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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

Headshot of Olivier Ducas
Photo by Mathieu Doyon

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.

Headshot of Francis Monty
Photo by Mathieu Doyon

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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Job Posting: Office Manager + YCU & New Stories Associate

Applications and Inquiries

Please indicate your interest by emailing  your application to:  lesley@playwrights.ca

Applications should include: 

  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume

We encourage applicants to send in their applications as soon as possible. For best consideration, please apply before September 27, 2021. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

PWM values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from individuals who are Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodiverse, disabled and/or living with chronic illness and chronic pain. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are comfortable doing so. 


For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please visit: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility-contact/


Organization overview

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre 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 expertise and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs.

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance artists, 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, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, and disabled artists and organizations in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM’s annual budget is between $500-$600K. The organization has five full-time and three part-time staff and offers seasonal internships. The Board of Directors currently has nine members and can hold up to 15. PWM hires 75 to 150 artists and contractors each year. In the 2019-2020 season, PWM collaborated on the development of 45 new works, with 190 artists participating in core programming.

PWM’s programming includes the Glassco Translation Residency, Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency, Cole Mentorship for Emerging Translators, Exploring Practice series, Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, Young Creator’s Unit, New Stories Project, Digital Dramaturgy Clinic, and other programs in partnership with organizations in Montreal and across Canada.

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 of our office and creative studio space: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility/

PWM is an ongoing member of the Group of 5+, a collective of five professional independent English-language theatre companies seeking to share a creative and administrative space to establish a sustainable arts ecosystem.

About Dramaturgy and How We Work

For PWM, dramaturgy is an exploration of all the elements that make a work, how they are brought together to create meaning, and what the process for developing that work might be.  We are committed to the exploration of dramaturgy as a process and as a discipline, and its application to the creation of new work. 

PWM understands that the work of playwriting and performance making is not created in a vacuum, but that it interacts with society. Theatre can be impactful, and therefore we consider not only how a piece is made and by whom, but also its effect and meaning beyond the walls of our studio. We collaborate with artists that are wrestling with these complexities.

PWM understands that the act of creation is necessarily socially engaged. We are actively committed to principles of feminism, anti-racist practice, and social justice. 

At PWM, the artist is at the centre of our work. We strive to cultivate a space where artists can be vulnerable, challenge themselves, and define their own risks and goals. 

For more information about how we work, as well as a glossary of terms, please visit: https://www.playwrights.ca/dramaturgy-at-pwm

Position Summary

This position is split between two roles: 1) that of an Office Manager, offering the administrative team support in the daily operations of the organization and  2) that of a YCU & New Stories Associate who will work closely with PWM’s Dramaturg Jesse Stong on the administration, coordination and artistic support of these two programs. 

Primary Responsibilities as Office Manager (Approx. 14 Hours per week)*

*these tasks take place throughout the year and do not all happen simultaneously

  • Manage all of PWM’s studio rentals that includes coordination with the renter, paperwork and invoicing;
  • Manage PWM’s studio and office supplies that includes managing the office supplies budget, ordering of supplies and maintaining a clean studio and office space;
  • Act as PWM’s COVID coordinator – keeping up with latest rules and regulations, attending government meetings,  doing research for PWM, and assisting the team on decision making for operations during COVID;
  • Renew and liaise with PWM’s bookkeeper and Managing Director the costs of various operating expenses (example: internet, telephone, photocopier, subscriptions to various services, insurance companies, various arts organizations, etc);
  • Coordinate the weekly staff meeting agenda, and take meeting minutes;
  • Coordinate all board meetings (6-7 per year): assist the Managing Director and Board of Directors with the agenda preparation and advance reading materials, scheduling, taking the board meeting minutes and maintaining PWM’s minute book, following up with all board members on tasks;
  • Assist and lead PWM in maintaining clean filing systems both online and in paper;
  • Keep PWM’s Carol Libman Library organized and up to date;
  • Update PWM’s casting book for development workshops — work with the PWM team to implement a new digital format;
  • Data entry: managing PWM’s CiviCRM database with the  outcomes of all artistic projects and events to create PWM’s annual dramaturgical report. Assisting staff with data entry, leading and guiding questions about data entry;
  • Update PWM’s annual CADAC statistics with the Canada Council for the Arts.
Primary REsponsibilities as the TCU and New Stories Associate (Approx. 18 Hours Per week)*
  • Support PWM staff in the administration of both programs that includes contracting for development workshops, mentorships and professional development activities;
  • Coordinate and assist in the production of the YCU Showcase – liaise with various staff for contracting, marketing and communications and artist support;
  • Coordinate and assist in the production of outcomes for the New Stories program (events or online videos);
  • Act as the main liaison for all school and community visits for both programs;
  • Gather feedback from participants of both programs;
  • Monitor and produce content for PWM’s YCU Facebook group;
  • Assist PWM’s Dramaturg with outreach, research and program development of both programs.

