Tune in to the Young Creators Unit – 2021 Virtual Showcase

Join us for our livestreamed Young Creators Unit showcase on YouTube — 2 exciting nights of staged readings by emerging theatre creators!

Every year Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal produces two evenings of readings where creators from our Young Creators Unit (YCU) read excerpts of their work to an enthusiastic audience of peers, community leaders, and theatre lovers.

Last year, our first virtual showcase was a resounding success, with more people tuning-in than we ever had in-person in our studio space. Since then, our organization dived deep into the digital rabbit hole — launching programs such as the Digital dramaturgy initiative,the Digital dramaturgy clinic, and adding Digital dramaturgs Emily Soussana and Andrew Scriver from collective potatoCakes_digital to our team — we are excited to leverage these new skills to bring you an even better virtual event.

“We are so excited and proud to present to you this year’s Young Creators Unit. After an exceptional year of digging in and dynamic creation, these participants took on the challenge of working and meeting virtually during this socially distant and difficult time, held together as a group, and now want to welcome audiences at home to join our circle and witness some of the work in development.”

JESSE STONG
Young Creators Unit Leader

Starting today and until the showcase, we are also releasing video interviews of the Young Creators. Learn about their process, what’s unique about the YCU , and what goes into their work. Follow us on social media or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see them as soon as they are released!

WATCH THE FIRST INTERVIEW

THIS YEAR’S YOUNG CREATORS

Click on the portraits to learn more about the playwrights and their work.

Headshot of Rebecca Bauer

Rebecca Bauer

Headshot of Miriam Cummings

Miriam Cummings

Headshot of Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall

Headshot of Darragh Mondoux

Darragh Mondoux

Headshot of Nicolas Retson

Nicolas Retson

Headshot of Anna Burkholder

Anna Burkholder

Headshot of Sophie El Assad

Sophie El-Assad

Headshot of Megan Hunt

Megan Hunt

Headshot of Tyson Night

Tyson Night

Headshot of Kyng Rose

Kyng Rose

Headshot of Willow Cioppa

Willow Cioppa

Headshot of Steven Greenwood

Steven Greenwood

Headshot of Sam Melnick

Sam Melnick

Headshot of David Noël

David Noël

Headshot of Anne-Marie Saint Louis

Anne-Marie St-Louis

HOW TO CATCH THE SHOWCASE

At 7PM EST on June 3rd et 4th, our showcase will be livestreamed on YouTube Live with introductions and commentary by YCU leader Jesse Stong.

You will be able to watch the showcase directly on this page, or on our YouTube channel. Watching the showcase on YouTube also gives you access to a live chat where the artists and our staff will be present to answer your questions, exchange around the excerpts, and have a good time!

More about the Young Creators Unit

Thanks to generous funding from Canadian Heritage and the Zeller Family Foundation, and the dedicated mentorship of PWM dramaturg Jesse Stong, the Young Creators Unit has become a mainstay for young Canadian playwrights. Since its beginnings in 2015, YCU has supported more than a hundred young artists as they take risks, develop their voices and find their place in Canadian theatre.

ThE YOUNG CREATORS UNIT is financially supported by
Canadian Heritage
Zeller family foundation

Mise en lecture de Behaviour

Poster for the play Behaviour. A collage of photographs representing a woman is on the forefront of a pastel background on which we can discern a city skyline
À venir les 20 et 21 mars prochains, assistez à la mise en lecture de Behaviour, produite par Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal et présentée par le Centre Segal des arts de la scène!

Une exploration des genres, du pouvoir, du travail et de leurs abus, Behaviour, écrit par Darrah Teitel et mis en scène par Emma Tibaldo, sera lu sur place au Centre Segal les 20 et 21 mars, et diffusée en direct sur internet. 


Dates

Samedi 20 mars 2021 à 17h.
Rediffusion à 20h.

Dimanche 21 mars 2021 à 16h.

Billets

Tous les billets sont à prix libre.

Un don sera fait au Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal et Chez Doris correspondant au montant collecté via la vente de billets.


