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a Pierre Brault production
Created & Directed by Pierre Brault
Performed by Mary Ellis, Brad Long, and Brian K. Stewart
Set & Lighting Design by David Magladry
Sound Design & Stage Managed by Jess Preece

Ottawa, ON
90 minutes | 14+


Daryl Conners is on a winning streak. His Junior A hockey team is racking up minor league records and is deemed unbeatable. The boys would do anything for him, their parents adore him, and the league has just named him “Coach of the Year.”

When a young man shows up unexpectedly at Daryl’s motel room late one night, Coach Conners must answer for his past and the lasting impact he’s had on his former players.

A new play from award-winning Ottawa playwright Pierre Brault.

Coach of the Year contains scenes and subject matter that may be disturbing.
If you need support, please call the Ottawa Rape Crisis Line: 613-562-2333. They are available if you have questions, or just need someone to talk to.

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FRIDAY, February 8 at 9:00pm
SATURDAY, February 9 at 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY, February 13 at 9:00pm
SATURDAY, February 16 at 1:00pm*
Arts Court Theatre

*A talkback will follow this performance.

Service fees + HST are included in all prices.


Pierre Brault – Creator & Director
Pierre Brault is a multi award winning actor, playwright and stand-up comedian. He is perhaps best known for his many solo plays performed at the NAC and GCTC and at The Gladstone, including The Last Spartan, Will Somers: Keeping Your Head!, Portrait of an Unidentified Man (Both nominated for a total of 6 Rideau Awards 2017) 5 O’Clock Bells and Blood on the Moon (Capital Critics Circle & Montreal English Critics’ Circle Awards: Best Actor) which ran for three consecutive summers at the NAC and toured Canada. His works have appeared on stages in New Zealand, Great Britain and Ireland.

Brad Long – Performer
Brad Long is an Ottawa based theatre artist. Recent credits include Building the Wall, BURNT
(Undercurrents, 2017) The December Man (NAC, Assistant Director) Re:Union at the Magnetic
North Theatre Festival, The End of Civilization (Gladstone Theatre) This is War (GCTC) WE
GLOW (Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Male Performance, Outstanding New Creation,
2013 and Outstanding Overall Prod/Outstanding Duo Awards, Ottawa Fringe 2013, Holdover –
Edmonton Fringe, 2014) Mark Antony in Ottawa Shakespeare Co.’s Julius Caesar, MSND and
Othello at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Dreams of Whales with New Theatre of
Ottawa and The Fan with Odyssey Theatre. He is artistic associate of Horseshoes and
Handgrenades Theatre and Theatre 4.669 and has been an instructor with the Ottawa School of
Speech and Drama, The Ottawa Theatre School, Algonquin College and the University of

Brian K. Stewart – Performer
Brian K. Stewart first played the role of Daryl Conners in the original (extremely short)
version of Coach of the Year presented as part of New Theatre of Ottawa’s Extremely
Short New Play Festival 2013. Favourite roles in past years include Joe in Kings of the
Kilburn High Road (SevenThirty Productions), Merlin Foster in The Final Twist
(Gladstone Productions), Man in The Play About the Baby (Still Standing Theatre), and
Major Magnus Muldoon in The Real Inspector Hound (Third Wall Theatre). Mr. Stewart
is also the author of the multiple-award-winning The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare,
and a guitarist specializing in tango and classic jazz.

Mary Ellis – Performer
Mary has worked extensively as an actor, director and teacher for many years. Her acting credits
include Twelfth Night and Pericles (A Company of Fools), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and
Spike (Plosive), Angel Square, Fly Me to the Moon, and Circle Mirror Transformation (all at
GCTC), and God of Carnage (Third Wall), among many others. Her directing credits include
The Clean House (Three Sisters), 12 Angry Jurors (St. Lawrence College), A Midsummer
Night’s Dream (A Company of Fools), Ian Tamblyn’s A Summer…A Fair and Bridge to the Past
(Theatre Wakefield), Blackbird (Third Wall), and the multi-award winning The Elephant Girls,
which has toured extensively in Canada, as well as to the Edinburgh Fringe, London and Dublin.
Mary also teaches at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, at Carleton University, and at The
Acting Company.

Jess Preece – Sound Designer & Stage Manager
Jess is an Ottawa based Stage Manager and Designer. Her work encompasses many areas; however, Stage Management, Props Design, and Scenic Painting are her primary focuses. She has worked with companies all across Canada such as The Great Canadian Theatre Company, The National Arts Center, Ship’s Company Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, The Company of Fools and Western Canada Theatre; and is a resident stage manager at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. She studied at The Center for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy and Algonquin College’s Theatrical Arts program. She has worked on small stages, found spaces, touring shows, 30+ cast productions, intimate one-man shows, live music, stand up comedy, awards shows and even a Grey Cup.