Now seeking applications for our 2022-2023 Young Creators Unit!

YCU NEWS: WE’RE welcoming a new dramaturG to lead the Unit

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is delighted to announce that dramaturg and director Leila Ghaemi will be leading this year’s Young Creators Unit! The current leader and creator of the YCU, Jesse Stong, will work with YCU alumni this year, while continuing their work as a dramaturg at PWM with both the Queer Reading Series and the New Stories Project.

“I’m so excited to have Leila taking the Young Creators Unit into the next phase. With her passion, intelligence, and experience, I am sure she will exceed expectations!” says long-time YCU facilitator Jesse Stong.

Find out more about Leila here


The application period for this year’s YCU has now passed. We’d like to thank each of the creatives who applied. More news on the 2022-2023 cohort will be shared online soon.

If you’re an aspiring playwright or storyteller who is 30 or under, then Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit (YCU) is the place to grow your work. This incubator for learning and experimentation helps emerging artists find their voice, as they workshop an original piece of theatre over the course of several months.

Playwriting is an ever-expanding field, and workshop environments are flexible and judgment-free spaces to work collectively. Interested storytellers need only apply with an idea, a question, a theme or topic. We welcome diversity of experience in life and in theatre, and all kinds of emerging writers and theatre makers are encouraged to apply. 

By taking part in group sessions every two weeks, participants establish their craft in conversation with a close cohort of creatives. A customized work plan and one-on-one mentorship supports the development of your play, alongside professional support with grant writing and networking opportunities.

PWM welcomes all applications to our programs. 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+, 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. 

If you have any questions about the Young Creators Unit, please contact both Leila Ghaemi Leila@playwrights.ca and Jesse Stong jesse@playwrights.ca.


If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with the form, please contact Heather accessibility@playwrights.ca. Accessibility concerns are central to how we structure our programs and we’ve learned a lot from our Accessibility Committee conversations. Click here to read more about the work done by PWM’s accessibility committee

To learn about what it’s like navigating our space click here.

how to apply

Fill out this Google Form by 11:59 PM on September 27, 2022. Your application will require the following information:

A brief bio of yourself, and your experience (if any) as a storyteller/creator.

A brief description of the work you would like to develop, or a list of some ideas.

A brief description sharing why you would like to join the Unit, and what you hope to get out of the experience.

Group sessions will take place in person every 2 weeks on Tuesdays from 5PM-8PM, and will shift to a weekly format beginning in January 2023. The program runs from October 18th, 2022 to May 26th, 2023 in PWM’s studio at 7250 Rue Clark in Montreal.

There are limited spots in the program and participants are expected to attend the group sessions, one-on-one meetings,  as well as commit to some additional self-directed activities. Please only apply to the Unit if you can commit to the schedule. All applicants will be informed of their results by October 12. 

PWM is committed to upholding safety and comfort for in-person gatherings, with regard to COVID-19. We continue to strongly encourage the  regular wearing  of masks, frequent hand-washing and use of sanitizer, as well as frequent surface wipe-downs. To read more about PWM’s COVID-19 guidelines, click here

THE SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee will be reading all applications and selecting the participants for the Unit. There are many factors that go into the selection process in addition to the consideration of your application, such as group dynamics and the range of experience within the cohort. There are no judgements with regard to training or competencies.

Spatial Dramaturgy: Developing an Urban Performance Practice with Shauna Janssen

Image of Shauna Janssen inside a spotlight at the end of a graphic beam of light. The Image has text which reads "Exploring Practice."

Spatial Dramaturgy Application deadline: April 6th, 2022

Although the deadline to apply has passed, there are still a few spots available. If you are interested please apply as soon as possible.

Pour toute question sur cette inscription ou pour de l’assistance pour s’inscrire, Spatial Dramaturgy with Shauna Janssencommuniquez avec Harris, coordonnateur des programmes, à harris@playwrights.ca.


