JOB POSTING: Professional Development and Training Coordinator

Pour lire l’offre d’emploi en français, CLIQUEZ ICI. Pour consulter l’annonce sur le site du CEAD, CLIQUEZ ICI.

Position Summary

Since 2019, le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) and PWM have worked in partnership, with the support of  Compétence Culture, to pool their professional development resources. The Professional Development and Training Coordinator will be a mutualized employee of both partner organizations, however the employment contract will be held with CEAD and the employee will be governed by CEAD’s policy on working conditions and staff conduct. The tenure of this position will be granted following a three-month probationary period, but will always be conditional on the renewal of the mutualization agreement between CEAD and PWM, and the Compétence Culture wage subsidy.

Note: The responsibilities and duties of the Professional Development and Training Coordinator require that they are bilingual (French, English) and that they work mainly in-person in the CEAD or PWM offices, as well as in other locations where training activities may take place (this does not exclude the occasional flexibility to work from home).

Salary and Benefits
  • Part-time position (7 hours per day, 28 hours per week), divided equally between PWM and CEAD
  • Shared office with work computer at CEAD; laptop and shared workspace at PWM 
  • Standard office hours  9:00am-5:00pm with some flexibility to adjust on request
  • 22 – 25 $ per hour + benefits : 
    • Four weeks paid summer vacation while CEAD office closes in July
    • Two weeks off during the holiday season, according to the CEAD schedule
    • Two additional hours of paid lunch per week on PWM days
    • Bank of 5 paid wellness days
    • Access to CEAD group insurance plan after 3 months
Applications and Inquiries

Please submit your application by email to:  rh@cead.qc.ca with the subject line “Professional Development and Training Coordinator Application”.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in working at CEAD and PWM and how your experience is relevant to this position
  • CV or resume
  • Earliest possible start date

We encourage applicants to send in their application as soon as possible. For best consideration, please apply before August 4, 11:59pm. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place on August 14 – 16. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.


PWM and CEAD are committed to creating an environment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. We are continuously working to make all of our programs accessible and inclusive. We value diversity in our workforces and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural and multidimensional, we strongly encourage applications from people 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.


Organizations Overview

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a dramaturgically-focused theatre creation and development company based in Montréal.

PWM is led by a team of experienced dramaturgs and arts administrators. With a focus on dramaturgy, its mission is to collaborate with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. Its collaborative process draws on the team’s unique expertise and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs.

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance artists, and theatre companies across the country find a creative accomplice willing to invest deeply in the development of meaningful work. Through PWM’s programming and activities, individual artists and companies meet and make new connections. By fostering these artistic connections, PWM acts as a community hub for theatre-makers in Montreal and beyond.

Founded in 1965, the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) is a centre for the support, promotion and dissemination of works by francophone playwrights, and now has more than 300 francophone members in Quebec and Canada. It occupies a unique position in terms of both the amount of opportunities it offers to authors as well as the quality and innovation it pursues.

Primary Responsibilities 

Your main tasks will be to support both CEAD and PWM in managing annual budget envelopes and organizing training activities specific to each organization. As the Professional Development & Training Coordinator you will play an important role within the CEAD and PWM teams as a position dedicated to professional development of artists we serve.  Training activities may take the form of dramaturgical collaborations or labs, workshops, co-development sessions for various creator roles, residencies, master classes, dramaturgical mentoring, and any other professional development activity for playwriting and theatre creation in French or English in Quebec. This is an essential role in the cultural training community, representing both organizations to Compétence Culture and a network of other Professional Development and Training Coordinators. 

Your two main areas of responsibilities will be: 

1) Contribute to the sound management of professional training funding envelopes, including budgeting and reporting. You will be responsible for maintaining positive and lasting working relationships with financial partners that support continuing education, such as Intervention-Compétences and Compétence Culture, and other colleagues in the Quebec Continuing Education network. The Professional Development & Training Coordinator will participate in consultation and training activities held by Compétence Culture.

