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Playwright releases sequel in young adult book series, RD News Now, December 3, 2018

Andrew Kooman to release second book on young adult series, Red Deer Express, November 15, 2018

VIDEO: Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Kooman at Forest City Film Festival, WesternTV, November 2, 2018

Red Deer author releases second book in his young adult ‘Ten Silver Coins’ series, Red Deer Advocate, October 31, 2018

Kooman releasing second book after nine-year wait, Red Deer News Now, October 31, 2018

Who is number 18? She has a name, Forest City Film Festival, October 2, 2018

Red Deer native Andrew Kooman’s latest script already making waves, Red Deer Express, September 10, 2018

Kooman brothers with Best New Filmmaker Award in Nashville, Newswire, August 2, 2018

Unveil Studios lands more acclaim for Kooman brothers, Red Deer Express, July 27, 2018

Red Deer Filmmakers Pick up Two Awards in Nashville, Lacombe online, July 20, 2018

Unveil Studios wins Two Crown Awards in Nashville, Red Deer News Now, July 18, 2018

Red Deer filmmaking brothers win two Christian visual media awards, Red Deer Advocate, July 18, 2018

French Language Print Interview: Cinq prix Indie pour une maison de production de Red Deer,, July 27, 2017

French Language Radio Interview: She Has A Name des studios Unveil de Red Deer, Radio Canada’s Ici Alberta, July 27, 2017

Locally-produced film She Has A Name continues to receive accolades, Mark Weber, Red Deer Express, July 26, 2017

She Has A Name wins five Top Indie Film awards, BC Local News, July 20, 2017

5 Top Indie Awards for She Has A NameGary McKinnon, RD News Now, July 19, 2017

She Has A Name wins 5 Top Indie Film awards, Lana Michelin, Red Deer Advocate, July 18, 2017

REVIEW: She Has A Name is a thought-provoking, authentic, emotionally intelligent film, Your Film Review, June 19, 2017

REVIEW: ‘She Has A Name’ is a stunning new Indie thriller inspired by real events, Occhi Magazine, May 19, 2017

She Has A Name lands Alberta film honours, Mark Weber, Red Deer Express, May 12, 2017

She Has A Name wins Rosie for outstanding film work, Red Deer Advocate, May 2, 2017

She Has a Name wins Alberta Film and Television Award, Drumheller Independent, May 2, 2017

More honours for Red Deer-produced film, She Has a Name, Lana Michelin, Red Deer Advocate, April 7, 2017

She Has A Name nominated for Alberta Film and Television Awards, Red Deer Express, April 5, 2017

She Has A Name wins Audience Choice Award at Central Alberta Film Festival, CAFF, April 2, 2017

Red Deer-produced human trafficking movie up for five awards, Troy Gillard RD News Now, March 31, 2017

Blackmagic Design Unveils the Darker Side of Filmmaking with “She Has a Name”, Digital Producer Magazine, March 29, 2017

What We Didn’t Know to debut in Red Deer, Mark Weber, Red Deer Express, March 29, 2017

LISTEN: Matt and Andrew Kooman’s Conversation with Tom Power on CBC’s q, March 2, 2017

Brothers Andrew and Matt Kooman bring horrors of human trafficking to the screen, CBC q, March 2, 2017

She Has a Name: Unveil Studios Offers Humanitarian Perspective through Filmmaking, MicroFilmmaker Magazine, February 15, 2017

Red Deer brothers take on human trafficking with film version of She Has a Name, Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald, February 7, 2017

VIDEO: Screenwriter Andrew Kooman interview on daytime London, Rogers TV, January 19, 2017

CBC Radio Interview: ‘She Has a Name’ playwright and filmmaker Andrew Kooman, CBC Calgary The Homestretch, January 17, 2017

SHE HAS A NAME to Debut 1/18 in Limited Run at The Elektra Theatre,, January 12, 2017

Writer hopes She Has a Name will renew slavery conversation, David Feil, Cochrane Times, January 4, 2017

LISTEN: Playwright and screenwriter Andrew Kooman on the Andrew Lawton Show, December 30, 2016 (Interview starts at the 38:50 mark).

