The Dramaturgical Process: First Principles and Practical Applications, with Andrea Romaldi

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 6th, 2023, 11:59 PM.

There are as many ways to make a play as there are playwrights.

But how do you make a play? How does a play work, from moment to moment, to create narrative and meaning? What makes for a good foundation? And how do the choices you make as a writer ultimately shape the architecture of the production?

Join Andrea for an investigation of her dramaturgical process and day-to-day practice, including the opportunity to work on short scenes offered by workshop participants. You will encounter new perspectives, questions, and tools that you can apply to your writing and dramaturgy in pursuit of your own unique artistic vision.

The workshop is open to playwrights, dramaturgs and other interested theatre makers.


Monday, February 6th, 2023 from 6PM to 9 PM
Thursday, February 9th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM
Monday, February 13th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM
Thursday, February 16th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM
Monday, February 20th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM

NOTE: Participants will be assigned scenes from plays to read between sessions at a maximum of 2 hours. This preparation is central to the workshop.


7250 Clark Street, #103
Montréal, QC
H2R 2Y3

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Applications or any questions can be sent to, with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Andrea Romaldi.

Please include:

1. A bio and/or artistic CV.

2. A brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this workshop interests you, how it is relevant to your practice as a writer or artist, and what your expectations are.

3. Optional: Playwrights are invited to share a scene of their own work, and have it briefly “dramaturged” during the workshop with Andrea facilitating the discussion. If you wish to submit a scene for this purpose, please include it in your application, and answer the following: what is the problem you’re encountering in writing this scene?

We can’t guarantee that your scene will be selected for discussion during the workshop.

Participation is free. Workshop participants are selected based on the complementary experience of the collective group. We encourage all levels of experience to apply.

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. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, and multidimensional, 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.


Andrea Romaldi is a dramaturg, teacher, and artistic leader who, during her two-decade career in theatre, has also worked as an independent producer and director. Since 2017, Andrea has been based in Montreal, where she is the Director of the Playwriting Program (English Section) at the National Theatre School of Canada.  She was the Artistic Director of Hudson Village Theatre’s 2018 season, and chaired Infinitheatre’s Write-On-Q Playwriting Competition Jury in 2020.  Prior to her arrival in Montreal, she spent ten seasons as Literary Manager at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, directing the theatre’s extensive roster of play development programs, and assisting in the development of over eighty new plays, with almost thirty produced.

They include Governor General Award nominated plays by Sean Dixon, Brendan Gall, Jonathan Garfinkel, Michael Healey, Joan MacLeod, and Hannah Moscovitch, and Governor General Award-winners Erin Shields and David Yee; eleven Dora Award Outstanding New Play nominees and three winners; and a Trillium Book Award winner. Throughout her career, Andrea has been a regular panellist for the Directors Lab North, and contributed a chapter entitled “Master Class: Dramaturgy and New Play Development” to the book The Directors Lab edited by Evan Tsitsias (Playwrights Canada Press 2019). She has mentored both graduate students and professional theatre makers through university training programs, internships, and play development programs at a variety of theatres. Previously, she has worked with Brian Quirt at Nightswimming and with Maureen Labonté and Neil Munro at the Shaw Festival, and contributed to Canadian Stage’s inaugural Festival of Ideas and Creation. Andrea also participated in workshops at the National Theatre Society (Dublin) while she pursued her MPhil in film and theatre at Trinity College, Dublin.

Headshot photo credit: Maxim Côté

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