2) Ensure that professional development activities are carried out according to CEAD and PWM policies and procedures, and within the limits of budgets and criteria imposed by the various grant programs.  Your main tasks will be administrative (contracts, registrations, payments, data entry, internal reports and accounting), and logistical (schedules, studio rental, planning).  This position is a unique opportunity to develop your knowledge in the field of continuing education in culture and, more specifically, in theater.

Professional training and development coordinator tasks 

In support of the CEAD and PWM management teams,  the Professional Development & Training Coordinator will perform the following:

Administrative tasks:

  • Prepare all documents and information required for funding application submission and reporting in accordance with the requirements of the Interventions-Compétences grant program.
  • Attend meetings and information-sessions offered by Compétence Culture funding bodies to gather information and provide summaries with updates and deadlines to each organization;
  • Support the administration and coordination of the programming funded by Compétence Culture, in the following ways:
    • Communicate with the selected playwrights, dramaturgs, actors (or agencies), and other artists for the administration and coordination of professional development activities; 
    • Create and send contracts for signature and ensure receipt;
    • Follow-up on registration fees and receipts; Issue or follow-up on payment of invoices and artistic fees;
    • Monitor and record updates of programming and budgets using tracking tables; ensure filing of all documents required for reporting; 
    • Enter administrative data according to tools specific to each organization (contact information, tax numbers, statistics);
    • Coordinate satisfaction surveys and feedback sessions from participants;
    • Ensure compliance with requirements of Intervention-Compétences and Compétence Culture allocated envelopes at all times;
    • Research and follow up on funding opportunities through Intervention-Compétences;
    • Managing registration of participants in public workshops or activities;
    • Perform all related administrative tasks.

Logistical Tasks:

  • Communicate with the co-workers, trainers, and participants involved in planning the schedule and logistics for each training activity;
  • Inform artists, trainers, and participants about CEAD and PWM policies and procedures; ensure adherence to prevention policies to ensure a safe space for artists  taking part in the training; 
  • Communicate with Compétence Culture, l’Union des Artistes, PACT, and Canadian Actors Equity regarding contracts and reports; 
  • Work with the communications departments of CEAD and PWM to provide information about the training activities, and support in the creation of written outreach materials; personal outreach to appropriate artists for specific programs and residencies based on the requests of the management teams; 
  • Coordinate the travel and accommodations of trainers and participants, taking into account allocated budgets; 
  • Print texts and other documents required for training activities;
  • Compile a list of all participants present or absent at each meeting and have required attendance sheets signed by trainers and participants;
  • Ensure the best possible reception conditions on the training site and respond to the needs or requests of trainers and participants (access, beverages, temperature, materials, etc.).
Skills and Characteristics
  • Organizational skills, autonomy, initiative;
  • Flexibility and comfort in adapting to changing priorities; 
  • Ability to work in a team and communicate with management, ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to anticipate needs;
  • Knowledge of the Quebec cultural milieu and of Quebec and Canadian theatre (an asset).
qualifications
  • Degree in dramatic arts (production) or in management of cultural organizations OR two years experience in project coordination;
  • Good knowledge of business softwares, including GSuite and MS Office Suite;
  • Strong communication and writing skills in both French* and English.

* This position requires regular communication with CEAD’s francophone staff and artists, as well as government bodies that operate exclusively in French. 


We thank all candidates for their interest in joining PWM and CEAD, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be held August 14-16. There may be more than one round of interviews. 

If you have any questions, please contact CEAD at rh@cead.qc.ca or our Managing Director, Alanna Wrenshall at alanna@playwrights.ca.

PWM+MAI Joint Support for Artists Featuring Ülfet Sevdi


Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels) are thrilled to announce that the PWM + MAI  Joint Support for Artists will feature Ülfet Sevdi and her work Motherhood.

The Artist

Ülfet Sevdi is a writer, theatre director, dramaturge, visual artist, and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner based in Montreal.