This multi-day workshop led by Shauna Janssen (interdisciplinary artist and curator) will focus on exploring performance creation methods for developing site-specific/ responsive and urban performance works.

Participants will be engaged in “hands-on” activities taking place in the city, including site-writing and performative mapping workshops.  Each participant will realize a prototype for an urban performance project, as well as have an opportunity to engage with critical texts on interdisciplinary approaches to spatial dramaturgy and creating site-specific performances in the built environment. The workshop is open to playwrights, interdisciplinary performance makers and storytellers, scenographers, and dramaturgs.

Le PWM s’engage à offrir un environnement où toutes les personnes sont traitées avec dignité et respect. Nous veillons constamment à rendre tous nos programmes accessibles. 

PWM welcomes all applications to our programs. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, multidimensional, changing and evolving, we strongly encourage applications from artists who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, 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.


Calendrier :

(multi-day workshop)

Part 1: Thursday, April 21st, 6-9pm
Part 2: Saturday, April 23rd, 12-5pm
Part 3: Monday, April 25th, 12-5pm
Part 4: Tuesday, April 26th, 6-9pm
Part 5: Thursday, April 28th, 6-9pm
Part 6: Friday, April 29th, 6-9pm
Part 7: Sunday, May 1st, 12-5pm

Lieu :

Cet atelier aura lieu in-person and primarily in PWM’s studio. Some sessions will consist of in-situ writing sessions in various locations around the city.

Pour toute question sur cette inscription ou pour de l’assistance pour s’inscrire, communiquez avec Harris, coordonnateur des programmes, à harris@playwrights.ca.


Application Instructions for Spatial Dramaturgy with Shauna Janssen

  • Envoyez votre inscription à harris@playwrights.ca with subject line: Exploring Practice with Shauna Janssen.
  • Joignez une notice biographique ou un cv ainsi qu’une courte description de votre intérêt pour cet atelier.
    • We also accept alternative methods of application if requested, including video and audio applications.
    • Pour toute question sur cette inscription ou pour de l’assistance pour s’inscrire, communiquez avec Harris, coordonnateur des programmes, à harris@playwrights.ca.
  • Apply before  5 PM on April 6th, 2022.

À propos de l’animateur de l’atelier

Shauna Janssen is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. She specializes in making site-specific performances, public art installations, and urban interventions. Her projects and collaborations have been staged in Montreal, and in various cities in Europe and Australasia. For over twenty years Shauna worked professionally in the theatre on the development of new works for theatre, opera, and dance. She is currently Professor in Performance Creation in the Department of Theatre at Concordia, where she holds a research chair in Performative Urbanism.

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Rédiger une solide demande de subvention avec Jesse Stong

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Date limite d’inscription : 21 janvier 2022

Pour toute question sur cette inscription ou pour de l’assistance pour s’inscrire, Rédiger une solide demande de subvention avec Jesse Stongcommuniquez avec Harris, coordonnateur des programmes, à harris@playwrights.ca.


Jesse Stong (éducateur, auteur dramatique et dramaturge) vous aidera à améliorer votre rédaction de demande de subvention au moyen de divers exercices innovateurs et interactifs dans cet atelier d'Exploration des pratiques! workshop!

Par des exercices dynamiques de rédaction de sections d’une subvention à partir de leurs idées de base, les participant∙e∙s pourront élaborer et assembler les grandes lignes de leur projet selon des échéanciers et des budgets réalistes. À la fin des séances pratiques, chaque participant∙e aura en mains une première version complète de sa demande et en mesure de bien mener sa recherche de sources de financement, de stratégies de financement indépendant et des conseils sur la façon d’établir des partenariats constructifs en vue de la réalisation de son projet.

Le PWM s’engage à offrir un environnement où toutes les personnes sont traitées avec dignité et respect. Nous veillons constamment à rendre tous nos programmes accessibles. 