« L'une des pièces en réponse au mouvement #MeToo les plus intelligentes »

– Kelly Nestruck (The Globe and Mail)

« L'une des pièces actuelles les plus importantes, les plus puissantes, les plus traumatisantes et tout simplement essentielles. »

– Ryan Pepper (Capital Critics Circle)

« Behaviour dérange et nous oblige à nous remettre en question vis-à-vis des structures existantes. »

– Patrick Langston (ArtsFile)

Behaviour est l’histoire de Mara, une femme qui semble vivre son rêve : elle a une carrière en politique où elle fait la différence, et elle est amoureuse d’un artiste défiant les normes. Mais ce qui se cache derrière cette façade est dévastateur. Avec humour, précision et une honnêteté implacable, Behaviour dissecte ce que nous considérons comme normal. La pièce remet en question notre acceptation des structures existantes, explorant les interactions entre pouvoir et abus. Behaviour reflète le monde tel que nous le vivons, où dénoncer les abus sexuels est anormal.

Cette pièce arrive à un moment crucial du démantèlement des hiérarchies au travail et entre les sexes. La pièce de Teitel se passe sur la Colline, où les travailleurs sont particulièrement vulnérables aux abus de pouvoir. Behaviour s'attaque à la normalisation du silence contre les situations abusives, au point que Teitel dit : « ce qui est anormal, c'est d'en parler ». Cette lecture est donc une tentative de prononcer à voix haute ce qui reste généralement non-dit.

The play premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, co-produced with SpiderWebShow. The script was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal through a variety of programs, including the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency.

À propos de l'auteure

Headshot portrait of Darrah Teitel

Darrah Teitel est une socialiste canadienne et une auteure dramatique, vivant actuellement à Berkeley en Californie en tant qu'artiste en résidence 2020 de Peleh International. Ses crédits les plus récents comprennent The Omnibus Bill (Counterpoint Players, May 2019) Behaviour (GCTC, 2019) Corpus (Teesri Duniya 2014, Counterpoint 2014) The Apology (Alberta Theatre Projects 2013, Next Stage Festival 2011) Marla’s Party (SummerWorks 2008) la pièce radiophonique CBC Palliative (2007) She Said Destroy (École nationale de théâtre du Canada, 2007). Darrah était l'auteure dramatique en résidence du GCTC en 2015 et 2017, où elle a écrit ses deux dernières pièces. Son journalisme, sa fiction et sa poésie ont été publiés dans divers périodiques et revues à travers le pays. Darrah est lauréate de plusieurs prix, dont le Canadian Jewish Playwrighting Award 2011 et le Canadian Peace Play Prize 2007. Ses pièces ont reçu des nominations pour les prix Dora, Betty Mitchell, Rideau et META Prizes for Outstanding New Plays. Darrah travaille également pour Action Canada pour la santé et les droits sexuels et est un membre fondateur de la Coalition Courage ainsi qu'une fière membre des Independent Jewish Voices. 

À propos de la metteure en scène et dramaturge

Headshot portrait of Emma Tibaldo
Photo par Bernardo Fernandez

Emma Tibaldo est devenue directrice artistique et exécutive de Playwrights ’Workshop Montréal début 2008. En 2020, elle a reçu le prix Elliott Hayes pour réalisation exceptionnelle en dramaturgie.

En plus de collaborer dramaturgiquement à des pièces par le biais de son travail à PWM, elle a mis en scène de nouvelles pièces canadiennes à travers le pays, telles que Winter’s Daughter de Jesse Stong, SCUM: A Manifesto de S.E. Grummett et Caitlin Zacharias, Okinum d'Emilie Monnet (co-metteur en scène), Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable d'Elena Belyea, The Baklawa Recipe de Pascale Rafie, Refuge de Mary Vingoe, Falling Trees de Megan Coles, Model Wanted de Step Taylor. En 2005, elle a cofondé le Théâtre Talisman pour lequel elle a dirigé la production primée That Woman de Daniel Danis, Down Dangerous Passes Road de Michel Marc Bouchard, et The Medea Effect de Suzie Bastien. Elle vient de terminer Skin, une nouvelle performance avec la compagnie interdisciplinaire The Bakery, diffusée en direct lors du Centaur’s Wildside Festival en janvier 2021.

Elle va bientôt co-mettre en scène une pièce radiophonique pour le théâtre Imago, Ringtoned'Audrey Dwyer.

Elle a été artiste invitée à l'École nationale de théâtre et à l'Université Concordia. Emma est diplômée du département de théâtre de l’Université Concordia et du programme de mise en scène de l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada.

Elle fait vivre son punk-rockeur intérieur (et extérieur) en jouant dans le groupe familial The Tibaldos et The Dépanneurds.