She graduated in Fine Arts and Theatre in Türkiye in 2001. She holds a Research and Creation Master in the INDI program at Concordia University. She is now a PhD candidate in the INDI program at Concordia University. Her work deals with oral history and social narratives. Her approach is highly conceptual, experimental, and is theoretically grounded in the critical social sciences.


She was the co-founder and artistic director of nü.kolektif (2008-2014), an Istanbul-based collective of multidisciplinary artists involved in performances dealing with political topics. She continues this line of work with Thought Experiment Productions (2015-) since coming to Montreal, a production company she also co-founded and that she co-directs.


Her past work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Montreal Council for the Arts, and the Cole Foundation. It has been presented in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ireland, Türkiye, and the USA.

THE PROJECT

In the moment of my artistic and academic mid-career, less than two years ago, I have become a mother. I had just finished a Master thesis. It was still during the Covid pandemic. They say having a child changes your life. But you do not understand it until it happens to you. It is a deep, highly rewarding but also very demanding existential state.

How do we continue, what can be done? When will we be able to regain our normal artistic life? Our performer’s body? Our capacity to focus on reading and writing? After almost a year of pregnancy follow the first months, the first year. The body has changed; constraints –physical, emotional, psychological- are everywhere. Time flows outside, life continues.

But the artist-mother cannot keep up with all the ideas she has, cannot return to her practice. Even if she does, part of her is with the baby. You are stuck, in the physical and psychological senses of the term. You lost the freedom needed to create, both outside and inside. You lost the physical, psychological and time-related flexibility needed to create and go on stage to perform. You have to make peace with this new body. You have to find ways to understand how you can continue. As an artist, your financial well-being depends on your performance practice. You could use daycares, babysitters, but they cost money… to make money you need more money. Having a baby costs money, new needs are involved. If the system offers something, is it really enough? Is the father able to make it alone? And when you don’t have the traditional family support… To create you need time and space, to perform as well. Without time you can’t develop your ideas. Without time to create, you have nothing to perform. The experience is opening layers over layers of difficulties: the systemic, the psychological and the physical. Many different paradoxical vicious circles open up in front of you. And you’re exhausted.

This performance will be based around the technique I have developed in my last performance, Numbers Increase As We Count…, a technique I have called “Performative Acting”. It is a technique that involves specific tasks as well as dramaturgically framed open structures. I have sketched the framework for this technique in my Research and Creation Master Thesis in the INDI program, and am currently developing it further in my current PDH studies in the same program. For this project, I intend to carry this work with different artist- mothers/mother-artists from different performative artistic disciplines.

THE PROGRAM

The PWM + MAI joint support accompanies creators on their journey to develop a project and explore their practice. It is aimed at artists encountering structural and systemic obstacles to their full participation in the arts because of their claimed identity and/or perceived identity in society. 

More details about the program available here.

We are so excited to support the development of Ülfet’s project, and wish her a fulfilling creation process!

This program is a partnership between
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Project supported by the Government of QuébEc as part of l’Entente sur le Développement Culturel and the City of Montreal, and by the Canada Council for the Arts
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Call for Dramaturgical Collaboration Applications for 2024-2025


Applications for Dramaturgical Collaborations are now open. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 30th, 2024 11:59PM EST

All applicants will receive a response by the end of April 2024 informing them of the outcome of their application for the 2024-2025 season.

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The open call for Dramaturgical Collaborations is PWM’s invitation to playwrights and creators from across Canada to work with us. Together, we engage in deep explorations of story, form and process.

