APPLY NOW: Creating Object Theatre with La Pire Espèce Copy

Note:
Due to its hands-on approach, this workshop will be held physically in accordance to PWM’s COVID-19 safety procedures. Contact harris@playwrights.ca for any questions about the workshop.

*UPDATE – May 25, 2021*
Application deadline extended to Friday, May 28 2021 at 5 PM EST.

Open to playwrights, puppeteers and other theatre creators, this bilingual four-day workshop led by Olivier Ducas and Francis Monty, co-artistic directors of the Théâtre de la Pire Espèce will guide participants through a creative process where image and text intermingle, a process in which the form emerges from the tension between all simultaneously examined scenic elements.

The unique form of object theatre is built around three key aspects: clear and poetic language, the possibilities of the object itself, and the actor’s performance, both manipulator and storyteller. Through hands-on exercises and practical discussions, La Pire Espèce will immerse you in the exciting, specialized and minimalist art of object theatre.


Schedule:

(4-day workshop)

9:30AM to 3:30PM EST every day

Session 1: Friday, June 25, 2021
Session 2: Monday, June 28, 2021
Session 3: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Session 4: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Location:

June 25th:
PWM Studio
7250 Clark St., #103
Montreal, QC
H2R 2Y3

June 28th-30th:
Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette
30, Saint-Just ave.
Montreal, QC
H2V 1X8


Creating Object Theatre is presented in collaboration with the Association québécoise des marionnettistes (AQM). The workshop is open to playwrights, puppeteers, performers and interdisciplinary creators. Members of the AQM are encouraged to apply. Please note that this is a hands-on workshop with some performance-based exercises. The workshop will be led bilingually in English and French, participants will be encouraged to express themselves in either language.

Application Instructions

  • Please send us a bio and/or artistic CV as well as a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this workshop interests you, how it is relevant to your artistic practice, and what your expectations are.
  • Send applications and any questions to harris@playwrights.ca with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Pire Espèce.
  • You may send your application in English or French.

Apply before 5PM EST on May 28, 2021 to ensure that your application will be considered.

About the Workshop Leaders

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Olivier Ducas studied acting at the National Theatre School of Canada. His decisive encounter with Francis Monty led in 1999 to the founding of Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, for which they act as co-artistic director. He also cofounded Théâtre Aux Écuries (2005) a creation center and theatre venue in Montreal and was one of Carte Premiere’s initiators. A playwright, actor, director and object/puppet manipulator, he is the co-creator of the company’s productions (Ubu on the Table, Perseus, Gestes impies et rites sacrés, Die Reise, Futur intérieur and L’Effet Hyde) that have toured across Canada, Europe, Mexico and Brazil over the last 20 years. In 2008, he single-handedly wrote and directed Roland, la vérité du vainqueur, a show for two actor-storytellers for teen audiences. In 2014, he repeated the experience with Cities, adding solo performer to his list of credits. He is currently working on the Contes zen du potager, a series of short, minimalist forms, where vegetables display all their substance. Ducas is a leading object theatre director in Canada. Research in object and image-based playwriting is at the core of his actions as a creator. In addition to his creative work, Ducas also gives object theatre classes for professionals, theatre school professors and theatre students.

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A 1997 graduate of the playwrighting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, Francis Monty is a theatrical jack of all trades – directing, clowning, puppetry and his many writing projects all intertwine. In 1999 he co-founded Théâtre de la Pire Espèce with Olivier Ducas, and both share the position of artistic director. He has co-created many of the company’s plays, including Ubu on the table and Perseus. A number of his plays have travelled across Canada, and to Brazil and Europe, including Par les temps qui rouillentDéclownestrationTraces de clouneLéon le nulErnest T.Petit bonhomme en papier carbone and Nous sommes mille en équilibre fragile. He received the 2005 Masque award for best original script for Romances et karaoké, the 2014 Cochon dramatique for best original script for Petit bonhomme en papier carbone at the Gala des Cochons d’or and Ernest T. was nominated for best original script for young audiences for the Louise LaHaye Award.