Équipe technique et artistique

Amelia Sargisson

Headshot portrait of Amelia Sargisson

Mara

Victor Trelles

Headshot portrait of Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon

Evan

Erin Shields

Headshot portrait of Erin Shields

Jordan

Felicia Shulman

Headshot portrait of Felicia Shulman

Lydia | iTrance | Police

Emily Soussana

Headshot portrait of Emilie Soussana

Conceptrice de production

Luciana Burcheri

Headshot portrait of Luciana Burcheri

Régisseuse

potatoCakes_digital

Collectif de dramaturgie digitale

Présenté par
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Impact Creation — Our year-in-review crossword puzzle

Illustration of 2 characters carrying PWM from 2020 to 2021. This is the year-in-review crossword puzzle for the Impact Creation campaign.

Here is our gift to you, our community: a 2020 year-in-review PWM crossword puzzle!

Every artist needs a home — a place where they can fully be themselves to create, a place where they just belong. Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is that place for countless artists. This puzzle offers you a glimpse of what we did to keep us all interconnected during this roller coaster ride of a year.

It is also a draw! All correctly completed puzzles are entered in the draw for a chance to win their choice of Controlled Damage by Andrea Scott, Okinum by Émilie Monnet, or Some Blow Flutes by Mary Vingoe. All plays were created with the support of PWM.

Send us a correctly completed puzzle by December 31, 2020, and you will automatically be entered for the draw. You can submit your entry by clicking the submit button after filling it online, or if you choose to print it, send us a picture of the completed puzzle ici. Don’t forget to leave your email or phone number when prompted, so we can contact you.

Young Creators Unit – 2020 Showcase

An extraordinary showcase for an extraordinary year!

We are taking our Young Creators Unit showcase live to YouTube for TWO nights of staged readings from new work by emerging theatre creators.

We are so excited and proud to present to you this year’s Young Creators Unit. After an exceptional year of digging in and dynamic creation, these participants took on the challenge of finishing our time together in the current socially distant reality. We held together virtually as a group, and now want to welcome audiences at home to join our circle and witness some of the work in development.

JESSE STONG
Young Creators Unit Leader

Every year we produce two evenings of readings where creators from our Young Creators Unit (YCU) read excerpts of their work to an enthusiastic audience of peers and theatre community leaders. Because of the confinement put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working with this year’s 18 YCU members to capture the readings on video.

At 8PM EST on May 29th et 30th, we will showcase their work on Youtube Live with introductions and commentary by YCU leader Jesse Stong. Join us virtually on this page, or directly on YouTube. Watching the showcase on our YouTube channel also gives you access to a live chat where the artists and our staff will be present to answer your questions and have a good time!

Keep scrolling to access the livestreams on this page and learn more about the playwrights.

Night 1

LIVE Friday, May 29th at 8PM EST

Click on a playwright to learn about their work


Night 2

LIVE Saturday, May 30th at 8PM EST

Click on a playwright to learn about their work

About the Young Creators Unit

Thanks to generous funding from Canadian Heritage and the Zeller Family Foundation, and the dedicated mentorship of PWM dramaturg Jesse Stong, the Young Creators Unit has become a mainstay for young Canadian playwrights. Since its beginnings in 2015, YCU has supported more than a hundred young artists as they take risks, develop their voices and find their place in Canadian theatre.

More about the Young Creators Unit.

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Queer Reading Series 2020 *Postponed to a later date*

March 17 update – COVID-19:

It is with great sadness that Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal et Centaur Theatre announce that the Queer Reading Series is postponed to a yet-to-be determined date, effective immediately, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19. While this has been a difficult decision to make in these rapidly changing circumstances, the health and safety of everyone in our community continues to be our top priority. It is the right decision at this time, what is best for our patrons, staff, artists, and community at large.

We are grateful for your patience, understanding, and continued support during these difficult times, and we will let you know when new dates are decided.


Presented by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Groupe des jeunes créateurs et Centaur Theatre. Festival Director Jesse Stong.

The series of staged public readings showcasing emerging Canadian Queer Playwrights is back for a second year!

Space is limited. Admission to all readings is free, and audiences are invited to join the discussions following each performance. 

CONTENT WARNING: These plays feature sexually explicit conversations.

VENUE: CENTAUR THEATRE

453, rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC  H2Y 2T1
Venue is wheelchair accessible (please let us know if you require a wheelchair space so we can make adequate provision).

For inquiries regarding the reading, please contact Jesse Stong at jesse@playwrights.ca.

Calendar

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Groupe des jeunes créateurs and Centaur Theatre present the Queer Reading Series. This reading series will feature three exciting new plays exploring themes of queer identity from very distinct and compelling points of view.

