2023 Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac

Applications are open for the  Glassco Translation Residency, a Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal Residency, in partnership with the Cole Foundation, and with the support of the friends and family of Bill Glassco

Apply by March 10, 2023. 
Selected applicants will be contacted by April 15, 2023.

Applications are now closed.

The program plays a vital role in Canada’s theatre-making landscape through its unique support of new translations. Over the course of the residency, participants live together at Fletcher Cottage. While work is done independently and with the support of Translation Dramaturg, Maryse Warda, artists are expected to participate in collaborative discussions and social moments that come with sharing space, including a daily 5 à 7 discussion and dinner.  

Residency Dates: June 2 – 13, 2023

June 2nd: Arrival in Tadoussac
(travel may take 1 – 2 days depending on point of departure)
June 3rd to 12th inclusively: Residency 
June 13th: Departure from Tadoussac 

Artists must be available for the entirety of the dates above.

The Glassco Translation Residency provides participants with transportation, accommodation, meals, an honorarium of $800.00, and dramaturgical support.

How to Apply

You can apply for the 2023 Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac via our Google form. Audio and video answers to some of the questions in the form are also welcomed. 

You will be asked to provide the following information: 

  • Name, pronouns and contact information of the translator and playwright
  • Geographical location(s) the translator and playwright will be departing from to get to Tadoussac 
  • A description (written, video or audio) of the project which includes:
    • A description / history of the translator and playwright’s working relationship and why the work in question is being translated;
    • An indication of how the Residency will benefit the project, including how being in physical proximity to the playwright might move the translation forward;
    • Any details on production interest;
    • A description of where you are in the translation process;
    • And whether you are interested in dramaturgical conversations around translations, including with other artists at the residency;
  • Biographies and CVs of both the playwright and translator;
  • A copy of the play in its original language;
  • A sample of a previous translation work (10 – 12 pages) 

If you have any questions with regard to the program, please email heather@playwrights.ca. 

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, require assistance with this application, or would like to discuss alternative methods of applying, please contact accessibility@playwrights.ca.

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.

Selection Criteria

  • A key eligibility requirement is the availability of both the playwright and the translator to attend the residency together.
  • We accept applications of plays that are currently in the process of being translated. Please note that we do not fund the commission of the translation. 
  • The play should ideally have had a production in its original language. 
  • At least one component of the project (playwright, translator, commissioning theatre, or producing theatre) needs to be Canadian.
  • Residency participants will be selected by a committee. Due to the limited number of spots available in the residency, we can only welcome a few translator-playwright pairs, despite receiving many inspiring applications. The jury will make their selection based on the potential benefit to the playwright, translator and the project, as well as the dynamic of the group.

About the Glassco Translation Residency

The Glassco Translation Residency invites playwrights and translators from across Canada and internationally to come together for ten days in Tadoussac, Quebec, to work in-depth on their translation projects.

Participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on their projects and to share expertise in a residency environment. Translations into all languages are welcomed. Over the past 16 years we have offered space, time, and dramaturgical expertise to over 68 translation projects into languages such as Cantonese, Catalan, Cree, English, French, Innu-aimun, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog and Urdu.

The Glassco Translation Residency dramaturg will once again be award-winning translator Maryse Warda, joined by residency producer and co-host, Briony Glassco.

Landscape photo of Fletcher Cottage in Tadoussac, a brown-brick 2-storey home within a forest clearing, getting a lot of sun on a day with clear skies.
A photo of the inside of Fletcher Cottage during the day, which includes two soft armchairs on either side of a sofa and next to an active fireplace. Maryse Warda sits in a  chair, focused on a laptop. Behind her to the left of the image is a dining room table and french doors leading to the forest outdoors.
A nighttime photo of six playwrights in close conversation around the dining room table, which is set with candles and wine glasses.

Details on the Stay

The house: The residency is in Tadoussac, Québec in an 18th century log home. There are 8 steps down to the entrance of the house. Each guest will have their own room with a writing area, and there are multiple locations to write throughout the home. The bathrooms are shared. The bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. For detailed information or to ask specific questions about the bathrooms, accommodations, or workspaces, please email accessibility@playwrights.ca.

Travel: In order to arrive in Tadoussac, transportation is provided typically by train or airplane to Quebec City. From Quebec City, a three-hour taxi ride or a bus ride via Orleans Express (that crosses a ferry at one point) brings the participants to the house in Tadoussac. 

Meals: PWM hires a chef to make dinner each evening. Lunch and breakfast are on a self-serve basis. PWM asks all participants their food preferences and dietary restrictions  ahead of time so that we can accommodate them. The meals are communal, and social distancing while eating is not possible.

Internet: WiFi access throughout the house has been recently optimized and is suitable for working. However, it may not be suitable for video calls and streaming in certain areas, and service interruptions are possible due to the remote location. 

The Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac is made possible through our partnership with the Cole Foundation’s Intercultural Conversations Program, the dedication of Residency Producer Briony Glassco, and the support of the friends and family in memory of the great Canadian theatre artist, Bill Glassco. We are also grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their ongoing support.

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