Nicola Harwood

Vancouver , BC
British Columbia CA
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Nicola Harwood is a Canadian playwright, librettist and theatre artist. Her work ranges from darkly tragic to darkly comic. Her favourite work veers at breakneck speed between the two.

Recent projects include the libretto of KHAOS, a new opera created with composer Don MacDonald, commissioned by the Amy Ferguson Institute and produced in 2012 in Nelson, BC. In 2011, Nicola was Playwright in Residence with Mortal Coil Performance Society of Vancouver where she was commissioned to write Salmon Row, a site-specific work that took place at the historic Britannia Shipyards on the Fraser River. In 2008 she wrote Letters from Lithuania for Mortal Coil, which took place in Stanley Park. Other recent projects include the Squaw Hall Project with urban ink productions of Vancouver, a two-year community-based theatre project which took place in Williams Lake, BC, 2009-2011; and High Muck-a-Muck: Playing Chinese, an interactive digital and live event to take place in 2013.

Nicola has facilitated many art, writing and theatre projects for youth and within communities and has taught for major arts organizations and theatres in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Magic Theatre. She has also taught writing at San Francisco State University, University of Victoria and Selkirk College. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing department of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada with her partner and two children.


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