APRIL 2, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Lenny

Lenny is a singer-songwriter based out of Montreal, Canada. Raised in British Columbia, Lenny picked up the clarinet at age 11, guitar at 15, and has been singing since before she could speak.

8PM

WAITING FOR JANICE

Welcome to an absurd world that leads two characters to question their sexuality, labels, and identities. While waiting for the answer to all of their queries, Janice, cycles and patterns start to appear.

About the playwright

Kate Hammer is a writer, performer, producer, and general good guy in Montreal. They created the long-running show INFEMOUS, which has sprouted into several triple-nominated Fringe shows and sketch collectives. Kate is passionate about stories, challenging the classics, and bringing different voices to the front of the stage. 

Follow them on Instagram @katethehammer

Cast and Crew

Jesse Stong

Director | Dramaturg

Kate Hammer

Gabriella

Katharine King So

Princess | Phoenix | Girl

Joy Ross-Jones

Deirdre


APRIL 3, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Silk Tits

Silk Tits is a Rave’n’Radio DJ and the host of ‘Tender Grooves’ on N10.AS radio, 4th Sunday of every month 3-4pm EST.

8PM

A SONG OF FICTION

“A hopeful singer-songwriter moves to the big city to find his voice, finds love instead…” Max and Aaron aren’t sold on the synopsis of their musical, but it’s the best they can do, having just one day to put together a hefty submission for a new works festival. As they create their show from scratch, they begin to discover the underlying truths of their partnership and that sometimes it’s best not to “write what you know.”

About the playwright

Trevor Barrette [Book, Music, Lyrics] is a Montreal-based actor, director, playwright / composer and stage manager. In 2011, he founded the award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal, for which he has directed their ten productions including four original musicals and the Fringe hits: Captain Aurora I & II et Memento Mori. As an actor, he has had the pleasure of performing with the National Arts Center, Centaur Theatre, Geordie Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Scapegoat Carnivale and in readings and workshops with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Infinitheatre and Teesri Duniya Theatre. His work has been presented at Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival, PlayShed Theatre’s WRK’N’PRGRSS and the Segal Centre’s Academy. He has proudly served as President of the Montreal English Theatre Awards as well as Vice President of the Quebec Drama Federation.

Follow him on Instagram @trevorkbarrette

Cast and Crew

Fatma Sarah Elkashef

Dramaturge

Luce Bélanger

Arranger

Jonathan Patterson

Director
Musical Director

Jacob Sheffield

Max

Oliver Price

Aaron

Patrick Park

Mason

Kaden Forsberg

Jesse | Jeremy


APRIL 4, 2020

7PM

PRE-SHOW Music
Mars

Mars is an experimental-folk singer, songwriter, harpist, and performer currently living and working on Tiohtiá:ke also known as Montreal. Using voice, harp, loops, and her imagination, Mars strives to create a dreamlike state in which to tell soothing stories and bring nightmarish shadows into the light. 

Mars has JUST RELEASED her first full length album. This album, Music for the Moon, explores themes of time, nature, and the intersections and dissections of body, mind, and spirit.

8PM

Still Gay When I’m Not In Love

Ada wants to have a baby but unfortunately the planet is set on fire. Now she’s stuck in limbo with her best friend and her worst enemy and must reckon with a bureaucratic Angel who will determine her fate. Set on the evening of a (gay) wedding turned apocalyptic disaster, three flawed heroes navigate the complexities of relationships, love, queerness and family values.

About the playwright

Adjani Poirier is a multidisciplinary theatre creator who at times likes to experiment with sound art and radio. Her work is focused on principles of queerness, feminism and the destruction of white supremacy. She is thrilled to have performed, written and curated work presented at the Montreal Fringe Festival (I like Cowboys)  Revolution They Wrote (ACOUS!,  Still Gay When I’m Not In Love) and The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival (Permanence /Impermanence, Experimental Radio Hour). She is the co-creator of On Life and Living, a documentary theatre and oral history project exploring the history of AIDS Community Care Montreal. Adjani is currently part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program in playwriting and is an alumnus of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit.   

Follow her on Instagram @fo_fanny

Cast and Crew

Jesse Stong

Dramaturge

Sarah J Culkin

Director

Adjani Poirier

Ada

Sophie-Thérèse Stone-Richards

Kal

Sarah Nairne

The Angel of Death

Gabe Maharjan

Stella

9PM

Post-SHOW Event
THE VIOLET HOUR

The Violet Hour, Montreal’s queer reading series, takes over the bar lounge of the Centaur Theatre! Come discover emerging and established LGBTQ writers and artists.

