Annabel Soutar (CAN)
Princeton University 1990-94, New Jersey, USA
B.A. English (Dramatic Literature)
Certificate in The Program of Theatre and Dance
Student of Documentary Playwright Emily Mann
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Awarded The Francis LeMoyne Page Theatre Award for excellence in directing
Stowe School 1988-90, Buckinghamshire, England
A-levels in Economics, History and Mathematics (Grades: A, A, C)
The Study School 1977-1988, Montreal, Canada
Additional Theatre Training
Siminovitch Master Class 2005 with Carole Fréchette
One of 17 candidates chosen from across Canada for this 3-day playwriting seminar
Plays written and produced
2009- Sexy béton A documentary trilogy about the de la Concorde overpass collapse. Co-productions
2011 with the Segal Centre for the Perfomring Arts (2009-10) and the Théâtre Denise Pelletier (2011).
Awarded a 2010 Distinction MECCA.
2008 Import/Export A documentary play about globalization. Self-directed. A co-
production between Porte Parole and the Festival TransAmériques. Presented at Espace Go
2005 Seeds A documentary play about the Schmeiser vs. Monsanto legal case. Written by Annabel
Soutar, directed by Greg Kramer. Produced by Porte Parole at the Monument-National Nov-Dec 2005.
Named the Best English Production of 2005 by the Association québécoise des critiques de theatre.
2004 Jocelyne et le violon A documentary play written in both French and English, that follows the case of a woman suffering from Osteoporosis. Written by Annabel Soutar, directed by Jennifer Morehouse. Commissioned by Merck Frosst in collaboration with the FADOQ.
2003 Estelle A documentary play in French, detailing the case of a patient suffering from Arthritis. Written by Annabel Soutar, directed by Jennifer Morehouse. Commissioned by Merck Frosst Inc.
2003 Santé! (Part 2: Doctors and Bureaucrats) at the McCord Museum January 29th
A documentary play about the Quebec health care system. Written by Annabel Soutar, directed by Robert Reid. Produced by Projet Porte Parole.
2002 Santé! (Part 1: What’s the Problem?) at the McCord Museum November 20th
A documentary play about the Quebec health care system. Written by Annabel Soutar, directed by Alex Ivanovici. Produced by Projet Porte Parole. Awarded a 2003 Distinction MECCA (Montreal English Critics’ Circle) Award.
2002 2000 Questions in La Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts, March 20 – April 6
A documentary satire about the stock market in the Year 2000. Written by Annabel
Soutar, directed by Alex Ivanovici. Produced by Projet-Porte-Parole. Nominated for a 2002 Best New Text
MECCA (Montreal English Critics’ Circle) Award.
Novembre in the Théâtre du Maurier at the Monument-National, January 20-February 5
A documentary play about politics in Quebec. Written by Annabel Soutar, Directed by Alex Ivanovici. Produced by I Spy A Theatre Company and Projet Porte-Parole. Nominated for a 2000 ‘Revelation’ Masque Award by the Académie québecoise du theatre.
Co-founder and Artistic Director of Porte Parole, Montreal, Quebec
2011 A non-profit documentary theatre company with the mandate to create and produce documentary plays about
contemporary life and current events in Quebec.
2007- Part-Time Drama Teacher Selwyn House School, Westmount, Quebec
2011 Teaching Grade 9-Grade 11 Drama Courses.
Director of a scene from John Mighton’s The Little Years at Geordie Theatre
Part of Imago Theatre’s “Director’s Gym”
1998 Drama Instructor at The Young Actors’ Studio in Montreal, Quebec
Full-time summer camp instructor for teenagers studying ‘dramatic text interpretation’.
1998 Assistant Director for director Bill Glassco at Lac Brome Theatre, July-August
For the English-language première of Pierre et Marie et le Démon by Michel-Marc Bouchard;
co-ordinated the sound design, assisted the director in rehearsal, and worked as liason between
director and artistic director of Lac Brome Theatre.
1998 Dramaturg for director Nicholas Pynes at Lac Brome Theatre, June-July
For the Canadian première of Don Quixote de La Jolla (de Lac Brome); researched the
script’s cultural and literary references; revised the script to frame it within a contemporary
1997 Production Assistant for Rightime Production’s Macbeth, at the Monument-National
Sponsorship solicitation and coordination; coordination of school groups to attend matinée performances;
organization of gala opening night ceremony; liason between producers and stage manager.
1995-6 Drama and Film Theory Teacher at The Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore
Taught cegep-level students acting and directing for film and film theory; advisor to student film
projects; research assistant to program director in the field of documentary film; script-writing advisor.
1993 Assistant Editor and Theatre Critic for Backstage Newspaper in New York City
Summer internship; proof-reading and editing theatre articles; assisting in research of articles.
2011 Taught 8-hour documentary writing seminar at the National Theatre School
2009 Taught Intensive Weekend Theatre Seminar at Concordia University.
2005-11 Guest seminar speaker in Concordia University’s Theatre Department
2007-11 Member of the Concordia University Fine Arts Advisory
2000-11 Princeton University Alumni Association
Quebec Chapter Past-President.
2000-4 Quebec Drama Federation
Individual Artist Grants
2007 CAC research and creation grant to write the final 2 drafts of Import/Export
2006 CALQ research and creation grant to research and write Import/Export
2004 CALQ research and creation grant to pursue dramaturgical development of Seeds
2003 CAC/IPOLC research and creation grant to write Seeds
2001 CALQ research and creation grant to write 2000 Questions