2022 Glassco Translation Residency

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The Glassco Translation Residency is a Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal Residency, in partnership with the Cole Foundation, and the support of the friends and family of Bill Glassco.

After making the difficult decision to cancel the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac for our 2020 and 2021 seasons, PWM is excited to launch the call for the 2022 The Glassco Translation Residency!

Applications for this residency are now closed.


HOW TO APPLY

Please send us the following to residency@playwrights.ca:

  • A description (PDF, video or audio) of the project which includes:
    • The name of the translator and playwright; 
    • 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 of both the playwright and translator;
  • A copy of the play in its original language.

Residency dates: June 5th-15th, 2022

Submission deadline: March 11th, 2022

Please email submissions (PDF format, 1 file only) to residency@playwrights.ca with the subject line: 2022 Glassco Translation Residency application.

If you have any questions, or need assistance with this application, please contact Heather Eaton at heather@playwrights.ca.

Find more info about the Glassco Translation Residency here.

ABOUT THE GLASSCO TRANSLATION RESIDENCY

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

The chosen participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on their projects and to share expertise in a retreat environment. Translations into all languages are welcomed. Over the past 16 years we have offered space, time, and dramaturgical expertise to over 63 translation projects into languages such as Cantonese, Catalan, Cree, English, French, Innu-aimun, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog and Urdu.

We’re pleased to welcome award-winning translator Maryse Warda, who will serve as translation dramaturg and residency co-host with Briony Glassco.

We are now accepting submissions of plays that are slated for translation. 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 needs to be Canadian.

One of the selection criteria for translation projects will be the availability of both the playwright and the translator to attend the residency together.

A vaccination passport will be required. Please let us know if you have a medical exemption and PWM will accommodate. 

An honorarium of $800 is offered to each participant. In addition, all costs for travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

PWM welcomes all applications to our programs. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, 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.

ACCESSIBILITY DETAILS

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 needs ahead of time so that we can accommodate them. The meals are communal and social distancing is not possible.

Internet: Internet access is inconsistent inside the house but PWM is working on upgrading it for the 2022 residency. 


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 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.

Supporters: The Cole Foundation, Friends and Family of Bill Glassco, The Canada Council for the Arts, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

PWM announces the upcoming departure of Lesley Bramhill

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It is with gratitude for her dedication to our community that the Board of Directors announces Lesley Bramhill’s departure from her position as the Managing Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.


“The announcement of Lesley’s departure leaves us with many emotions: the sadness to see her go, the gratitude for her continuous work at PWM and commitment to the arts, as much as the excitement for her as she starts a new amazing opportunity.” – Tiffanie Guffroy, Treasurer of PWM 

Lesley stepped into the role of General Manager with PWM in 2016. Collaborating with former Executive and Artistic Director Emma Tibaldo, Lesley impacted PWM’s sphere greatly. Her accomplishments include helping to move the organization into its location at 7250 Clark, helping to double the organization’s operating budget, and collaborating on expanding PWM’s programming and operations. She also collaborated with her colleagues in arts advocacy in Quebec and Montreal to help advance the English language arts sector.  In 2019, she was awarded the Unsung Hero of the Theatre award at the META’s, specifically for this work.

“Thank you. Over the last five and a half years, I have learned so much from PWM’s staff, board, artists and community. I am really excited for my next adventure, and will miss all of you dearly.

It has been an honour to help grow PWM to where it is today, and I am proud of the new co-leadership model I am leaving behind. I know the organization’s future is strong, with our current board, staff and Sarah’s leadership in place. ”

-Lesley Bramhill

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In 2021, after five years as the General Manager at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Lesley was appointed Managing Director, creating the first co-leadership team with Artistic Director Fatma Sarah Elkashef. On Lesley’s time at PWM, Sarah notes that: 

“Lesley’s work has helped transform PWM in profound ways over the past 5.5 years. I am sad to see my co-leader go but very grateful to her and the Board for creating this new dynamic structure for PWM. Lesley’s positive impact will be felt for a long time to come. We will miss you and wish you all good things, Lesley!”   -Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Artistic Director of PWM. 

Lesley’s presence, leadership, and passion will be deeply missed by her colleagues, our Board of Directors, and the Montréal theatre community as a whole. We would like to extend the warmest thank you to Lesley for her role in advancing artistic practice at PWM.

Lesley’s last day at PWM is on February 18, 2022. Our team and board are already working towards the recruitment of a new Managing Director, who will work alongside Fatma Sarah Elkashef. We are confident that this new chapter for PWM will be fruitful and are excited for the artistic collaborations and creations to come. 

You can view the job posting for Managing Director here.

A PDF version of this announcement can be found here.

New Application Process for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

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We are excited to introduce a new application process for Dramaturgical Collaboration to welcome artists and projects to PWM in our 2022-2023 season.

Thank you for your interest! Applications are now closed for our 2022-2023 season. Once we finalize our current season we will open applications for next year!