This special edition of the Violet Hour will showcase a roster of short readings by LGBTQ writers.
With Eloisa Aquino, Cait Cooke, Steve Galluccio, Louis Negin and Russell Parkway.
Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo


PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP MONTRÉAL AND CENTAUR THEATRE BELIEVE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING YOUNG THEATRE ARTISTS TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING AND SHOWCASING THEIR WORK.

The Young Creators Unit was not created as a queer-specific program, but over the past three years has become a vibrant space for self-discovery and political/personal creation. I am so proud that we’ve gained a reputation for being a supportive space for emerging queer artists to be bold, dive deeply into the intersections of their identity, and make work for the stage that reflects their unique existence in our contemporary world.

JESSE STONG
Festival Director and
Young Creators Unit Leader

Centaur Theatre is so happy to collaborate with PWM’s Young Creators Unit by supporting the process of bringing the voices of the next generation of Montreal’s diverse artists to the stage. They are the future of theatre.

EDA HOLMES
Artistic Director of Centaur Theatre

About the Young Creators Unit

Thanks to generous funding from Canadian Heritage and the Zeller Family Foundation, and the dedicated mentorship of PWM dramaturg Jesse Stong, the Young Creators Unit has become a mainstay for young Canadian playwrights. Since its beginnings in 2015, YCU has supported more than a hundred young artists as they take risks, develop their voices and find their place in Canadian theatre.

Click here to find out more about the Young Creators Unit.

Mise en Lecture de Mizushōbai (The Water Trade)

Date : vendredi 28 février 2020
Heure : 19h
Lieu : Studio PWM, 7250 rue Clark Suite 103, Montreal, QC  H2R 2Y3
Veuillez noter que Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal n’est pas situé dans un bâtiment entièrement accessible. Notre espace est situé au-dessus du niveau de la rue et n'est accessible que par un escalier (neuf marches). Plus d'informations ici.

Cet évènement est GRATUIT. Les dons sont les bienvenus à la porte.

N'oubliez de réserver, les sièges sont limités.

Synopsis

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) explore la vie de Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, une jeune mariée japonaise devenue femme d'affaires «clandestine» dans les années 1930 en Colombie-Britannique. La pièce plonge dans son histoire, non pas en tant que dame-dragon clichée (bien qu'elle le soit parfois), ni comme une fille consciencieuse (bien qu'elle le soit parfois), ni comme un corps asiatique féminin soumis et sexualisé (bien qu'elle le soit parfois), mais en tant que membre précieux de la société canadienne qui a dû lutter contre les attentes et pour l'autonomie et la reconnaissance à chaque étape.

"Ce qui me fascine chez Kiyoko, c'est qu'elle a enfreint TOUTES LES RÈGLES et attentes culturelles, genrées et sociétales."

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) a été développée avec Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal à travers une variété de programmes, y compris la Résidence d'écriture théâtrale de Gros Morne et la Résidence EstérELLE.

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) a été le récipiendaire de la première commission More than a footnote du Théâtre Tableau D'Hôte, et a reçu un soutien financier de la Fondation Cole et du Conseil des Arts du Canada.

Avertissements

Références sexuelles, Langage adulte

À propos de l'auteure

Julie Tamiko Manning est une comédienne et créatrice de théâtre primée établie à Montréal.

Rôles choisis incluent: Sin dans Paradise Lost (Centaur), Annie dans Jean Dit (Théâtre D’Aujourd’hui), et Elena dans Butcher (Centaur).

Sa première pièce, Mixie and the Halfbreeds (avec Adrienne Wong), est une pièce sur l'identité mixte dans plusieurs univers, d'abord commissionnée comme pièce radiophonique par CBC, puis adaptée pour la scène du Neworld Theatre de Vancouver. Sa deuxième pièce, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives (avec Matt Miwa) est une pièce en un acte sur les camps d'internement des Canadiens japonais pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, qui a récemment fait une tournée à Montréal (Centaur), Toronto (Factory), Vancouver (Firehall) et Ottawa (Prismatic Arts Festival / GCTC).

Équipe Créative

This play is currently in development.

Pièce par Julie Tamiko Manning

Dramaturgie par Emma Tibaldo

Avec Deena Aziz, Brenda Kamino, Kyungseo Min, Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha, Annie Yao