Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal Welcomes New Managing Director Alanna Wrenshall


PWM is delighted to formally announce that our Board of Directors and hiring committee have appointed Alanna Wrenshall, more commonly known as Alan, as our new Managing Director.

Alan Wrenshall is a Queer, neurodivergent Arts Administrator and former Stage Manager. Born and raised in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, they graduated from Queen’s University with honours and began working behind the scenes at many theatres in Ontario including 4th Line Theatre, the Port Hope Capitol Theatre, and the Sudbury Theatre Centre. After a whirlwind move to Tio’tia:ke/Montreal in 2023, they joined PWM’s administration team, where they have had the opportunity to witness the vibrancy of Montreal’s theatre community. Their favourite kind of plant is all of them, and they can often be found trying to keep their dog, Boomer, out of the garden.

Alan was appointed to the position earlier this year following the departure of former Managing Director Anne-Sophie Grenier in 2023. With Alan’s background of hands-on theatre leadership and their time working within PWM’s administrative team, we’re eager to see the impact they will bring to the organization and the Montréal theatre community.

“Alan, who has served as our general manager prior to this appointment, brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record to their new role. Their understanding of the theatre industry, combined with a commitment to our mission of supporting dramaturgy, makes them uniquely qualified to lead our organization.

Please join me in congratulating Alan on their well-deserved appointment; I look forward to their continued contributions and to the future of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal under their leadership.”

– Jason Poirier Lavoie, President of the Board of Directors at PWM

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After a year of transitions and adaptations following the  pandemic, we look hopefully to the future of our organization under the new co-leadership team of Sarah and Alan. This new chapter will yield fruitful collaborations and creative processes that we are excited to realize!

Playwrights' Workshop Montreal Artistic Director Fatma Sarah Elkashef.

“I am very excited to finally formally welcome Alan to PWM as the MD. Since the departure of former MD, Anne-Sophie Grenier, Alan has grown from their former position on the PWM team and flourished into the responsibilities of the MD role. They are a brilliant leader and partner and I am thrilled to be co-leading PWM into its next phase with them.”

– Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Artistic Director of PWM

“I am so thrilled, and honoured, to be representing PWM as the Managing Director. Having joined the Admin team last February, I have had the opportunity to learn so much about Montreal’s incredible community, and the invaluable support PWM provides to the artists we work with. For the past few months I have had the opportunity to bring my experience and love of theatre to the position of MD. I am very grateful to my co-leader, Sarah, and the entire PWM team for their hard work and dedication. I look forward to building on the strong foundation we have and continuing to foster vibrant and supportive environments for all artists.” 

– Alanna Wrenshall, Managing Director of PWM

A PDF of this announcement can be found here:

PWM+MAI Joint Support for Artists Featuring Ülfet Sevdi


Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels) are thrilled to announce that the PWM + MAI  Joint Support for Artists will feature Ülfet Sevdi and her work Motherhood.

The Artist

Ülfet Sevdi is a writer, theatre director, dramaturge, visual artist, and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner based in Montreal.


She graduated in Fine Arts and Theatre in Türkiye in 2001. She holds a Research and Creation Master in the INDI program at Concordia University. She is now a PhD candidate in the INDI program at Concordia University. Her work deals with oral history and social narratives. Her approach is highly conceptual, experimental, and is theoretically grounded in the critical social sciences.


She was the co-founder and artistic director of nü.kolektif (2008-2014), an Istanbul-based collective of multidisciplinary artists involved in performances dealing with political topics. She continues this line of work with Thought Experiment Productions (2015-) since coming to Montreal, a production company she also co-founded and that she co-directs.


Her past work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Montreal Council for the Arts, and the Cole Foundation. It has been presented in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ireland, Türkiye, and the USA.

THE PROJECT

In the moment of my artistic and academic mid-career, less than two years ago, I have become a mother. I had just finished a Master thesis. It was still during the Covid pandemic. They say having a child changes your life. But you do not understand it until it happens to you. It is a deep, highly rewarding but also very demanding existential state.

