Young Creators Unit

Our Young Creators Unit (YCU) has become an important incubator through which we discover exciting new voices from our community. Open to emerging creators and performers under the age of 30, YCU offers emerging artists innovative, interactive, and dynamic workshops that focus on creation, dramaturgy, and professional development. Young creators have the opportunity to experiment with form, content, and narrative structure, regardless of where they are in the process of creation.

Another key aspect of the YCU is its support to showcasing the artists and their creations. Every year we produce two evenings of readings where creators read excerpts of their work to an enthusiastic audience of peers and theatre community leaders.  We have supported YCU artists further through the Queer Reading Series co-produced yearly with the Centaur Theatre. YCU participants have also showcased their work through the Rose Festival and the Montreal Fringe Festival, garnering recognition and experience. This past December, we co-presented full productions of two YCU solo shows: Crybaby by Kalale Dalton-Lutale and Dark Red by Willow Cioppa with Black Theatre Workshop at the MAI.

Meet this Year’s Young Creators

Click or tap on an individual portrait to learn more about the playwright and the play they are writing.

How to Apply

The 2019/2020 YCU is in full swing! Applications are closed for this edition.

Please email jesse@playwrights.ca for any information about the Young Creators Unit.

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Past participants

A huge thank you to the funders of the program:
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