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Frances Koncan is a storyteller of mixed Anishinaabe and Slovene descent from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 territory.

They are currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 territory where they work as a writer in any medium that will offer her a job – most often, this has been in theatre. They made their professional debut as a playwright in 2018, as a co-writer of “Torn Through Time” at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and in 2020 as a solo playwright of “Women of the Fur Trade” at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the City University of New York Brooklyn College.

Awards & Nominations

  • Winnipeg Theatre Awards, Best New Play Nominee, Women of the Fur Trade, 2020
  • Toronto Fringe, New Play Contest, Women of the Fur Trade, 2018
  • Manitoba Association of Playwrights Emerging Artist Award, 2017
  • Winnipeg Arts Council RBC On the Rise Award, 2017
  • Tarragon Theatre Emerging Playwright Award Nominee, 2016
  • Winnipeg Fringe, Harry Rintoul Best Manitoba Play Award Winner, zahgidiwin/love, 2016

(Praise for 'Women of the Fur Trade') "A timely, provocative piece of theatre written from a perspective and voice we need to hear.”

Winnipeg Free PressIan Ross