Our Dramaturgical Collaborations begin with one-on-one and ongoing Dramaturgical Conversations in which we discuss the needs of the project and playwright/creator(s). From there, we mutually determine with the artist(s) one or a combination of the following opportunities for the project:

Workshops:  An opportunity to explore a work in progress with actors/collaborators in order to evolve the project. Each Workshop is led by a PWM dramaturg in collaboration with the playwright/creator(s). Text based projects will be read by a company of actors and the playwright and dramaturg will then have the opportunity to ask and explore questions with the company. For non-text based projects, the Workshop is designed around whatever elements create the narrative/event. Sometimes a private reading for invited guests is a part of a Workshop, and it is used as an opportunity to introduce the work to an audience for the first time. The length of a Workshop is determined by the needs of the project.

Residencies: As part of the Dramaturgical Collaboration, PWM may offer dedicated Studio time for exploration (not rehearsal) to a playwright/creator(s) developing a project with PWM. These residencies take place in our studio in Montreal, and are separate from our national residencies at Gros Morne and Tadoussac.

Mentorships:  Mentorships are set up to answer a very specific need in the early stages of a creation process. In collaboration with a PWM Dramaturg, the playwright/creator determines who is best suited to accompany them through this essential phase. This may be an expert in a given discipline, a creator from a similar or different discipline, or a dramaturg with a particular field of experience. The mentor is paid by PWM to work with the artist as a mentee.

To learn more about these and other terms used at PWM, please refer to our glossary.


Considerations for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

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Stage of Development: We accept applications for projects at all stages of development depending on the nature of the work. It could be an idea, a first draft (in whatever form that may be), a new iteration of a project that has already been shared, or a draft that is in an advanced stage of development.

Discipline: This project could be a play, a performance, a digital work (for example: AR/VR, interactive game-based presentation, live or prerecorded virtual performance), or something hybrid in terms of language, discipline, or technology.

Applicants: We welcome individual playwright/creator(s) and collectives to apply directly through our Google form. If you are a theatre company, please contact dramaturg@playwrights.ca to discuss Dramaturgical Collaborations before submitting an application online.

Location: We welcome local and national applications. We work in-person, virtually (for example: by video chat or by use of online collaborative tools), or a combination of both. *Please note that working virtually is an option available to out-of-town artists, as well as local artists based in Montreal.

Because developing plays and performances takes time, PWM has numerous ongoing projects. Therefore, we can only welcome a limited number of new projects per season despite receiving many inspiring applications. We are grateful to everyone who applies.

PWM is committed to creating an environment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.  We are continuously working to make all of our programs accessible and inclusive. 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+, d/Deaf, 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.


How to apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration at PWM

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You can apply for Dramaturgical Collaboration via our Google form, linked here. Audio and video answers to some of the questions in the form are also welcomed. Click here to preview the form as a PDF.

You will be asked to provide: 

  • General information about you
  • Information about your project 
  • How you would like to work with PWM
  • Your CV and bio and that of any collaborators
  • A sample of the proposed project (if available) or past work 

Your proposal will not be sent until you click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application via the Google form. You will be able to edit your responses until the application’s deadline by reusing the same email address and login. 

If you have any questions regarding Dramaturgical Collaborations, please contact us at dramaturg@playwrights.ca

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, require assistance with your application, or would like to discuss alternative methods of applying and deadline flexibility, please contact accessibility@playwrights.ca. For accessibility information and video tours of our location, please click here.

JOB POSTING: Administration Assistant + Program Coordinator (YCU & New Stories)

Please note this position has been filled.

Position Summary

This is an administration and logistics role split between two main areas of responsibility: 1) that of an Administration Assistant, offering the management team support in the daily operations of the organization and 2) that of the Young Creators Unit (YCU) & New Stories Coordinator who will work closely with PWM’s Dramaturgs, Leila Ghaemi and Jesse Stong, on the administration, coordination and artistic support of these two programs.

Note: while there will be the option to work from home occasionally, this position requires a regular presence in the office and the selected candidate will be expected to work at PWM from 9am to 5pm most days of the week.