Buzzworthy films kick off 2017 Chinook screenings, Tammy Marlowe Johnson, Cochrane Eagle, December 29, 2016

She Has A Name, Noel Edey, Cochrane Times, December 28, 2016

Radio Interview: Andrew Kooman talks about the World Premiere of She Has A Name, Sunny 94, December 16, 2016

Radio Interview: Screenwriter Andrew Kooman talks about why he wrote She Has A Name, Sunny 94, December 16, 2016

Film Launches Anti-Trafficking Movement With Screenings Around the World, Kim Kay, Lacombe Online, December 16, 2016

Film raises awareness of human trafficking issue, Comox Valley Record, December 8, 2016

Red Deer screenwriter thrilled with film premiere, Kalisha Mendosa, Lacombe Express, December 8, 2016

She Has A Name Draws Attention to International Child Sex Trade, Reuters Insider, December 2, 2016

She Has A Name Producer Donna Abraham interview with BBC Talk Back, December 2, 2016 (interview starts at 51:44 min)

Digital Round-Up: Harry Potter, She Has A Name, Third Sector, UK, December 2, 2016

Sex Trafficking Can Be Stopped In Our Lifetime, Donna Abraham, Huffington Post UK, December 2, 2016

She Has A Name, Back to the Movies, December 2, 2016

Red Deer-produced film on human trafficking set for world premiere, Troy Gillard, RD News Now, December 1, 2016

The Red Deer-made indie film She Has A Name will premiere this week to a hometown audience, Lana Michelin, Red Deer Advocate, November 29, 2016

She Has A Name to premiere in Red Deer, Dara Kendell, Drumheller Online, November 26, 2016

For Women Everywhere, IJM Canada, November 25, 2016

“She Has A Name”, Her At Campus, UWO, November 23, 2016

New Film ‘She Has A Name’ Set For Release To Fight Human Trafficking, Hello Christian, November 22, 2016

International Justice mission Canada Hosts Exclusive Toronto Pre-Screening of the Film She Has A Name to Shed Light on Human Trafficking, IJM Canada Press Releae, November 21, 2016

Funding Freedom through She Has A Name to make A Better World, Laura Tester, ABW Canada, October 31, 2016

She Has A Name releases first film teaser, Mark Weber, Red Deer Express, October 26, 2016

Sneak peek of She Has A Name, Lana Michelin, Red Deer Advocate, October 14, 2016

Trailer Debuts for Red Deer-produced Film on Human Trafficking, Troy Gillard, RD News Now, October 11, 2016

She Has A Name Releases First Film Teaser on International Day of the Girl, PR Log, October 11, 2016

Director Daniel Kooman talks She Has A Name, Your Limitless Life Podcast, August 22, 2016

She Has A Name featured on CTV, July 8, 2016

She Has A Name to Fund Freedom – Sneak PeakShaw TV – Jun 24, 2016

Shaw TV features She Has A Name, June 28, 2016

Andrew Kooman receives Distinguished Alumnus Award at 2016 RDC Community Awards, Red Deer College, May 26, 2016

College honours distinguished alumni for community work, Brenda Kossawan, Red Deer Advocate, May 19, 2016

Five recipients honoured at Red Deer College Community Awards, RDC News, May 19, 2016

With Hope In Action, Kooman releases poignant book, Red Deer Express, May 11, 2016

Canadian words on international stages, Playwrights Guild of Canada, April 12, 2016

New musical After Hymn! in Red Deer, Mark Weber, Red Deer Express,  March 9, 2016

Talented Teresa Ting stars in human trafficking film ‘She Has a Name, Examiner / Particle News – Jan 22, 2016

Will Yun Lee Set For ‘She Has A Name’, Deadline Hollywood, November 12, 2015

Shaw Saskatoon – We Are the Body VIDEO Interviews with Director Stephen Waldschmidt and Actor Tim Bratton, May 29, 2015

