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 Amos Tutuola’s novel and the Brian Eno/David Byrne recording. He developed the newsroom comedy A Liar’s Guide to Non-Fiction during his time as artist-in-residence at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Conspiracy’s premiere production of Omniscience was nominated for six Jessie Richardson theatre awards in 2005, including best production. Omniscience was translated in German 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 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 the Halifax Daily News and has also written regularly for the Georgia Straight, the Globe and Mail, and the Vancouver Review.
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 the 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. He teaches writing in Simon Fraser University’s Summer Publishing workshop.