In her writing for the stage, CJ McGillivray explores a broad range of themes including dependency, wanderlust, devastation, nostalgia and mental health. She strives to fearlessly confront darkness on stage through genuine compassion and humour. Her scripts often challenge the unfair judgements placed upon people struggling with mental health and instability. Recent endeavours include her dark comedy Rogue Horizon, The City Never Sleeps and the dark family drama White Picket Fence, which was developed through Delinquent Theatre’s inaugural Playwrights in Residence Program. In her early endeavours as a playwright, CJ received a scholarship of recognition and excellence from the Arts Club Theatre Company for the development of her psychological thriller, Pity Old Flame under the mentorship of acclaimed actor and playwright Shawn Macdonald. She has so much gratitude to the Arts Club Theatre and to each of her playwriting mentors, Hiro Kanagawa, Dave Daveau, Shawn Macdonald and Amiel Gladstone. For a complete summary of her recent playwriting experience, refer to her Playwriting Resume.
Mature, complex and sophisticated. She displays an oddball fraternity with the early works of Harold Pinter and the fresh perspective of a contemporary young mind.
– Stephen Drover, Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre
Funny, insane, absurd, poetic, quirky and original. Her dialogue and characters bounce with vibrancy and definition.
– Moses Caliboso, Arts Club Theatre Company LEAP Alumni
She takes risks and approaches sensitive issues with just the right amount of intensity, humour and believability.
– Nicholas Harrison, Capilano University Theatre Faculty