Meet Anna Chatterton, our 2017 Playwright In Residence.

Anna Chatterton is an award-winning theatre artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. A librettist, playwright and performer, she has worked with the Canadian Opera Company, The Banff Centre, Theatre Centre and Tarragon Theatre among several others.

We’re pleased to welcome Anna to Fredericton as this year’s NotaBle Acts’ Playwright in Residence.

In addition to offering dramaturgy to this year’s playwrights, Anna will be hosting a free public playwriting workshop on Saturday July 22. She will also be sharing some new work as part of this year’s Play Out Loud: Readings of New Plays in Development series. 

“I feel the nature of this festival is works in progress, so I feel it’s important the put myself in a vulnerable position as well,” said Chatterton. “I have a piece that I’ll be sharing during one of the readings that has never been read in front of an audience. I’ve had it read with other actors but never in front of an audience and I feel that’s a key learning point for any playwright.”

Click the link below to hear Anna describing her work with this year’s festival playwrights in the lead up to our July 25 kickoff.

Catch Anna reading from her play Switched, Tuesday August 1 as part of this year’s Play Out Loud: Readings of New Plays in Development, 7:30 p.m. at the Picaroons Roundhouse – 880 Union Street.

Playwriting Workshop with Anna Chatterton | July 22 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Carleton Hall, UNB | This workshop is free of charge | To register, please contact


Anna Chatterton is a librettist, playwright and performer based in Hamilton, Ontario. Her play Within the Glass premiered at Tarragon Theatre, where she was a playwright in residence for five years. Anna is currently playwright in residence at Nightwood Theatre, who produced her solo play Quiver last fall and will produce her play Heroine in 2019. Anna is developing her play Cowgirl Up with Alberta Theatre Projects, slated to be produced in their 2018/2019 season. Anna has been a playwright in residence at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Anna also writes and performs with the acclaimed feminist theatre collective Independent Aunties. Their most recent play, Gertrude and Alice, was nominated for Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Ensemble. Anna was also awarded a Toronto Critics Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress and a My Entertainment World Award for Best Actress, both for her role of Alice. As a librettist Anna’s work includes Swoon (Canadian Opera Company), Crush (COC and The Banff Centre), Stitch (Theatre Centre, Dora nomination for Outstanding New Opera) and Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera), which recently won a Dora award for Outstanding Opera Production 2017.

Anna has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University.

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