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Writers at school


Stephen Orlov



Stephen Orlov

Stephen Orlov began writing as an academic and free-lance journalist, covering war and social upheaval in Cambodia, China and the Philippines. His play writing career began in 1989 when he co-wrote and performed the lead role in Isolated Incident which won at the 1989 Quebec Drama Festival. In spring 2002, Centaur Theatre produced the world premier of Freeze, a comedy set during the Ice Storm.

Suggested reading*

Freeze, a play which takes place during the Ice Storm of 1998. Contact Stephen Orlov for copies.

*These titles have been suggested by the author based on the activities that he/she proposes to students.
It is, however, up to teachers to verify whether the titles are appropriate for their groups (age and education level, specific context, etc.).
Teaching staff are invited to contact the author for clarification on this aspect and assistance in preparing their groups for his/her visit.

Proposed approach and type of activities

The workshop "Magic from Page to Stage" begins with Orlov asking students about their own experience during the Ice Storm, asking them what they learned during the experience. Then he asks for volunteers to read from his play. From this follows a discussion of the characters, the life of the play, and what motivated Orlov to write the play which he would relate to the stories the students had shared earlier. He also talks about the technical side of production, how the storm was brought to life on stage through the use of lighting, sound music, set design and costumes.

Other examples of activities

  • The writer will also act out a scene.
  • The group will discuss the importance of creating works that reflect the life of people in Québec.
  • Ample time will be left to answer questions.

Special conditions

The writer is available from September to May.

For information

Stephen Orlov
Phone : 514 751-2548
Fax : 514 751-2548
Email :

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)



Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

Available in

Laval, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montréal, Outaouais

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