Skills and Characteristics 

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, and ability to meet simultaneous deadlines;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required; intermediate to professional fluency in French required
  • Ability to think critically and independently problem solve;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Enjoys clerical work that includes data entry, typing, filing and organizing;
  • A commitment to growing and improving PWM’s efforts in equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
Qualifications

Experience

  • 1-2 years experience in an administration or project management role or equivalent

Industry knowledge

  • Familiarity with the creative process and new theatre creation
  • Familiarity with video and graphic editing software;

Technical Knowledge

  • PWM uses the following software/programs to facilitate our work: G Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Drive), CiviCRM, Quickbooks, Slack, Miro. 
  • Knowledge of CAEA  or ACTRA contracts
Salary and Benefits
  • $20 per hour for 32 hours (or 4 days) per week
  • Five weeks paid vacation
  • 10 paid wellness/sick days per year
  • Reimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per year

Job Posting: Communications Manager

Applications and Inquiries

Please indicate your interest by emailing your application to: lesley@playwrights.ca

Applications should include: 

  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume
  • one writing sample from your previous work (examples can include a press release, brochure, social media post, etc.)
  • one digital or print design sample from your previous work (examples can include a poster, postcard, digital marketing image, website, etc.)

We encourage applicants to send in their applications as soon as possible. For best consideration, please apply before September 13, 2021. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

PWM values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from individuals who are Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodiverse, disabled and/or living with chronic illness and chronic pain. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are comfortable doing so. 


For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please visit: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility-contact/


Organization overview

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre 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 expertise and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs.

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance artists, 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, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, and disabled artists and organizations in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM’s annual budget is between $500-$600K. The organization has five full-time and three part-time staff and offers seasonal internships. The Board of Directors currently has nine members and can hold up to 15. PWM hires 75 to 150 artists and contractors each year. In the 2019-2020 season, PWM collaborated on the development of 45 new works, with 190 artists participating in core programming.

PWM’s programming includes the Glassco Translation Residency, Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency, Cole Mentorship for Emerging Translators, Exploring Practice series, Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, Young Creator’s Unit, New Stories Project, Digital Dramaturgy Clinic, and other programs in partnership with organizations in Montreal and across Canada.

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 of our office and creative studio space: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility/

PWM is an ongoing member of the Group of 5+, a collective of five professional independent English-language theatre companies seeking to share a creative and administrative space to establish a sustainable arts ecosystem.

About Dramaturgy and How We Work

For PWM, dramaturgy is an exploration of all the elements that make a work, how they are brought together to create meaning, and what the process for developing that work might be.  We are committed to the exploration of dramaturgy as a process and as a discipline, and its application to the creation of new work. 

PWM understands that the work of playwriting and performance making is not created in a vacuum, but that it interacts with society. Theatre can be impactful, and therefore we consider not only how a piece is made and by whom, but also its effect and meaning beyond the walls of our studio. We collaborate with artists that are wrestling with these complexities.

PWM understands that the act of creation is necessarily socially engaged. We are actively committed to principles of feminism, anti-racist practice, and social justice. 