CTV Saskatoon Morning Show – VIDEO Interview with We Are the Body Director Stephen Waldschmidt and Actor Tim Bratton, May 25, 2015 (at 12:00 min mark)

Beth Jarrell, Second World War Stories inspire play premiering in city, Saskatoon Express, May 20, 2015

Cold War drama based on true events set to premiere Star Phoenix, May 20, 2015

Calgary theatre critics announce Critter nominees Calgary Herald, May 19, 2015

We Are the Body Nominated for 3 Calgary Theatre Critics Awards2015 Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards: The nominees Calgary Sun, May 19, 2015

Thandiwe Konguavi Drama explores power of conscience Western Catholic Reporter, May 18, 2015

REVIEW: Louis B. Hobson, Andrew Kooman’s ‘We are the body’ is a tragic tale of modern-day martyrdom Calgary Sun, May 14, 2015

Stephen Hunt, Kooman gets solitary with We Are the Body Calgary Herald, May 14, 2015

Louis B. Hobson, ‘We Are The Body’ an homage to a modern-day martyr Calgary Sun, May 11, 2015

Laureen F. Guenther, Rosebud actress and instructor hosts play Strathmore Times, May 8, 2015

REVIEW: Lana Michelin, An emotion-packed evening of theatre Red Deer Advocate, May 6, 2015

REVIEW: Mark Weber, We Are the Body offers challenging, thought-provoking theatre Red Deer Express, May 6, 2015

Saskatoon artists play prominent roles in World Premiere of We Are the Body at Studio 914 Theatre May 26-31 Wire Service, May 5, 2015

Michael Ferraresi, Student speeches champion social awareness, GCU News March 26, 2015

Lana Michelin, “Psychological thriller looks at prisoners of conscience” Red Deer Advocate, April 30, 2015

Mark Weber, “Burnt Thicket Theatre presents premiere of We Are the Body” Red Deer Express, April 29, 2015

Lana Michelin, “She Has a Name set to become a movie project” Red Deer Advocate, March 22, 2015

Lana Michelin, “A new look at Easter story on stage” Red Deer Advocate, March 17, 2015

PR Wizard, Burnt Thicket Theatre presents World Premiere of We Are the Body by Andrew Kooman, March 16, 2015

Mark Weber, “Easter production set for Pregnancy Care fundraiser” Red Deer Express, March 11, 2015

Lana Michelin, “Scripts at Work coming to an end” Red Deer Advocate, December 29, 2014

Megan Voss, “School play talks human rights” Sherwood Park News, November 20, 2014

Shaw TV, “The Space” Video interview,  November 3, 2014

Red Deer Advocate, Cutting edge and classic fare: 2014-15 entertainment lineup, September 10, 2014

Mark Weber, New creative space opening in City’s downtown, Red Deer Express, July 2, 2014

Harley Richards, The Space to create: new downtown recording facility, Red Deer Advocate, June 11, 2014

Radio interview with cast of Freefall stage’s production of She Has A Name, AUDIO (at 26:14), Capital Public Radio, Sacramento.

Laurette Woodward, “Andrew Kooman: Storyteller, visionary and activist” Red Deer Living, Summer 2014

Marcus Crowder, “In Folsom, Free Fall has a ‘Name’ to share” Sacramento Bee, May 29, 2014

Folsom theatre tackles human trafficking epidemic ABC News 10, Sacramento, May 17, 2014 (VIDEO)

Gerry Camp,  Folsom Telegraph, “Play casts light on shadows of human trafficking” Folsom Telegraph, May 6, 2014

Murray Crawford, “Writer helps pregnancy care centre” Red Deer Advocate, November 1, 2013

Mark Weber, “Local author pens monologues for pregnancy care gala” Red Deer Express, October 30, 2013

Mark Weber, “City author seeks new book material on journey” Red Deer Express, January 23, 2012

Paul Cowley, “‘Power of hope’ helps save child from sexual exploitation” Red Deer Advocate, October 9 2012

Lana Michelin, “She Has A Name returns with more emotional punch” Red Deer Advocate, October 4, 2012