How do we continue, what can be done? When will we be able to regain our normal artistic life? Our performer’s body? Our capacity to focus on reading and writing? After almost a year of pregnancy follow the first months, the first year. The body has changed; constraints –physical, emotional, psychological- are everywhere. Time flows outside, life continues.

But the artist-mother cannot keep up with all the ideas she has, cannot return to her practice. Even if she does, part of her is with the baby. You are stuck, in the physical and psychological senses of the term. You lost the freedom needed to create, both outside and inside. You lost the physical, psychological and time-related flexibility needed to create and go on stage to perform. You have to make peace with this new body. You have to find ways to understand how you can continue. As an artist, your financial well-being depends on your performance practice. You could use daycares, babysitters, but they cost money… to make money you need more money. Having a baby costs money, new needs are involved. If the system offers something, is it really enough? Is the father able to make it alone? And when you don’t have the traditional family support… To create you need time and space, to perform as well. Without time you can’t develop your ideas. Without time to create, you have nothing to perform. The experience is opening layers over layers of difficulties: the systemic, the psychological and the physical. Many different paradoxical vicious circles open up in front of you. And you’re exhausted.

This performance will be based around the technique I have developed in my last performance, Numbers Increase As We Count…, a technique I have called “Performative Acting”. It is a technique that involves specific tasks as well as dramaturgically framed open structures. I have sketched the framework for this technique in my Research and Creation Master Thesis in the INDI program, and am currently developing it further in my current PDH studies in the same program. For this project, I intend to carry this work with different artist- mothers/mother-artists from different performative artistic disciplines.

THE PROGRAM

The PWM + MAI joint support accompanies creators on their journey to develop a project and explore their practice. It is aimed at artists encountering structural and systemic obstacles to their full participation in the arts because of their claimed identity and/or perceived identity in society. 

More details about the program available here.

We are so excited to support the development of Ülfet’s project, and wish her a fulfilling creation process!

This program is a partnership between
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Project supported by the Government of QuébEc as part of l’Entente sur le Développement Culturel and the City of Montreal, and by the Canada Council for the Arts
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IMPACT CREATION: 60 YEARS OF EXPLORATION

Celebrate the past six decades at PWM, and support the next generations of theatre creators!

As PWM’s 60th anniversary year comes to a close, we invite you to reflect on our rich history as collaborators and as a national hub for the theatre community, and support our programming by making a donation to our Impact Creation fundraiser.  

Our organization values the creative process first and foremost, and strives to foster an environment that allows artists to thrive. PWM is a space for theatre creators of all experience levels to connect, collaborate and advance their work. Donating to us is an investment in the future vitality of our artistic communities, in Montreal and across the country: Here’s to another 60 years of exploration ahead! 

Each year, your donations support new theatre creation through: 

  • 25-30 play development workshops, where everyone in the room (playwrights, dramaturgs,  translators, actors, directors and so on) is paid
  • 50-75 one-on-one dramaturgical consultations, including digital dramaturgy clinics, offered to writers and theatre-makers free of charge
  • 20 mentorships that connect early career artists with established industry professionals at no cost to the artists
  • 2 national residencies where playwrights and translators are paid an honorarium, and all travel, accommodation, and meals are provided by PWM
  • 4 professional development workshops for theatre creators, offered free of charge through our Exploring Practice series
  • Ongoing commitment and initiatives to strengthen accessibility and inclusion for theatre creators and theatre creation 
  • And much more!

Help us reach our goal of $6000 by the end of 2023 by donating today.

Giving Throughout the Year

Did you know that monthly donations allow PWM’s work to be more responsive to the ever-changing  needs of projects and artists by providing us with steady income we know we can count on? As an added bonus, donors who give $15 or more per month for one year receive the gift of a published play developed in collaboration with PWM, autographed by the playwright

Our Interconnected Community Crossword

Carol Libman, co-founder, speaking in regard to the 25th anniversary of PWM in 1988

Are you a PWM history buff? To honour our 60th anniversary, this year’s Interconnected Community crossword puzzle includes more people and plays of PWM past – and some solutions can be found on our History page

You can fill in the puzzle and “SUBMIT” through the app above, or you can print it out and email a picture of the completed puzzle to heather@playwrights.ca.