Le PWM encourage les candidatures de toutes les personnes admissibles à ses programmes. Conscients que l’identité de toute personne est essentiellement plurielle, multidimensionnelle, en constante évolution, nous encourageons cependant les candidatures des personnes autochtones (Premières Nations, Métis et Inuit), noires, racisées (dont les personnes de récente immigration), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodiverses, handicapées ou souffrant de maladie ou douleur chroniques. Nous invitons les personnes qui postulent à s’identifier dans leur lettre de présentation, si elles souhaitent le faire.


Calendrier :

(atelier en deux séances)

Séance 1 – mardi 15 février
10h00 – 14h00

Séance 2 – mercredi 16 février
10h00 – 14h00

En plus des atelier mentionné ci-dessus, les appels individuels ou petits groupes pourrait être organisés selon disponibilité des participants.

Lieu :

Cet atelier aura lieu à distance via un logiciel de visioconférence.

Pour toute question sur cette inscription ou pour de l’assistance pour s’inscrire, communiquez avec Harris, coordonnateur des programmes, à harris@playwrights.ca.


Contenu de Rédiger une solide demande de subvention avec Jesse Stong

  1. Conseils et trucs généraux de rédaction.
  2. Gestion du stress et des échéanciers; inscrire la rédaction de demande de subvention dans sa démarche artistique..
  3. Exercices pratiques de rédaction (développement des descriptions et des argumentaires du contenu des projets)
  4. Exercices créatifs d’écriture (exploration de divers processus de rédaction de demandes)
  5. Expression authentique et attrayante du besoin d’un soutien.
  6. Séances de remue-méninges en groupe (exploration d’idées et de propositions de demandes)
  7. Travail d’édition des sections de la demande pour convaincre le plus efficacement possible
  8. Planification des étapes concrètes en vue du dépôt de la demande.
  9. Discussions sur l’échange et la recherche de ressources et de financement.

Exigences pour Rédiger une solide demande de subvention avec Jesse Stong

  • Proposition d’un projet ou d’une résidence pour lequel vous désirez demander une subvention (le projet peut être déjà complètement formé ou en n’être qu’à l’idée initiale.)
  • Participation aux échanges d’idées sur votre projet et sur ceux des autres membres du groupe.
  • Parvenir à établir un plan clair pour l’achèvement de la rédaction de votre demande de subvention.

Information application pour Rédiger une solide demande de subvention avec Jesse Stong

  • Envoyez votre inscription à harris@playwrights.ca avec en objet Exploring Practice with Jesse Stong.
  • Joignez une notice biographique ou un cv ainsi qu’une courte description de votre intérêt pour cet atelier.
    • Si nécessaire, nous acceptons toute autre façon de soumettre votre candidature, y compris les formes vidéos et audios.
    • Pour toute question sur cette inscription ou pour de l’assistance pour s’inscrire, communiquez avec Harris, coordonnateur des programmes, à harris@playwrights.ca.
  • Inscription au plus tard le 21 janvier 2022 à 17h..

À propos de l’animateur de l’atelier

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Jesse Stong est le fier papa de jumeaux. Il est diplômé du programme d’écriture dramatique de la National Theatre School of Canada et obtenu une maîtrise en pédagogie de l’art de l’Université Concordia. Jesse est artiste, dramaturge et enseignant reconnu.

Au fil du temps, il a soutenu une centaine d’artistes émergent∙e∙s comme directeur de notre programme Groupe des jeunes créateurs. Il anime aussi notre New Stories Project destiné aux artistes aux capacités différentes.

Jesse collabore à l’occasion avec Moment Factory à la création et l’édition de contenu. Récemment, il a agi comme responsable de la programmation jeunesse de Watchmojo.com, commissaire associé pour le sommet sur les personnes handicapées du Centre national des arts et maître cérémonie des prix du Montreal English Theatre.

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Young Creators Unit 2021-22: Now Open For Applications!

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal is excited to once again be calling for all emerging storytellers under the age of 30 to apply for our YOUNG CREATORS UNIT (YCU)

Applications are open to new and emerging artists. Participants will receive a customized work plan that includes bi-weekly workshops, one-on-one mentorship, grant writing support, and networking opportunities.

