2022-2023 AMPLIFIER: a fully supported exploratory creation process for playwrights

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

We are thrilled to announce that Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM), LA SERRE – arts vivants (LA SERRE) and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM) are currently accepting applications for the English-language edition of Amplifier. 

This program offers sustained dramaturgical and artistic support to one working playwright* residing on the island of Montréal. This includes dramaturgical consultation, a creation workshop, a creation production residency, followed by a laboratory presentation.

The program aims to support the artistic practice of theatre artists who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC,  racialized including 1st or 2nd generation immigrant artists (as defined in the Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s glossary) working creatively in one of Canada’s official languages. Additionally, it seeks to foster dialogue between Montréal’s English- and French-speaking theatre communities, as well as intercultural exchanges and greater representation for culturally diverse artists within the theatre community and on Montréal’s stages.

In order to support artists writing in French and artists writing in English, CAM and La Serre offer this program alternately with the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in French, and with PWM in English. This edition is intended for artists creating in the English language. PWM is an English language minority company, therefore the work with PWM will take place in English and the application must be completed in English. Please refer to the Program Presentation (PDF) for more details about what this partnership includes, eligibility criteria and other conditions. Board Members of CAM, PWM and La Serre are not eligible to apply.

 * This is an opportunity for professional playwrights as defined in the Conseil de Arts de Montreal glossary: “An individual with a professional artistic practice who possesses the necessary experience and knowledge to develop this practice. This includes self-taught individuals as well as those who have studied art. This person is recognized in their artistic community (artists working in the same artistic tradition), creates, carries out or publishes works of art, is dedicated to their artistic practice and is generally paid for their work.”

THE SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

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CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL 

Founded in 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in the professional creation, production and dissemination of the arts.

To remain in tune with the organizations and collectives it serves, the Conseil relies on its knowledge of the communities, its innovative skills, and its ability to bring the city’s artists and financial partners together.

PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP MONTRÉAL 

Fondé en 1963, le Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) est un centre de développement dramaturgique national situé à Montréal. Le PWM est dirigé par une équipe de dramaturges et de gestionnaires culturels d’expérience. Axée sur la dramaturgie, sa mission est de collaborer avec des artistes au développement d’œuvres originales de théâtre et de performance. Le PWM offre aux artistes la possibilité de créer, d’expérimenter, de rêver, en osant le risque. Son travail en collaboration s’appuie sur la vaste expertise de son équipe et s’ajuste parfaitement aux besoins spécifiques de chaque artiste. Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre creation and development centre based in Montréal. PWM is led by a team of experienced dramaturgs and arts administrators. With a focus on dramaturgy, its mission is to collaborate with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. PWM gives artists the opportunity to create and experiment, dream and take risks. Its collaborative process draws on the team’s unique experience and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs. 

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance makers, and theatre companies across the country find a creative accomplice willing to invest deeply in the development of meaningful work. Through PWM’s programming and activities, individual artists and companies meet and make new connections. By fostering these artistic connections, PWM acts as a community hub for theatre-makers in Montreal and beyond.

PWM has a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. PWM’s staff have read and reviewed the progress of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as well as the UNDRIP, and are committed to working towards adapting recommendations into the organization and its programming. PWM regularly partners with Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodivergent, and disabled artists and organizations as well as artists living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM operates a 2,000 square foot creation studio and shared office space, equipped with theatre lighting, sound and digital equipment. Click here for accessibility information for our office and creative studio space: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility-contact/

LA SERRE – ARTS VIVANTS

LA SERRE is a structuring incubator for the improvement of the conditions under which emerging artists carry out their work in live art. It accompanies them in the expansion of their work, from the creation process to encounters with the public. It helps artists develop their autonomy, organizational maturity and artistic independence. LA SERRE acts as an activator of collaborations between artists and local, national and international partners, as well as artists from various artistic disciplines and other areas. Artistically, LA SERRE favors projects that establish evocative links between art and society, and facilitate connections between different disciplinary fields and sectors.

SOUTIEN FOURNI

The recipient of the program will receive a project creation grant of $13,000 from the CAM over two years, along with numerous services provided by PWM, LA SERRE, and CAM. This is a one-time, non-renewable grant.

The program takes place over two years, and support is provided as follows:

YEAR 1

$3,000 creation grant for a new theatrical creation

30 hours of dramaturgical collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

9 hours of script workshopping offered by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

A staged reading with actors at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

YEAR 2

$10,000 creation grant for production

50 hours of production and management mentorship by LA SERRE–arts vivants

60 hours of free access to the Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s studios

Presentation of two performances in lab format

One-year subscription to Machinerie des arts.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please complete the online application form. Refer to the Program Presentation (PDF) for all details about this partnership. During the application process, you will be asked to include the following documents in PDF format:

An excerpt of a previously written theatrical work in English (10 pages maximum);

An excerpt of the project (10 pages maximum);

A CV

Only the required documents will be forwarded to members of the evaluation committee.

Applications will be evaluated by representatives of the CAM, PWM and La Serre. Projects will be evaluated based on merit, feasibility, and impact on the artist.  

PWM is strongly committed to supporting a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences. We strongly encourage eligible applicants who also identify as 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, disabled, living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain to self-identify in their application if they are comfortable doing so.

The deadline to submit applications is October 27, 2022 at 11:59PM.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your application or your project, or the program in general, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Please address questions to Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, at sarah@playwrights.ca. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact Heather at accessibility@playwrights.ca.