Annabel Soutar (CAN)

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

            June 2-5.


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.


Related Employment


   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

Canadian milieu.


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.


Other Activities


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