PWM strongly encourages applications from Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), racialized artists (including racialized recent immigrants), members of the 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ communities, Deaf artists, disabled artists, neurodivergent artists, and artists living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain. For questions about accessibility, please contact Jesse Stong at accessibility@playwrights.ca.

Due to the current circumstances of the pandemic, the YCU will only be supporting a maximum of 10 artists*, with a program that will start in October online (over Zoom), and then hopefully shift into smaller live groups/workshops. Group workshops will take place bi-weekly on TUESDAYS FROM 2PM-5PM. The program will run from October 19th 2021 to May 20th 2022  

*Because we only have limited spots this year, please only apply if you are available for this weekly timeslot, and committed to your project/attendance/participation.

how to apply

Send a one-page application to jesse@playwrights.ca by October 9, 2021. You will receive a response by October 12, 2021.

Your application should include:

  • A brief bio of yourself, and your experience (if any) as a storyteller/creator.
  • A brief description of the work you would like to develop, or a list of some ideas.
  • One paragraph on why you would like to join the unit, and what you hope to get out of it.


Please email jesse@playwrights.ca with any additional questions, or for support with the application if needed. 

Learn more about the YCU

APPLY NOW: Script Analysis with Maureen Labonté

Note:
This workshop will be held physically in accordance to le Protocol sanitaire COVID-19 de PWM. Contactez harris@playwrights.ca pour toutes questions sur l'atelier.

This five-day workshop led by Maureen Labonté is an introduction to a script analysis method based on the belief that it is of supreme importance to take the time to read and analyze the play text well, and know it thoroughly before jumping to interpretation. 

It is essential to take the time to dig, to investigate, to question and to ponder what the playwright wrote before jumping to conclusions or interpretation. Maureen uses the term “archeological” to describe it. This investigative work is fundamental to a sound and imaginative take on the work. It is objective and detailed, but also visceral.

Participants will have the chance to : 

  • Learn how to slow down, be curious and enjoy discovering what makes the play work, what is really there versus what you might think is there or what you want to be there. It’s a way to free the imagination.
  • Put opinion on hold, at least temporarily, and grapple with what the playwright has put on the page. Cultivate curiosity and a spirit of inquiry. 
  • Develop a spirit of investigation. Learn to ask good questions in order to get at the mystery that’s at the heart of the script and discover its beauty, magic, musicality, passion
  • And finally, after a detailed analysis (micro) learn how to pull back (up) in order to arrive at a synthesis of your discoveries (macro) and move into pre-production and eventually the rehearsal hall and the stage. 

“The vision of a great play is inextricably bound up with the exact words of the text.”

Robert Benedetti


Calendrier :

(5-day workshop)

Session 1: Monday, November 8th, 2021 10AM to 2PM

Session 2: Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
1PM to 5PM

Session 3: Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
10AM to 2PM

Session 4: Thursday, November 11th, 2021
10AM-2PM

Session 5: Friday, November 12th, 2021
10AM-2PM

Possibility of an extra 2-hour session on Saturday, November 13th, 2021.

NOTE: Participants will be assigned a play to read between the first and second sessions. This assignment is mandatory and central to the workshop.

Lieu :

Studio de PWM
7250 rue Clark, #103
Montreal, QC
H2R 2Y3


Comment postuler

  • Veuillez nous envoyer une biographie et/ou un CV artistique ainsi qu'un court texte (1-2 paragraphes) expliquant votre intérêt pour l’atelier ainsi que sa pertinence vis-à-vis de votre pratique artistique.
  • The workshop is open to playwrights, dramaturges and other theatre creators with some professional experience.
  • Envoyez les candidatures et vos questions à harris@playwrights.ca with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Maureen Labonté.

Apply before 1PM EST on October 4th, 2021 to ensure that your application will be considered.