Salary and Benefits
  • $21 per hour for 40 hours per week
  • Five weeks paid vacation (two weeks over the holiday period and three additional weeks)
  • 10 paid wellness/sick days per year
  • Reimbursement for one theatre ticket per month or 12 per year
  • Health benefits package
  • 1-year contract with the possibility to renew
Applications and Inquiries

Please submit your application by email to: annesophie@playwrights.ca with the subject line “Admin Assistant and Program Coordinator application”.

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in working at PWM and how your experience is relevant to this position
  • CV or resume
  • Earliest possible start date

We encourage applicants to send in their application as soon as possible. For best consideration, please apply before January 5, 2023. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.


PWM values diversity in its workforce, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, and multidimensional, we strongly encourage applications from individuals who are Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodiverse, disabled and/or living with chronic illness and chronic pain.


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Organization, YCU and New Stories Overview

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a dramaturgically-focused theatre creation and development company based in Montréal.

PWM is led by a team of experienced dramaturgs and arts administrators. With a focus on dramaturgy, its mission is to collaborate with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. Its collaborative process draws on the team’s unique expertise and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs.

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance artists, and theatre companies across the country find a creative accomplice willing to invest deeply in the development of meaningful work. Through PWM’s programming and activities, individual artists and companies meet and make new connections. By fostering these artistic connections, PWM acts as a community hub for theatre-makers in Montreal and beyond.

Our Young Creators Unit (YCU) is an incubator open to creators and performers under the age of 30. YCU offers emerging artists innovative, interactive, and dynamic workshops that focus on creation, dramaturgy, and professional development.

The New Stories Project offers a series of accessible storytelling workshops to emerging and established neurodivergent artists.

Primary Responsibilities as the YCU & New Stories Coordinator 

(approx. 18 hours per week)

  • Track the budget for YCU and New Stories in collaboration with the Managing Director and Dramaturgs;
  • Carry out the administrative tasks for both programs, including contracts, payments and data entry for development workshops, mentorships and professional development activities;
  • Coordinate and assist in the production of the YCU Showcase and Queer Reading Series – liaise with various staff for contracting, marketing and communications and artist support;
  • Coordinate and assist in the production of outcomes for the New Stories program (events or online videos);
  • Gather and synthesize feedback from participants of both programs;
  • Monitor and produce content for PWM’s YCU Facebook group;
  • Assist PWM’s Dramaturgs with outreach, research, program development, and grant writing for both programs;
  • Research and communicate professional development opportunities for YCU participants;
  • Act as a liaison between PWM and program participants;
  • Other related tasks as assigned by PWM Dramaturgs.
Primary Responsibilities as Administration Assistant 

(approx. 22 hours per week*these tasks take place throughout the year and do not all happen simultaneously)

Office Management:

  • Answer general enquiries through the info email address and telephone;
  • Manage PWM’s studio and office supplies that includes managing the office supplies budget, ordering of supplies and maintaining a well organized studio and office space;
  • Assist and lead PWM in maintaining clean filing systems both online and in paper;
  • Research, optimize and manage various administrative tools (example: internet, telephone, photocopier, subscriptions to various services, software licences, insurance companies, membership to various arts organizations, etc);
  • Regularly update contact information in our database CiviCRM;
  • Coordinate the weekly staff meeting agenda, and take meeting minutes;
  • Coordinate the board meetings (6-7 per year): assist the Managing Director and Board of Directors with the agenda preparation and advance reading materials, scheduling, taking the board meeting minutes and maintaining PWM’s minute book

Programs Assistance:

  • Greet workshop participants and prepare the studio space (printing scripts, setting out tables, chairs, pens, coffee, etc);
  • Manage all of PWM’s studio rentals that includes coordination with the renter, paperwork and invoicing;
  • Keep PWM’s Carol Libman Library organized and up to date;
  • Update PWM’s casting book for development workshops — work with the PWM team to implement a new digital format;
  • Data entry: manage PWM’s CiviCRM database with the outcomes of all artistic projects andevents. Assist staff with data entry, leading and guiding questions about data entry

Administrative Assistance:

