Upcoming Performances

Trans Script Art - Mask

Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m.

at Festival of Faith
43rd General Council of the United Church of Canada
Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2000 Simcoe St North, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

“I used to think of you as a girl named Steven, now you’re named Fiona.”
 – Ruth

Becoming who you are is never easy. How do we find and define our identities? What does it mean to be a woman? What can we change? What happens to our most important relationships when we do change?

Based on real stories, Trans-Script follows six characters over the course of a few months as they adapt to changes and find new truths about themselves. The stories and characters of Trans-Script pose an essential question: “Is love enough?”

Trans-Script is an original 50-minute play, written by Rosemary Nolan and Eleanor Crowder, that explores love and relationships in the context of transgender experiences. The performances will be followed by a moderated audience-cast talkback.

Content suitable for ages 12+

Trans-Script has been performed at The Gladstone Theatre, Carleton, Algonquin, uOttawa, high schools, churches, and conferences of the United Church of Canada (Rendez-Vous 2017, the Annual Meeting of Bay of Quinte Conference, and annual conference of Affirm United).

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Trans-Script on stage this summer!


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Audrey is trans woman involved with Faith & Arts Ottawa for the last four years. She is very proud of and excited to be working as part of Foundations and Pathways Ottawa, a new peer support program for trans and gender diverse people in the Champlain region. She’s also training to be a part of Ottawa Roller Derby, a recreational league that regularly holds Crash Courses to train up new players to join in the fun.

Kathleen Grady-ThompsonBlind Aura Kathleen

Kathleen has enjoyed performing with Faith and Arts Ottawa since 2014. As a strong ally with the LGBTQ2 community, she enjoys learning from and advocating for acceptance over tolerance of everyone. Theatre is a powerful device for this!


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Oliver can still be found acting for Myth Maker Pictures, on YouTube. Oliver has been working with Faith and Arts Ottawa for two years, which he found quite by accident, auditioning for different show.  He looks forward to many more of these fortunate accidents to come.</p>


Lola RyanLola in blue

Lola is a dancer, teacher, poet and writer. England to Ontario to Vancouver to Ottawa – for now. A lifelong love affair with transition brings her to here and now, to the glory of growth, to becoming everything she has lived for. After the joy of international athletic competition, walking the airy halls of academe, then the footlights and fanfare of dance and theatre, across the country and abroad, she now moves in new directions, into new worlds.

Christina Anderson DSC_0056

Christina has been a cast member with Faith and Arts Ottawa since its creation, and serves on the governing board of Faith and Arts Ottawa. She keeps busy with disability advocacy in Ottawa, as well as volunteering for numerous causes.

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Ashley found her community when she introduced to Faith and Arts Ottawa back in 2014, and has been involved in five productions produced by Faith and Arts Ottawa. Doing amateur theatre with Faith and Arts Ottawa provides Ashley the milieu to combine her two passions in life, faith and the arts. Ashley is also the administrator for Faith and Arts Ottawa.

Rosemary NolanRosemary Nolan

Rosemary is the director co-playwright of Trans-script (with Eleanor Crowder). She has been involved in four previous Faith and Arts Ottawa, and will be leading another in Kingston this fall. Rosemary is also a high school  teacher and a stage manager. She is currently directing Twelfth Night, with young actors, outdoors at Rag and Bone’s Shakespeare Camp in Ottawa.

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Eleanor Crowder performs, writes and directs.  Her career is based in Ottawa with on-going project outreach to Sioux Lookout ON and Whitehorse, YT.
Her plays include Momma’s Boy, Windfall Jelly, and A World of Stories. Recent devised projects are Echo, staged in a cave, and Skin Songs, currently in development.

She combines a forty year career in professional theatre with community-based research leading to arts work for specific communities.

For Faith and Arts Ottawa, she has created a theatre program spanning the past 6 seasons.  Projects have been: The god Monologuesgod Verbatim, Oh god, Trans-Script and Hope?  She works with emerging directors in this context, where community experience provides the base for theatrical exploration and where the building of community is the primary focus of the work.

(Photo credit : Andrew Alexander)