At PWM, the artist is at the centre of our work. We strive to cultivate a space where artists can be vulnerable, challenge themselves, and define their own risks and goals. 

For more information about how we work, as well as a glossary of terms, please visit: https://www.playwrights.ca/dramaturgy-at-pwm

Position Summary

Working with the PWM team and reporting to PWM’s Artistic Director and Managing Director, the Communications Manager is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of PWM’s marketing and communications strategies. The Communications Manager creates, produces and distributes materials using PWM’s communications channels and monitors and maintains PWM’s website and social media platforms. 

Primary Responsibilities

Communications Strategy

  • Writing content to support communications and marketing efforts, including but not limited to newsletters, website, social media, brochures, and press releases;
  • Planning, coordinating and carrying out marketing, communications and promotional initiatives;
  • Proposing, designing, planning and executing annual marketing and communications plans with the general goals of increasing visibility and audience reach;
  • Managing an annual expense budget of under $5000 for all marketing and communications.

Execution of Communications Tasks

  • Writing content to support communications and marketing efforts, including but not limited to newsletters, website, social media, brochures, and press releases;
  • Designing or overseeing the creation of promotional materials for PWM’s communication and marketing efforts, including posters, postcards, signage, letterhead, brochures, business cards, as well as image and video content;
  • Overseeing media calls and photo shoots;
  • Managing, maintaining and updating PWM’s website;
  • Compiling calls from the community that would benefit artists that PWM closely works with (i.e. Playwrights, Translators, Dramaturgs);
  • Tracking and promoting PWM-developed plays after they go into production or are published;
  • Editing and enforcing recognition and crediting contracts with PWM collaborators.

Skills and Characteristics 

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines;
  • An analytical mind and ability to think critically;
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills in English; professional fluency in French
  • Experience in the design, execution and distribution of digital and print materials;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Comfort with managing multiple projects at the same time and ability to adapt;
  • A commitment to growing and improving PWM’s efforts in equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in communications and marketing.
Qualifications

Experience

  • 2-3 years experience in a communications or marketing role;
  • An asset, but not mandatory: graduate of a communications, marketing, or public relations program.

Technical knowledge

  • Established experience of WordPress;
  • Familiarity with video and graphic editing software;
  • Knowledge of SEO and Google Analytics;
  • Knowledge of GSuite, Microsoft Office;
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and their specificities;
  • Proven knowledge of communications and marketing ethics and best practices;
  • An asset: experience of HTML/CSS coding, WCAG guidelines, photography, videography, CiviCRM, Mailchimp.
Salary and Benefits
  • $21 per hour for 32 hours (or 4 days) per week which is the equivalent of $34,944 per year
  • Five weeks paid vacation
  • 10 paid wellness/sick days per year
  • Reimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per yearReimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per year
  • Group Insurance benefits that includes access to a health plan, life insurance and travel insurance
  • Optional enrolment in the Common Good Retirement Plan, with a future possibility of matching contributions from PWM, based on the organization’s budget

2021-2022 PWM + MAI joint support for artists* interested in working with a dramaturg

Applications open until September 20th!

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IMPORTANT:
Applicants can apply to more than one partnership program at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, but can only be the recipient of one partnership program.

PWM is an English language minority company and therefore the work with PWM will take place in English. The application must be completed in English.

Artists who have already applied to the MAI’s artist support program Alliance can also apply to this partnership program, but CAN ONLY BE THE RECIPIENT OF ONE MAI ALLIANCE ALLOCATION AT A TIME.
We are thrilled to announce that PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP MONTRÉAL AND MAI (MONTRÉAL, ARTS INTERCULTURELS) have joined forces again to Bring back our joint support program for artists* interested in working with a dramaturg! 

The following artists are eligible to submit proposals: Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), racialized artists (including racialized recent immigrants), members of the 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ communities, Deaf artists, disabled artists, neurodiverse artists, and artists living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain.

