* Conceived and co-coordinated Cut Out World Hunger
* Has published two children's books, The Twilight of Enchantment and Alexandra Meets the Octopus
* Was elected to the board of The International Centre for Women Playwrights in 2001
Stage & Theatre
Paddy Gillard-Bentley has been involved in the Kitchener-Waterloo theatre scene since before she was born. Her mother, Tessa, was performing on stage while she was pregnant and it only took six years before Paddy herself was in front of an audience.
Paddy spent her teen years performing with Project People, a performance group from Waterloo Region. In her twenties, she took dance and vocal lessons and got involved with FASS at The University of Waterloo. For six years, she acted, sang, danced, choreographed and directed the music for the infamous farce.
In 1986, in support of struggling families in Africa, Paddy conceived and co-coordinated Cut Out World Hunger, a local event featuring hair stylists cutting hair for donations, entertainment during the day and a concert at night. In five years, the annual event generated over $75,000 for charity.
By the 1990s, Paddy’s flair for writing had taken off. She has published two children’s books (The Twilight of Enchantment and Alexandra Meets the Octopus) and several short stories, articles and reviews.
But her passion for theatre never died: in 1999 she began writing for the stage and hasn’t stopped since. Her first play was called Extreme Unction, The Sublime Comedy, which she passed on to Henry Bakker, dramaturge for Theatre & Company. He invited her to join Writer’s Bloc, a playwright’s group affiliated with the theatre, where she stayed for four years.
White Noise, her first produced play, was part of The May Play Fest, an annual evening of short plays presented by Theatre & Company. Since that time, Paddy has had nearly fifty productions of over 30 different plays in USA, Canada and the UK.
In 2001, Paddy was elected to the board of The International Centre for Women Playwrights, for which she eventually sat a two-year term as President. She is also a past member of The Alumnae Theater in Toronto and has been on the steering committee of The Coalition of Performing Arts, a collection of 23 performing arts organizations in the Waterloo Region working together to foster local arts.
Today, Paddy is the Founder and Artistic Director of Flush Ink Productions, a performing Theatre Company which specializes in site-specific theatre – an idea she first started exploring after a Saturday morning breakfast conversation in Kitchener. Since its inception, Flush Ink Productions has produced over 100 plays from playwrights all over the world.
Learn more about Flush Ink Productions and how you can see Paddy’s work online at www.skyedragon.com