APPLY NOW: CIRCUS — Writing in the In-Between with Andréane Leclerc

due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop will take place remotely.
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This bilingual five-day workshop led by circus artist Andréane Leclerc will explore the process of creating and performing circus from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Too often, circus acts are simply inserted into an existing work or juxtaposed with other forms. There are many reasons for this, including the technical constraints of the art form and the particularity of its languages. These challenges can complicate staging, research and creation processes, and can hinder real interdisciplinary dialogue. How then can we reflect on circus as a subject within an interdisciplinary creative process? How do we move beyond a dichotomy between two disciplines? What can we discover in the in-between? What new dramaturgical possibilities might emerge?


(5-day virtual workshop)

1PM to 4PM EST every day
Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29, 2021.


The workshop will take place remotely via video-conferencing software.

This workshop offers a space for reflection, exchange, dialogue and creation. Participants will be led to question and discuss different visions and possible interpretations linked to the challenges inherent in circus creation. The workshop’s hands-on format seeks to disrupt the hierarchy of scenic languages ​​to allow new performance forms to arise. It is an invitation to develop a practice of active listening and sensitive dialogue, to delve into the heart of the unknown, and to find links in the porous in-between zones. 

Writing in the In-Between is open to creative artists from all disciplines with experience or interest in circus arts, interdisciplinary creative processes, and contemporary dramaturgy.

Topics covered will include:

  • The multidisciplinary vs. the interdisciplinary;
  • Exploring disciplinary permeability;
  • Distinguishing between lived vs. perceived experience in the context of circus performance;
  • Dramaturgical challenges in the circus pieces;
  • Contemporary dramaturgy;
  • Staging questions;
  • Developing a common language.

Application Instructions

  • Please send us a bio and/or artistic CV as well as a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this workshop interests you, how it is relevant to your artistic practice, and what your expectations are.
  • Send applications and any questions to with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Andréane Leclerc.
  • You may send your application in English or French.

Apply before noon on January 8, 2021 to ensure that your application will be considered.

Work plan

The course will begin with group discussions, followed by a pair or individual work sessions. The instructor will also offer a personalized, one-hour session with each pair or individual. 

Lesson plan

Day 1: Introduction – Circus

What is it? How did it come to be that? What does it mean?

Day 2: Circus disciplines and the relationship to the object

Is it extension of the body? A binary duality?
Where do we situate circus? How do we differentiate between acrobatics, acrobats and their apparatus?

Day 3: Acrobatic language

What is its inherent system? What can we hide and reveal?
Where does dramaturgy come into play?
What are the technical repercussions of dramaturgical choices ?

Day 4: Space-time, and the question of becoming

What is circus’ relationship with other forms? How can they be brought together coherently?

Day 5: Conclusion – The encounter with the audience 

 Reflecting on the context in which a piece is presented.

About the workshop leader

Photo by Valérie Sanguin

Founder of Nadere Performing Arts, Andréane Leclerc graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2001. Driven by a desire to harness contortion technique as a malleable material that is capable of generating a world of sensation and imagery beyond the spectacular, she now creates her own experimental and conceptual performances – Di(x)parue (2008), Insuccube (2012), Eat Me (2013), Bath House (2013), Cherepaka (2014), Sculptural body (2014) and The Whore of Babylon (2015). In 2013, she finished a masters degree in circus dramaturgy in the Theatre department at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) under the direction of Marie-Christine Lesage. Actually in a co-creation with the dancer and choreographer Dany Desjardins called Sang Bleu, Andreane has a particular interest in the scenes that pushes limits out (cabarets, Edgy Women Festival, Short and Sweet, Piss in the Pool, Salon K). She continues to interpret for choreographers and directors such as Peter James (Famille Déjantée), Angela Konrad (Variations pour une déchéance annoncée) and Theatre Republique in Denmark (The Tiger Lillies performs Hamlet, 2016). Since 2014, Andreane gives workshops around the world for circus artists: Acrobatic dialogue and Contortion technique. Recently, Andréane also offers Contortion for All that aims to demystify and undo clichés inherent to the art of contortion by introducing a strong technique and giving tools to allow movements throughout the whole spine.