Every correctly completed puzzle is entered into a draw, giving you the chance to win your choice of one of the following published plays developed in collaboration with PWM! Be sure to give it a close look over, and enter your contact information, as you can only submit once. But don’t worry! If you leave and come back, your progress will be saved on this page. Submit by December 31, 2023 for your chance to win! 

Keep an eye on our social media in the month of December for some direct clues and answers!

Controlled Damage by Andrea ScottOkinum by Émilie Monnet (original in French, or English translation) Some Blow Flutes by Mary VingoeThe Law of Gravity by Olivier Sylvestre and translated by Bobby TheodoreAndy’s Gone by Marie-Claude Verdier and translated by Alexis DiamondThe Enchanted Loom by Suvendrini Lena and translated by Dushy GnanapragasamEverybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down by Robert ChafeSimone, Half and Half by Christine Rodriguez • Reaching for Starlight by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard


Your support is vital to the work we do, and we hope you can play a key part in creating new works for theatre by helping us reach our goal of $6000 by the end of 2023. Anything you can give is greatly appreciated: All donations, big and small, make this work possible. If you cannot donate at this time, consider being a PWM ambassador and spread the word about Impact Creation! Playwriting and theatre creation take a great deal of work and a lot of resources, but we know it is worth every bit of effort, and we also know the importance of celebrating and supporting the community! Thank you so much for helping us build a beautiful future for theatre.


PWM’s Impact According to:

ALEXIS DIAMOND

Alexis Diamond

Photo credit: Ron Diamond

“Without Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, I would not have the career in theatre translation that I have. Nor would I have been able to sustain a career in Montreal as a playwright working in both English and French. PWM introduced me to the Francophone-theatre milieu as a potential translator in the 2010s. From there grew my familiarity with the agents and stakeholders of the milieu, which led to me serving as a kind of bridge between Anglophone and Francophone theatre in Montreal, a role I happily play today, along with a growing number of bilingual and multilingual artists who make their livelihoods in both English and French in this city.

I had my first experience with theatre translation in the PWM Translation Unit with Maureen Labonté in 2010-2011. That was when I initially started work on the translation of Amaryllis [Vipérine] by Pascal Brullemans. In 2016, I participated in PWM’s Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac for Amaryllis [Vipérine], this time with the guidance of Bobby Theodore. The book Amaryllis and Little Witch (Playwrights Canada Press) would later go on to be nominated for the Governor General’s Award for translation in 2021.

In 2013, I was the first ever recipient of PWM’s Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators to translate Je n’y suis plus (Marie-Claude Verdier), which was workshopped and received a public reading at PWM. I would go on to mount a production, directed by Jen Quinn, at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2016, to great acclaim.

In 2018, Talisman Theatre commissioned the translation of Minuit by Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon. Workshopped through PWM, it gave me the opportunity to benefit from the tutelage of the Grande Dame of Québécois-theatre translation, Linda Gaboriau, and also to journey to New Orleans, where we had a workshop with local actors and a public reading at the Southern Repertory Theatre. 

In 2019, I participated in “Theatre Translation Workshop with Frank Heibert”, offered through PWM’s Exploring Practice program, to work on Marie-Claude Verdier’s touring play, Andy’s Gone (Playwrights Canada Press). The book was one of five selected in 2022 for Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom, a program run by the Association of Canadian Publishers’ Children’s Committee.

In 2020, I was commissioned by PWM to translate Camille : le récit by Audrey-Anne Bouchard and Marc-André Lapointe and in 2022, Camille: The Story was produced at the Segal Centre, where it won a META Award for best production.