How to Apply

You can apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration via the google form. Audio and video applications are also welcomed. Please forward audio or video applications to dramaturg@playwrights.ca.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with Dramaturgy at PWM before submitting your application.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact accessibility@playwrights.ca. For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please click here.

The application form will remain open year round, but a selection committee will be formed once a year to choose projects for the upcoming season. For best consideration for the 2022-2023 season (August 2022-June 2023) please submit a form by Feb 18th, 2022 at 11:59 PM. All applicants will receive a response by email in April 2022 informing them of the outcome of their application. We welcome individual playwright/creator(s) and collectives to apply. We welcome local and national applications. If you are a theatre company, please contact PWM’s Artistic Director at sarah@playwrights.ca to discuss Dramaturgical Collaborations. 

We are accepting applications for projects at any stage of development. It could be an idea, a first draft (in whatever form that may be), or a new iteration of a project that has already been shared. It could be a play, a performance, a digital work (for example: AR/VR, interactive game-based presentation, live or prerecorded virtual performance) or something hybrid in terms of language, discipline, or technology.

If you have any questions regarding application criteria, please contact dramaturg@playwrights.ca


About Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM will include Dramaturgical Conversation and may also include one or a combination of the following opportunities to be determined mutually by PWM and the playwright/creator(s) according to the needs of the project: Workshops, Residencies, Mentorships, and Public Readings. A glossary of these terms can be found here.

PWM has numerous ongoing projects, including those delayed due to COVID-19 that the organization continues to be committed to. Therefore, at this time, PWM will be welcoming a limited number of new projects. In accordance with PWM’s strategic goals for outreach, we will continue to maintain the flexibility to reach out to playwrights/creator(s), and work that inspires us.

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. 

PWM welcomes all applicants to our programs. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from artists who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, d/Deaf, 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.


Application Form for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

You can apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration via the google form. Audio and video applications are also welcomed. Please forward audio or video applications to dramaturg@playwrights.ca.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with Dramaturgy at PWM before submitting the application.

Your proposal will not be sent until you click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application via the google form. You will be able to edit your responses until the application’s deadline by reusing the same email address and login.

The deadline to submit is February 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM. All applicants will receive a response by email in April 2022 informing them of the outcome of their application.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact accessibility@playwrights.ca. For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please click here. If you have any questions regarding application criteria, please contact dramaturg@playwrights.ca.

Board and Staff Changes at PWM

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This past year, we have undergone many changes at PWM! We transitioned into a co-leadership structure between our Artistic Director, Fatma Sarah Elkashef, and Managing Director, Lesley Bramhill; and we welcomed new staff and board members to the PWM team!

Staff Changes at PWM

PWM would like to thank both Juan Velasquez and Danielle Eyer for their work at PWM this year. Juan Velasquez stepped in as our Interim Communications Manager from July to October 2021; while Danielle continued her work as Data and Archival Associate during the summer and fall. Thank you both for the commitment and creativity you brought to your work at PWM!

Welcome Christine ML Lee and Erika Squires

Christine ML Lee is PWM’s new Office Manager and Program Coordinator (for our Young Creators Unit and New Stories Project.) You can read Christine’s bio here.

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“I’m so excited to be working at PWM and to be supporting the Young Creators’ Unit (YCU) as well as the New Stories Project (NSP). Having previously been a part of the YCU, I am thrilled to contribute to the development of these incredible two programs that foster new and underrepresented voices!”

-Christine ML Lee

Erika Squires is PWM’s new Communications Manager! You can read Erika’s bio here.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate on the development of new theatre through this role at PWM. This organization does so much important work, and I look forward to highlighting dramaturgical process as the new Communications Manager at PWM!”

-Erika Squires

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Board Changes at PWM

We would like to extend the warmest thank you to former board members Caroline Lin and Amir Sám Nakhjavani who have stepped down from their respective positions at PWM. As we look to the future, we are grateful for the tireless effort, work and commitment our past board members have offered to our organization. Caroline and Amir, thank you for your contributions to PWM and to our community.

Welcome Géraldine Émile

Géraldine is PWM’s newest member of the Board of Directors.

Geraldine is a lawyer currently working in the financial field with an extensive experience in Compliance and Estate law. She possesses a Bachelor’s in Law along with a Masters in Common Law and International Law from Sherbrooke University. Raised in Haiti, from a young age, Geraldine has always had a passion for the arts and has practiced various types such as learning to play the piano and various styles of dancing. One of her most recent art-related projects consisted of organizing of a photo exhibition showcasing the island of Haiti and it’s culture and beauty. On her spare times she enjoys running, boxing and attending plays, opera and ballet shows. She has also participated in interactive seminars to develop her public speaking skills.

Learn more about our board of directors here.

Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong

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Application deadline: January 21st, 2022

If you have any questions, or need assistance with your application for Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong, please contact the program coordinator Harris at harris@playwrights.ca.


Using innovative and interactive activities, Jesse Stong (art educator, playwright and dramaturg) will support the development of your grant writing skills in this Exploring Practice workshop!