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APPLY NOW: Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong

Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop will now take place remotely. The schedule, structure of the workshop has been modified accordingly. The application deadline has also been extended to 1pm on April 13, 2020. Contact harris@playwrights.ca for any questions about the workshop.

Using innovative and interactive activities, Jesse Stong (Art Educator/Playwright)will support emerging artists as they develop strong applications for their own future project grants. From seeding and exploring initial ideas to developing dynamic writing samples, 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 their own completed first draft of a grant proposal, as well as strategies on seeking diverse sources of funding, independent fundraising strategies, and guidance on partnerships-building strategies for the future life of their proposed project.


Revised Schedule:

(2-part group session)

Part 1 – Tuesday, April 28: 12pm-2pm

Part 2 – Thursday, April 30: 12pm-2pm

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

Location:

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

Fee:

$45 
(Please contact us if this fee would be a barrier to your participation)


Application Instructions

  • Please attach a bio and/or CV as well as a brief paragraph detailing your interest in the workshop.
  • Send applications to harris@playwrights.ca with subject line: Exploring Practice with Jesse Stong.
  • Apply before  1 PM on April 13, 2020
  • Due to the revised format of the workshop, the number of participants may be limited to ensure that each participant gets the most out of the workshop.

Topics Covered

  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

  • Please come to the workshop with a project/residency idea they 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.

About the Instructor

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 Unit for artist with different abilities.

Jesse 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. He is currently developing an intermedia puppetry project launching fall 2020.

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APPLY NOW: Re:Shaping Borders with Naïma Kristel Phillips

A devised creation workshop

Dates: February 29th & March 1st, 2020 (2-day workshops)
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM Both days
Location:  PWM (7250 Clark, Suite 103)
Fee: $42 (please contact us if this fee would be an obstacle to your participation)

What borders do you encounter, challenge, confront, travel through or around in your artistic practice? Are these concrete, imagined, welcome or imposed?

These questions will serve as the basis for the latest workshop in our Exploring Practice Series. Led by Naïma Kristel Phillips, Re:Shaping Borders invites participants to take part in a devised creation process built around the theme of borders.

Devised theatre, also known as collective creation, is a theatre-making practice in which an ensemble of performers (often actors or dancers) ”write” a piece collaboratively. This workshop is designed to give artists a hands-on introduction to this way of working. The group will be made up of roughly 8 artists with a variety of artistic backgrounds and experiences.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send us your artistic CV/bio and a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this workshop interests you, how it is relevant to your artistic practice and what your expectations are for this workshop.

Please send your application and any questions to:  harris@playwrights.ca using the subject line: Exploring Practice with Naima Kristel Phillips


Application deadline:  February 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM

About the Workshop Leader:

Naïma Kristel Phillips is a playwright, librettist, and stage director committed to finding innovative ways to portray human existence. Her interdisciplinary works have been presented across Canada, France, and the United States. As a performer, Naïma practised extended vocal techniques and choreographic theatre at the Roy Hart International Centre and Pantheatre with co-founders and directors Enrique Pardo, Linda Wise, and Elizabeth Mayer. Her interdisciplinary approach is also inspired by studies with playwright Charles L. Mee and director Anne Bogart as well as mentorship from choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. 

Naïma is currently writing the libretto for an opera with composer Margareta Jeric. She is also directing and co-creating High Z, an immersive performance exploring the 2011 Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the accelerating universe. As a concept writer, she collaborated with scenographer Julie Vallée-Léger and GSM Project on the critically-acclaimed “Life of Sally Hemings” exhibit at Monticello. 