Having benefited from the tutelage and mentoring of the giants of Québécois theatre translation – Maureen Labonté, Linda Gaboriau and Bobby Theodore – PWM then deemed me ready to serve as a mentor to emerging translators. Since 2019, I have had the honour of being the translation mentor for Traductions Croisées, the program jointly organized by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and Centre des auteurs.trices dramatiques (CEAD) to encourage the emergence of new translators for Québécois plays. 

As part of the Traduction Croisées mentorship program (Introduction to Theatre Translation), I mentored Katherine Turnbull for her translation of La nuit du 4 au 5 by Rachel Graton, which was produced by Talisman Theatre in 2022. Katherine Turnbull was just selected as the 10th mentee for the Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators.”

-Alexis Diamond

ELENA BELYEA

Elena Belyea

Photo credit: Brianne Jang

“Ever since my graduation from theatre school in 2015, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal has been an invaluable support, both institutionally and personally. They supported further development of my solo show Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable, which went on to have over 75 performances in English and French, as well as my site-specific Everyone We Know Will Be There, which ran in residential houses in Edmonton in Calgary back in 2016. They’ve offered me ongoing access to an environment where I’m able to witness new play development in action. As a playwright, it can be rare to receive support that has no agenda, where your supporters’ only objective is to help you germinate a story that you yourself are happy with before anyone else. This has always been my experience with PWM, making it one of my favourite theatre institutions in Canada, and a place that I recommend to other playwrights enthusiastically and often.”

– Elena Belyea

JAMILA SHANI JOSEPH

Jamila Shani Joseph

“I really got involved in activities during the pandemic, searching for ways to stay creative and stay sane; I came across PWM’s call for submissions – online opportunities. PWM’s Digital Dramaturgy Initiative – Montreal residency in 2021 was my first experience and I had a wonderful and enlightening experience learning and deepening my understanding of theatre and the art of thinking and writing for theatre. I went on to also participate in:

  • PWM + MAI Joint Support for Artists (2021 2022)
  • Exploring Practice workshop – Spatial Dramaturgy: Developing an Urban Performance Practice with Shauna Janssen (Apr – May 2022)
  • Exploring Practice – The Dramaturgical Process: First Principles and Practical Applications with Andrea Romaldi (Jan – Feb 2023)
  • PWM X Arrivals Legacy Project (2023)
  • PWM’s Cross Cultural Adaptation Lab (Jul 2023 – Oct 2025)

I enjoy the fact that they always have interesting offerings for development and mentorship. I love the staff, as well as the individuals they bring in to facilitate workshops. They have all been down to earth, open, knowledgeable, and just fun to be around and speak to on a human level.

Having the opportunity to incorporate theatre and writing into my dance practice has been a very rewarding journey. I am grateful for the time I’ve been able to spend with both Sarah and Aki in conversation and for the relationships fostered. The individuals who make up an organization are important and PWM has wonderful individuals all throughout.

As I’ve been working on my first play, ‘Wild Roots’, PWM has been gently riding the wave, supporting my explorations and development in playwriting. I never feel pressured to present as anything or one other than me, allowing myself to feel the freedom to really find my own voice and solidify my own footing. That is huge for me.

In the end, what I can say is PWM, ‘Thank you for being a friend!’”

– Jamila Shani Joseph

JULIE TAMIKO MANNING

Julie Tamiko Manning

Actor, theatre creator, playwright, mentor, independent producer 

Montreal/ Tiohtià:ke/ Mooniyang

“For as long as I can remember, PWM has been an artistic and social hub of the community. One can always depend on great conversation and artistic exchange when you spend time there. As a young actor it was always a point of pride to be hired to read a new script in workshop: it was a wonderful job no matter how quickly you passed through their doors or how long you stayed; it has been some of the best training I have ever received as an actor. It taught me how to be clear and rigorous and respectful. As a playwright, I have received an incredible amount of support from the folks at PWM and would have never completed my last play without their belief in me. The relationship I have with PWM is a rare one. I have taken that and used it to build the artist I have always wanted to become. Dramaturgy received through PWM: The Tashme Project: The Living Archives and Mizushōbai- The Water Trade. Residencies through PWM: Gros Morne, ÉsterELLE- 2019. I have participated in endless workshops and a multitude of invaluable Master Classes, like playwriting with Daniel MacIvor, Carole Fréchette and Robert Chafe.”