À propos de l’animateur de l’atelier

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Maureen Labonté is a translator, dramaturg and teacher. She has translated over forty Quebec plays into English. And Slowly Beauty (Talonbooks) her translation of Lentement la beauté by Quebec City playwright, Michel Nadeau, was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award in Translation.

Maureen has worked as a dramaturg and coordinated play development programs in theatres and play development centres across the country. She was the Co-Director of the Playwrights’ Lab at the Banff Center for the Arts from 2006 to 2012 and has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada since the mid-90’s.

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Introducing the Cole Foundation Mentorship Emerging Translators

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal et le The Cole Foundation are thrilled to announce the participants to this year’s Mentorat pour traductrices et traducteurs émergents de la Fondation Cole, Rhiannon Collett and Elaine Normandeau.

THE ARTISTS

Rhiannon Collett

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Rhiannon Collett (they/them) is an award-winning non-binary playwright, performer, director and translator based in Montreal and Toronto. Their work explores the ritualization of grief, gender performativity, queer/trans identity and the psychological effects of sexual objectification.

Selected playwriting credits include Miranda & Dave Begin Again / Miranda et Dave recommencent encore (2016 Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award, presented in French at the 2019 Festival du Jamais Lu, and the 2020 Festival les Petites Formes, Martinique); Wasp (commissioned by Nightswimming, presented at the 2019 Rhubarb Festival, and developed at the Stratford Festival Lab), The Kissing Game (commissioned by Youtheatre and Young People’s Theatre, developed at the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab, produced by Youtheatre, awarded the META for Outstanding New Text 2019); Tragic Queens (commissioned and devised with CABAL Theatre/Wildside Festival 2018); There Are No Rats in Alberta (created as a part of the 2017-18 Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit, presented at the Rhubarb Festival 2018 ), and the English language translation of Chienne(s) by Marie-Eve Milot and Marie-Claude St-Laurent (in development with BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective). Rhiannon’s work is funded by the Toronto
Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Rhiannon was a guest artist at the LungA festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland and artist-in-residence at the Mauser Eco House in Costa Rica. They are a graduate of Generator’s Performance Criticism Training Program, Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit and Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program.

Rhiannon is a settler in Toronto, on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee peoples, and in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), on the traditional, un-ceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people.

Play in translation: Ces regards amoureux de garçons altérés by Éric Noël

Elaine Normandeau

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For 25 years, after studying law and then theater, Elaine Normandeau has worked as an assistant director and stage manager in French and English theatre.

During these years, she had the privilege of working on landmark productions such as Le Procès et Siegfried by Wagner directed by François Girard, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest et Le misanthrope directed by Michel Monty, Belles-Soeurs directed by René Richard Cyr, Intérieur et Au coeur de la rose directed by Denis Marleau, Variations énigmatiquesUn fil à la patte et Equus directed by Daniel Roussel,  Une musique inquiétante/Old Wicked Songs directed by Martin Faucher, Waiting for the Barbarians et Amadeus directed by Alexandre Marine and Top Girls directed by Micheline Chevrier. In 2017, Elaine Normandeau participated as linguistic director in the film  Hochelaga, terre des âmes by François Girard, immersed in Mohawk and Anishnaabe cultures. She also works as a translator and creates surtitles for the theatre.

Play in translation: Muliats by Charles Bender, Charles Buckell, Marco Collin, Xavier Huard, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine et Christophe Payeur (le collectif)

LE PROGRAMME

The translation of new work for the stage is a core part of our programming. Since its inception in 2013, the Mentorat pour traductrices et traducteurs émergents de la Fondation Cole (formerly Cole Competition for Emerging Translators) has been guiding the next generation of translators from French into English. 

With the expert guidance of acclaimed translator Maureen Labonté and in partnership with the Fondation Cole, PWM has built a program that mentors emerging translators through every stage of the process. The successful candidate receives a $1,000 honorarium and an eight-month mentorship with Maureen Labonté which includes a workshop with actors and a public reading.

Plus de détails sur le programme disponibles ici.

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