Her playwriting credits include Le bon gars d’à côté (Festival Jamais Lu) Suite d’une ville morte (Tapestry Opera and Canadian Opera Company) Birthday Triage (Horace Mann Theater), My Artichoke Heart (Dream Up Festival), and Night Spell (Nextfest). A recipient of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award, and the Shubert Presidential Fellowship, Naïma was in the 2014-2016 Interdisciplinary Unit at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

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Apply Now: Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy Lab

Dates: January 27th-31st, 2020 (5-days)
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Each day
Location:  Studio 303, 372 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec H3B 1A2
Fee: $60 (please contact us if this fee would be an obstacle to your participation)

PWM and Studio 303 invite dramaturges, theatre artists, dancers, circus performers and interdisciplinary artists the second edition of the Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy Lab. Led by Kathy Casey (dance), Dana Dugan (circus) and Fatma Sarah Elkashef (theatre), the lab is a space for artists working across various disciplines to exchange their dramaturgical tools, challenges and experiences.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send us your artistic CV/bio and a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this training interests you, how it is relevant to your artistic practice and what your expectations are for this lab.

Please send your application and any questions to:  harris@playwrights.ca using the subject line: Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy Lab
Application deadline: January 5, 2020

About the Workshop Leaders:

Born in North Carolina, Kathy Casey began her dance career in 1979 with the Chicago Moving Company. Settled in New York in 1980, she danced for many choreographers before joining the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1984. In 1989, she became a member of Susan Marshall & Company, with whom she had collaborated since 1981. From 1985-1989, she also assisted Mr. Lubovitch and Ms. Marshall in creation. Kathy Casey has danced in Europe, Asia, and North America and continues to give numerous workshops across Canada and the United States. Welcomed by Montréal Danse in 1991, she was appointed Artistic Director of the company in March 1996. A major portion of her work now is collaborating with choreographers on the dramaturgy of the works created for the company. In addition to her work with Montréal Danse, she also works as an artistic advisor with independent choreographers in the city.

Dana Dugan is an American circus artist, performer, pedagogue, and scholar based in Montreal. She was a founding member, programmer, project manager, and producer of the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival and CirqueOFF. Dana recently completed her Master’s Degree at Concordia University under fellowship researching the circus body and its embodied knowledge. She is currently continuing her research explorations and performance of the circus body and speculative performance narratives as a PhD student at Concordia University. Dana’s work reflects an agenda that advocates for socially conscious performances and alternative, queer, feminist, political narratives that cultivate agency on the circus stage.

Fatma Sarah Elkashef is a theatre artist, primarily a dramaturg, working in new play development and interdisciplinary creation. At Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal she leads the Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab in addition to various other projects. At the National Theatre School of Canada she often works across programs as a dramaturg, creator, and teacher and in 2016 received their Bernard Amyot Award for Teaching. Sarah recently co-created a circus show for families Eat Sweet Feet, and continues to work on High Z, an immersive performance installation for planetariums based on the 2011 Nobel prize winning discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. Prior to settling in Canada she was the Senior Reader at Soho Theatre in London, U.K. Sarah has also been an associate producer, company manager, literary associate and more in New York City. She is a graduate of Warwick University in English Literature and Theatre (U.K.), has an M.A. in Theatre from Hunter College (CUNY, NYC), and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).

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Apply Now: Introduction to Theatre Translation

A one-on-one mentorship opportunity

For years Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (PWM) and the Centre des Auteurs Dramatiques (CEAD) have worked to forge links between French and English language theatre communities and foster the art of theatre translation.  To this end, the two organizations have once again partnered together to offer an individualized mentorship meant to familiarize a playwright to the craft of theatre translation.

How the mentorship works:

  • PWM will select 1 participant with an interest in French to English theatre translation.
  • Over a period of several months, the participant will translate excerpts (roughly 10-12 pages) of two contemporary Québécois plays selected by the CEAD. 
  • Over several weeks, the participant will receive a total of 12 hours of dramaturgical support from an established translation dramaturg.
  • The participant will  have the opportunity to discuss their translations with the original playwrights.
  • The mentorship will culminate in two 4-hour workshops during which professional actors will read and discuss the newly-translated excerpts.
  • After the workshops, the participant will submit their final drafts of the translated excerpts to the CEAD.

Who can Apply?

  • Montreal-based playwrights with a strong interest in French-to-English theatre translation.
  • The candidate must have excellent writing skills in English and have fluent comprehension of Québecois French.
  • Playwrights with little to no experience in theatre translation are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two professionally produced pieces or Fringe productions. 

