Announcing the 2022 Playwrights | Dévoilement des Participant.e.s de 2022

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) and le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in partnership with Creative Gros Morne, the Bonne Bay Aquarium, the Fondation Cole, and Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland are excited to announce the seven playwrights participating in the 2022 Résidence d’écriture théâtrale de Gros Morne in Newfoundland. 

From October 13 to 24, 2022, Sharon Bala, Lois Brown, Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon, Johanne Parent, Alicia Payne, Julie-Anne Ranger-Beauregard, et Scout Rexe will be staying at the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point, located in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency is a dual-lingual residency that welcomes playwrights from across the country to write, dream, share and create. The residents will have the opportunity to explore their plays during unstructured writing time, one-on-one dramaturgical conversations, and in group discussions with works being shared every evening. The program offers dramaturgy in French and English.

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Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) et le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD), en partenariat avec Creative Gros Morne, l’Aquarium de Bonne Bay, la Fondation Cole et Artistic Fraud de Terre-Neuve, sont heureux de dévoiler le nom des sept auteurs et autrices qui ont été sélectionnés pour participer à la Résidence canadienne d’auteurs dramatiques de Gros-Morne 2022, à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador.

Du 13 au 24 octobre 2022, Sharon Bala, Lois Brown, Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon, Johanne Parent, Alicia Payne, Julie-Anne Ranger-Beauregard et Scout Rexe séjourneront à la Bonne Bay Marine Station de Norris Point, située dans le parc national de Gros Morne, à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador.

La résidence d’écriture théâtrale de Gros-Morne est une résidence bilingue qui accueille des auteurs de tout le pays pour écrire, rêver, partager et créer. Les résidents auront l’occasion d’explorer leurs pièces pendant des périodes d’écriture non structurées, des conversations dramaturgiques individuelles et des discussions de groupe, les œuvres en développement étant partagées chaque soir. Le programme propose une dramaturgie en français et en anglais.

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Meet the playwrights / Rencontrez les auteurs

Sharon Bala, Newfoundland


Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, won the 2020 Newfoundland & Labrador Book Award and the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, was short listed for several awards, and is in translation in four languages. In 2017 she won the Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and had a second story on the long-list. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group.

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Photo credit: ​​Nadra Ginting



Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and educated in Drama at The University of Alberta, Lois Brown established her cross-disciplinary artistic practice in St. John’s. She is past Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company (1993-97), original member and past Curator of Neighbourhood Dance Works (1982-89, 1990-92), and past Artist in Residence and dramaturg at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada (2010-13). In 2004, she was one of five Canadian directors short-listed for the Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize. In 2005, she was awarded The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in theatre by a mid-career Canadian artist by The Canada Council for the Arts. She has received numerous recognitions for work and has been inducted into Dance Canada Danse Encore! Dance Hall of Fame. Lois holds a Masters from Memorial University, where she has taught acting and directing. Since an accident in 2008, Lois has brought her growing interest in disability arts aesthetics, and her explorations of dramaturgy and choreography to her ongoing investigation of improvisation and of “things”. The resulting work found her aiming beyond interdisciplinariness, beyond a synthesis of disciplinary approaches towards something else, another dimension of expression and experience. 

Portrait credit: Jeremy Gordaneer



À sa sortie de l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada en écriture dramatique, Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon gagne le concours « théâtre jeune public et la relève ». Ses pièce Minuit (Leméac) et Un Oiseau m’attend ont reçu des mentions au prix Gratien-Gélinas. Elle est la lauréate du prix Gratien-Gélinas 2021 pour sa pièce Le Jardin d’Éden. Elle est aussi l’autrice des pièces jeune public Crème-Glacée et Amande-Amandine toutes deux publiées chez L’Arche Éditeur. Ces pièces ont été produites par le Petit Théâtre de Sherbrooke, le Double Signes, le théâtre de la Seizième, le théâtre de la Petite Marée et en France par Théâtre en scène et L’insomniaque cie.

Crédit photo: Jessica Garneau



Johanne Parent a fait des études en littérature à l’Université de Moncton. Sa première pièce remporte le volet jeunesse du Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet Acadie-vie en 2001. Depuis, ses textes ont fait l’objet de mises en lectures professionnelles notamment au Festival à Haute-voix du Théâtre L’Escaouette et à La Salle des machines du Centre des auteurs dramatiques.  En 2018, elle est invitée par l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada à participer à une résidence d’écriture à Banff où elle créera les bases d’Ornithorynques. Elle habite le nord du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Alicia payne, Ontario


Alicia Payne is a multi-disciplinary artist whose credits include theatre, film, television and radio. Professional memberships include, ACTRA, CAEA, Dramatists Guild of America and Playwrights Guild of Canada where she served as president. Alicia facilitates workshops with youth and adults in community and organizational settings. Presentations of Alicia’s work include: Canadian Forces Artists Program Exhibition (Group 6), Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, National Black Theatre Festival (North Carolina) and Valdez Theatre Conference (Alaska). Alicia narrated the audiobook Flower Diary by Molly Peacock and is a co-founder of Arbez Drama Projects. Alicia believes in the power of storytelling to build community.