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APPLY NOW: Archipelago Dramaturgies — a world in process

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Join us for a week-long, bilingual workshop of exploring dynamic practices with Jessie Mill and Katalin Trencsényi!

“Every archipelagic thought is a thought of trembling, of non-presumption, but also of openness and sharing.”

— Edouard Glissant, Treatise on the Whole-World

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM), in collaboration with the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) is announcing their third, week-long dramaturgy intensive workshop, Archipelago Dramaturgies/Archipel de dramaturgies, jointly led by Jessie Mill and Katalin Trencsényi. The aim of the intensive is to explore, exchange, share and innovate dramaturgical practices across cultures and art forms via collaboration, debates and discussion. The environment for our collective discovery (as has always been the case with these intensives) is a shared place where we feel supported to explore together, with a permission to fail and no pressure to deliver. Through these playful exchanges we hope to uncover things that cannot be planned, only found together. The format of the workshop will be hybrid (on-site and online) and bi-lingual (English and French).


(5-day mixed on-site and virtual workshop)

9:30AM to 5:00PM EST every day
Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12, 2021.

On-site location

7250 Clark St., #103
Montréal, QC
H2R 2Y3

This year’s theme is inspired by the local geography and forces of nature. Combining geography, philosophy and dramaturgy, we want to investigate how thinking with the archipelago (paying attention to the power of cross-currents, connections and the dynamic form of constellations) can help us, performing arts practitioners, to negotiate a fluid balance between a variety of cultures, practices, and knowledge systems. With this workshop we would like to think about practices that evoke and rely on interconnectedness, and inter-relations.

The workshop will be rooted in our local (artistic) communities and will be made to measure to respond to the participants’ projects. The aim is to create rewarding circulations and navigations between the contributions of all the participants and the workshop leaders. 

For each day of the week, we’ll have a different entry to explore dramaturgy from that given perspective: space/time, body/physicality, text/translation, sound/silence/voice, and audience. Through these and the sharing of questions rising from the participants’ concrete and actual working processes and explorations, we want together to find out more about how thinking with the archipelago can inform and perhaps improve our work.

The format  will cover: 

  • work in the studio (as a group);
  • individual work and readings;
  • encounters with invited guests (online and in-situ);
  • discussions;
  • access to visual documents, recordings & films;
  • creating a shared virtual / online library;
  • one-to-one support;
  • one theatre outing;
  • and our week’s closing feast.

To join us on this collective journey, exploration, exchange and practice-improvement, PWM and CEAD are offering the opportunity to participate in this week-long intensive for eight dramaturgs (of any performance discipline) or working pairs (dramaturgs with artist practitioners-playwrights, devisers, designers, choreographers, etc.) from the Quebec community who are interested in this topic, and are currently working on a piece  or have a practice-related investigation that is challenging, innovative in its dramaturgy and resonates with our keywords.

Keywords and inspirations

  • in-between-ness;
  • interconnections;
  • connectivity;
  • dynamic forms;
  • cross currents;
  • sea changes;
  • constellations;
  • relationality;
  • hybridity;
  • metamorphosis;
  • transformation;
  • fluid states.


  • identify yourself as a dramaturg (of any performance discipline, including dance) or be part of a dramaturg/artistic practitioner pairing;
  • have a project that you are working on/part of, that is relevant from a dramaturgical aspect or have a project/a question in mind that you would like to explore in the near future and this workshop would be relevant and useful for developing it;
  • willingness to make a short (15-min) presentation about this particular project for the workshop participants;
  • competency in both English and French to be able to follow and participate in a bi-lingual conversation;
  • willingness to work collaboratively;
  • to be free for the entire length of the workshop week.

Application Instructions

To apply, send a short application in English or French to Harris Frost at with the subject line: Application – Archipelago Dramaturgies. Your application should answer these questions:

  • Applicant(s) name(s) and contact details;
  • What is the work-in process project you are bringing into our working space to examine;
  • How will this project benefit from your participation in the intensive;
  • Your short biography;
  • Confirmation that you are free during the whole period of the workshop, and that you are willing to (and in case of a collaboration have permission to) make a presentation about your work;
  • Any access requirements.