-Julie Tamiko Manning 

SCOUT REXE

Scout Rexe

“Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal has completely transformed my experience of being an artist. Fatma Sarah Elkashef and I had our first dramaturgical conversation in 2018, and in a way, it hasn’t stopped. For the past five years, we have collaborated on two very different projects: a five character play with music about a rockstar family and the complicated legacy of our cultural icons, and a digital-hybrid solo show about power, coercion, and escaping a cult. We share a belief that how we make work is as important as the work itself. From ongoing dramaturgical conversations, to dramaturgical residencies (2022, 2023), to full-cast workshops (2020, 2021, 2023), to the Gros Morne Residency in Newfoundland (2022), Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal has provided me with unparalleled and essential support. I wouldn’t be the playwright I am today without this organization.”

– Scout Rexe

Call for Dramaturgical Collaboration Applications for 2024-2025


Applications for Dramaturgical Collaborations are now open. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 30th, 2024 11:59PM EST

All applicants will receive a response by the end of April 2024 informing them of the outcome of their application for the 2024-2025 season.

The ASL video format of this section is viewable here.


The open call for Dramaturgical Collaborations is PWM’s invitation to playwrights and creators from across Canada to work with us. Together, we engage in deep explorations of story, form and process.

Our Dramaturgical Collaborations begin with one-on-one and ongoing Dramaturgical Conversations in which we discuss the needs of the project and playwright/creator(s). From there, we mutually determine with the artist(s) one or a combination of the following opportunities for the project:

Workshops:  An opportunity to explore a work in progress with actors/collaborators in order to evolve the project. Each Workshop is led by a PWM dramaturg in collaboration with the playwright/creator(s). Text based projects will be read by a company of actors and the playwright and dramaturg will then have the opportunity to ask and explore questions with the company. For non-text based projects, the Workshop is designed around whatever elements create the narrative/event. Sometimes a private reading for invited guests is a part of a Workshop, and it is used as an opportunity to introduce the work to an audience for the first time. The length of a Workshop is determined by the needs of the project.

Residencies: As part of the Dramaturgical Collaboration, PWM may offer dedicated Studio time for exploration (not rehearsal) to a playwright/creator(s) developing a project with PWM. These residencies take place in our studio in Montreal, and are separate from our national residencies at Gros Morne and Tadoussac.

Mentorships:  Mentorships are set up to answer a very specific need in the early stages of a creation process. In collaboration with a PWM Dramaturg, the playwright/creator determines who is best suited to accompany them through this essential phase. This may be an expert in a given discipline, a creator from a similar or different discipline, or a dramaturg with a particular field of experience. The mentor is paid by PWM to work with the artist as a mentee.

To learn more about these and other terms used at PWM, please refer to our glossary.


Considerations for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

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Stage of Development: We accept applications for projects at all stages of development depending on the nature of the work. It could be an idea, a first draft (in whatever form that may be), a new iteration of a project that has already been shared, or a draft that is in an advanced stage of development.

Discipline: This project 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.

Applicants: We welcome individual playwright/creator(s) and collectives to apply directly through our Google form. If you are a theatre company, please contact dramaturg@playwrights.ca to discuss Dramaturgical Collaborations before submitting an application online.

Location: We welcome local and national applications. We work in-person, virtually (for example: by video chat or by use of online collaborative tools), or a combination of both. *Please note that working virtually is an option available to out-of-town artists, as well as local artists based in Montreal.

Because developing plays and performances takes time, PWM has numerous ongoing projects. Therefore, we can only welcome a limited number of new projects per season despite receiving many inspiring applications. We are grateful to everyone who applies.

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+, 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.


How to apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

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You can apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration via our Google form, linked here. Audio and video answers to some of the questions in the form are also welcomed. Click here to preview the form as a PDF.

