AMPLIFIER: a fully supported exploratory creation process for playwrights

AMPLIFIER is a program by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM), LA SERRE–arts vivants (LA SERRE) and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM) offering comprehensive dramaturgical and artistic support to a professional playwright residing on the island of Montreal. The program focuses on supporting Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), 1st or 2nd generation immigrant artists from a culturally diverse community*, or racialized artists.

*As defined in the Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s glossary

GOALS

The program aims to highlight the artistic and social contributions of theatre artists from culturally diverse, indigenous, or racialized communities working creatively in one of Canada’s official languages.

It tangibly supports the professional development of theatrical writers from cultural communities, and reduces certain obstacles faced by these artists in the Montréal theatre community, including those related to inclusion, access to resources and services, visibility and legitimization, and funding.

Additionally, it seeks to foster dialogue between Montréal’s English- and French-speaking theatre communities, as well as intercultural exchanges and greater representation from culturally diverse artists within the theatre community and on Montreal stages.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

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CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL

Founded in 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in the professional creation, production and dissemination of the arts.

To remain in tune with the organizations and collectives it serves, the Conseil relies on its knowledge of the communities, its innovative skills, and its ability to bring the city’s artists and financial partners together.

PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP MONTRÉAL 

PWM is a national new creation centre for theatre and performance led by a team of dramaturgs and arts administrators. While playwriting has been at the core of what we do for over 50 years, our work now strives to include devised and interdisciplinary forms of creation. In addition to seeking collaborations across diverse artistic practices, we are strongly committed to supporting work which reflects a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences. 

LA SERRE–ARTS VIVANTS

LA SERRE is a structuring incubator for the improvement of the conditions under which emerging artists carry out their work in live art. It accompanies them in the expansion of their work, from the creation process to encounters with the public. It helps artists develop their autonomy, organizational maturity and artistic independence. LA SERRE acts as an activator of collaborations between artists and local, national and international partners, as well as artists from various artistic disciplines and other areas. Artistically, LA SERRE favours projects that establish evocative links between art and society, and facilitate connections between different disciplinary fields and sectors.

SUPPORT PROVIDED

AMPLIFIER is a FULLY SUPPORTED, two-year exploratory creation process including dramaturgical consultations, creation workshops, a creation production residency followed by a laboratory presentation, and a creation grant over the duration of the program.

In order to support artists writing in French and artists writing in English, this program is offered by the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in French under the name Voi.e.s.x Théâtrales, and by PWM in English.

This is a one-time, non-renewable grant.

PROGRAM HISTORY

2020-2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Introducing 2020-2021 AMPLIFIER artist Sylvia Cloutier

Do you have questions about the program? Contact Emma Tibaldo, Executive and Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, at emma@playwrights.ca.

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