festival, September 1985

LATE AND SOON short play commissioned by the New Play Centre for the Vancouver Centennial co-production with the Kootenay School of Writing, Signs in the Air, Vancouver, April-May 1986

NEVERLAND full-length play for actors and dancers, commissioned by Tamahnous Theatre, co-produced with E.D.A.M., Vancouver, December 1986-January 1987; second production by Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, June-July 1992

Radio plays:

WATER OVER STONES half hour drama produced at CBC Vancouver by John Juliani for national broadcast on Studio 96 in May 1996 and in Australia, November 1996

BETWEEN THE SECONDS half hour drama, produced at CBC Vancouver by Don Kowalchuk for national broadcast on Vanishing Point, December 1991

TRESPASSING: half hour drama produced at CBC Vancouver by John Juliani for national broadcast on Vanishing Point, February 1990

STREET LEVEL five-part series produced at CBC Vancouver by Don Kowalchuk for national broadcast on Morningside, March and August 1990

THE DOUBLE VOICE: Susannah Moodie and Margaret Atwood forty-minute dramatized reading produced at CBC Toronto by Doug Macdonald for national broadcast on One to One, 1979

Film scripts:

SUNNY SIDE UP short film written and produced for the New Play Centre's Film Development Project in conjunction with the National Film Board, Vancouver, August 1985

FOREIGN EXCHANGE half hour drama commissioned for CBC Vancouver series, Lies from Lotusland, 1987

Collective creations, theatre:

GLOOSCAP an event for children, produced by Chester Summer Theatre, Chester, Nova Scotia, August 1971

TEN LOST YEARS adaptation of Barry Broadfoot's oral history, original cast, Toronto Workshop Productions, February 1974

THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK a Canadian adaptation, produced by Neptune Theatre, Halifax, July-August 1974

LORD NELSON TAVERN adaptation of Ray Smith's novel, workshop production through Explorations Program, Toronto, November 1976

CRANBERRY FLATS structured improvisation, Twenty-fifth Street Theatre, Saskatoon, Summer 1984


"Going to the Play," with Jill Orenstein, in Black Moss, Series 2, Number 3, Spring 1977

"Souvenirs of a Northern Ontario Tour," in Northward Journal, Number 13, February 1979

"Publishing the Playwright: Michel Temblay," in Brick: A Journal of Reviews, Number 3, Spring 1978

"After the Drought," in Brick: A Journal of Reviews, Number 13, Fall 1981

"One Actor's Journey with James Reaney," in Essays on Canadian Writing, 24-25, Winter-Spring 1982-83; reprinted as Approaches to the Work of James Reaney, ECW, 1983

Other published work:

"On Tour," poem, in Northward Journal 13, February 1997

"Independent Means," prose poem, in Room of One's Own, Volume 15, Number 1, March 1992; reprinted in The Issues Collection, Vol. 1, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., April 1993

monologue from "Coming of Age," in Witness to Wilderness: the Clayoquot Sound Anthology, Arsenal Pulp Press, 1994

monologue from "Street Level" in The Perfect Piece: Monologues from Canadian Plays, Playwrights Canada Press, 1990

monologue from "Coming of Age" in Another Perfect Piece, Playwrights Canada Press, 1995

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Dramaturgy/Script development

Includes work with adults at all stages of script development of stage plays and screenplays, from treatment to first draft, through workshop and production, by correspondence, one-on-one consultation, and in group sessions Back to top of CV

Professional editing experience

for New Society Publishers, Gabriola BC, 1992 ­p; 2004:

freelance editing, including substantive, stylistic and copy editing, negotiating changes with authors, coding for design department, and occasional proofreading, of trade nonfiction books. Some recent titles:

Off the Map: An Expedition Deep Into Empire and the Global Economy, by Chellis Glendinning
Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator: Edible Essays by a City Farmer, by Spring Gillard
Reworking Success: New Communities at the Millennium, by Robert Theobald
Boys Will Be Men: Raising Our Sons for Courage, Caring, and Community, by Pual Kivel

Manuscript evaluation:

for Telefilm Canada, 1989 ­p; present, ongoing:
written reports on projects submitted for production or development of feature films, Movies of the Week, television series and miniseries, children's programming, documentaries

for BC Film Development Corporation, 1999 ­p; present, ongoing:
includes written reports, analysis and assessment, of projects for feature films, television features, etc.

for Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, 1997 ­p; present, ongoing:
feature films in development, includes substantive story editorial advice, written and verbal reports, discussion with writers

for independent film producers/screenwriters, 1999 ­p; present, ongoing:
includes written reports and story conferences with individual freelance screenwriters and production companies, including Big Sky Pictures; Chaos, a film company; Anagram Pictures; Turtle Island Films; Talisman Films; Sam Feldman & Associates

for Alberta Film Development Corporation, 1990­p;93:
includes written reports, analysis and assessment, development advice on projects including feature films and television proposals

for The New Play Centre, Vancouver, 1979­p;1993:
includes written critiques, participatory workshops and public presentation of plays for stage

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Teaching experience


Teaching the performing arts in the community:

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Performance experience

Professional actor, 1969 to present, performing across Canada on stage, in radio drama, and for film and television. Performance improvisation in TheatreSports, Vancouver 1982; West End, Vancouver 1983; Saskatoon Soaps, 1984. Actor participant in the National Choreographic Seminar, SFU, 1985. A selected list of roles played:

Mrs. Donnelly, in James Reaney's trilogy, The Donnellys, produced by Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, and on national tour by NDWT.
Catherine, in Waiting for the Parade, for Westcost Actors in Vancouver and Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay
Pirate Jenny, in The Threepenny Opera, produced by Second Stage, Neptune Theatre, Halifax.
Rita Joe in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, produced by Theatre London, London, Ontario
Marlene, in Bordertown Cafe, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, in Winnipeg.
Julie in Liliom, produced by Neptune Theatre in Halifax.
Original cast of Ten Lost Years, produced by Toronto Workshop Productions and by CBC TV in Toronto
Miss Lizzie, in Blood Relations, produced by The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.
Bootleg Emma, in Puntila, produced by Tamahnous Theatre in Vancouver
Olga, in Chekhov's Three Sisters, produced by Westcoast Actors, Vancouver.

Public Readings/Lectures:

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Canada Council:

Explorations Program:
1989 - SPINSTER Project
Theatre Section:
Short Term Grant, 1980 - travel/study, Toronto Theatre Festival
B Grant, 1985 - playwrighting and dance/theatre projects

B.C. Cultural Services:

Artist-in-residence, New Play Centre, 1983 (three months)
Playwright Recommendor Program
New Play Centre, 1990
Nanaimo Festival, 1995
Belfry Theatre, 1998
Creative Writing Award, 1991

Jury member:

for Canada Council:
for Literary B grants, 1986, 1987
for Explorations (B.C./Yukon), 1991-92
for New Play Centre one-act and 24-hour playwrighting competitions, 1992
for Alberta Playwrights Network, New Play Development Programme, 1992
for Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, annual competition, 1999, 2000, 2002

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