Who We Are



Fatma Sarah Elkashef
Artistic Director


Alanna Wrenshall
Managing Director


Leila Ghaemi
Artistic Producer & Young Creators Unit Dramaturg


Aki Matsushita


Digital Dramaturgs


Jesse Stong
New Stories and Queer Reading Series Dramaturg


Heather Eaton
Programs and Development Manager


Val Boisvert
Administrative Coordinator


Headshot photography by Emelia Hellman. Heather Eaton’s headshot by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin, Aki Masushita’s by JB Proulx. Val Boisvert’s headshot by Tobrook Photography.



PWM is founded by Western Quebec Division of the Dominion Drama Festival.

PWM was the brainchild of Canadian playwrights Dan Daniels, Carol Libman, Eve Sevack and John Whalen, with the support of theatre artists Norma Springford and Doris Malcom of the Quebec Drama Association, and actors Walter Massey and Victor Knight. The organization’s first mission was to tackle the then scarcity of English-Canadian plays and playwrights. Soon after its conception, PWM became a leading voice in the creation of new plays.


Roy Higgins’ leadership.

Under Roy Higgins’ artistic direction in the seventies, PWM took steps toward becoming a producing theatre and purchased a building in Old Montréal. However, the tension between production and development became too great and the project was dismantled.


Bob White becomes PWM’s first Dramaturg-Artistic Director and turns focus to dramaturgy.

With a stance of protecting the development process from production pressures, Bob White strengthened the organization’s focus on dramaturgy and development. Subsequent Artistic Directors Per Brask and Brian Richmond continued to build on this legacy and worked to expand the organization’s reach from coast to coast.


Translation programming is added.

Artistic Director Rina Fraticelli added translation to PWM’s programming, advancing the organization’s artistic practice and expanding PWM’s reach.

1984 – 1998

Leadership changes.

Michael Springate, Svetlana Zylin, Michael Devine, and Peter Smith succeeded Rina Fraticelli as Artistic Directors, each contributing to PWM’s profile both locally and nationally.


Strengthening of focus on dramaturgy and translation.

Artistic Director Paula Danckert increased PWM’s artistic stability by introducing the permanent position of Dramaturg-in-Residence. In 2006, with support from Briony Glassco, she established the Résidence de Traduction Glassco à Tadoussac.


Emma Tibaldo becomes Artistic and Executive Director.

During Emma Tibaldo’s tenure as Artistic and Executive Director, PWM created more permanent staff positions – including ongoing contracts for dramaturgs. Many new programs were introduced, such as the Mentorat pour traductrices et traducteurs émergents de la Fondation Cole, the professional development workshop series “d'Exploration des pratiques!”, the Groupe des jeunes créateurs, digital dramaturgy programming, and the Résidence d’écriture théâtrale de Gros-morne.


PWM ends membership structure.

Having worked for years toward a comprehensive curatorial model for the selection of projects, the decision was made in 2018 to officially transition PWM away from the membership model. This shift enabled PWM to better support the evolving artistic community and collaborate more effectively with emerging and established artists alike.


Fatma Sarah Elkashef becomes Artistic Director. 

After a period of introspection led by PWM’s Board of Directors in collaboration with Arts Consulting Group, PWM’s staffing structure shifted to better support the organization and introduced a co-leadership model. Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Artistic Director, and Lesley Bramhill, Managing Director, were established as the first co-leadership team. During this year, PWM launched the first call for applications for Dramaturgical Collaboration and deepened the organizational commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion. 


Anne-Sophie Grenier becomes the Managing Director.

Joining Fatma Sarah Elkashef to co-lead the organization, Anne-Sophie Grenier was introduced as the Managing Director. 


PWM turns 60! 

Over the past 60 years, PWM has collaborated on the development of more than 1800 new works for theatre and performance. PWM continues to strengthen, develop and celebrate relationships with collaborating artists through its ongoing programming.

Our journey is far from over. PWM remains steadfast in its mission to centre artists, to explore new horizons in playwriting, performance, and dramaturgy, and to work collaboratively with artists in shaping the future of theatre. As we reflect on the past 60 years, we look forward to the many more years of innovative artistic collaborations that lie ahead. We continue to stand side by side with the artistic community, celebrating their ingenuity, and supporting their creative endeavours.

Groupe des 5

Header image for the Group of 5 webpage. Name of the group and image of the Firestation 14, expected home of the group.

Qu'est-ce que le Groupe des 5 ?

Le Groupe des 5 est un collectif de 5 compagnies théâtrales indépendantes professionnelles de langue anglaise cherchant à partager un espace créatif et administratif pour établir un écosystème artistique durable. Le Groupe des 5 vise à fournir à ses membres une infrastructure permanente et viable - un espace physique - où les membres peuvent partager leurs ressources, créer, et développer leur communauté.

Qui fait partie du Groupe des 5 ?

Les cinq compagnies de théâtre dynamiques du Groupe de 5 sont :

Qu'est-ce qui guide le Groupe des 5 ?

La vision du Groupe des 5 est de soutenir le développement et la présence du théâtre professionnel de langue anglaise dans le paysage artistique québécois et montréalais. Le collectif galvaniserait les échanges et le partage de ressources entre ses membres - à la fois passés et présents - dans le but de renforcer la communauté minoritaire de langue anglaise et d'élargir la portée, l'inclusivité, et le dynamisme du théâtre québécois.

Nous pensons qu'un espace partagé et l'écosystème collectif qui en résulte élargiront les frontières de la création théâtrale.

The Group of 5 is radio-controlled by the following five principles:

  1. ÊTRE LEADERS dans la communauté
  2. CONSTRUIRE une infrastructure collective
  3. SÉCURISER les fondations pour un théâtre de langue anglaise à Montréal
  4. PROMOUVOIR l'échange et la coopération entre artistes
  5. EXPÉRIMENTER avec les nouvelles technologies
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