INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE TRANSLATION 2020

A one-on-one mentorship opportunity

For years Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (PWM) and the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) have worked to forge links between French and English language theatre communities and foster the art of theatre translation. To this end, the two organizations have once again partnered together to offer two individualized mentorships meant to familiarize playwrights to the craft of theatre translation. The mentorship described below is focused on French to English theatre translation. Details on the English to French translation component of this mentorship can be found on the CEAD’s website.

How the mentorship works:

  • PWM will select 1 participant with an interest in French to English theatre translation;
  • Over a period of several months, the participant will translate excerpts (roughly 10-12 pages) of two contemporary Québécois plays selected by the CEAD;
  • Over several weeks, the participant will receive a total of 12 hours of dramaturgical support from acclaimed playwright and theatre translator Alexis Diamond;
  • The participant will have the opportunity to discuss their translations with the original playwrights;
  • The mentorship will culminate in two 4-hour workshops during which professional actors will read and discuss the newly-translated excerpts;
  • The participant will then have the chance to meet with the second participant as well as both mentors to present their work and discuss their experiences;
  • After the workshops, the participant will submit their final drafts of the translated excerpts to the CEAD.

Who can apply?

  • Montreal-based playwrights with a strong interest in French-to-English theatre translation;
  • The candidate must have excellent writing skills in English and have fluent comprehension of Québecois French;
  • Playwrights with little to no experience in theatre translation are encouraged to apply;
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two professionally produced pieces or Fringe productions. 

Application Guidelines

Send your application, documents, as well as any questions you may have to Harris Frost at harris@playwrights.ca.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 26th at noon.

Please include the following attachments (preferably as PDFs) in your application email:

  1. Your artistic CV and/or bio;
  2. A brief cover letter outlining your interest in this mentorship and in French-to-English theatre translation more generally.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

October 26th
Application deadline.

November 4th
Participant selected and provided with excerpts.

November – March
Several meetings with translation mentor, translation of excerpts and meetings with playwrights.

Before March 6th
2x 4-hour workshops of translated excerpts and final meeting with other participant.

Biography of Alexis Diamond


Alexis Diamond is a Montreal-based playwright, opera librettist, translator and theatre curator. Her award-winning plays, operas and translations for audiences of all ages have been presented across Canada, in the U.S. and in Europe. She also collaborates with several international artists on performance-installations involving text, movement and sound. In 2019, Alexis Diamond served as co-artistic director of the Jamais Lu festival, where she also presented a bilingual play, Faux-amis, with co-author Hubert Lemire, with support from the CALQ. In 2018, Alexis joined a multiyear project led by professor Erin Hurley (McGill University) on the history of Quebec’s English-language theatre.

This mentorship is made possible by:

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2020 COLE FOUNDATION MENTORSHIP FOR EMERGING TRANSLATORS

Deadline extended to October 18!

The translation of new work for the stage is a core part of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s (PWM) programming. Since its inception in 2013, the Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators (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 Cole Foundation, PWM has built a program that mentors emerging translators through every stage of the process. The successful applicant to this year’s mentorship program will receive a $1,000 honorarium and an eight-month mentorship with Maureen Labonté which includes a workshop with actors and a public reading.

WHO CAN APPLY?

To be eligible, emerging translators must have completed at least one translation which has received a public reading, publication or production. Because the focus is on developing translators, the applicant must not have done more than three translations. 

WITH WHAT PLAY(S)?

Before applying for the Mentorship, emerging translators must choose the play they wish to translate and contact the playwright for permission: Establishing a connection to the play and the playwright in advance means that the applicant is already invested in the proposed work and would be in a position to begin work immediately following the announcement of the selected project.

Translations must be from French into English only. 

Full-length scripts, one acts or theatre for young people are all welcome. Please note, our expertise does not extend to the translation of musicals.