You will be asked to provide: 

  • General information about you
  • Information about your project 
  • How you would like to work with PWM
  • Your CV and bio and that of any collaborators
  • A sample of the proposed project (if available) or past work 

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. 

If you have any questions regarding Dramaturgical Collaborations, please contact us at dramaturg@playwrights.ca

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, require assistance with your application, or would like to discuss alternative methods of applying and deadline flexibility, please contact accessibility@playwrights.ca. For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please click here.

2022-2023 AMPLIFIER: a fully supported exploratory creation process for playwrights

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

We are thrilled to announce that Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM), LA SERRE – arts vivants (LA SERRE) and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM) are currently accepting applications for the English-language edition of Amplifier. 

This program offers sustained dramaturgical and artistic support to one working playwright* residing on the island of Montréal. This includes dramaturgical consultation, a creation workshop, a creation production residency, followed by a laboratory presentation.

The program aims to support the artistic practice of theatre artists who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC,  racialized including 1st or 2nd generation immigrant artists (as defined in the Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s glossary) working creatively in one of Canada’s official languages. Additionally, it seeks to foster dialogue between Montréal’s English- and French-speaking theatre communities, as well as intercultural exchanges and greater representation for culturally diverse artists within the theatre community and on Montréal’s stages.

In order to support artists writing in French and artists writing in English, CAM and La Serre offer this program alternately with the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in French, and with PWM in English. This edition is intended for artists creating in the English language. PWM is an English language minority company, therefore the work with PWM will take place in English and the application must be completed in English. Please refer to the Program Presentation (PDF) for more details about what this partnership includes, eligibility criteria and other conditions. Board Members of CAM, PWM and La Serre are not eligible to apply.

 * This is an opportunity for professional playwrights as defined in the Conseil de Arts de Montreal glossary: “An individual with a professional artistic practice who possesses the necessary experience and knowledge to develop this practice. This includes self-taught individuals as well as those who have studied art. This person is recognized in their artistic community (artists working in the same artistic tradition), creates, carries out or publishes works of art, is dedicated to their artistic practice and is generally paid for their work.”

THE 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 

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre creation and development centre based in Montréal. PWM is led by a team of experienced dramaturgs and arts administrators. With a focus on dramaturgy, its mission is to collaborate with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. PWM gives artists the opportunity to create and experiment, dream and take risks. Its collaborative process draws on the team’s unique experience and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs. 

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance makers, and theatre companies across the country find a creative accomplice willing to invest deeply in the development of meaningful work. Through PWM’s programming and activities, individual artists and companies meet and make new connections. By fostering these artistic connections, PWM acts as a community hub for theatre-makers in Montreal and beyond.

PWM has a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. PWM’s staff have read and reviewed the progress of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as well as the UNDRIP, and are committed to working towards adapting recommendations into the organization and its programming. PWM regularly partners with Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodivergent, and disabled artists and organizations as well as artists living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM operates a 2,000 square foot creation studio and shared office space, equipped with theatre lighting, sound and digital equipment. Click here for accessibility information for our office and creative studio space: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility-contact/

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 favors projects that establish evocative links between art and society, and facilitate connections between different disciplinary fields and sectors.

SUPPORT PROVIDED

The recipient of the program will receive a project creation grant of $13,000 from the CAM over two years, along with numerous services provided by PWM, LA SERRE, and CAM. This is a one-time, non-renewable grant.

The program takes place over two years, and support is provided as follows:

YEAR 1

$3,000 creation grant for a new theatrical creation

30 hours of dramaturgical collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

9 hours of script workshopping offered by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

A staged reading with actors at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

YEAR 2

$10,000 creation grant for production

50 hours of production and management mentorship by LA SERRE–arts vivants

60 hours of free access to the Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s studios

Presentation of two performances in lab format

One-year subscription to Machinerie des arts.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please complete the online application form. Refer to the Program Presentation (PDF) for all details about this partnership. During the application process, you will be asked to include the following documents in PDF format:

An excerpt of a previously written theatrical work in English (10 pages maximum);

An excerpt of the project (10 pages maximum);

A CV

Only the required documents will be forwarded to members of the evaluation committee.

