Projects In Development

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Adaptation / Devised Performance by Ahmed Moneka (Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, Iraqi Theatre Company/Royal Shakespeare Company; The Abduction from the Seraglio, Canadian Opera Company/Wajdi Mouawad) and Jesse LaVercombe, directed by Seth Bockley (2666, Goodman Theatre, Chicago; February House, The Public Theatre, NYC).

  • Workshop - The Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, October 2018

  • Workshop - The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, December 2018

  • Pivot Arts Festival, Chicago, June 2019

Hallelujah, It’s Holly (or, A Judeo-Unitarian Verbatim Representation of the Rise and Fall of Holly from Hamilton)

Three-act play, developed through Driftwood Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence Program, with dramaturgical support from Daniel Brooks, Aaron Willis, and four public readings in 2017/18 directed by Andrea Donaldson and Jeremy Smith. Further development funding in 2018 from the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

G-G-G-Genevieve

Two-act musical, book, music and lyrics by Jesse LaVercombe and Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski, commissioned by YES Theatre, workshopped in August 2018 with direction by Robert McQueen

 

Completed Projects

Plays:

Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender – (One Act) Director: Adam Lazarus, Dramaturge: Guillermo Verdecchia, Design: Beth Kates

  • New York International Fringe Festival, August 2016

    • Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, New York Theatre Guide, Theatre in the Now, Broadway World, and more.

  • Kick & Push Festival, August 2017

  • Videofag, January 2016

A Presence of Monster(One Act) PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, 2014 (co-creator, Directed by David Bloom)

Donny’s Second Book – (One Act) Saint Thomas University, 2012 (co-author with Step Taylor)

 

Short Plays:

The QuestionThe Theatre Centre, Daughter Fundraiser, 2018

Alex & Ted – Performed by the Howland Company, Toronto, 2017

Bee Keeping with Millennials – Toronto Monologue Slam, 2017

I Hear You – Feminist Debaters 2017, Toronto

#MCAA (Make Canada America Again) – Wrecking Ball #21, Toronto, 2016

The Return – Wrecking Ball #20, Toronto, 2016

Preacher Man – Directed by Adam Lazarus

  • United Solo Festival, New York, 2013

    • **Winner of the Best Short Solo Award**

  • Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2013

  • Toronto Festival of Clowns, 2012

  • Saint Thomas University, 2012

  • National Theatre School, 2012

 

Short Films:

“The Things You Think I’m Thinking” – 14 minute drama, Directed by Sherren Lee, Produced by Meraki Moving Pictures, 2017

Awards:

  • **International Shorts Grand Jury Prize** - Outfest, LA 2018

  • **Best Screenplay** - CMG Short Film Festival 2018

  • **Special Jury Prize** - Canadian Film Festival 2018

  • **Best Canadian Short** - Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2018

  • **Breakthroughs Award** + **Best Actor (Prince Amponsah)** - Toronto New Wave 2018

  • **AWFJ EDA Award** - Whistler Film Festival 2017

  • **Multicultural Golden Sheaf Award** + **Director Fiction - Award** + Nominations for Short Subject (Fiction), Kathleen Shannon Award, and Best of Fest - Yorkton Film Festival 2018

  • **Best Canadian Short** - OUTeast Queer Film Festival 2018

Official Selection:

  • SXSW 2018 (Grand Jury Award Nominee)

  • Slamdance 2018

  • BFI Flare: London 2018

  • LA Film Festival 2018

  • Outfest Los Angeles 2018

  • TIFF Short Cuts: Love Letters and Mixtapes 2018

  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival 2018

  • Iris Prize 2018

  • Queer Screen Sydney 2018

  • CinemaQ Film Festival 2018

  • QFilms Long Beach 2018

  • Flickers.36 Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018

  • Dawson City International Short Film Festival 2018

  • Atlanta Film Festival 2018

  • CinemaQ Film Festival 2018

  • Interrobang Film Festival 2018

  • Snake Alley Festival of Film 2018

  • Athens International Film + Video Festival 2018

  • Sarasota Film Festival 2018

  • Breakthroughs Film Festival 2018

  • OUTshine Film Festival Miami 2018

  • Lovers Film Festival Torino LGBTQI Visions 2018

  • Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018

  • KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2018

  • Mostra FIRE 2018

  • Indie Street Film Festival 2018

  • Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

  • Breakthrough Film Festival 2018

  • Out Here Now 2018: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival (Celebration of Courage Award for Short Film - FINALIST)

  • Oaxaca FilmFest 2017

  • PREMIERE: Atlantic International Film Festival 2017

“Philip” – 5 minute comedy, Directed by Sherren Lee, Produced by the Canadian Film Centre, 2016

“Tony” – 5 minute drama, Directed by Adam Goldhammer, Produced by the Canadian Film Centre, 2016

 

Articles:

“Life’s Too Short to be a Douchenozzle” – Intermission Magazine*, March 31st, 2017

“Bluit Nanche” – Intermission Magazine, October 21st, 2016

Naked Men on Small Stages” – Intermission Magazine, May 12th, 2016

*Former Contributing Editor

 

Other:

Do What You Love – Created and Performed by Nathaniel Justiniano/Naked Empire Bouffon Company, San Francisco (in collaboration with Robert Rosen, Adam Lazarus, Jesse LaVercombe & Gabriel McKinney)

  • Intrepid Theatre's Uno Fest, Victoria, BC, 2017

  • Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2017

  • Shotgun's BLAST Festival, Berkeley, CA, 2016

  • PianoFight, San Francisco, 2016

The Life of Jude – SummerWorks Festival 2013, Toronto (composer, with Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski)     

Fishing – Montreal Fringe Festival, What She Said Productions, 2017 (co-director)

Dinner Parties – Vancouver Art Gallery as part of FUSE: Crowd Studies, 2013 (co-creator)