The 2023 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency is now accepting applications.

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The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency is a dual-lingual residency that welcomes writers from across the country to Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador.

This is a Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) and Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) program, in partnership with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Creative Gros Morne, the Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station and with the vital support of the Cole Foundation.

Les candidats souhaitant postuler à la résidence d’auteurs dramatiques Gros Morne en français doivent se rendre sur le site web du CEAD et faire application auprès d’eux.

Application deadline: May 22nd, 2023
Selected applicants will be contacted by July, 2023.

About the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency

The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency will bring together seven playwrights living in Canada / on Turtle Island over a twelve-day period, from October 12 to 23, 2023. This unique dual-lingual residency is offered by two national organizations, PWM and CEAD,  in partnership with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. It will take place at the Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station in Norris Point, located in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador.

English language playwrights should apply through PWM and French language playwrights through the CEAD. These two organizations will consider applications from across the country and select three English and three French applications. A seventh spot is reserved for a playwright from Newfoundland and Labrador working in English. 

The residency will be led by Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Artistic Director of PWM, Aki Matsushita, dramaturg at PWM, Sasha Dion, dramaturg at CEAD, and by Robert Chafe, Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. The residency is an opportunity for solo writing, punctuated with moments of exchange and reading work in progress as a group. The host dramaturgs are available to read your work and engage in one-on-one conversations centered around your process and questions.

The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency provides playwrights with transportation, accommodation at Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station (private bedroom and bathroom), meals, an honorarium of $800.00, and dramaturgical support.

How to Apply

You can apply for the 2023 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency via our Google form, by May 22nd, 2023. Audio and video answers to some of the questions in the form are also welcomed. 

In the form, you’ll be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your name, pronouns and contact information; 
  • Geographical location you will be departing from to get to Gros Morne;
  • A statement of your interest in the residency and how it will benefit your process (written, video or audio); 
  • A description of the play in progress (written, video or audio);
  • An excerpt of the play in progress (10 – 12 pages);
  • A CV (2 pages maximum) and a bio;
  • A copy of your last published, workshopped or produced play.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Selection will be made by a committee set up by PWM and CEAD. All applicants will be notified during July 2023.  

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  • Be a playwright, writing in English, and have had at least one dramatic work workshopped, published, or professionally produced;
  • The play should ideally be in the early stages of development (first draft or slightly beyond);
  • Be available for the whole residency;
  • Be willing to participate in group activities prepared during the residency;
  • For playwrights writing in French, please visit the CEAD website. Please note that the CEAD only accepts applications from their members.

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.

Schedule for the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency

October 12, 2023

Travel via plane and taxi to Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador (anyone departing West of Ontario will have to add a day of travel).

PWM organizes the travel for the artists, from their point of departure to the residency, and back again. 

October 13-22, 2023 

  • Unstructured writing time at Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station;
  • Individual sessions with residency dramaturgs as determined in collaboration with the playwright;
  • Daily sixty-minute group meetings to read and discuss the process;
  • 2 presentations by local artists; 
  • Shared catered dinner every evening;
  • A public reading of excerpts from the plays in progress with the local community.

October 23, 2022

Departure for home.

Places to create during the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency

Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station

Since 2002, the Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station, located on the magnificent west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, has had the primary mission of expanding knowledge in marine ecology. In addition, the station also engages in community and artistic activities. Nestled in the small coastal community of Norris Point and with breathtaking views, it is equipped with laboratories, offices, a library, a multimedia theatre, an aquarium, and an attached building with individual bedrooms. 

The residence is wheelchair accessible. However, the library and theatre space at the Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station, which is often used by the playwrights, requires the participant in a wheelchair to leave the residence, travel across the parking lot, into the main lobby entrance to access the library/theatre space.

Gros Morne National Park

Soaring fjords and moody mountains tower above a diverse panorama of beaches and bogs, forests and barren cliffs. Shaped by colliding continents and grinding glaciers, the ancient landscape of Gros Morne national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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