*We accept applications from artists in theatre, performance, dance, circus, interdisciplinary arts and visual arts (with a performance component) if they are interested in collaborating with a dramaturg from theatre and performance.

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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. 

Hosting 10-15 artists, collectives and companies per year, MAI’s Alliance program is a unique artist support initiative conceived for practitioners from all fields who encounter systemic and structural obstacles. The program strives to eliminate barriers to their full participation in the arts by offering financial allocations and guidance that are adapted to the learning and creative needs and desires of each participant. 

What is dramaturgy and what do we do? 

Dramaturgy is an exploration of all the elements that make a work, how they are brought together to create meaning, and what the process for developing that work might be. PWM primarily works on projects that centre text and narrative but also on pieces where text and storytelling are not the primary components or concerns.

PWM’s work centres around the artist and our dynamic collaborative process is tailored to meet the needs of their project. We listen deeply to understand who an artist is, what they are making and how they want their work to evolve. We offer feedback and reflection through questions and conversation and often accompany the artists from draft to draft or iteration to iteration. We work one-on-one, but also through workshops and residencies.

PWM understands that the work of playwriting and performance making is not created in a vacuum, but that it interacts with society. Theatre can be impactful, and therefore PWM considers not only how a piece is made and by whom, but also its effect and meaning beyond the walls of its creation studio.

Refer to the Artist’s guide (PDF) for more details about what this joint mentorship includes, eligibility criteria and other conditions.

SUPPORT
PROVIDED

Personalized project coordination support

$5,000 fund allocation (refer to “MAI’s allocations: How they work” for more information)

Training and collective reflection opportunities

Access to the MAI rehearsal studios

30 hours with a dramaturg, including a 20-hour residency

The PWM + MAI joint support for artists* interested in working with a dramaturg is not a grant program. It offers an allocation of funds  ($5,000) for the artists to establish mentorships and collaborations, supporting their learning and creation process (for example, to work with a mentor, a sound designer, a choreographer, a grant writer, or other experts and collaborators). Please see the toolbox’s document ‘MAI’s allocations: how they work’ for more information about what is eligible and ineligible.

The deadline to submit applications is September 20, 2021 at 11:59PM. All applicants will be notified of the results by the end of October 2021. 

project supported by the City of Montreal, the Government of Quebec, and the Canada Council for the Arts
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Job Posting: Artistic Director

Following the announcement of Emma Tibaldo’s departure after 13 years at the helm of our organization, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal is seeking new artistic leadership. We are now accepting applications for the position of Artistic Director.

Applications and Inquiries

The full job posting is listed below. To apply, please indicate your interest by emailing your resume and cover letter to: artisticdirector@playwrights.ca.

Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

For questions and inquiries, please email: artisticdirector@playwrights.ca

PWM values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from individuals who are Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodiverse, disabled and/or living with chronic illness and chronic pain. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their cover letter if they are comfortable doing so.


Organization overview

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre 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 expertise and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs.

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance artists, 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, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, and disabled artists and organizations in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM’s annual budget is between $500-$600K. The organization has five full-time and three part-time staff, and offers seasonal internships. The Board of Directors currently has nine members and can hold up to 15. PWM hires 75 to 150 artists and contractors each year. In the 2019-2020 season, PWM collaborated on the development of 45 new works, with 190 artists participating in core programming.

PWM’s programming includes: the Glassco Translation Residency, Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency, Cole Mentorship for Emerging Translators, Exploring Practice series, Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, Young Creator’s Unit, New Stories Project, Digital Dramaturgy Clinic, and other programs in partnership with organizations in Montreal and across Canada.

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 of our office and creative studio space: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility/

PWM is an ongoing member of the Group of 5+, a collective of five professional independent English-language theatre companies seeking to share a creative and administrative space to establish a sustainable arts ecosystem.

Dramaturgy and the creative process

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is committed to the exploration of dramaturgy as a process and as a discipline, and its application to the creation of new work.

