Michael Springate

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Michael Springate

Michael Springate wrote and co-produced Acts of Imagination and Small Currents, and is lead writer and producer on Bella Ciao!.

He studied at the Montreal Museum School of Fine Arts during which he founded The Painted Bird Ensemble, an interdisciplinary company that investigated new ways of creating narrative with musical structures. The company mounted such works as  Scat, Twelve Tones, Improvisation in Sonata Form #1 and #2, and Fugue.

It was during his tenure as Artistic Director of Playwrights Workshop Montreal that such now well-known writers as Thomson Highway, Connie Gault, Kent Stetson and Don Druick developed their early work. As Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg he developed new works by Margaret Sweatman, Carol Shields, Patrick Friesen, Ian Ross and Bill Harrar, among others. Later, as Artistic Director of Factory Theatre in Toronto, he presented new works by Andrew Moodie and Tom Walmsley.

Michael has written many works for live performance, including Historical BlissDog and CrowKareenaFreeport Texas and Küt: Shock and Awe.  His writing has been produced by such diverse groups as Necessary Angel in Toronto, Carbonne 14 in Montreal, Toronto New Music Gallery and Craning Neck in Vancouver. He has also collaborated with John Cha on translations of contemporary Korean poetry. He has been published by Guernica Press (Montreal),  Vitchisney (Kiev), Image Littérateur (Los Angeles) and Korean Literature Today (Seoul), among others.

Composers with whom he has collaborated include Randy Raine Reusch, Glenn Buhr, Michael Matthews, Daniel Koulack, Greg Lowe and Ari Snyder. He was invited to be part of the New Music Festival of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, performing with jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner and bass clarinet Lori Freedman on a presentation of his poetry cycle, The Geese Sonnets. Also with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, he performed the text for Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski. His own piece, The Consolation of Philosophy, a radical re-interpretation of the work of that name by Boethius (480-520 CE), paralleling the fall of Rome with the collapse of the Anglo-American imperial order, was presented as an oratorio in a composition by Helen Hall. He  wrote the libretto for a chamber opera by Vancouver composer Alfredo Santa Ana – I should bring them water – dealing with the May 18, 1980 uprising in Gwangju, Korea.

Michael has an MFA in interdisciplinary performance from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He is currently an Artistic Associate with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre.  His first novel The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God was published by Guernica Press at the end of 2014.


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