The Fornés Workshop with Mariló Nuñez

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Application Deadline: Friday, October 6th, 2023 at 11:59PM EST.

Join Chilean-Canadian playwright, director, dramaturge and scholar, Mariló Nuñez , for The Fornés Workshop.

This decentered playwriting workshop uses María Irene Fornés’ anti-Aristotelian approach to playwriting pedagogy. With this method, a writer comes to the workshop with a blank slate; there is no preconceived notion of what the play will be because the process is intuitive and improvisational. Using centering movement, visualization, drawing, the found object/word, sense memory, and a communal writing experience, the participants will experience unique ways to finding character and story.

María Irene Fornés (1930-2018) was a Cuban-American playwright, director, and teacher. She wrote over forty plays and received nine Obie awards. She taught her playwriting method at INTAR, where she founded the Hispanic Playwrights Lab.


Monday, October 30th – Thursday, November 2nd, 2023,

10AM – 2PM.

In person at the PWM Studio.


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

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If you are interested in applying, please fill out this Google Form by 11:59 PM on Friday, October 6th, 2023.

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.

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


Mariló Nuñez is a Chilean-Canadian playwright, director, dramaturge and scholar. She is a 2021 winner of the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Award in Theatre. She is the 2023-24 Playwright-in-Residence at Carousel Players Theatre for Young Audiences where she will premiere her play Mapu and was the 2021 Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre. She has been a member of playwright’s units at Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Cahoots Theatre and Nightwood Theatre. She was McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence in 2018 and was the recipient of the Hamilton Arts Awards for Established Theatre Artist. Her plays include: Three Fingered Jack and the Legend of Joaquin Murieta, El Retorno/I Return, Last Supper, Huinca, Foxy: Tales of An Urban Zorra, INQUEST, Demos Kratos, and Sangre Redux. She teaches playwriting at theatres and universities across the country using the Fornes Method. She was founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a company dedicated to developing the new work of Latinx Canadian playwrights. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is currently obtaining her Ph D. in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University. Her play El Retorno/I Return has been turned into a podcast for Radio Aluna Theatre. 

Headshot photo credit: Luis Mora

This workshop is financially supported by
Intervention -- Compētences. Un soutien aux activités de formation continue en culture. 

Compétence Culture. Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre en culture. 
Avec la participation financiére de Quebec.
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