At PWM, dramaturgical collaborations begin with a conversation with the artist(s) and may evolve to include workshops, public readings, residencies, studio residencies and mentorships. Artists and their creative process are at the heart of PWM’s work. The organization strives to cultivate a space where artists can be vulnerable, challenge themselves, and define their own goals.

While theatre has been at the core of PWM for over 50 years, its work now encompasses other forms of devised and interdisciplinary performance. In addition to seeking collaborations across diverse artistic traditions, PWM is strongly committed to supporting works which reflect a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences. This commitment extends to PWM’s work in theatre translation.

In the organization’s ongoing work towards inclusivity and accessibility, PWM removed artist membership as a requirement to participate in its programming in 2018. The organization is transitioning into an application-based process for all future project selection.

PWM understands dramaturgy as an exploration of all the elements that make a work, how they are brought together to create meaning, and what the process for developing that work might be.

PWM understands that the work of playwriting and performance making is not created in a vacuum, but that it interacts with society. Theatre can be impactful, and therefore PWM considers not only how a piece is made and by whom, but also its effect and meaning beyond the walls of its creation studio. PWM collaborates with artists that are wrestling with these complexities. PWM understands that the act of creation is necessarily socially engaged. The organization is actively committed to principles of feminism, anti-racism, and social justice.

Position Summary

The Artistic Director will serve in a co-leadership role, with the Managing Director, curating and overseeing all aspects of PWM’s artistic programming and activities. As the organization’s primary artistic visionary and spokesperson, they will advance new play development, cultivate the work of dramaturgy, and commit to collaboration with both emerging writers and those who have already received professional recognition. Building on PWM’s legacy, the Artistic Director will regularly attend plays of new and emerging playwrights, cultivate relationships with artists and arts organizations, and deepen PWM’s national mandate and programmatic reach. Reporting to the Board of Directors (“BOD” or “Board”), they will perform overall strategic, financial, and operational oversight for PWM in collaboration with the Managing Director. The Artistic Director will lead and mentor an artistic team of full- and part- time staff who collectively support the goals of PWM and further its commitment to dramaturgical collaboration in the development of new works for performance. The Artistic Director will work with the Managing Director to further develop and implement goals that reflect PWM’s mission, vision, values, and business plan by enhancing PWM’s organizational, financial, and programming capacity.

Primary Responsibilities

Artistic Vision and Strategy

  • Guide artistic planning, evaluate existing and new programs, and develop initiatives that are appropriate for PWM and the communities it serves
  • Lead the artistic direction of PWM, including the selecting of projects submitted by Canadian playwrights and creators
  • Provide dramaturgical collaboration to selected projects and artists, plan and supervise the annual schedule of play readings, and oversee workshops and other public events
  • Develop partnerships and collaborate on new works and interdisciplinary programs
  • Maintain partnerships connected to the National Residencies: Glassco Translation Residency and Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency
  • Partner with the BOD to enhance artistic policies, perform objective decision-making, and assure harmonious alignment with the mission, vision, and values of PWM
  • Collaborate with other arts organizations in the community.
  • Plan, develop, curate, and ideate around a variety of short- and long-range projects, collaborations, and opportunities
  • Hire artistic collaborators for PWM programming, in consultation with relevant partners in deep discussions and agreement with the Managing Director
  • Regularly attend local performances and periodically attend regional and national productions, events, and convenings
  • Advance the highest levels of awareness for theatre, the arts, and educational practices
  • Perform other artistic vision and strategy responsibilities as needed

Creative and Collaborative Engagement

  • Support PWM’s fundraising strategy and foster strong relationships with existing and potential funders in close collaboration with the Managing Director and BOD.
  • Broaden and diversify PWM’s sources of income, in partnership with the Managing Director, including through fundraising and matching specific funders with artistic programming.
  • Brainstorm facilities and capital projects with the Managing Director and other strategic partners
  • Develop strong and productive relationships with Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Conseil des Arts de Montréal among other government funding sources as appropriate
  • Create deep relationships with the theatre industry, and other existing and potential partners to enhance PWM’s profile and activities within Montreal, Canada, and internationally
  • Cultivate existing, and foster new, Board candidates with the Managing Director to enhance the mission of PWM, its programs, and philanthropic support efforts
  • Act as the primary spokesperson for the organization’s artistic purpose via speaking engagements, public and social appearances, and fundraising events
  • Foster excellent relationships with other cultural organizations and participate in meetings and joint activities
  • Perform other creative and collaborative relationship responsibilities as needed