SUPPORT PROVIDED

The recipient of the program will receive $1000 honorarium, dramaturgical support from renowned translator, Maureen Labonté, and a translation workshop with actors.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please send us:

  • A one-page letter of intent describing the project, its challenges and your reasons for wanting to translate the work;
  • Your biography (maximum 250 words);
  • A copy of your chosen play;
  • Written permission from the original playwright of the play;
  • A 3 to 5 page sample of your previous translation work, please include the corresponding original text.

Send all the documents in one email to emma@playwrights.ca with the subject line “2020 Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators – Application”. 

The deadline to submit applications is October 18, 2020 at 11:59PM. All applicants will be notified of the results.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your application or your project, do not hesitate to contact us. Please address questions to Emma Tibaldo, Executive and Artistic Director of Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, at emma@playwrights.ca.

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2020 Glassco Translation Residency

THE 2020 GLASSCO TRANSLATION RESIDENCY is a Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal Residency, in partnership with the Cole Foundation, and the support of the friends and family of Bill Glassco.

*COVID-19 UPDATE – June 16, 2020*
After fourteen years of programming, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the residency for the 2020 season.

Following close analysis of the situation in Tadoussac, in Quebec, and across Canada, we know that this is the responsible path forward. We were unable to conceive of an in-person residency while respecting public health criteria for gathering in a home.

We felt it important to maintain the integrity of the Residency, centred on bringing playwrights and translators together in one place to deepen the practice of translation for the stage. We are looking forward to welcoming translators and creators back to Fletcher Cottage in June 2021.

In lieu of this year’s residency, we are beginning to plan a virtual retrospection of the Glassco Translation Residency, one that will welcome learning from past participants. We will be releasing more details in the coming months.

*COVID-19 UPDATE – March 26, 2020*
The level of uncertainty around the Coronavirus and travel restrictions, make it difficult for us to continue the selection process. We have therefore decided that the most responsible course of action is to delay selection until more reliable data is available.
We will be in touch late April with all updates.


The Glassco Translation Residency invites playwrights and translators from across Canada and beyond to come together for ten days in Tadoussac, Quebec, to work in-depth on their translation projects.

The chosen participants are provided with a unique opportunity to focus on their projects and to share expertise in a retreat environment. Translations into all languages are welcomed. Over the past 15 years we have offered space, time, and dramaturgical expertise to over 63 translation projects into languages such as Cantonese, Catalan, Cree, English, French, Innu-aimun, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog and Urdu.

This season we welcome award-winning translator Maryse Warda, who will serve as residency host and translation dramaturg.

We are now accepting submissions of plays that are slated for translation. Please note that we do not fund the translation. The play should ideally have had a production in its original language. At least one component of the project needs to be Canadian. We strongly encourage Indigenous artists to apply.

To apply, please send us:
  • A description of the project which includes the name of the translator and playwright, an indication of how the Residency will benefit the project, and any details on production interest;
  • Biographies of both the playwright and translator;
  • A copy of the play in its original language.

One of the selection criteria for translation projects will be the availability of both the playwright and the translator to attend the residency together.

An honorarium of $750 is offered to each participant. In addition, all costs for travel, meals and accommodation are covered.

Submission deadline: March 2nd, 2020

Please email submissions (PDF format, 1 file only) to residency@playwrights.ca with the subject line: 2020 Glassco Translation Residency application.

Questions or queries? Please contact Emma Tibaldo at emma@playwrights.ca.

Find more info about the Glassco Translation Residency here.

Accessibility details: 

The residency is in Tadoussac, Québec in an 18th century log home. There are 8 steps down to the entrance of the house. The bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.


The Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac is made possible through our partnership with the Cole Foundation’s Intercultural Conversations Program, the dedication of Residency Producer Briony Glassco, and the support of the friends and family in memory of the great Canadian theatre artist, Bill Glassco. We are also grateful to Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their ongoing support.

Supporters: The Cole Foundation, Friends and Family of Bill Glassco, The Canada Council for the Arts, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec