Building Your Grant Proposal, with Jesse Stong

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 30th, 2023, 11:59 PM.

This hands-on workshop will give participants the chance to articulate their project outlines with realistic timelines and budgets, with tips on writing innovative and authentic project proposals. 

Participants will build the foundation of their project grant, in a shared Zoom room with collaborative feedback. They’ll learn more about where to apply and when, and how to build a clear and powerful application by developing dynamic writing samples. By the end of these sessions, each participant will leave informed on how to seek diverse sources of funding, with guidance on partnership-building for the future of their proposed project. The workshop is infused with motivational insights – how to empower and even enjoy grant writing. Lastly, each participant will get one-on-one time with the facilitator for some intensive and individualized support.

“Building Your Grant Proposal” is co-presented  by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) , the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF), and le Conseil de la formation continue (CFC).


Tuesday, February 28th, 2023, 1PM to 4PM
Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, 1PM to 4PM
Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, individually scheduled one-on-one time
Friday, March 3rd, 2023, individually scheduled one-on-one time



NOTE: The workshop is participatory in nature. Those taking part should come to the workshop with a project/residency idea that they are genuinely interested in developing a grant proposal for. This idea can be fully developed or a seed of a new project. An integral part of this workshop is in supporting the ideas of others and contributing to the group discussions. Participants should be available for the duration of the time scheduled. 


Applications, or questions, can be sent to with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Jesse Stong. Audio and video applications are also welcomed. 

Those interested in participating should provide the following information, no longer than one page or 6 minutes of material:

  1. a paragraph about you
  2. a paragraph about your project 
  3. your history/experience with grant writing (if applicable; having none is fine)
  4. any specific areas of concern or questions, in regards to the workshop, your project, or your current direction in finding funding

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact

Apply before January 30, 2023, at 11:59 PM

The workshop is open to playwrights and other interested theatre makers. 

Participation is free. Workshop participants are selected based on the need of each project seeking grant assistance, and complementary experience of the applicants. We encourage all levels of experience to apply.

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+, 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.


Jesse Stong (they/them) is a proud parent of twins, a graduate of Playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and received a Master’s in Art Education from Concordia University. They are an award-winning queer creator, dramaturg, and educator. Over the years, Jesse has supported over 140 emerging Canadian storytellers as director of our Young Creators Unit.  Jesse also leads our New Stories Project for Neurodiverse Storytellers. Jesse is an occasional content creator/editor for Moment Factory, and was recently Manager of Children’s Programming for, Associate Curator for the National Arts Centre Disability Summit, and Host of the Montreal English Theatre Awards.

Headshot photo credit: Emelia Hellman

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The Dramaturgical Process: First Principles and Practical Applications, with Andrea Romaldi

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 6th, 2023, 11:59 PM.

There are as many ways to make a play as there are playwrights.

But how do you make a play? How does a play work, from moment to moment, to create narrative and meaning? What makes for a good foundation? And how do the choices you make as a writer ultimately shape the architecture of the production?

Join Andrea for an investigation of her dramaturgical process and day-to-day practice, including the opportunity to work on short scenes offered by workshop participants. You will encounter new perspectives, questions, and tools that you can apply to your writing and dramaturgy in pursuit of your own unique artistic vision.

The workshop is open to playwrights, dramaturgs and other interested theatre makers.


Monday, February 6th, 2023 from 6PM to 9 PM
Thursday, February 9th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM
Monday, February 13th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM
Thursday, February 16th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM
Monday, February 20th, 2023 from 6PM to 9PM

NOTE: Participants will be assigned scenes from plays to read between sessions at a maximum of 2 hours. This preparation is central to the workshop.


7250 Clark Street, #103
Montréal, QC
H2R 2Y3

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If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact


Applications or any questions can be sent to, with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Andrea Romaldi.

Please include:

1. A bio and/or artistic CV.

2. A brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this workshop interests you, how it is relevant to your practice as a writer or artist, and what your expectations are.

3. Optional: Playwrights are invited to share a scene of their own work, and have it briefly “dramaturged” during the workshop with Andrea facilitating the discussion. If you wish to submit a scene for this purpose, please include it in your application, and answer the following: what is the problem you’re encountering in writing this scene?

We can’t guarantee that your scene will be selected for discussion during the workshop.

Participation is free. Workshop participants are selected based on the complementary experience of the collective group. We encourage all levels of experience to apply.

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+, 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.