Please note: If you are a member of the CEAD and are interested in applying to the English-to-French component of this project, please visit the CEAD’s website for application details. 

Application Guidelines

Send your application to documents as well as any questions you may have to Harris Frost at harris@playwrights.ca.

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 8th at noon.

Please include the following documents  in your email:

  1. Your artistic CV and/or bio.
  2. A brief cover letter outlining your interest in this mentorship and in French-to-English theatre translation more generally.

Tentative Schedule:

  • November 8th: Application deadline.
  • November 13th: Participant selected and provided with exceprts
  • November – March: Several meetings with translation mentor, translation of excerpts and meetings with playwrights.
  • Before March 6th: 2 x 4 workshops of translated excerpts
  • Before April 5th: Translated excerpts of texts submitted to CEAD.

This mentorship is presented in partnership with:

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Apply Now: Writing and Devising For Puppetry With Clea Minaker

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Dates: November 5-8th, 2019 (4-day workshop)
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM Each day
Location: Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette: 30 Avenue Saint-Just, Outremont, QC
Fee: $60 (please contact us if this fee would be an obstacle to your participation)

Writing and Devising Puppetry: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Creation

Presented in collaboration with the Association Québécoise des marionnettistes (AQM)

This  four-day workshop is designed as a laboratory to explore and experiment with puppetry and the interdisciplinary creation methods it employs as unique form of scenic writing.

In puppetry, narratives unfurl as interrelated threads woven from; objects and materials, movement and presence, light, sound and/or text. As performers activate these elements: bringing them into relationship with each other, with time, and with space: a singular poetic language is formed.

This workshop asks the question, what does it mean to create and compose in a language that is both material and time based? What are visual dramaturgies? And, where do we begin when we wish to ‘write’ with images?

Throughout the workshop, participants will be invited to engage in puppetry and performance exercises, as well as to experiment with visual mediums and creative writing techniques, in the construction of performed visual narratives.

This workshop is not designed as an introduction to technical aspects of creating or manipulating puppets, but views the puppetry arts as a large family of theatrical forms wherein material and performer meet. The workshop invites participants of diverse backgrounds (performance, puppetry, design, writing, stage technique, visual arts etc…) to gain greater perspective on the unique storytelling opportunities that puppetry presents.

In addition to structured improvisations, individual and group exercises, participants will be given (some) opportunities to explore projects of personal interest within the context of the workshop.

Note: This workshop will take place primarily in English, but many of the exercises and discussions will be led in English and French in order to best accommodate all participants.

How to Apply:

Please send your CV and/or bio as well as a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in this workshop, and your experience with puppetry, and/or interdisciplinary approaches to creation to harris@playwrights.ca using the subject line: Exploring Practice with Clea Minaker.  The deadline to apply is Thursday October 3rd, 2019 before 1pm

Biography of Clea Minaker

Clea Minaker is a puppeteer, designer, director, and interdisciplinary creator who graduated from the sixth promotion (2002-2005) at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville‐Mézières, France. Through her personal creations, Clea has explored an interest for shadow, light, live video projections, as well as the poetics of manipulation and corporeal gesture.

She has collaborated across artistic disciplines: in theatre, live music, opera, dance, film, and visual arts, including collaborations with Feist (The Reminder Tour 2007/2008), Atom Egoyan, So-called, Kid Koala. She has created works for: the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Convergence: an International Summit on Art and Technology at the Banff Centre, IF! Istanbul, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Festival Casteliers. Clea premiered her first full-length solo performance The Book of Thel, at Théâtre Lachapelle, Scènes Contemporains in 2013.

Clea has taught puppetry, shadow puppetry, and interdisciplinary creation at; U.Q.A.M ‘d.e.s.s marionette contemporain’, Concordia University, National Theatre School of Canada, Playwright’s Workshop Montreal, U.B.C.O, Mcgill University. She is currently co-director of the Banff Centre Puppet Intensive offered by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop.

In 2009 Clea was awarded the Siminovitch Protégé Prize for Theatre Design by prize Laureate and puppeteer Ronnie Burkett.

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