A dramaturg, producer of live radio and performance, Foley artist, and teacher, Paula Danckert is the dramaturg for the new opera Missing, with librettist Marie Clements and composer Brian Current, which premièred in Vancouver and Victoria in 2017 and is being remounted in 2019 for performances in Victoria, Regina, and Prince George.
Paula was story editor on the film The Road Forward, written and directed by Clements and currently screening internationally. From 2012 to 2014 she was the Foley Artist and Assistant Director on an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood, a new opera written and composed by John Metcalf which toured Wales. For five years she worked as Company Dramaturg and Artistic Associate at Canada’s National Arts Centre.
Before joining the NAC, Paula was the Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal for 9 ½ years. In Halifax she was President of Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre and a drama producer at the CBC. She was also Associate Producer for Live Art Productions: New Dance Series, Foley artist for Salter Street Films, and producer and host of Artspeak, an arts magazine show on CKDU- FM.
She has been the Associate Dramaturg at the New Play Centre in Vancouver, at Banff’s Playwrights Colony, and at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Paula has developed new works with playwrights and performers all over Canada, and her career in the fields of production and performance spans more than 30 years. Paula graduated from Canada’s National Theatre School, where she taught for many years. She is currently a doctoral student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Toronto.