  • Prepare and send invoices, make payments, and enter receipts into Quickbooks;
  • Update PWM’s annual CADAC statistics with the Canada Council for the Arts;
  • Assist the Managing Director in organizing files for the annual audit;
  • Assist the Managing Director and bookkeeper in organizing files for end of month reconciliation;
  • Assist the Managing Director with grant reporting;
  • Assist with onboarding new employees, including assigning keys, creating accounts with various programs/software, and training on administrative procedures;
  • Other related tasks as assigned by PWM’s Managing Director and Artistic Director
Skills and Characteristics
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Ability to meet simultaneous deadlines;
  • Ability to think critically and independently problem solve;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to communicate effectively;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Takes initiative;
  • Enjoys clerical work that includes data entry, typing, filing and organizing;
  • A commitment to PWM’s values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
qualifications

Experience:

  • 1-2 years experience in an administration or project management role or equivalent

Technical knowledge:

  • PWM uses the following software/programs to facilitate our work: G Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Drive), CiviCRM, Quickbooks, Slack, Asana. Experience with these specific programs is not required, but the candidate should have experience using common office software and programs.

Industry knowledge (nice to have, but not mandatory):

  • Familiarity with the creative process and new theatre creation
  • Knowledge of CAEA or ACTRA

We thank all candidates for their interest in joining PWM, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interviews will be held via zoom starting in early January. There may be more than one round of interviews. Candidates who advance to the interviews will be asked to provide PWM with the names, phone number and email address of two references.

If you have any questions, please contact our Managing Director, Anne-Sophie Grenier at annesophie@playwrights.ca.

2022-2023 AMPLIFIER: a fully supported exploratory creation process for playwrights

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

We are thrilled to announce that Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM), LA SERRE – arts vivants (LA SERRE) and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM) are currently accepting applications for the English-language edition of Amplifier. 

This program offers sustained dramaturgical and artistic support to one working playwright* residing on the island of Montréal. This includes dramaturgical consultation, a creation workshop, a creation production residency, followed by a laboratory presentation.

The program aims to support the artistic practice of theatre artists who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC,  racialized including 1st or 2nd generation immigrant artists (as defined in the Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s glossary) working creatively in one of Canada’s official languages. Additionally, it seeks to foster dialogue between Montréal’s English- and French-speaking theatre communities, as well as intercultural exchanges and greater representation for culturally diverse artists within the theatre community and on Montréal’s stages.

In order to support artists writing in French and artists writing in English, CAM and La Serre offer this program alternately with the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in French, and with PWM in English. This edition is intended for artists creating in the English language. PWM is an English language minority company, therefore the work with PWM will take place in English and the application must be completed in English. Please refer to the Program Presentation (PDF) for more details about what this partnership includes, eligibility criteria and other conditions. Board Members of CAM, PWM and La Serre are not eligible to apply.

 * This is an opportunity for professional playwrights as defined in the Conseil de Arts de Montreal glossary: “An individual with a professional artistic practice who possesses the necessary experience and knowledge to develop this practice. This includes self-taught individuals as well as those who have studied art. This person is recognized in their artistic community (artists working in the same artistic tradition), creates, carries out or publishes works of art, is dedicated to their artistic practice and is generally paid for their work.”

THE SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

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CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL 

Founded in 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in the professional creation, production and dissemination of the arts.

To remain in tune with the organizations and collectives it serves, the Conseil relies on its knowledge of the communities, its innovative skills, and its ability to bring the city’s artists and financial partners together.

PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP MONTRÉAL 

Founded in 1963, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) is a nationally-mandated theatre creation and development centre based in Montréal. PWM is led by a team of experienced dramaturgs and arts administrators. With a focus on dramaturgy, its mission is to collaborate with artists in the development of new works of theatre and performance. PWM gives artists the opportunity to create and experiment, dream and take risks. Its collaborative process draws on the team’s unique experience and is tailored to the artist’s individual needs. 

