Royce Vavrek

Royce Vavrek is a Canadian filmmaker, opera librettist, playwright and musical theatre writer known for the film From Sky and Soil, which was created as part of the Corus Young Filmmakers Initiative for broadcast on the W Network through a prize administered by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association His one-act opera with composer Jeff Myers, The Hunger Art, created while in residence at American Lyric Theater, premiered in concert at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater Symphony Space in New York City, and was subsequently presented by Center City Opera Philadelphia in September, 2008.

Selected filmmography

Film Year
Sacrifice 2003
Good Woman 2004 starring Marc Bouwer
From Sky and Soil 2005 Winner of the CFTPA Corus Young Filmmakers Initiative, 2004
I Will Not Be Sad Anymore 2005 Winner of the Quebec Cooperative Filmmakers Initiative "No Sweat" Competition, 2005
Pig and Bear 2008 International screening as part of TELEGRAMS from the New Canadian Cinema

Selected theatre

In 2000, Vavrek's play Small Sad Saccharine Sins was showcased at the Alberta One-Act Play Festival in Edmonton, Alberta.

In 2001, another of Vavrek's plays, I Can Fly!, competed at the Alberta Provincial One-Act Play Festival, again in Edmonton, Alberta. Later that year, the play was featured during the opening night performance of the Mass of Madpeople Players' production of The Tainted Heart Trilogy.

Vavrek's play Motherless Pig was featured in the collective production of Menagerie by Sound and Fury Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, in a production that garnered an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nomination for Best Production by a Collective in 2002. In a review for See Magazine, Gilbert Bouchard called the work a "deeply satirical, highly entertaining fable." In the same review he wrote: "With his sharp, crisp, witty script, Vavrek deconstructs identity politics without ever dipping into the pedantic or falling prey to either easy sentimentality or unvarnished pathos.

Selected musical theatre

Musical Year Collaborator
Slaughtersung: The Sheepera 2005 Moon Hee Park (composer)
Dreamers = 1 + 1 + 1 2006 Joy Son (composer)
The Popesical 2007 Brian Valencia (composer)
A Lot'A Nerve, Naomi Grubenstein 2008 Jay Anthony Gach (composer)
Sexbus 2010 Julianne Wick Davis (composer)
The Crazy Cat Lady Taught Us How to Sing 2010 Ellyn Otterson (composer)

Selected opera credits

Opera Year Collaborator Premiere
The Hunger Art 2008 Jeff Myers (composer) American Lyric Theatre Presents 'Opera in Eden'
Nora at the Altar-Rail 2008 Jay Anthony Gach (composer) American Lyric Theatre Presents 'Opera in Eden'


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