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Tim Carlson is the artistic producer of Theatre Conspiracy in Vancouver. Tim is currently leading Conspiracy’s creation of Live From the Bush of Ghosts, inspired by Nigerian author Amos Tutuola’s novel and the Brian Eno/David Byrne recording, to be presented at the 2009 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver. He is also developing the newsroom comedy A Liar’s Guide to Non-fiction as an artist-in-residence at the Vancouver Playhouse and will be dramaturge for the Berlin-based company Rimini Protokol as they develop a new work in Vancouver. Conspiracy’s premiere production of Omniscience (Talonbooks) was nominated for six Jessie Richardson theatre awards in 2005, including best production. Omniscience was published in German translation in Theater der Zeit’s anthology, Dialog. The translation received a staged reading at Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theatre in 2006 and was produced by Theater Magdeburg in Oct. 2007. The play premiered in the U.S. at Stage Left in Chicago in April 2008 and a Portuguese-language translation was produced by Novo Grupo de Teatro in Lisbon in June 2008.
The Theatre Conspiracy production of Tim’s most recent play, Diplomacy, premiered at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in November 2006. He is also the author of the one-act newsroom comedies Night Desk (2001) and The Chronicle has Hart (2000). His short comedy The Reinvention of Minister Thorne is included in the Brave New Play Rites anthology (Anvil Press, 2006). A new one-act play, And this is this one, was recently produced by the Walking Fish Festival in Vancouver. As an arts writer and editor Carlson has worked on staff at the Vancouver Sun and Halifax Daily News and has also written regularly for the Georgia Straight, the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Review, a cultural quarterly. He teaches writing in Simon Fraser University’s Summer Publishing workshop.
Carlson was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up on a cattle ranch near Medicine Hat. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, earned a journalism degree at University of King’s College, Halifax, and a BA in English from the University of Regina. Carlson is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver.
QUOTES OF NOTEDiplomacy
It’s a rare thing—the well-argued blast of political outrage.
— Globe & Mail
QUOTES OF NOTEOmniscience
“This assault on the modern media makes a clever stab at warning its audiences of what’s to come on this crazy granite planet … [A] nuanced murder-mystery …”
— Vancouver Sun
“Omniscience is a gritty and complex drama with a clear, important message about … the censorship of mass media, the lack of true human contact, and the easy access to information about individuals in our society.”
— Canadian Literature
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.