Interview with playwright Andrew Kooman: CTV News – Edmonton, October 2, 2012 (at 1:39 – 2:38)

Marcel Wassink, “She Has A Name” TKUC Review, October 1, 2012

Play exposes global sex trade” Edmonton Journal, September 28, 2012

Anna Borowiecki, ”Review: Humanity’s ugliness exposed in She Has A Name” St. Albert Gazette, September 27, 2012

Liz Nicholls, “Theatre Review: Performances outshine writing in vivid activist play” Edmonton Journal, September 26, 2012

Mark Weber, “Acclaimed local playwright wraps successful tour” Red Deer Express, September 26, 2012

Aspen Gainer, “Play about human trafficking, written by Albertan, comes to Edmonton” Edmonton Examiner, September 25, 2012

Liz Nicholls, “She Has A Name tackles the sex trafficking trade onstage” Edmonton Journal, September 24, 2012

Mike Ross, “Actors dedicated to cause in play about human trafficking” Gig City, September 24, 2012

Lana Michelin, “Powerful play returning home” Red Deer Advocate, September 22, 2012

Anna Borowiecki, “Play about human trafficking provides chilling insights” St. Albert Gazette, September 22, 2012

Susan Zielinski, “Groups helping sex trade victims” Red Deer Advocate, September 20, 2012

Award-winning play coming to Kelowna” Kelowna Capital News, September 17, 2012

Erika Thorkelsen”Vancouver Fringe Festival Capsule Review – She Has A Name” Vancouver Sun, September 14, 2012

Amanda McCuaig, “She Has A Name leaves you breathless” Art Threat, September 11, 2012

PGC’s Q&A with Andrew Kooman – Fringe Edition” Playwrights Guild of Canada, September 10, 2012

Lisa Barrett, “She Has A Name: Review” Plank Magazine, September 8, 2012

Pick of the Fringe” Victoria Fringe Festival, September 3, 2012

She Has A Name: Theatre Preview,” Vancouver Plays Vol. 98, August 31, 2012

Interview with Director Stephen Waldschmidt, CFUV 101.9 FM, August 23, 2012

Laureen F. Guenther, “She Has A Name Cross-Canada Tour” REVIEW, Maranatha News, August 22, 2012

Stephen Hunt, “Fringe Review: She Has A Name” 4 Star Review Calgary Herald, August 4, 2012

She Has A Name Review” Calgary Musicals, August 4, 2012

Christina Kuntz, “Talkback panel tackles human trafficking” Calgary Herald, August 3, 2012

Bob Clark and Stephen Hunt, “Fringe Picks: Eight shows that caught our attention” Calgary Herald,  August 2, 2012

Bruce Weir, “A Staple of the Theatrical Calendar” Swerve Calgary, August 2, 2012

Louis B. Hobson, “Winning the lottery of local theatrics at Fringe Fest ” July 29, 2012

Donald McKenzie, “Fringe Review: She Has A Name” July 26, 2012

Anna Lazowski, “She Has A Name – 4 Star Review” CBC Winnipeg, July 21, 2012

Marlo Campbell, “She Has A Name – 3.5 Star Review” Uptown, July 21, 2012

Where is God at the Fringe?: VIDEO Interview with Carl Kennedy and Sienna Howell Holden” Ignite 107 Radio, July 19, 2012.

Kevin Prokosh, “She Has A Name” Winnipeg Free Press, July 18, 2012

Kenneth Chisholm, “She Has A Name: REVIEW“ Theater in London, July 13, 2012

Mallory Clarkson, “Sex trafficking highlighted in She Has a Name, playing July 12-13 at the Aeolian” London Community News, July 11, 2012

Mark Weber, “Local playwright continues to garner attention for challenging production” Red Deer Express, July 11, 2012

Joe Belanger, “Innocent victims at risk” The London Free Press, July 10, 2012

The Sunday Read: Stephen Waldschmidt on She Has a Name The Charlebois Post, July 1, 2012

Natalie Faith, VIDEO: Interviews with Andrew Kooman, Stephen Waldschmidt, Evelyn Chew and Carl Kennedy “She Has A Name” 100 Huntley Street, June 27, 2012

