Black lives matter.

Artists have forever been agents of cultural change with the ability to illustrate political truths, direct resistance, and inspire reform. 

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal stands in solidarity with our community in demanding justice and change. We  condemn Quebec Premier François Legault’s denial of systemic racism in Quebec.

We stand with all creators fighting for social justice and equity. 

If you are looking for ways to get help, or want to provide support please visit the following links:

Write to your local representatives

to condemn Premier Legault’s groundless comments on the “non-existence of systemic racism in Québec” made on June 1st during an official press conference. 

Here is a template you can use

Write to your city officials to defund the police

Here is a template for the City of Montreal

Resources to keep learning and stay informed:

Consult this great round-up of resources collected by the Quebec Drama Federation

Read and learn about what Black-led associations and organizations are doing. You can consult this master list of Black community organisations in Montreal compiled by BlackMontreal

Consult the website of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR)

Scaffolded Anti-racism resources (an extensive list of resources organized by stage)

Anti-racism resources for white people (another comprehensive list of resources)

#BlackLivesMtlSyllabus– Montreal specific reading syllabus compiled by Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to Present

White Supremacy Culture in Organizations by COCo (Centre for Community Organizations)

Added June 17, 2020:

Articule’s Open letter to artist-run centres in Québec: Moving Beyond Statements of Solidarity (a bilingual resource)

Racial Equity Tools

Livestream: Writers’ Warm-up by Jesse Stong

Every Monday and Friday, start your morning on the right creative foot with a dynamic writing activity facilitated by Playwright and PWM Dramaturg Jesse Stong!

Video of the first Writers’ Warm-up, April 06 2020

Storytelling is important. The stories we tell and how we tell them say a lot about our identities.

Unfortunately, in these times of physical distancing and heightened anxiety, it can be hard, as a writer, to get going in the morning. Life block is writer’s block, your life is part of your story and what blocks you in life will block you in your stories as well.

To help unfreeze our quarantine-addled minds, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal own Jesse Stong helps us kickstart our days live on YouTube, every Monday and Friday at 10:15 AM, with 15-minute hands-on activities designed to support new, emerging and established storytellers!

Tune-in to our Youtube channel here
(and while you are there, do not forget to subscribe to stay up-to-date with our latest videos!)

About Jesse Stong

Jesse Stong is a proud father of twins, a graduate of Playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and received his Master’s in Art Education from Concordia University.

He is an award-winning artist, dramaturg, and educator. Over the years, he has supported over 100 emerging Canadian storytellers as director of our Young Creators Unit. He also leads our New Stories Project Unit for artist with different abilities.

Jesse 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. He is currently developing an intermedia puppetry project launching fall 2020.

*COVID-19 Update*

Dear friends,

It may not be very surprising to hear that in response to the latest COVID-19 developments, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal will be postponing all our workshops and events of the next 30 days to later dates.

We will contact participants over the next few days to update them individually on their specific situation.

Applications to our grantwriting workshop “Exploring Practice: Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong” planned April 28 – May 1 are still open. If need be, we will be able to hold the workshop online.

Moreover, the PWM team wants to help with the global effort in flattening the curve through social distancing. As of now, we are suspending office operations and closing our office to the public until further notice.

This means that as of March 17, 2020, all our non-essential staff will work from home. As we will function at reduced capacity, we ask for your patience in getting back to you.

We all have a role to play to fight against this pandemic, and this is ours. Be well 💓. We will check back in soon.