#ImpactCreation at PWM

In 2018, we want to increase our artistic programming – this means more participants in our creation laboratories and residencies and more time dedicated to working one on one with artists and arts organizations in our community. But, we can’t do it without your support!

Your annual donations, big and small, make a huge difference in allowing us to do the work that we do. They are an integral part in helping us reach our artistic goals. Help us continue to support artists and arts organizations across the country.

Donate now to our #ImpactCreation campaign, and become a PWM Collaborator – a dedicated group of donors who believe in our mission and process.

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Public reading of River Bed on November 17 at 7pm

Join us in our new studio for our first public reading of a new translation

Venue: PWM Studio

Please join us for a public reading of River Bed, translation by JORDAN ARSENEAULT, prize recipient of PWM’s 2016 Cole Foundation Emerging Translator Competition of ÉRIC NOËL’sFaire des enfants (2011, Théâtre de Quat’Sous, published by Leméac Éditeur)

Directed by Jesse Stong
Translation Dramaturgy by Maureen Labonté

Very early one Sunday morning Philippe and his mother Myriam wake up at the same time. Set over a 48-hour period, told in two acts split between the city and the suburban countryside, River Bed is an emotionally acute play about the yearnings and impulses that unsettle our familiar reality.

Authorial statement:
“There is a kind of all-consuming flame some people are drawn to, leaving others to tend unwittingly to their ashes.” – Éric Noël


EXPLORING PRACTICE – Subverting the canon: Writing plays as though race, class, gender and sexual orientation mattered with Corrina Hodgson

Now accepting applications for our next training session with Corrina Hodgson.

When: December 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2017
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Where: PWM Studio
Application deadline: December 1, 2017

“The well-made play holds a mirror to society and in so doing it mirrors the very forces that oppress those of us who are not straight, white, able-bodied, men.

As a disabled, fat, queer playwright, I am obsessed with exploring ways to break that mirror through breaking traditional three-act structure.

In this workshop we will look at a number of different scripts and scenes that are utilizing Epic Theatre techniques in a variety of ways to accomplish a subject position for marginalized voices. We will look at our own work, and see if these techniques can be applied, and how our characters benefit from these applications. As such, participants should come with a completed piece that they are willing to work on and share with other members. This can be a one-act or full-length piece.”     – Corrina Hodgson


If you are interested in applying to this workshop, please submit to emma@playwrights.ca, a bio, a short (1-2 paragraph) statement of why this particular approach to playwriting is of interest to you, the piece that you intend to work on, and a couple of sentences about your familiarity with Epic Theatre.

Familiarity with recent Montreal productions such as Tragic Queens, The Mountaintop, Angelique, and Intractable Woman is beneficial but not essential.

Familiarity with the following texts would be appreciated, as we will probably be referring to them frequently throughout the workshop:

Venus, Suzan Lori Parks
Peeling, Katie O’Reilly
You for Me for You, Mia Chung

There is also a certain presumed familiarity with the works of Tony Kushner, Brad Fraser, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniels, and Sarah Kane.

The well-made play.
So very entertaining.
And so very dangerous.
So we can change the characters in our plays.
And we can change the orientation of those charactersAnd can “crip up” those characters.
And diversify the race and gender of those characters.
But unless and until we break the mirror, we will continue to reproduce the social forces that marginalize and deny a subject position to minority voices — even when we position them as protagonists in our dramas, reimagine the context of those dramas, or repopulate those dramas with the bodies and peoples we want to see onstage.     – Corrina Hodgson

Corrina Hodgson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her plays have been produced across Canada and in the US as well as on CBC Radio One. She is the past winner of the Jane Chambers International Playwriting Competition, Theatre BC’s Playwriting Competition, and has been Playwright in Residence at the University of Lethbridge, as well as on the Antechamber Writer’s Unit at Buddies in Bad Times and the Groundswell Writers Unit at Nightwood Theatre. She is one of the co-founders of the Rose Festival.



Call for Applications: 2017-2018 Young Creators Unit

PWM’s Young Creators Unit is back!

Thanks to the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, the TELUS MONTREAL COMMUNITY BOARD, and the ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION, we are happy to announce we will be offering this amazing opportunity for emerging creators for a third year.

Workshops will take place every Wednesday evening starting in late October. If you are under 30 and interested in developing a new piece of theatre, please contact Jesse Stong at jesse@playwrights.ca and let us know a bit about yourself and what you are hoping to get from the unit.

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Want to see a sample of last year’s unit?

Thank you to our funders! Without their generous donations, the Young Creators Unit would not be possible.

Logo of the Telus Montreal Community Board

Wordmark of the Government of Canada

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Congrats to the 2016-2017 METAs nominees

Logo for the Montreal English Theatre Awards

Congrats to all the 2016-2017 METAs nominees!

Nominees for Outstanding New Text (Original or Adaptation):
AMANDA KELLOCK – The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions) – Script developed with PWM
MICHAEL MILECH – Honesty Rents by the Hour (Infinithéâtre)
ERIN SHIELDS – Instant (Geordie Productions) – Script developed with PWM
KENT STAINES (Book) & AKIVA ROMER SEGAL (Lyrics) – Prom Queen (Segal Centre for Performing Arts)
JESSE STONG – Water Weight (Geordie Productions) – Script commissioned and developed through PWM through the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Libres comme l’art program

Jabber by Marcus Youssef at IMPACT Theatre Festival

Photo of actors Ian Geldart and Mariana Tayler performing Jabber

Jabber by Marcus Youssef, an original Geordie production, script developed with PWM, will be performed at IMPACT Theatre Festival (Kitchener, ON) on September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2017.

Fatima wears a hijab. Graffiti that reads “All Muslims must die” shows up at her school. Her guidance counsellor advises her to stay away from Jorah. What happens when Fatima and Jorah start to like each other? How far can students go to defend their beliefs?

Tickets: www.ticketscene.ca

Winners of the Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators

Photo of Cole winner 2017 Jack Paterson

Jack Paterson and Jennie Herbin were selected as the winners of the 2017 Cole Foundation Competition for Emerging Translators

Jack Paterson

Jack is a Vancouver director, divisor, dramaturge, actor and translator whose work and study have taken him across Canada and around the world. He trained at Circle in the Square (NYC), GITIS The Russian Academy for Performing Arts (Moscow, RU), Seni Institute for the Arts (Denpasar, IND) and received his MFA in Direction from East 15 (London, UK). His work ranges from cross cultural, multi-disciplinary and multi lingual devised experiences to classical and new play mainstage projects. Favourite credits include The List (Vancouver); a devising/ original practice fusion Romeo & Juliet (Cardiff, Wales); the devised projects Wasting Time (Denpasar, IND) and Odyssey (London, UK); the text/ flamenco fusion The Love of Don Perlimplin (The Shaw Festival); and the Vancouver premiere of Titus Andronicus.


Jennie Herbin

Jennie is a graduate of Neptune Theatre’s acting conservatory program in Halifax. She performed in the work in progress Skin with Bakery Productions in 2016 and continues to collaborate in its development. Jennie studied French literature and Hispanic literature at McGill University before completing a Master of Arts in Translation Studies at Concordia University. She has professional experience translating in several fields; most recently, she translated the article “A distinguished and anonymous female presence: Louise d’Épinay and the Correspondance littéraire’s imagined community” by Melinda Caron, to be published in The Scholar and Feminist Online.