A resource for Canadian theatre creators!
HOW TO SUBMIT A POSTING TO PWM
Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal promotes shows, readings, and calls related to the work that we do that benefit our members and community. Have an event to promote? Email our Interim Communications Manager Juan at firstname.lastname@example.org
AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, & GRANTS
THE NATIONAL CREATION FUND
The National Arts Centre‘s fund is a catalyst for Canadian artists to take their projects to a new level. It provides the additional time and resources that bold, ambitious projects need to be successful on the national and international stage.
The fund will invest up to $3 million a year in the development of 15 to 20 new Canadian works in theatre. For the application form go here.
CANADIAN JEWISH PLAYWRITING COMPETITION OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
This one of a kind competition recognizes the most outstanding, unproduced, Canadian plays with a Jewish focus. The winning playwright will receive $1,000 (CDN) and an 8-hour CAEA ITA workshop with a director and up to six actors. This workshop concludes with a public reading. (A virtual workshop and reading will take place in lieu of a live public performance if we are unable to meet safely in person). The winning playwright will also receive one session with a dramaturge before the playwright, director and actors meet for the workshop/reading.
The 2021 competition is co-presented by The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (Manitoba), The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (Ontario) The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (Ontario), The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts (Quebec), and Neptune Theatre (Nova Scotia) Generously supported by the Asper Foundation. For information on how to submit, click here. Deadline Sept 7, 2021.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
A LIFE IN THE TIMES OF COVID-19 TIME CAPSULE
Life in the time of COVID-19 is different from anything our world has experienced as a collective before. The Department of Imaginary Affairs believes that the stories we tell ourselves about this moment will shape our individual and collective realities for years to come. For their newest project, Life in the Time of COVID-19: A Time Capsule, the Department of Imaginary Affairs is looking for letters, stories, and artifacts from this moment for our future selves, and invites all to participate in its development. For more information go here.
SOCIAL DISTANCING FESTIVAL
The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The project has three main goals: help get some of the great work that artists have done out to the world, and showcase projects that were cancelled get the word of mouth that they missed out on; maintain a sense of artistic community, even from our living rooms; allow artists to continue to engage with their projects by making videos, sharing work, and celebrating the work of others. Visit the website to submit your work.
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2022
A gathering of women playwrights from all around the world coming to Montreal, Canada in 2022 ! The conference will be held at Dawson College from June 18-23 and will feature plays, workshops and round-table discussions led by theatre practitioners from around the world. For more information, please email email@example.com, their Facebook page, or their website.
(Dates: June 18-23, 2022)
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
GHOSTLIGHT CREATIVE SERVICES: STUDIO SESSIONS
GhostLight is a digital theatrical training ground and digital performance space. Studio Sessions is an interview/conversation series curated by Charlotte Gowdy that provides insight into the artistic processes of the masters. You’ll learn tips, techniques and personal secrets of the craft from a variety of actors, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers and creators. Conversations are followed by a live Q&A session, open to all. Public sessions are broadcast on a regular basis at 11am EST on Facebook Live. For dates and more information on past and upcoming Studio Sessions, please go here.
The RISER Project is a collaborative producing model for theatre artists and companies to create and present new work. It was developed by Why Not Theatre in 2013 in order to address some of the challenges of producing independent theatre, and to provide more opportunity for artists to take on risks in producing their work.
RESIDENCY & RETREATS
SATORI ARTIST RETREAT
Satori Artist Retreat is a quiet place to create. On Panmure Island, PE, you can breathe and reconnect with your creative self. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
SUBMIT A PLAY
PLAYWRIGHTS CANADA PRESS SEEKING MONOLOGUES FOR 2SLGBTQ+ AND NON-BINARY VOICES
Playwrights Canada Press invites you to submit monologues for publication in its latest anthology, a collection of monologues for 2SLGBTQ+ and non-binary voices. Playwrights are asked to submit a monologue of approximately 1-2 pages. Submissions may come from produced plays, workshopped plays, or a stand-alone monologue that has already been written or is responding to this particular submission call. If your piece has already been published, you must include information on how to contact the publisher. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and go here for more information.
(Deadline: June 30, 2021)
CONVERGENCE THEATRE: THE COVID COMMISSIONS
At the end of March, Convergence Theatre put out a call to the public: “leave a voicemail or write an e-mail telling us about the impact that COVID-19 is having on your life”. To date, the company has received over 111 of these COVID Confessions. As part of a fundraising campaign for out-of-work artists, the company is currently accepting commission donations from folks at home who want to see a piece of artwork created in response to one of these COVID Confessions. The $100 donations are split equally between an Artist who will have just 10 days to make a surprise creation inspired by a COVID Confession, and an Actor in their ongoing “Phone Play Cycle” The Corona Variations. Interested artists are invited to join the roster – playwrights, poets, writers of any kind, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, etc. Eventually, every artist’s piece will be featured on the Convergence Theatre website (along with an excerpt of the anonymous COVID Confession that inspired it) as a way to further support and showcase each artist and their work. The deadline is rolling. Go here for more information.
READ MY PLAY
A free Script Exchange Service for Playwrights.
BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP
Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) is always on the lookout for new works.
Cahoots Theatre accepts unsolicited scripts by writers and creators.
CHAMELEON THEATRE COMPANY
Chameleon Theatre Company welcomes new work by women.
DANCING SKY THEATRE
Dancing Sky Theatre accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length and original plays.
If you are a playwright with a script to develop, get in touch with Fabricate Productions.
GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY
Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) produces a subscription season of six full-length plays in English for adult audiences.
If there is a story you want to report on, an issue that needs exploring, or an artist you believe merits a profile, get in touch with Intermission.
NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
Submit your theatre project proposal to The National Arts Centre.
NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Submit a script to Native Earth Performing Arts.
Launched in April 2017, PlayConnect is Playwrights Guild of Canada’s revamped version of the Canada Council Readings Program. It connects playwrights with communities and new audiences by providing an opportunity for travel funding, promotion, and professional development. As a network liaison, PGC ensures that the program is accessible and inclusive of a wide-ranging group of artists and audiences.
PLAYME CBC PODCAST
Submit plays or short stories to Playme Podcast for a unique opportunity to produce your work in podcast format.
The Pledge Project is a searchable database of large-cast (six characters or more) that includes plays written by Canadian women.
THE PURPLE ROSE
Submit a script to the Purple Rose Theatre Company – dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights.
RESOURCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
The Resource Centre for the Arts wants to present your play.
STUDIO 180 THEATRE
Submit a play to Studio 180 Theatre.
Apply to SUBLETSERIES@HERE for a chance to receive space, equipment, box office services, and technical support.
TEESRI DUNIYA THEATRE
Teesri Duniya Theatre seeks culturally diverse and First Nation plays.
Theatre NDG hosts a monthly play-reading series of original works.
theatrendg (Facebook group)
THEATRE NEW BRUNSWICK
Theatre New Brunswick invites playwrights to submit scripts for future consideration for both Main Stage and Studio Theatre productions.
Theatre Times is a rapidly expanding global theatre portal. If you’re passionate about world theatre, consider joining their team as Regional Editors, Managing Editors, Bloggers, or Editorial Assistants.
THEATRE ART LIFE
Love to write or have something to say? Become a contributor to Theatre Art Life!
Submit a play to Urban Stages.
WOMEN ARTS BLOG
Do you have an idea for an article you would like to write for the Women Arts Blog?