Karin Adams

KARIN ADAMS has worked in Communications and Public Relations for Indigo Rose Software, and as an instructor at the University of Winnipeg. She is the author of two humorous children’s novels, Lights! Curtains! Cows! (Lorimer, 2009) and No TV? No Fair! (Lorimer, 2010). Both of her books had a remarkable debut, each landing on the children’s fiction best-seller list in Manitoba. Young people all over the world continue to enjoy her books, and Karin loves hearing from them! Karin is also a popular guest speaker and professional creative writing workshop leader for educational and recreational literary programs.

Recent projects include writing the script for an animated short with director/animator Anita Lebeau and composer Paul Shrofel. Karin has also been welcomed into the Manitoba Arts Council’s prestigious Artists in the Schools community of artist instructors. Through artist residencies in Manitoba schools, Karin works intensively with students and educators to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the craft of creative writing.

Karin’s ongoing partnership with Anita Lebeau at No Play No Work has been a source of creative joy, and a natural step in a career that has constantly explored how media and story come together to make magic.

Karin lives with her husband and two adorable miniature dachshunds in Winnipeg.


Anita Lebeau

ANITA LEBEAU is a freelance animator and filmmaker with over twenty years expertise in classic-style animation, digital art, and documentary production.  She started out by working on films by Richard Condie (The Apprentice), Cordell Barker (Runaway) and Neil McInnes (Love Hound) and went on to create seventeen original shorts for Sesame Street and Sesame Park. Anita has also written, directed and animated two films of her own for the National Film Board of Canada. Both Louise (2004) and Big Drive (2010) have earned multiple awards and accolades, including the esteemed Hiroshima Prize for Louise in 2004. Anita’s films have been screened at festivals and venues all over the world.

Recent projects include animating a series of educational films for Manitoba’s French Board of Education, and an interactive film on climate change for the new polar bear exhibit at the Assiniboine Zoo in Winnipeg. Anita is also the director and producer of Art City (2012), a documentary for MTS-Winnipeg on Demand with fellow filmmaker Scott Collins. Their second documentary, The Starry Night Exchange, is currently in production.  Anita is developing a third animated film in collaboration with writer Karin Adams and composer Paul Shrofel.

Anita’s ongoing creative partnership with Karin Adams at No Play No Work has provided new opportunities to nurture her inter-disciplinary interests in animation, writing and music.

Anita lives with her husband and two daughters in Winnipeg.

The Story So Far…

We met in 2007 while taking an Improvisation class at Prairie Theatre Exchange. We followed up the good times with a sketch comedy class where our hilarious monologues and scenes had everyone (or at least each other) in stitches. Our comedic stylings were officially validated by an invitation to participate in the Carol Shields Festival of New Works. And thus The Nerd Helpline, our first official collaborative piece of sketch comedy writing, was professionally produced and staged. We got to sit back and watch our own creative gem unfold on the PTE mainstage and in über-cool Winnipeg festival venues. That’s it – we were hooked!

Since those fateful improv and sketch class days, we have found every possible excuse to get together and get creative. We’ve even continued to dabble in performance with the all-female comedy troupe we helped found in 2009. Sadly, our love affair with the stage is rather one-sided, so we tend to focus on writing and animation where we really shine. Together, our partnership has generated sketch comedy, short stories, feature length screenplays, animated short films, and concepts for animated spots.

Our philosophy is that work should feel like play, which is why our company name turns the more familiar (but much stodgier) maxim on its head. We’d love to “play” for you next by bringing our energy to your organization or enterprise, and creating dynamic media for you!

Please contact us today!

Karin and Anita