Organizational and Team Oversight

  • Oversee and ensure financial sustainability of PWM with the Managing Director, including the approval of annual budgets and artistic plans, as well as presentation of comprehensive project and program budgets
  • Create a positive, open, and responsive working environment with the Managing Director based on a cultural ethos that is conducive to the development of new work and attainment of the highest standards of artistic endeavor and workplace behavior
  • Attend and report at Board and committee meetings to ensure the timely preparation and presentation of artistic, program, and organizational updates
  • Maintain an open and collegiate working relationship with the BOD, staff, artists, and all others who come in contact with PWM
  • Consult with the Managing Director on the recruitment, professional development, working conditions, management, and regular performance reviews of PWM’s full- and part-time artistic staff
  • Design the programs and hire the artists that lead programmatic implementation
  • Ensure artistic staff accountability measures that align with PWM’s objectives and policies
  • Comply with all applicable enactments and regulations, as well as best practices in organisational leadership and management
  • Ensure staffing structures are responsive to emerging needs and conducive to effective teamwork in discussions with the Managing Director
  • Perform other organizational and team oversight responsibilities as needed.
Traits and Characteristics

The Artistic Director will be a thoughtful and creative leader, passionate about dramaturgy and the development of new works and personally engaged in advancing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. They will be motivated by emergent ideas, practices, and approaches that expand the reach of theatre creation. Using an inherently collaborative approach, the Artistic Director will mentor and support their team and appreciate their collective efforts. They will intuitively use their experience and know-how and continue to seek knowledge to develop and achieve their artistic vision. This individual will be comfortable interacting with a variety of people, adapting to changing circumstances. With diplomacy, empathy, and foresight, the Artistic Director will identify and foster opportunities to advance the organization’s mission.

  • A strong artistic vision with the ability to inspire, mentor, and guide others, build trust to support creative risks, and develop and maintain partnerships to advance the organization’s mission
  • A demonstrated commitment to emerging and established creators and new play development
  • The capacity to drive team decisions towards consensus, respecting individual perspectives and collective processes
  • The foresight to envision new artistic possibilities, champion cutting-edge ideas and concepts, and offer safe environments for artists with diverse artistic voices and lived experiences
  • A genuine dedication to championing the works and needs of artists, applying principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and broadening representation and access to the arts
  • The resilience and responsiveness to the changing artistic landscape and external realities
Qualifications
  • Strong track record of developing new work for the stage
  • Artistic leadership experience in an artistic nonprofit organization, company, or festival
  • Knowledge of and interest in traditional and new approaches to dramaturgy or new work creation
  • Deep familiarity with the theatre industry, including local and national artistic communities
  • Experience with relationship building that results in fundraising success considered an asset
  • Knowledge of or a strong aptitude for strategic planning, team management, and advocacy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required; professional fluency in French required, fluency in another second language could be considered
Salary and Benefits
  • An annual salary in the range of $52,000 to $62,000 
  • Six weeks paid vacation
  • 10 paid sick days per year
  • Paid company cell phone
  • Reimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per year
  • Group Insurance benefits that includes access to a health plan, life insurance and travel insurance
  • Optional enrolment in the Common Good Retirement Plan, with a future possibility of matching contributions from PWM, based on the organization’s budget

APPLY NOW: Creating Object Theatre with La Pire Espèce

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

Headshot of Olivier Ducas
Photo by Mathieu Doyon

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.

Headshot of Francis Monty
Photo by Mathieu Doyon

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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