Plays by Andrew Kooman
Andrew's critically acclaimed dramatic work has been produced across North America and toured Canada.
A regular contributor to the Skit Guys, his faith and family friendly content is staged on Sundays across North America.
SHE HAS A NAME
She Has A Name sold out every show of its February 2011 World Premiere in Calgary, Alberta, and followed up with a sold out run in Red Deer, Alberta in March of 2011. Burnt Thicket Theatre, in partnership with Raise Their Voice produced a 13 city cross-Canada tour of the play in 2012 that travelled from Halifax to Victoria.
During the 2012 Canadian Tour, She Has A Name was named the "Pick of the Fringe” at the 2012 Victoria Fringe festival and was nominated for the 2012 Centaur Theatre Award for Best Anglophone Production at the Montreal Fringe Festival. She Has A Name was also given the 2009 SAW/APN Award.
Since the premiere and tour, She Has A Name continues to be produced across the United States. Andrew adapted the script for a US/Mexico context in 2016. The first professional production of this version of the script was performed Off-Broadway January 2017 with a second run in September of 2017, produced by Ripple Effect Artists in New York City.
ANDREW’S OTHER THEATRICAL WORKS
In 2016 Andrew signed up with the US theatre phenomenon The Skit Guys which distribute his faith and family plays throughout the United States. Andrew's growing selection of plays have been produced hundreds of times in communities across the United States and continue to be produced on Sundays.
Andrew’s play We Are the Body about political prisoners in solitary confinement in 1950s Romania, had its World Premiere in May 2015. Produced by Burnt Thicket Theatre, the play toured to Red Deer and Calgary, Alberta then to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Given 4 Stars by the Calgary Sun, the Calgary Herald declared that “Andrew Kooman’s We Are the Body is a thoughtful, harrowing drama,” while the Red Deer Advocate wrote that “The lyrical, intense script delivers an emotion-packed evening of theatre.” [Read more Reviews]
The play was nominated for three 2015 Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards including Best New Script.
STORIES MAKING A DIFFERENCE: COMMISSIONED WORK
In November of 2013 Unveil Studios presented Andrew’s Three Monologues, directed by Stephen Waldschmidt in Red Deer followed by a performance in Didsbury, Alberta in March. Since then, Andrew was commissioned to write three other original works for CAPCC‘s annual Easter productions.
The inaugural Easter productions was That Towering Cross which premiered in Red Deer to sold-out audiences in March of 2015. After Hymn!, the second commissioned work in the series, based on the history of well-known hymns, was performed to great reception in March 2016. What We Didn’t Know was be produced in Red Deer in April 2017.
So far, the four productions (Three Monologues, That Towering Cross and After Hymn! and What We Didn't Know) have helped the organization to raise more than $350,000 for their charitable work.
Andrew’s plays Shelter, Joseph and She Has A Name were official selections of Scripts At Work in Red Deer, the workshop founded by Lynda Adams and Tanya Ryga that gave Andrew his start as a playwright.