Photo credit: Richard Yagutilov



Julie-Anne Ranger-Beauregard est diplômée de l’École Nationale de Théâtre du Canada (Écriture dramatique, 2010) et de l’École Nationale de l’Humour (Scénarisation, 2017). Sa pièce Quatre filles (adaptation du roman Little Women de Louisa May Alcott) a été présentée en mars-avril 2022 sur les planches du Théâtre Denise-Pelletier (m.e.s. Louis-Karl Tremblay). Précédemment, sa pièce Les inconnus (finaliste du prix de la dramaturgie francophone de la SACD, 2015) a été jouée à la Petite Licorne en septembre 2016 (m.e.s. Frédéric Blanchette). Prochainement, elle co-signera l’adaptation du roman Manikanetish de Naomi Fontaine, présentée au Théâtre Duceppe en mars 2023 (m.e.s. Jean-Simon Traversy).

Crédit photo: Guillaume Sauriol Lacoste

scout Rexe, Manitoba


Scout Rexe (they/she) is a playwright and dramaturg. As a writer, their work explores queer and trans identities, celebrity, sexual violence, and social change. Guillermo Verdeccia called Rexe’s first full-length play This is the August (SummerWorks, 2016) a “smart, funny play, rich with the complexities of contemporary life in the west.” Her first short play Lodged in the Body (Theatre of the Beat, 2018-2019) was commissioned and toured Canada and the Netherlands, reaching over 2000 people. Rexe is currently writing O Death, a full length play with music, and Cult Play, which they will be focusing on during their time at Gros Morne.

Robert Chafe (Artistic Fraud),  Sara Dion (CEAD), Fatma Sarah Elkashef (PWM) and  Emma Tibaldo (PWM)  will collaborate as partner-dramaturgs for the group.

Robert Chafe (Artistic Fraud),  Sara Dion (CEAD), Fatma Sarah Elkashef (PWM) et  Emma Tibaldo (PWM) collaboreront en tant que partenaires-dramaturges pour le groupe.

2022 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency

Image of a shoreline in Gros Morne featuring colourful salt box houses. The image has a blue banner with white text which reads: “2022 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency”


The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency is a Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) and the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) program, created with the participation of Artistic Fraud, and in partnership with the Fondation Cole, Creative Gros Morne, et le Bonne Bay Marine Station. It is a dual-lingual residency that will welcome writers from across the country to Gros Morne, Newfoundland.


The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency will bring together seven Canadian playwrights over a twelve-day period, from October 13 to 24, 2022. This unique dual-lingual residency is offered by two pan-Canadian organizations, PWM and CEAD, with the participation of Artistic Fraud of NL. It will take place at the Bonne Bay marine station in Norris Point, located in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador.

English language playwrights are asked to apply through PWM and French language playwrights through the CEAD. These two organizations will assess submissions from all across the country and select three English and three French applications. A seventh spot is reserved for a playwright from Newfoundland and Labrador.

The residency will be led by Fatma Sarah Elkashef, artistic director of PWM, Emma Tiabldo, dramaturg at PWM, and by Sara Dion, dramaturg at CEAD. The residency is an opportunity for solo writing, punctuated with moments of exchange and reading of texts as a group. The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency provides playwrights with transportation, accommodation, meals, an honorarium of $800.00, and dramaturgical support.

Applications for this residency are now closed.


Submission deadline: May 20th, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Please send English submissions by email to:

With the subject line: 2022 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency

Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Selection will be made by an internal committee set up by PWM and CEAD. We will only notify the selected applicants. The selected playwrights will be informed no later than July 8, 2022.

For more information about the residency, please contact


  • Be a playwright, writing in English, and having at least one dramatic work workshopped, published, or professionally produced;
  • The play would ideally be in the early stages of development (first draft or slightly beyond);
  • Be available for the whole residency;
  • Be willing to participate in all activities prepared during the residency;
  • For playwrights writing in French please see link to CEAD ici.

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.

Your submission package must include:

  • A statement of your interest in the residency and how it will benefit your process; 
  • A description (PDF, video or audio) of the play (maximum 1 page/2 minute video or audio) with an excerpt of the play in progress (minimum 10 pages, maximum 12 pages);
  • A CV (2 pages maximum) and a short bio (100 words maximum);
  • A copy of your last published, workshopped or produced play.

Please submit all of the above as a single PDF file including links to the audio or video description if relevant.

If you need assistance with this application, please contact Heather Eaton at


The holding of the residency is dependent on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in Québec and in Newfoundland and Labrador. The residency and its parameters could be reassessed or postponed prior to the residency.


Bonne Bay Marine Station

Since 2002, the Bonne Bay marine station, located on the magnificent west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, has had the primary mission of expanding knowledge in marine ecology. In addition, the station also engages in community and artistic activities. Nestled in the small coastal community of Norris Point and with breathtaking views, it is equipped with laboratories, offices, a library, a multimedia theatre, an aquarium, and a building with individual rooms. 

The residence is wheelchair accessible. However, the library and theatre space at the Bonne Bay Marine Station which is used often by the playwrights requires the participant in a wheelchair to leave the residence, travel across the parking lot, into the main lobby entrance to access the library/theatre space.

Gros Morne National Park

Soaring fjords and moody mountains tower above a diverse panorama of beaches and bogs, forests and barren cliffs. Shaped by colliding continents and grinding glaciers, the ancient landscape of Gros Morne national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


October 13, 2022

Travel via plane and car to Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador (anyone departing West of Ontario will have to add a day of travel).

October 14-23, 2022 

  • Unstructured writing time at Bonne Bay Marine Station;
  • Individual sessions with residency dramaturgs as requested by the playwright;
  • Daily ninety minute group meetings to read and discuss the process;
  • Possibility of a public activity with the community.

October 24, 2022

Departure for home.

A PDF of this call is available here: