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Broken Branches is produced by CreateTruth Productions in Association with Workman Arts 

CreateTruth Productions was founded by playwright Lorene Stanwick and Doug Hennessy. Their mandate is to develop plays that dig below the surface of mental health and addiction issues, explore root causes, and tell stories that reflect the creative and varied ways that people survive trauma. They believe theatre is a vital force for creating social awareness and driving social change. Broken Branches is their cornerstone production, a launch that will lead to several further projects exploring the issue of sibling abuse: a play for young audiences (with OAC Theatre Recommender Grant support through Roseneath Theatre); a solo play for workshops/conferences for parents, teachers, Mental Health and trauma professionals; workshop-based theatre with survivors. 

Lorene Stanwick – Playwright – Co-Founder/Producer CreateTruth Productions  

Playwright, producer, and member, instructor, and 2017-18 theatre-artist-in-residence of Workman Arts, Lorene Stanwick holds a B.A.in Drama-in-Education, a B.Ed. in English/Drama, and an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology. Acting, ongoing training, developing drama programs are her roots; counselling training/experience and continued trauma research offer insight/understanding. Together, they provide a unique perspective into the transformative potential of theatre and storytelling. She is a survivor of sibling abuse, a passionate believer in the healing power of art, and feels that there is no better medium than theatre to begin a cultural shift.


Doug Hennessy – Co-Founder/Producer CreateTruth Productions

Co-producer Doug Hennessy brings over 30 years of business experience in Human Resources management, finance, sales. A business consultant for private and not-for-profit organizations, musician and creative problem-solver, he understands the power of connection and art. Lorene's husband, he is also well-versed in the complexities of sibling abuse.

  


Workman Arts is an award-winning multidisciplinary arts and mental health organization, committed to promoting greater understanding of mental health and addiction issues through creation and presentation. They support artists living with mental health and addiction issues through peer-to-peer arts education, public presentations and partnerships with the broader arts community. Now in its 32nd year, Workman Arts has produced over thirty original full-length Canadian plays and numerous festivals.

  


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We are deeply grateful for funding made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


Western University - The Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children 

Linda Baker, the Learning Director in The Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) at London's Western University, leads the knowledge mobilization initiatives at the Centre, one of which is the Learning Network writes, "Sibling violence/abuse is a social issue that needs public awareness. It is a common form of family violence that is often overlooked, minimized, and omitted from prevention programs. We know it is harmful and can have serious short-term and long-term impacts.

"Lorene contacted the organization having seen our newsletter, Sibling Violence. I was impressed by Lorene’s understanding of sibling violence, her ability to effectively draw on personal experience to help others appreciate the impacts on children and adults, and her awareness of what parents and educators need to know in order to respond effectively to sibling violence. We invited Lorene’s involvement in a presentation on sibling abuse at a national conference for shelter workers by video-taping her personal story. Her gifts for communicating and using “self” to increase awareness and understanding, captivated our audience, and complemented the research and intervention strategies we presented. We are happy to support this important and socially relevant piece of work."


The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (Abuse Hurts)

Abuse Hurts is a national, charitable organization that has served Canadians since 1993.The Centre's mandate is to significantly reduce the incidence and impact of abuse through education and public awareness. Ellen Campbell, the founder and CEO of Abuse Hurts, writes, "The Centre is a national leader in the development of programs to prevent abuse, in advocating for the rights of those who have been abused. I believe that the sharing of stories through theatre can have enormous impact in a way that is powerful and accessible."


Jackie McAlpine – Theatre Project Consultant

Jackie is a seasoned theatre arts administrator specializing in financial, administrative, and production consulting services for arts organizations and independent artists. In various technical and management capacities, Jackie has worked with a large roster of artists including Theatre Smith Gilmour; Trey Anthony; Sky Gilbert; the Actors Repertory Company; Theatreworks Productions; and Red Sky Performance. Jackie has been involved in the development of Broken Branches, and is a key contributor to the design, marketing, promotional and fundraising materials and strategies. "The emotional impact of this piece is undeniable; the writing beautiful and compelling. It's important and I want to be involved." 

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