The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Marcia Johnson

Turning Anger Into Theatre

Friday, November 26, 12:45 – 1:30 pm

Chief Dan George Theatre, UVic Phoenix Building 

Serving Elizabeth

Marcia Johnson has been a theatre artist in Toronto for over 30 years. Her latest play, Serving Elizabeth, premiered in February 2020 at Western Canada Theatre and is currently playing at the Belfry Theatre (Nov 23-Dec 19).

Her other plays include Binti’s Journey, an adaptation of The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis (Theatre Direct Canada/Manitoba Theatre for Young People/Black Theatre Workshop); Courting Johanna (Blyth Festival) based on Alice Munro’s “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” and Late (Obsidian Theatre Company). CBC Radio Drama credits include “Wifely Duty” and “The Revival Meeting” (Sounds Like Canada); “Say Ginger Ale” (The Round Up) and “Perfect on Paper” (Sunday Showcase and Monday Night Playhouse).

Johnson was also a member of Blyth Festival’s acting company with lead roles in The New Canadian Curling Club and 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt. She has participated in numerous playwrights’ groups, including the Siminovitch Prize Playwriting Master Class with Carole Frechette ,Theatre Passe Muraille, Obsidian Theatre Company, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Blyth Festival, Tapestry New Opera and Roseneath Theatre.

Free & open to the public via Zoom

Presented by UVic’s Department of Writing

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About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.