From seeding initial ideas to developing dynamic writing samples for your grant, participants will have the opportunity to elaborate and articulate project outlines with realistic timelines and budgets. By the end of these hands-on sessions each participant will leave with a completed first draft of their grant proposal and be informed on how to seek diverse sources of funding, independent fundraising strategies, and guidance on partnership-building for the future of their proposed project.

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. 

PWM welcomes all applications to our programs. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from artists who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, d/Deaf, 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:

(2-part group session)

Part 1 – Tuesday, February 15th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Part 2 – Wednesday, February 16th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

In addition to the group sessions, individual or smaller group calls may be scheduled based on the participants’ availability.

Location:

The workshop will take place remotely via video-conferencing software.

If you have any questions, or need assistance regarding this application, please contact the program coordinator Harris at harris@playwrights.ca.


Topics Covered in Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong

  1. General grant writing tips/cautions.
  2. Stress and time management/infusing grant writing into your artistic practice.
  3. Hands-On Project Proposal Building (developing treatment, describing project.)
  4. Creative Activities (exploring innovative grant writing processes.)
  5. Expressing authentic need and attracting support.
  6. Group Brainstorm Sessions (exploring ideas, developing proposals further in the workshop.)
  7. Editing and Increasing Impact (How to sharpen your grant.)
  8. Action planning/specific measurable steps towards grant submission.
  9. Ongoing discussions/Group Sharing of resources/Sources of funding.

Expectations for Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong

  • Please come to the workshop with a project/residency idea that you are genuinely interested in developing a grant proposal for (the idea can be fully developed or a seed of a new project.)
  • Be prepared to support the ideas of others/contribute to the group discussions.
  • Expect to leave with a clear plan to complete your grant application.

Application Instructions for Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong

  • Send applications to harris@playwrights.ca with subject line: Exploring Practice with Jesse Stong.
  • Please attach a bio and/or CV as well as a brief paragraph detailing your interest in the workshop.
    • We also accept alternative methods of application if requested including video and audio applications.
    • If you have any questions, or need assistance regarding this application, please contact the program coordinator Harris at harris@playwrights.ca.
  • Apply before  5 PM on January 21st, 2022.

About the Workshop Leader

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Jesse Stong is a proud father of twins, a graduate of Playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and received his Master’s in Art Education from Concordia University. He is an award-winning artist, dramaturg, and educator.

Over the years, he has supported over 100 emerging Canadian storytellers as director of our Young Creators Unit.  He also leads our New Stories Project for artist with different abilities.

Jesse is an occasional content creator/editor for Moment Factory, and was recently Manager of Children’s Programming for Watchmojo.com, Associate Curator for the National Arts Centre Disability Summit, and Host of the Montreal English Theatre Awards.

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Impact Creation — Our year-in-review crossword puzzle!

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the Impact Creation – 2021 year-in-review crossword puzzle

This puzzle highlights how interconnected we all are, the transformative nature of our past year, and shines a light on how artistic creation impacts our world- It is also a draw!

This puzzle will test your PWM knowledge, but feel free to star-gaze through our website to search for hints – or subscribe to our newsletter to stay connected with PWM for years to come. You can also follow us on social media for the free hints which we will be dropping throughout the month of December!

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Impact creation contest rules

After you complete the puzzle, submit your name before December 31, 2021 for a chance to win your choice of a published play that was developed in collaboration with PWM! 

You can print the crossword above, or fill it in online. Feel free to star-gaze through our website and social media for clues! If you choose to fill the puzzle in online, press the SUBMIT button at the end for your chance to win a play that was developed in collaboration with PWM. If you choose to print the puzzle, you must enter your name manually at the link below!

Some of the amazing plays you can choose from include:

  • Controlled Damage by Andrea Scott
  • Okinum by Émilie Monnet
  • Some Blow Flutes by Mary Vingoe
  • The Law of Gravity by Olivier Sylvestre and translated by Bobby Theodore
  • All Things at Once by Don Druick
  • Andy’s Gone by Marie-Claude Verdier and translated by Alexis Diamond

This special prize is similar to the year-end gift for our monthly donors: Did you know that if you donate $15 or more to PWM, as a monthly donor for one year, you will receive an autographed play as a gift?* You can become a monthly donor here!

The draw will be held, and the winner announced, early in the new year.

*Selection may vary. In the past, monthly donors have received The Tashme Project: The Living Archives by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, autographed by Julie Tamiko Manning, and Jabber, autographed by playwright Marcus Youssef.

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This past year, we have all continued to experience changes that were beyond our control. We moved forward together, despite feeling star-crossed at times, transforming our practice every day.

Even with all this change, we have remained constant in our commitment to centre artistic voices that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented, so their stories may be shared, and shared widely. Your donations and  support are vital to this mission, and we are so grateful.

As the stars rotate around us, the nights grow longer, and the winter settles in again- we are reminded that transformation is part of life. Together, we play a part in shaping the world around us and our future.