For Robert Chafe, creation is about identity. “all my work lands in that room — asking questions of myself, my culture and our place in the world.” Chafe’s plays are fiction, drawn from the true and extraordinary stories of Newfoundland. Canada’s National Arts Centre celebrates creation and the storytellers that have, as Robert puts it, “the urge to seek.” He believes “creation emerges from this love of place, a desire for connection — and communion.” And, while he’s driven to create, the process remains a mystery to Robert Chafe. “Creation comes like little sparks of magic,” he says, “and like other artists from Newfoundland, my goal is to ensure creation is alive and thrives. It isn’t stuck in amber.”
“...If you want to be happy, just create something... Creation is the path to human fulfillment. And when I read that, that really resonated with me. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a creator of some kind.”
Robert Chafe is a St. John’s based playwright whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, and Australia. He is the author of 18 stage scripts and co-author of another ten. He is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, where he frequently collaborates with NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley. Two of his plays (Tempting Providence and Butler’s Marsh), published in 2004 by Playwrights Canada Press, were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. His play Afterimage won the award in 2010. Tempting Providence, directed by Jillian Keiley and produced by Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, is entering its eighth year of national and international touring. His recent work, Oil and Water, premiered in St. John’s in a sold out run in February 2011, and has toured nationally, which included the National Arts Centre in 2014. He has been a guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and the National Theatre School of Canada.