Elissa Barnard, “Trafficked kids given identity” Chronicle Herald, June 27, 2012

Mark Weber, “RDC alumnus receives provincial award” Red Deer Express, June 20, 2012

Bloody Underated REVIEW: “Montreal Fringe: She Has A Name”  June 19, 2012

EyeSee Online, “Four Days to End Sex Slavery: Day One, It Starts with Awareness” June 18, 2012

Pat Donnelly, “Montreal Fringe Festival: No Fixed Abode, She Has a Name, The Harvester” Montreal Gazette, June 17, 2012

Estelle Rosen, “Review: She Has A Name (Fringe)” Charelbois Post, June 16, 2012

Red Deer College Alumnus & She Has a Name Playwright Andrew Kooman Receives Provincial Award of Excellence,” PR Wizard, June 16, 2012

Kooman receives provincial alumnus award” Red Deer Advocate, June 16, 2012

Geordon Omand, “A Taste of the Fringe” The Link, June 16, 2012

Pat Donnelly, “Fringe 2012: Top-10-show predictions” Montreal Gazette, June 15, 2012

Pat Donnelly (Gazette Theatre Critic), “Fringe 2012: Alberta group’s play explores human trafficking” Montreal Gazette, June 14, 2012

She Has A Name (Fringe)” Charlebois Post, June 12, 2012

Kevin Reid, “The story of #18” The Visitorium REVIEW, June 7, 2012

“The human face of human trafficking” RADIO: Interview with Playwright Andrew Kooman and MP Joy Smith, CBC Ottawa Morning, June 7, 20123

Global TV, Lethbridge – VIDEO Interview with playwright Andrew Kooman, May 26 (from 2:24-3:17)

Lana Michelin, “Playwright tells story of human trafficking” Red Deer Advocate, May 15, 2012

Al Beeber, “She has a name” Lethbridge Herald, May 11, 2012

 Louis B. Hobson, “Actor makes Name in trafficking play” Calgary Sun, May 4, 2012

Andrew Kooman talks on Blog Talk Radio with Glendene Grant, April 24, 2012 (for the 1st hr of the show – Andrew speaks at 13:19; 16:05; 27:25; 37:10; 39:32; 43:20; 47:12; 49:19; 52:23; 54:00; 55:25; 61:29; 66:49; 73:03)

Locally Grown Play She Has A Name,” Country Sunrise News, Vol 15, Issue 3, April 2012

Shannon LeClair, “She Has A Name returns” Strathmore Times, April 20, 2012

She Has A Name to tour Canada The Calgary Herald, April 6, 2012

Erin Fawcett, “Local playwright looking for more support to launch tour” Red Deer Express, February 15 2012

Crystal Rhyno “Literacy program helping everyone from immigrants to business professionals” Red Deer Advocate, September 6 2011.

Paula Trotter, “[TEDx] Speakers offer connections” Red Deer Advocate, August 18 2011

Rachael Frey, “Conference aims to expose the realities of human trafficking” The Anchor Weekly, August 2011

Keith Stein, “Canadian church takes deep look into human trafficking” Ground Report, August 6 2011

Mark Weber, “Production about horrors of sexual trafficking deserves support” Red Deer Express, July 27 2011

” ‘Must see play’ being prepared for national tour ” Red Deer Advocate, July 23, 2011

Mark Weber, “Local author taking acclaimed play on the road” Red Deer Express, July 20 2011

Krista Sylvester, “Burnt Thicket’s big announcement” FFWD Weekly, July 18 2011

Calgary-based Burnt Thicket Theatre plans six-month, 13 city tour of She Has A Name” PR Log, July 14 2011

Darcie Nolan, “The Power of Theatre” EyeSee Media, July 8, 2011

Changing the world” Red Deer Express, April 6 2011

Erin Fawcett, “Upcoming seminar focuses on human trafficking in Canada” Red Deer Express, April 6 2011

