Screenwriter/Story Editor/Writing Coach
Broadcaster: LIFETIME CHANNEL
Directed by: Farhad Mann
Starring: Italia Ricci, Magna Apanowicz, Kevin McNulty
Produced by: Odyssey Media Inc.
ENSEMBLE COMEDY FEATURE
Co-written with Maureen Robinson
IN DEVELOPMENT - PRODUCER: ROBIN CASS
LOGLINE: A woman in the throes of a mid-life crisis and a massive pot high, emails a demo video of her girl band from twenty-five years ago to the reality show The Band who are on the hunt for young emerging talent. They are chosen!
FOR THE LOVE OF GRACIE
DRAMATIC FEATURE & FULL LENGTH PLAY
FEATURE IN DEVELOPMENT WITH NEXT GEN PRODUCTIONS - PRODUCER: ROSEANNE SUPERNAULT
LOGLINE: An earnest Social Work student out to ace her PhD at a prison for women is assigned to a “masters” level inmate who quickly shatters any illusion that correction’s theory resembles prison reality.
Finalist. Nightwood Theatre’s National Playwriting Competition. Toronto Ont. 2014
Finalist. Flying Start Program. Touchstone Theatre Vancouver. 2015
Workshop & Public Reading. PHT. Vancouver BC. 2018
Workshop & Public Reading. Great Canadian Theatre Co. Ottawa. 2017. Director. Bronwyn Steinberg
Public Reading. Vancouver. 2016. Director. Marie Clements
2019 Quarterfinalist: Nicholl Fellowship
2020 Finalist: VWIFF Intl. Screenwriting Competition.
2019 Finalist. Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab. 2019. Advisors: Robin Swicord (When They See Us) Jane Anderson (The Wife)
LOGLINE: A seventeen-year-old girl, brutally abused by her father, is relentless in her crusade to bring him to justice.
As a writer I can count on Crystal for sound feedback on character and story for my fiction, stage plays and screenplays. She brings passion, intelligence, and good humour to her work with people and their stories. I rely on her for an honest and integrity driven reading and she always delivers.
Kathy Para, Novelist / Winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
As a playwright I have had the pleasure of working with Crystal on numerous occasions. I have always appreciated her creative insights, her ability to honour the work of others by not imposing her own vision, and her blatant honesty. She provided feedback that stimulated new ideas, her questions opened new doors of thought and her attention to detail was amazing.
Maureen Robinson, Award winning Playwright
Crystal Verge has been a Godsend. Since she began working with me, the range of publications for my articles has tripled. Her structural editing has been invaluable, but it is her coaching and motivational skills that place her above and beyond most editors.
Paddy Head, Novelist / Magazine Articles
When I decided to commit to writing and produce my own theatrical work I asked Crystal for help. Our weekly meetings were productive, inspiring and enlightening. She asked me the right questions and was instrumental in helping me find what I truly wanted to say. This resulted in a play that the critics called
“a well crafted theatrical journey, with language that is both lucid and poetic.”
”From Away, with it's gentle laughs and deeply held secret, is an affecting look into one woman's life...a heartfelt tale that will linger long after you've left the theatre.”
Dolores Drake, Actor / Playwright
An actor for over twenty years, Crystal committed to full time writing in 2014. She has had two MOW’s produced, has two theatrical features currently in development, and is collecting awards (see below) for her screenplays and plays.
She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, 2009 and a Diploma in Theatre Arts from George Brown College, Toronto.
Crystal loves story editing as much as writing and has a knack for getting writers reconnected with their first impulses. Also known as a structure fiend, she is sought out by her writing peers for editing and coaching on the regular. (see testimonials below)
She supervises The Writing For Film and Television Program at InFocus Film School, Van. BC. where she is also an instructor.
Her non-fiction has been featured in magazines and periodicals such as The Tyee, The National Post, Equus, Prism, Fugue, Natural Horse and Dressage Today.