At PWM, playwrights, dramaturgs, translators, directors, performance makers, and theatre companies across the country find a creative accomplice willing to invest deeply in the development of meaningful work. Through PWM’s programming and activities, individual artists and companies meet and make new connections. By fostering these artistic connections, PWM acts as a community hub for theatre-makers in Montreal and beyond.

PWM has a deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. PWM’s staff have read and reviewed the progress of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as well as the UNDRIP, and are committed to working towards adapting recommendations into the organization and its programming. PWM regularly partners with Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodivergent, and disabled artists and organizations as well as artists living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain in its programming while continuing to work to deepen its practices and address systemic issues throughout the organization.

PWM operates a 2,000 square foot creation studio and shared office space, equipped with theatre lighting, sound and digital equipment. Click here for accessibility information for our office and creative studio space: https://www.playwrights.ca/accessibility-contact/

LA SERRE – ARTS VIVANTS

LA SERRE is a structuring incubator for the improvement of the conditions under which emerging artists carry out their work in live art. It accompanies them in the expansion of their work, from the creation process to encounters with the public. It helps artists develop their autonomy, organizational maturity and artistic independence. LA SERRE acts as an activator of collaborations between artists and local, national and international partners, as well as artists from various artistic disciplines and other areas. Artistically, LA SERRE favors projects that establish evocative links between art and society, and facilitate connections between different disciplinary fields and sectors.

SUPPORT PROVIDED

The recipient of the program will receive a project creation grant of $13,000 from the CAM over two years, along with numerous services provided by PWM, LA SERRE, and CAM. This is a one-time, non-renewable grant.

The program takes place over two years, and support is provided as follows:

YEAR 1

$3,000 creation grant for a new theatrical creation

30 hours of dramaturgical collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

9 hours of script workshopping offered by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

A staged reading with actors at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal

YEAR 2

$10,000 creation grant for production

50 hours of production and management mentorship by LA SERRE–arts vivants

60 hours of free access to the Conseil des Arts de Montréal’s studios

Presentation of two performances in lab format

One-year subscription to Machinerie des arts.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please complete the online application form. Refer to the Program Presentation (PDF) for all details about this partnership. During the application process, you will be asked to include the following documents in PDF format:

An excerpt of a previously written theatrical work in English (10 pages maximum);

An excerpt of the project (10 pages maximum);

A CV

Only the required documents will be forwarded to members of the evaluation committee.

Applications will be evaluated by representatives of the CAM, PWM and La Serre. Projects will be evaluated based on merit, feasibility, and impact on the artist.  

PWM is strongly committed to supporting a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences. We strongly encourage eligible applicants who also identify as 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, disabled, living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain to self-identify in their application if they are comfortable doing so.

The deadline to submit applications is October 27, 2022 at 11:59PM.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your application or your project, or the program in general, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Please address questions to Fatma Sarah Elkashef, Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, at sarah@playwrights.ca. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact Heather at accessibility@playwrights.ca.

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 Cole Foundation, and Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland are excited to announce the seven playwrights participating in the 2022 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency in Newfoundland. 

From October 13 to 24, 2022, Sharon Bala, Lois Brown, Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon, Johanne Parent, Alicia Payne, Julie-Anne Ranger-Beauregard, and 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

PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT: UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE

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.

Visit her at: sharonbala.com

Photo credit: ​​Nadra Ginting


LOIS BROWN, NEWFOUNDLAND

PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT: DRINKING AGAIN

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


MARIE-HÉLÈNE LAROSE-TRUCHON, QUÉBEC

TEXTE EN COURS DE DÉVELOPPEMENT: (SANS TITRE)

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, NEW BRUNSWICK

TEXTE EN COURS DE DÉVELOPPEMENT: PÂQUES

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

PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT: WHEN IT MATTERS MOST

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, QUÉBEC

TEXTE EN COURS DE DÉVELOPPEMENT: PORCELAINES

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

PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT: CULT PLAY

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.

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