Red Deer to host event in April with leading Canadian anti-trafficking activists and lawmaker” PR Log, March 23 2011

Shannon LeClair, “She Has A Name” Strathmore Times, March 18 2011

Mark Weber, “Compelling story shines light on plague of sexual trafficking” Red Deer Express, March 16 2011

Darcie Nolan, “Beyond a Play” EyeSee Online, March 11 2011

Mark Weber, “Local author weaves powerful story with She Has A Name” Red Deer Express, March 10 2011

Lana Michelin, “She Has A Name production sheds light on sex slavery” Red Deer Advocate, March 9 2011

Mark Weber, “Local author set to stage new play in City” Red Deer Express, March 2 2011

Kathleen Renne, ArtBeat Interview on CKUA Radio February 27 2011

Lana Michelin, “Play personalizes an industry that strips away identity” Red Deer Advocate, February 25 2011

Louis B. Hobson, “Calgary’s She Has A Name a heart-wrenching hit” Calgary Sun, February 24 2011 (4 STAR REVIEW)

Bob Clark, “Play explores the horror of human trafficking” Calgary Herald, February 24 2011

Jim Brown, Interview with playwright Andrew Kooman Calgary EyeOpener, CBC February 24 2011

Bob Clark, “She Has A Name puts face on human tragedy” Calgary Herald, February 23 2011 (Also printed in the Ottawa Citizen, Regina Leader Post , Windsor Star)

Kathleen Renne, Arts Alive Radio Interview with playwright Andrew Kooman, CKUA February 22 2011

Sara Wilson, “Local church hosts world-class rehearsals” Strathmore Standard February 22 2o11

Louis B. Hobson, “Darker Side of Society” Calgary Sun, February 20 2011

Krista Sylvester, “They all have a name” FFWD Weekly |Theater, February 17 2011

Jamie Ross, “Making a name for themselves” Calgary Herald February, 17 2011

James Wilt, “Human trafficking portrayed through local theatre project” Calgary Journal, February 4, 2011

She Has A Name bares chilling truths about human trafficking in sex trade” Wire Service Canada, January 25, 2011

burnt thicket shines light on human trafficking,” The Rusty Caravan, January 19, 2011

Kevin Rushworth, “Raise the curtain on a new year of theatre” The Reflector, January 19, 2011

Darcie Nolan, “5 minutes with a playwright” EyeSee Media Online, January 18, 2011

Lani Ledingham, “Captivated chats with Andrew Kooman” (VIDEO) January 8, 2011

Sarah Wilson, “Local director shines light on global crisis” The Strathmore Standard, January 12, 2011

Andrew Kooman, “Editorial: Let’s write a new story this year,”  Red Deer Express, December 29, 2010

She Has A Name: From Numbers and Statistics to Heart and Soul” EyeSee Media online feature, December 2010

Mark Weber, “Local author gearing up for theatrical production”  Red Deer Express, December 22, 2010

burnt thicket theatre shines light on human trafficking” via PR Wizard, December 20, 2010

Playwright and directory interview for She Has A Name” (VIDEO) December 17, 2010

Andrew Kooman, “Editorial: Measured speech thunders loudly in any crisis” Red Deer Express, December 1, 2010

Lani Ledingham, “Living an ‘Aha Moment’” Red Deer College Notebook, October 2010

Andrew Kooman “Reflections: Burmese refugees in Malaysia” EyeSee Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 2, July 2010

Mark Weber, “Author explores plight of Malaysian refugees” Red Deer Express, July 14, 2010

Matthew Gauk, “Red Deer man writes about plight of refugees,” Red Deer Advocate, March 23, 2010

Local author unveils adventurous and original tale” Red Deer Express, December 9, 2009

RDC Alumni launches first book tonight at Second Cup” Red Deer College News, December 3 2009

Anna Tan, “Book Review: Ten Silver Coins: The Drylings of Acchora” Associated Content, November 28, 2009

Locally produced documentary tells powerful story” Red Deer Express, December 26, 2007

Laura Tester, E for Everyone Film Review, The Red Deer Advocate, December 18, 2007