Impact Creation – It Takes a Village Crossword

Here is our gift to you, our community: a year-in-review PWM crossword puzzle!

This puzzle is about all of us, together. It shows how interconnected we all are, and how it really takes all of us to make new and engaging works for the stage. It really takes a village to create Theatre!

It is also a contest: If you choose to submit a correctly completed puzzle by December 31, 2019, you will be entered for a chance to win a tarot card reading by PWM’s very own Jesse Stong – Get your predictions for 2020! You can submit your entry by clicking the submit button after filling it online, or if you choose to print it, send us a picture of the completed puzzle here.

It is not meant to be an easy task and will test your knowledge. You will have to look things up, and you should probably subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media for the free hints we will drop over the month of December!

Edit January 8, 2020: The contest is now over! If you are curious, you can download the answers to our 2019 crossword here, and learn about all PWM and its partners did in 2019!

Demystifying the Dramaturgical Process

What elements make for a positive dramaturgical process?

This December 3rd, PWM invites the community to join us in a reflection on this theme.

Event host Jesse Stong will introduce three exceptional dramaturgs – Jessica Carmichael, Diane Roberts and Katalin Trencsényi – who have been invited to speak to the community about a process they found stimulating, interesting, or positive in the creation of new work:

Jessica Carmichael

Jessica Carmichael is a mixed non-status Abénaki/Euro director, actor, dramaturge, playwright, and educator. “As a mixed non-status Abenaki and Euro artist, one of my over-arching goals, regardless of the project, is to explore non-traditional and non-hierarchical storytelling methods. My training is within the Western Canon of work and methodologies, and my current work both expands and pushes against this training. My heritage encourages me to look at Non-Western storytelling and the post-colonial implications of the canon today, as well as experiencing land/s as an embodied teacher in how we approach form and content for creation.”

Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts is an accomplished director, dramaturge, writer and cultural animator who has collaborated with innovative theatre visionaries and interdisciplinary artists for the past 30 years.
Diane’s celebrated Arrivals Legacy Project, developed during her 7-year tenure as Artistic Director of Urban Ink productions in Vancouver BC, has birthed new Interdisciplinary works across Canada, throughout the Americas, in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. This work has allowed her to articulate, cultivate and realize a vision for theatre that encourages African and Indigenous ways of knowing as a stepping stone to creative expression.

Katalin Trencsényi

Twenty-five years ago, the late Flemish dramaturg Marianne Van Kerkhoven wrote: “… a production comes alive through its interaction, through its audience, and through what is going on outside its own orbit. And around the production lies the theatre, and around the theatre lies the city, and around the city, as far as we can see, lie the whole world and even the sky and all its stars. The walls that link all these circles together are made of skin, they have pores, they breathe.” With this, she drew attention to dramaturgy’s responsibility as a critical practice to engage with and interlink art and society. Through examples brought from my native country, Hungary, I would like to talk about how essential this macro dramaturgical aspect of our work is today.
Katalin is a dramaturg and researcher, based in London, and is the author of Dramaturgy in the Making. A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners (2015).

The speakers’ presentations will be followed by a break-out session in round-table format, facilitated by PWM Vice-President of the Board Tiffanie Guffroy, giving guests the chance to share their own experiences in creating new works and to identify some common elements present in the positive dramaturgical process.

This free gathering is open to the public and meant for sharing experiences, inspiring each other, and developing pathways to best practices in dramaturgy in the constantly changing world of theatre creation. We hope you can join us!

Date: December 3, 2019
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: 7250 Clark Street, Suite 103 Montreal, (QC) H2R 2Y3

PWM is committed to making our events as inclusive and accessible as possible to enable all individuals to fully participate. Out of respect for those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please email or call us at 514-848-3685.

Please note that space is limited, so make your reservations early!

Public reading of a new translation – The Retreat (La Retraite)

Come join us. Seating is limited.

Date: Friday, November 29, 2019
Time: 7 PM
Venue: PWM Studio, 7250 Clark St Suite 103, Montreal, QC  H2R 2Y3
This is a FREE event. Donations are welcome at the door.


Shirley arrives in a place far removed from the rules of the World. A place where she is assigned a new personality. A place where she plays games, watches animals, regulates her emotions, and devotes herself to rigorously doing nothing.

“lots of people dream of a place like this
you’re very lucky
so many people want out of the world
and yet
nobody wants to die”


Characters in the play discuss suicidal thoughts.

Creative Team

La Retraite written by GABRIELLE CHAPDELAINE

Translation by DAVID GAGNON WALKER, recipient of PWM’s 2019 Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators.

Translation dramaturgy by MAUREEN LABONTÉ

Directed by ROSE PLOTEK


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Public Reading of Hamster

Public Reading of Hamster



Laurent Pitre, Brian Dooley, Katharine King So, Anna Burkholder, Frédéric Lemay, and Jimmy Blais


Two terrified boys in a Petro Canada stare across the street as a girl stares back from the bus shelter. An old man passes a vacuum cleaner on his lawn. And a girl gets baked inside a yellow playground slide, holding her hamster and contemplating life.


Marianne Danserau’s award-winning surrealist comedy about love and longing presents a maze of intersecting stories that keeps audiences eagerly waiting for how it will all unfold. Hear it read in English for the first time by a stellar cast of bilingual Montreal actors, and join us afterwards to talk with the team, and the playwright.


Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal
7250 Clark, Suite 103
Montréal, QC  H2R 2Y3
(De Castelnau station)


Developed with the support of PWM.

Choir! Choir! Choir! at Centaur Theatre

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Four cities will livestream a national singalong as part of foldA (Festival of live digital art)!


FREE. Confirm your participation by contacting Centaur Theare’s  Box Office by phone 514-288-3161 or email

You get a lyric sheet at the door, and Choir! Choir! Choir! leader Nobu Adilman (DaBu) teaches you the vocal arrangement for Hallelujah: The Great Canadian Songbook via live feed video from Kingston. Hubs in 4 Canadian cities will learn and sing the song at the same time. The event will end with a National singing of song!


Choir! Choir! Choir! is produced by SpiderWebShow Performance
Satellite events with Centaur Theatre in association with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and PLANK (Montréal), Crow’s Theatre (Toronto) and Neworld Theatre (Vancouver at Progress Lab 1422)