Lea Daniel was a founding member of Theatre & Company’s Writers Bloc and PlayLab and is currently a member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and.Pat the Dog playwrights’ centre Her short play Highway Robbery was produced as part of Theatre & Company’s May Playfest (1999); Burn was part of May Playfest (2002); a full-length play, Heretic, was chosen for the Off-The-Page Series at Equity Showcase Theatre, Toronto (2003), for a reading at The Cobblestone Festival, Paris, Ontario (2004) and was workshopped in 2006. Lea is an award-winning illustrator and writer of books for children.
Plays and Published Works:
Pocket Rocket (Lea Daniel and Gary Kirkham): Street hockey buddies, 3 boys and a girl, gather for a game. It's 1967, the Centennial, the last year of the NHL's original six, and "the summer of love". Things change when a new kid, recently immigrated from Pakistan, wants to join the game. The play follows the 5 friends over the next 28 years in a quintessentially Canadian journey.
Naked: Aging siblings reconnect when a sister falls ill. Each is intent on inheriting the family home.. It is a comedy that is being produced by Lost and Found Theatre at the Conrad Centre from October 9-12, 2013. An excerpt from the Lost and Found Theatre's site: "Meet Michael and Maggie, two very different siblings thrown together in a comic battle for control when they unexpectedly become caregivers to an ailing sister. Join them as they learn about themselves, and each other in this exploration of family."
Heretic: A love story played out against a backdrop of violence, power and fanaticism, not unlike our 21st century world. It is inspired by a woman who lived a passionate, dangerous and independent life as revealed in 14th century Inquisition records. It is a full-length, four character play in two acts.
Colour Me Fuschia: Dramatizes an imaginary meeting between Emily Carr and the late painter, Lynn Donoghue. Two strong, vibrant women explore choices dictated by their creativity and gender. A one-act, two-hander.
2015 – Pocket Rocket – 5 day workshop (Lost & Found) followed by a public reading
2015- Pocket Rocket short-listed for Tom Hendry comedy award
2014 – Pocket Rocket selected by Theatre Calgary for a workshop and public reading as part of their FUSE play development programme
2013 – Naked: produced by Lost & Found Theatre at the Conrad Centre in Kitchener, under the direction of Alan Sapp
2010 – The Heretic: a juried selection for a workshop and staged reading directed by Autumn Smith and produced by Foundry Theatre, Toronto.
2008 – Naked: workshop and staged reading funded by Waterloo Regional Arts Fund, directed by Gary Kirkham and produced by Lost & Found Theatre, Waterloo.
2007 – Colour Me Fuchsia: excerpt presented as part of She Speaks, to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise money for Anselma House and ICWP
2007 – In the East a Glass of Water: directed by Gary Kirkham and produced for Asphalt Jungle Shorts, Kitchener
2006 – The Heretic: workshop and public reading funded by OAC, directed by Lisa O’Connell and produced by Pat the Dog
2004 – The Heretic: reading produced for The Cobblestone Festival, Paris, ON
2003 – The Heretic: juried selection for the Off-The-Page Series produced by Scriptlab at Equity Showcase Theatre, Toronto
2002 – Burn: produced for Theatre & Co’s New Works Festival, Kitchener
1999 – Highway Robbery: produced for Theatre & Co’s May Playfest, Kitchener.
- Firefighter Mom, click Magazine 2016
- Yo Wants to Know, a monthly 6 page story appearing in click (Cricket Magazine Group) a children’s magazine published in Chicago. Writing by Lea Daniel; illustration by Lea Daniel and Alan Daniel. January 2000 to 2016.
- Not Another Dinosaur!, Scholastic, Toronto 2005
- Surprise! Trillium Publishing, Seattle, WA 2005
- Drummer, The Wright Group, Bothell, WA 2001
- Ginger’s War, The Wright Group, Bothell, WA 2000
- Voyages in Time, a supplementary historical series. The Wright Group, Seattle, WA
Dancing With Jacques
Letters from the Sea
Cloak of the Wind
Ghost of St. Augustine
Meet Me at Midnight