Andrea Romaldi is a dramaturg, teacher, and artistic leader who, during her two-decade career in theatre, has also worked as an independent producer and director. Since 2017, Andrea has been based in Montreal, where she is the Director of the Playwriting Program (English Section) at the National Theatre School of Canada.  She was the Artistic Director of Hudson Village Theatre’s 2018 season, and chaired Infinitheatre’s Write-On-Q Playwriting Competition Jury in 2020.  Prior to her arrival in Montreal, she spent ten seasons as Literary Manager at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, directing the theatre’s extensive roster of play development programs, and assisting in the development of over eighty new plays, with almost thirty produced.

They include Governor General Award nominated plays by Sean Dixon, Brendan Gall, Jonathan Garfinkel, Michael Healey, Joan MacLeod, and Hannah Moscovitch, and Governor General Award-winners Erin Shields and David Yee; eleven Dora Award Outstanding New Play nominees and three winners; and a Trillium Book Award winner. Throughout her career, Andrea has been a regular panellist for the Directors Lab North, and contributed a chapter entitled “Master Class: Dramaturgy and New Play Development” to the book The Directors Lab edited by Evan Tsitsias (Playwrights Canada Press 2019). She has mentored both graduate students and professional theatre makers through university training programs, internships, and play development programs at a variety of theatres. Previously, she has worked with Brian Quirt at Nightswimming and with Maureen Labonté and Neil Munro at the Shaw Festival, and contributed to Canadian Stage’s inaugural Festival of Ideas and Creation. Andrea also participated in workshops at the National Theatre Society (Dublin) while she pursued her MPhil in film and theatre at Trinity College, Dublin.

Headshot photo credit: Maxim Côté

This workshop is financially supported by
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IMPACT CREATION – Celebrate the past year at PWM, and support our work today!

As 2022 comes to a close, we at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal have been reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments, and planning for next year’s programming with anticipation. It’s an exciting time to announce IMPACT CREATION, our yearly campaign to uplift and support the work we do.

PWM will always be a place for artists in theatre, emerging and established, to connect and reconnect. Being a national hub for new play development in English-theatre is a unique mandate for a Montréal-based organization. Donating to us provides a lasting gift to our artistic communities, both here at home and across the country.

Donations help us realize our core activities. Each year, that typically includes: 

25-30 development workshops, where everyone in the room (playwrights, dramaturgs,  translators, actors, directors and so on) is paid.

50-75 one-on-one dramaturgical consultations, offered to writers and theatre-makers free of charge.

10-20 mentorships that connect emerging artists with established workers in the field, offered to emerging artists free of charge.

2 national residencies where playwrights and translators are paid an honorarium, and all travel, accommodation and meals are provided by PWM. 

And much more!

Help us reach our goal of $5000 by the end of 2022 by donating today. 

We’re continuing our tradition of giving back to the folks who can support our work regularly.  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! Monthly donations allow our work to be more responsive to the changing needs of projects and artists, by providing us with steady income we know we can count on.

*Gifted editions vary.

Our Interconnected Community Crossword

We recognize not everyone in our community may be in a position to give. We’re happy such a large part of our yearly tradition is something everyone orbiting PWM can enjoy:

Our annual year-in-review crossword puzzle (drawn up by our Program Coordinator, Heather Eaton), spells out the qualities of interconnectedness in our organization! 

Made from words gathered from last year’s collaborations, showcases, notable titles and names, you can complete this puzzle by reviewing our programming details and news updates, as refreshers on what we’ve been up to. Use your PWM know-how to fill in the connections. 

You can fill in and “SUBMIT” through the app above, or by printing, pencilling, and sending a picture of the completed puzzle to

You’ll be entered into a draw, with a 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, as you can only submit once. If you leave and come back, your progress will be saved on this page.

Controlled Damage by Andrea ScottOkinum by Émilie MonnetSome 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 Chafe.

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

The value of a donation to Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.

Our organization values the creative process first and foremost, and ensures our collaborating artists can do their best work.

A key revelation that came about during the pandemic was how much work remains to be done to make our world a kinder, more inclusive place. We’re working toward greater accessibility in our programming and communications – for instance, we are particularly excited about welcoming both d/Deaf and hearing artists to the Writers’ Room in 2023. Growing our initiatives for capacity-building, such as integrating ASL interpretation into more of our programming, requires the growth of our funds, as well. 

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 $5000 by the end of 2022. 

Congratulations 2021/2022 Montreal English Theatre Award Nominees!

The 10th Annual META award recipients have now been announced, and include a number of the PWM collaborations nominated this year.