Applications will be evaluated by representatives of the CAM, PWM and La Serre. Projects will be evaluated based on merit, feasibility, and impact on the artist.  

PWM is strongly committed to supporting a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences. We strongly encourage eligible applicants who also identify as 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, disabled, living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain to self-identify in their application if they are comfortable doing so.

The deadline to submit applications is October 27, 2022 at 11:59PM.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your application or your project, or the program in general, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Please address questions to Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, at sarah@playwrights.ca. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact Heather at accessibility@playwrights.ca.

Now seeking applications for our 2022-2023 Young Creators Unit!

YCU NEWS: WE’RE welcoming a new dramaturG to lead the Unit

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is delighted to announce that dramaturg and director Leila Ghaemi will be leading this year’s Young Creators Unit! The current leader and creator of the YCU, Jesse Stong, will work with YCU alumni this year, while continuing their work as a dramaturg at PWM with both the Queer Reading Series and the New Stories Project.

“I’m so excited to have Leila taking the Young Creators Unit into the next phase. With her passion, intelligence, and experience, I am sure she will exceed expectations!” says long-time YCU facilitator Jesse Stong.

Find out more about Leila here


The application period for this year’s YCU has now passed. We’d like to thank each of the creatives who applied.

If you’re an aspiring playwright or storyteller who is 30 or under, then Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit (YCU) is the place to grow your work. This incubator for learning and experimentation helps emerging artists find their voice, as they workshop an original piece of theatre over the course of several months.

Playwriting is an ever-expanding field, and workshop environments are flexible and judgment-free spaces to work collectively. Interested storytellers need only apply with an idea, a question, a theme or topic. We welcome diversity of experience in life and in theatre, and all kinds of emerging writers and theatre makers are encouraged to apply. 

By taking part in group sessions every two weeks, participants establish their craft in conversation with a close cohort of creatives. A customized work plan and one-on-one mentorship supports the development of your play, alongside professional support with grant writing and networking opportunities.

PWM welcomes all applications to our programs. 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. 

If you have any questions about the Young Creators Unit, please contact both Leila Ghaemi Leila@playwrights.ca and Jesse Stong jesse@playwrights.ca.


If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with the form, please contact Heather accessibility@playwrights.ca. Accessibility concerns are central to how we structure our programs and we’ve learned a lot from our Accessibility Committee conversations. Click here to read more about the work done by PWM’s accessibility committee

To learn about what it’s like navigating our space click here.

how to apply

Fill out this Google Form by 11:59 PM on September 27, 2022. Your application will require the following information:

A brief bio of yourself, and your experience (if any) as a storyteller/creator.

A brief description of the work you would like to develop, or a list of some ideas.

A brief description sharing why you would like to join the Unit, and what you hope to get out of the experience.

Group sessions will take place in person every 2 weeks on Tuesdays from 5PM-8PM, and will shift to a weekly format beginning in January 2023. The program runs from October 18th, 2022 to May 26th, 2023 in PWM’s studio at 7250 Rue Clark in Montreal.

There are limited spots in the program and participants are expected to attend the group sessions, one-on-one meetings,  as well as commit to some additional self-directed activities. Please only apply to the Unit if you can commit to the schedule. All applicants will be informed of their results by October 12. 

PWM is committed to upholding safety and comfort for in-person gatherings, with regard to COVID-19. We continue to strongly encourage the  regular wearing  of masks, frequent hand-washing and use of sanitizer, as well as frequent surface wipe-downs. To read more about PWM’s COVID-19 guidelines, click here

THE SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee will be reading all applications and selecting the participants for the Unit. There are many factors that go into the selection process in addition to the consideration of your application, such as group dynamics and the range of experience within the cohort. There are no judgements with regard to training or competencies.

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