JOB POSTING: Dramaturg


Please indicate your interest for this job by emailing  your application to:

Applications should include: 

  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume (including the names and email contact for 3 references, including at least one artist-collaborator)
  • At least one writing sample (article, essay, blog post, etc.)
  • Any additional and pertinent information

We encourage applicants to send in their applications as soon as possible. For best consideration, please apply before January 24, 2022. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants must be based in Montreal for a combination of remote and in-person work.

PWM is committed to creating an environment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.  We are continuously working to make all of our programs accessible and inclusive. 

PWM values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from artists who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodivergent, disabled, living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain. PWM is strongly committed to supporting a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences, therefore we encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they are comfortable doing so.

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Organization overview

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre development centre based in Montréal. PWM is led by a team of experienced dramaturgs and arts administrators. With a focus on dramaturgy, its mission is to collaborate with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. PWM gives artists the opportunity to create and experiment, dream and take risks. Its collaborative process draws on the team’s unique experience and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs. 

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance makers, and theatre companies across the country find a creative accomplice willing to invest deeply in the development of meaningful work. Through PWM’s programming and activities, individual artists and companies meet and make new connections. By fostering these artistic connections, PWM acts as a community hub for theatre-makers in Montreal and beyond.

PWM has a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. PWM’s staff have read and reviewed the progress of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as well as the UNDRIP, and are committed to working towards adapting recommendations into the organization and its programming. PWM regularly partners with Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodivergent, and disabled artists and organizations as well as artists living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM’s programming includes: the Glassco Translation Residency, Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency, Cole Mentorship for Emerging Translators, Exploring Practice series, Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, Young Creator’s Unit, New Stories Project, Digital Dramaturgy Clinic, Writers Room, and other programs in partnership with organizations in Montreal and across Canada. 

PWM operates a 2,000 square foot creation studio and shared office space, equipped with theatre lighting, sound and digital equipment. Click here for accessibility information for our office and creative studio space.

Dramaturgy and the Creative Process

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is committed to the exploration of dramaturgy as a process and a practice, fundamental to the creation of new work. 

At PWM, dramaturgical collaborations begin with a conversation with the artist(s) and may evolve to include workshops, public readings, residencies, studio residencies and mentorships. Artists and their creative process and vision are at the heart of PWM’s work. The organization strives to cultivate a space where artists can be vulnerable, challenge themselves, and define their own goals.

While playwriting has been at the core of PWM for over 50 years, its work also includes theatre translation as well as devised, digital, and interdisciplinary modes of theatre and performance creation. In addition to seeking collaborations with diverse artistic approaches, PWM is strongly committed to supporting works which reflect a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences. 

PWM understands that the work of play development and performance making is not created in a vacuum, but that it interacts with society. Theatre can be impactful, and therefore PWM considers not only how a piece is made and by whom, but also its effect and meaning beyond the walls of the creation studio. PWM collaborates with artists that are wrestling with these complexities.

JOB Position Summary

PWM is looking for a Dramaturg to join our team to collaborate with playwrights, creators, and other theatre artists and to support the Artistic Director in maintaining, developing, and creating programs to nurture theatre makers, new plays, projects, and ideas.

Responsibilities of this job

Working with PWM’s Artistic Director, the Dramaturg is responsible for:

  • Contributing to artistic programming including project selection;
  • Collaborating with selected artists and projects, which may include reading scripts, casting, one-on-one dramaturgy, and facilitating workshops at PWM, or on behalf of PWM;
  • Attending local performances and events including public events at PWM, or on behalf of PWM; 
  • Envisioning and facilitating a “playwrights’ unit” in accordance with their own artistic interests/practise;
  • Fostering and maintaining relationships with other cultural organizations and participating in meetings and joint activities;
  • Providing some grant and proposal writing; 
  • Creating written content about dramaturgy/specific projects for website/social media; 
  • Performing other creative and collaborative relationship responsibilities as needed.
Qualifications for this job
  • 3+ years practising dramaturgy;
  • Experience dramaturging new plays/performances working directly with writers/creators;
  • Interest and experience in cultivating and exploring dramaturgical practise; 
  • Experience collaborating with both emerging and established writers on exploring their work according to their vision;
  • Familiarity with Canada’s performing arts sector;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in creative and administrative contexts in English, written and oral communication skills in  French or another language is an asset;
  • Time management and organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Salary and Benefits of this job

This position is as a part-time employee of PWM, under the following conditions: 

  • $25 per hour for 24 hours a week, which is the equivalent of $31,200 per year in correspondence with net amounts after all standard employment deductions;
  • Working hours are on a flexible schedule determined with the Artistic Director. When additional projects arise, the Dramaturg may be asked to work up to an additional 5 paid hours a week;
  • Five weeks paid vacation: 10 days (48 hours) of paid vacation during the holiday period and 15 days (72 hours) of paid vacation during the month of July or August;
  • 10 days (48 hours) of paid wellness/sick days per year;
  • Reimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per year;
  • Group Insurance benefits that includes access to a health plan, life insurance and travel insurance;
  • Optional enrolment in the Common Good Retirement Plan, with a future possibility of matching contributions from PWM, based on the organization’s budget.