PWM congratulates Jimmy Blais for receiving the Outstanding New Text award for “Feather Gardens”, a comedic and close-to-home script produced by Hudson Village Theatre.

The 2021/2022 season Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) are coming up soon, and as we get ready to celebrate the work of writers, performers, and stage-artists making exceptional English theatre in Montréal, we’re happy to report more than a few PWM collaborations have been included! 

  • Jimmy Blais’ “Feather Gardens” at the Hudson Village Theatre has been nominated for 4 awards, including Outstanding New Text, Outstanding PACT Production, Outstanding Ensemble. Hailey Verbonac received a nomination for Outstanding Emerging Artist in Production, for their work on the show’s lighting and video design.
  • Emilie Monnet has been nominated for an Outstanding Contribution to Theatre for “Okinum”, and for Outstanding Direction alongside co-directors Emma Tibaldo and Sarah Williams. Producers Imago Theatre and Onishka have also been nominated for Outstanding PACT Production with this piece. 
  • Gabe Maharjan’s “From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea” has been nominated for Outstanding New Text, with several nominations given to Geordie Theatre’s production team for their set, costume, lighting and sound design.
  • Christine ML Lee, PWM’s very own Office Manager & Program Coordinator (Young Creators Unit and New Stories Project), has been nominated for an Outstanding Emerging Artist in Production award, for her sound design of Teesri Duniya Theatre’s production  “Psycho 6”.

You can see the full list of nominations and learn more about attending the METAs through their website. In-person proceedings are taking place at a brand new venue, Le Gesù theatre, on the evening of November 6th. 

Congratulations to all the award nominees, we can’t wait to celebrate your achievements in style!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The 2019 Glassco Translation Residency

Lire l’appel en français : La Résidence de Traduction Glassco à Tadoussac 2019

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, in partnership with the Cole Foundation, is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Glassco Translation Residency. The residency will take place June 12-22, 2019 at Fletcher Cottage, home of the late Bill Glassco, in Tadoussac, Quebec.

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

The chosen participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on their projects and to share expertise in a retreat environment. Translations into all languages are welcomed. Over the past 15 years we have supported translation projects into Cantonese, Catalan, Cree, English, French, Innu-aimun, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu . Award-winning translator and playwright, Bobby Theodore, will serve as residency host and translation dramaturg.

We are now accepting submissions of plays that are slated for translation. The play should ideally have had a production in its original language. At least one component of the project needs to be Canadian. We strongly encourage Indigenous artists to apply.

Please send us:

  • A description of the project which includes the name of the translator and playwright, an indication of how the Residency will benefit the project, and any details on production interest.
  • Biography of both the playwright and translator
  • A copy of the play in its original language

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

An honorarium of $750 is offered to each participant. In addition, all costs for travel, meals and accommodation are covered. 

Submission deadline: April 1, 2019
Please email submissions (PDF format, 1 file only) to
Subject line: The 2019 Glassco Translation Residency

Accessibility details: The residency is in Tadoussac, Québec in an 18th century log home. There are 8 steps down to the entrance of the house. The bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Please contact Emma Tibaldo at with any questions or queries.

The Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac is made possible through our partnership with the Cole Foundation’s Intercultural Conversations Program, the dedication of Residency Producer Briony Glassco, and the support of donations in the memory of the great Canadian theatre artist, Bill Glassco. We are also grateful to Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their ongoing support.



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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The 2019 Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators

The Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators

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The translation of new work for the stage is an important part of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s programming. To this end, we are partnering with the Cole Foundation for the six consecutive year to share our expertise with emerging translators by way of The Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators. The successful candidate will receive a cash prize of $1000 and dramaturgical support on a new translation by renowned translator and dramaturg Maureen Labonté. Please see details:

1. Who

  • Emerging Translators: You must have completed at least 1 translation which has received a public reading, publication and/or production.
  • Because the focus is on developing translators, you must not have done more than 3 translations.

2. What

  • Translations from French into English only
  • Full-length scripts, one acts or Theatre for Young People are all welcomed. Our expertise does not extend to the translation of musicals.

3. Submission

  • A one-page letter of intent describing the project, its challenges and your reasons for wanting to translate the work.
  • Your bio
  • A copy of the play
  • Written permission from the playwright
  • A 3 to 5 page sample of previous translation work, please include the corresponding original text

4. Prize

  • $1000 cash prize
  • dramaturgical support from renowned translator, Maureen Labonté
  • a translation workshop with actors

5. Timeline

Application deadline: March 15, 2019

Please send your completed submission to:
Subject: The Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators
Entries will not be accepted past March 15, 2019.


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