This Artist’s Statement is an examination of the creative process that culminated in the staging of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play, The Love of the Nightingale, at the University of Calgary. The production ran from October 23rd to November 3rd, 2012. The introduction focuses on the director’s inspiration and observations which helped to chart the course for the project. Chapter two begins with a three-part textual analysis of The Love of the Nightingale, examining the play through the lenses of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s alterations to Ovid’s poem in Metamporphoses, the importance of hyper-theatricality within the play, and an analysis of the role of violence and importance of witnessing through the lens of trauma theory. The third chapter discusses creative and rehearsal processes which culminated in the production staging at the University of Calgary. The final chapter is a reflection of the project as a whole, specifically addressing feedback and outcome.