Apply before 11:59PM on January 11, 2021 to ensure that your application will be considered.

About the Workshop Leaders

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Jessie Mill has worked as an artistic advisor at the Festival TransAmeriques for its programming in theatre and dance since 2014. She is also responsible for organizing the festival’s artistic encounters and outreach activities, such as the “FTA Clinics”. She provides guidance and support to stage productions (Canada France, Burkina Faso), conducts interviews with artists and teaches on occasion. She is also part of the editorial board of Liberté, a cultural magazine in Quebec. Jessie writes about performances and critical issues in the performing arts. Between 2010 and 2014, she was the international projects’ advisor at the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD), where she currently serves as associate dramaturg. She currently works as a facilitator at the 2019-2020 edition of the Labo Elan, part of Récréâtrales, a Pan-African residency for writing, research and development in the field of theatre in Ouagadougou.

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Katalin Trencsényi is a dramaturg and researcher of Hungarian origin, based in London. Her areas of interest are contemporary theatre and performance, in particular: new dramaturgy, collaborative processes, women in theatre, and epidemic and theatre. A freelance dramaturg since 2000, Katalin has worked with the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Corali Dance Company, and Deafinitely Theatre, and with many independent artists. As a theatre-maker Katalin has worked and taught internationally: in Belgium, Canada, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, and the US. Katalin co-founded the Dramaturgs’ Network (d’n) in 2001, has worked on its various committees, and served as its President (2010-2012). Katalin is the author of Dramaturgy in the Making. A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015), editor of Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch. (Oberon Books, 2016), co-editor with Bernadette Cochrane of New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014). Since 2018 Katalin has been working as the editor of the dramaturgy section of the global theatre portal,

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APPLY NOW: Writing the political through the personal with Carmen Aguirre

due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop will take place remotely.
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This five-day workshop led by theatre artist and author Carmen Aguirre is focused on writing that taps into personal experiences, with the goal of generating content leading to the creation of a one-person show or a multi-character play.

Using an exercise from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed canon to kickstart the writing process, the group will explore personal stories that are intentionally set within a larger social, political, and historical context. 

The workshop will tackle the challenge of writing works which are meant to speak to universal experience as opposed to a writing process meant only for personal catharsis. Participants will also begin to learn how to wrap the personal and the political around each other effectively. The workshop will address questions such as: how do I write about personal experience without being self-indulgent? Why would anybody care about my personal story? How do I enter into a dialogue with the audience through my personal story, as opposed to using a personal story to enter into a dialogue with myself? How do I write about political issues that are important to me through personal story?


(5-day virtual workshop)

1PM to 4PM EST every day
Monday, December 14 to Friday, December 18, 2020.


The workshop will take place remotely via video-conferencing software.

Application Instructions

  • Please attach a bio and/or CV as well as a brief paragraph detailing your interest in the workshop.
  • Send applications to with subject line: Exploring Practice with Carmen Aguirre.
  • Apply before  1 PM on November 26, 2020 to ensure that your application will be considered.
  • Please note that the number of spots are very limited.

About the instructor

Carmen Aguirre is a Chilean-Canadian, award-winning theatre artist and author who has written and co-written over twenty-five plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Refugee Hotel, The Trigger, Blue Box, Broken Tailbone, and Anywhere But Here, as well as the #1 international bestseller Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (winner of CBC Canada Reads 2012), and its bestselling sequel, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution.

She is currently writing an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre, Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Toronto’s Factory Theatre, a short digital piece for Ontario’s Stratford Festival entitled Floating Life, and an untitled play on the life of famed twentieth century Italian photographer and revolutionary Tina Modotti for Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre. Reframed, an outdoor performance piece about online discourse, conceived and co-created with The Electric Company, received its world premiere on October 7th, 2020, in Vancouver, commissioned by Ottawa’s National Arts Centre for its Grand Acts of Theatre initiative.

