Canadian Chat with Emerging Playwright Trudee Romanek,

by Joe Szekeres

Trudee’s interview with Joe Szekeres for the OnStage Blog! Read about what life in the pandemic has brought about, and how things are likely to move forward in Trudee’s future.


Remembrance Day Word Up Barrie

Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, Barrie, Ontario, or online

November 11, 2021, 7:00–9:00 PM

Trudee and fellow playwright Danielle Kostrich will be the guests for Word Up Barrie’s special Remembrance Day panel, reading excerpts from their World War plays and discussing the challenges of writing about war. Those in Barrie can attend in person, and anyone is welcome to attend virtually. Those interested can register using the link on the webpage.



Filmed, streamed production of Trudee Romanek’s Tales of Andergrimm

Streaming to school classrooms as well as to the public

October 2021

After a summer of carefully distanced outdoor filming and studio recording, Kempenfelt Players’ delightful youth production of Trudee Romanek’s Tales of Andergrimm is ready to stream into a classroom or living room near you!

Tales of Andergrimm YouTube trailer


Trudee Romanek’s Comedy “I” on the Prize at the Snapshots Festival

Anglican Church of the Ascension, 266 North St, Port Perry, ON

October 14–16, 2021, 7 PM

Port Perry’s Snapshots Short Play Festival features the work of six playwrights, including Trudee Romanek’s new comedy entitled “I” on the Prize. The six scripts of the festival were written in response to three paintings by local artist Carol Matsuyama and will be read at each of three public readings from Thursday, October 14 until Saturday, October 16, 2021, beginning at 7 PM. Each audience is encouraged to provide feedback to benefit the playwrights as they continue to develop their plays.

UPDATE: “I” on the Prize was awarded special recognition at the festival as “a work that supports the beliefs and mission of Theatre on the Ridge.”

Trudee Romanek at the Snapshots Festival

“I” on the Prize wins a prize!

The Ghost Watchers — Augmented-reality historical walking tour

Downtown Barrie, ON

July 7–August 28

The Ghost Watchers, Theatre by the Bay’s groundbreaking augmented reality experience runs from July 7 until August 28 in the streets of downtown Barrie. The show was born of the collaborative efforts of five local playwrights — Emily Adams, Mary Barnes, Rhiannon Hoover, Rochelle Reynolds, and Trudee Romanek — as well as Artistic Director Iain Moggach and dramaturge Mary Harris.

Ghost Watchers trailer

Public readings of Half Baked at Theatre on the Ridge

302 Queen St., Port Perry, ON

July 28–31, 2021

Four public readings of the new one-act comedy Half Baked were shared with enthusiastic audiences between July 28 and 31, in the COVID-friendly outdoor venue at Theatre on the Ridge. The cast included Chris Noonan (Zeke), Reid Martin (Jocelyn), Angela Zieleniewski (Sunny), J.D. Plante (Brittany), Isabelle Blanusa (Amanda), and Nathan Simpson (Gord), shown here with Artistic Director Carey Nicholson and playwright Trudee Romanek.



Theatre on the Ridge’s “Something from Nothing” playwright 

302 Queen St.

Port Perry, ON

July 28–31, 2021 at 7 PM

Artistic Director Carey Nicholson has selected Trudee Romanek as their “Something from Nothing” playwright for 2021. Trudee will be working with six actors to develop and workshop a one-act comedy over the course of a few shorts weeks this summer, in preparation for public readings of the script at the end of July.


Bright Daybreak at Stage One’s Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary


Saturday, June 5, at noon MDT (2 PM EDT)


A condensed version of Trudee’s WWII play Bright Daybreak will be professionally workshopped over ten days by director/dramaturg Jenna Turk and a team of actors and as part of Stage One’s 34th annual Festival of New Canadian Work. At the end of the workshop period, the cast will offer a public reading via Zoom on Saturday, June 5, at noon MDT (2 PM EDT).

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What an unusual spring!

With everyone staying home and safe, and much of the world closed to travel, visits, or gatherings of any kind, Trudee’s calendar is pretty clear. She’s been busy writing (and researching in a whole new way – click here to find out how) and taking a couple of online courses. It may be a while before she comes to your local library or school, but in the meantime, stay safe, and here are a couple of ways you can hear from her digitally.


Springwater Township Public Library

In place of its scheduled April author night, the library has posted some videos of local authors on their webpage. You’ll find Author Talks from Trudee and other authors here.


Where It Happens

Ever wanted to see what an author’s writing space looks like? Here’s your chance to take a tour of Trudee’s studio.


More Authors!

You can see other Canadian authors read from their books on the YouTube channel of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, called Biblio Video, here.