BA, MA, MFA
Instructor, Motion Picture Arts Program
School of Motion Picture Arts
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
School of Motion Picture Arts - Motion Picture Arts Program
604.986.1911 ext. 3513
Bosa Building, room BC255
MFA (Creative Writing), University of British Columbia, 2015.
MA (Critical and Historical Studies in Film and Video), York University, 2005.
BA (Theatre and Multimedia), McMaster University, 2002.
"No one can teach inspiration. But we can hone our craft while we wait for inspiration to arrive."
Jordan Hall (MFA, University of British Columbia, 2015) is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work focuses on climate change, the exploration of genre and the development of the fully-realized female protagonist. Her work has been dubbed stellar, insightful by Plank Magazine, thoughtful by CBC Radio, and vivid, memorable by NOW.
After receiving degrees from McMaster, York and the University of British Columbia, Hall went into professional practice as a playwright and screenwriter. She has been an Associate at Playwrights Theatre Centre, as well as Playwright-in-Residence for both Pi Theatre and Up in the Air Theatre. Her work has been supported by grants from both the British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC) and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Her first full-length play, Kayak, won Samuel French's Canadian Playwrights Competition, and has been produced to critical acclaim across North America. Subsequent plays include How to Survive an Apocalypse (Samuel French, 2018), A Brief History of Human Extinction (with Mind of a Snail Puppet Theatre) and The Cupertino Effect, which is forthcoming with support from the BCAC.
As a screenwriter, Hall co-created Carmilla: The Series (Winner, Digital Fiction, Canadian Screen Awards, 2016) for Smoke Bomb Entertainment, and has been Carmilla's lead writer for three seasons and the subsequent movie. She has been a finalist in both the LA Comedy Fest and Beverly Hills Short Screenplay Competitions, as well as a winner of the Crazy8s Short Film Production Competition.
As a dramaturg and writing mentor, Hall spent five years teaching playwrighting and screenwriting for UBC's Booming Ground program before taking up her present position at Capilano University.
As a writer, I love stories. I am always in awe of their power to surprise, delight, horrifyto teach. Well-crafted stories engage both our mind and our emotions, and in that alchemy they persuade more powerfully than any study or essay or experiment.
Storytelling, at its core, is the art of empathy and self-knowledge. We create a protagonist, throw them into trouble, and ask our audience to care about that trouble and whether or not they can get themselves out of it. Students who want to tell stories are looking to change the world by expanding the boundaries of our empathy.
My work is to help them develop the craft skills they'll need to create those stories. To show us the face of the emerging world.