Born in Seattle, raised in Port Alberni, BC, and a graduate of UVic’s Theatre Program, Janet Munsil studied design and directing. In 1992, she joined the staff of Intrepid Theatre, producers of the Victoria Fringe Festival, Uno Fest, Winterlab, OUTstages and other presenting and development programs. The longest-serving Canadian Fringe Producer, in 2016 she celebrates her 25th year as an Artistic Director and Festival Producer, having produced more than 50 arts festivals.
Her plays have been produced internationally, including the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Tarragon, Soho Theatre (London), Prague Fringe, Citizen’s (Glasgow), Belltable Arts Centre (Ireland), the West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds) and others. She has been in residence at the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, and in 2012 was part of the Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat.
Plays include The Ugly Duchess, Emphysema (a love story), Be Still, Influence, Circus Fire, and I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key – a play for young audiences. Her play That Elusive Spark was a Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Awards. Her adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, co-commissioned and first produced by Theatre Calgary and the NAC (Ottawa), and has been produced many times across North America and abroad, including a 2016 run at the Arts Club’s Stanley Theatre in Vancouver.
She is currently working on a commission for Realwheels Theatre, Act of Faith, and a new play for the Powerhouse theatre in Vernon BC, with Director Geoffrey Ewert.
Recent accomplishments include deer-proofing her garden, becoming a Canadian citizen, learning to drive a car, and taking the train across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver. She lives in Victoria with her husband Paul and dog Monk.