Dramaturgical Collaboration

Applications for Dramaturgical Collaborations for 2024-2025 are now open!

Deadline: January 30th, 2024 11:59PM EST

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Dramaturgical Collaboration is PWM’s invitation to playwrights and creators from across Canada to work with us. We engage in deep explorations of story, form and process.

Dramaturgical Collaborations begin with Dramaturgical Conversations and then may continue to include one or a combination of the following opportunities to be determined mutually by PWM and the playwright/creator(s) according to the needs of the project: 


An opportunity to explore a work in progress with actors/collaborators in order to evolve the project. The Workshop is led by a dramaturg in collaboration with the playwright/creator(s).

If the project is text based, it will be read by a company of actors and the playwright and dramaturg will then have the opportunity to ask and explore questions with the company. If the project is not text based, the Workshop is designed around whatever elements create the narrative/event.

Sometimes a private reading for invited guests is a part of a Workshop, and it is used as an opportunity to introduce the work to an audience for the first time.

The length of a Workshop is determined by the needs of the project.


As part of Dramaturgical Collaboration PWM may offer dedicated studio time for exploration (not rehearsal) to a playwright or creators developing a project with PWM. These residencies take place in our studio in Montreal and are separate from our national residencies at Gros Morne and Tadoussac.


 Mentorships are set up to answer a very specific need in the early stages of a creation process. In collaboration with a PWM Dramaturg, the playwright/creator determines who is best suited to accompany them through this essential phase. This may be an expert in a given discipline, a creator from a similar or different discipline, or a dramaturg with a particular field of experience. The mentor is paid by PWM to work with the mentee.

A glossary of these and other terms can be found here.

Considerations for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

Stage of Development: We accept applications for projects at various stages of development depending on the nature of the work. It could be an idea, a first draft (in whatever form that may be), a new iteration of a project that has already been shared, or a draft that is in an advanced stage of development, for example.

Discipline: This project could be a play, a performance, a digital work (for example: AR/VR, interactive game-based presentation, live or prerecorded virtual performance), or something hybrid in terms of language, discipline, or technology.

Applicants: We welcome individual playwright/creator(s) and collectives to apply directly through our Google form. If you are a theatre company, please contact dramaturg@playwrights.ca to discuss Dramaturgical Collaborations before submitting an application online.

Location: We welcome local and national applications. We work in-person, virtually (for example: by video chat or by use of online collaborative tools), or a combination of both.

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+, d/Deaf, 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.

How to apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

You can apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration via our Google form. Audio and video answers to some of the questions in the form are also welcomed. Click here to preview the form as a PDF.

You will be asked to provide: 

  • Your general information
  • Information about your project 
  • How you would like to work with PWM
  • Your CV and bio and that of any collaborators
  • A sample of the proposed project (if available) or past work 

Your proposal will not be sent until you click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application via the Google form. You will be able to edit your responses until the application’s deadline by reusing the same email address and login. 

If you have any questions regarding Dramaturgical Collaborations please contact dramaturg@playwrights.ca.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, require assistance with your application, or would like to discuss alternative methods of applying and deadline flexibility, please contact accessibility@playwrights.ca. For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please click here.

Because developing plays and performances takes time, PWM has numerous ongoing projects. Therefore, we can only welcome a limited number of new projects per season despite receiving many inspiring applications. 

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