Carmen is a Core Artist at Electric Company Theatre, a co-founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC), and has over eighty film, TV, and stage acting credits, including her award-winning lead role in the Canadian premiere of Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Motherfucker with the Hat, and her Leo-nominated lead performance in the independent feature film Bella Ciao!. She looks forward to starring in Cecilia Araneda’s stunning debut feature film, Intersection, to be shot in Winnipeg in Spring 2021. Carmen is presently on the 2020 Siminovitch Prize shortlist, the most prestigious theatre award in Canada. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

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APPLY NOW: Building Your Grant Proposal with Jesse Stong

Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop will now take place remotely. The schedule, structure of the workshop has been modified accordingly. The application deadline has also been extended to 1pm on April 13, 2020. Contact for any questions about the workshop.

Using innovative and interactive activities, Jesse Stong (Art Educator/Playwright)will support emerging artists as they develop strong applications for their own future project grants. From seeding and exploring initial ideas to developing dynamic writing samples, participants will have the opportunity to elaborate and articulate project outlines with realistic timelines and budgets. By the end of these hands-on sessions, each participant will leave with their own completed first draft of a grant proposal, as well as strategies on seeking diverse sources of funding, independent fundraising strategies, and guidance on partnerships-building strategies for the future life of their proposed project.

Revised Schedule:

(2-part group session)

Part 1 – Tuesday, April 28: 12pm-2pm

Part 2 – Thursday, April 30: 12pm-2pm

In addition to the group sessions, individual or smaller group calls will be scheduled based on the participants’ availability.


The workshop will take place remotely via video-conferencing software.


(Please contact us if this fee would be a barrier to your participation)

Application Instructions

  • Please attach a bio and/or CV as well as a brief paragraph detailing your interest in the workshop.
  • Send applications to with subject line: Exploring Practice with Jesse Stong.
  • Apply before  1 PM on April 13, 2020
  • Due to the revised format of the workshop, the number of participants may be limited to ensure that each participant gets the most out of the workshop.

Topics Covered

  1. General grant writing tips/cautions
  2. Stress and time management/infusing grant writing into your artistic practice
  3. Hands-On Project Proposal Building (developing treatment, describing project)
  4. Creative Activities (exploring innovative grant writing processes)
  5. Expressing authentic need and attracting support
  6. Group Brainstorm Sessions (exploring ideas, developing proposals further in the workshop)
  7. Editing and Increasing Impact (How to sharpen your grant)
  8. Action planning/specific measurable steps towards grant submission
  9. Ongoing Discussions/Group Sharing of Resources/Sources of Funding


  • Please come to the workshop with a project/residency idea they are genuinely interested in developing a grant proposal for (the idea can be fully developed or a seed of a new project)
  • Be prepared to support the ideas of others/contribute to the group discussions.
  • Expect to leave with a clear plan to complete your grant application.

About the Instructor

Jesse Stong is a proud father of twins, a graduate of Playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and received his Master’s in Art Education from Concordia University. He is an award-winning artist, dramaturg, and educator.

Over the years, he has supported over 100 emerging Canadian storytellers as director of our Young Creators Unit. He also leads our New Stories Project Unit for artist with different abilities.

Jesse was recently Manager of Children’s Programming for, Associate Curator for the National Arts Centre Disability Summit, and Host of the Montreal English Theatre Awards. He is currently developing an intermedia puppetry project launching fall 2020.

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Apply Now: Writing and Devising For Puppetry With Clea Minaker

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Dates: November 5-8th, 2019 (4-day workshop)
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM Each day
Location: Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette: 30 Avenue Saint-Just, Outremont, QC
Fee: $60 (please contact us if this fee would be an obstacle to your participation)

Writing and Devising Puppetry: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Creation

Presented in collaboration with the Association Québécoise des marionnettistes (AQM)

This  four-day workshop is designed as a laboratory to explore and experiment with puppetry and the interdisciplinary creation methods it employs as unique form of scenic writing.

In puppetry, narratives unfurl as interrelated threads woven from; objects and materials, movement and presence, light, sound and/or text. As performers activate these elements: bringing them into relationship with each other, with time, and with space: a singular poetic language is formed.

This workshop asks the question, what does it mean to create and compose in a language that is both material and time based? What are visual dramaturgies? And, where do we begin when we wish to ‘write’ with images?

Throughout the workshop, participants will be invited to engage in puppetry and performance exercises, as well as to experiment with visual mediums and creative writing techniques, in the construction of performed visual narratives.

This workshop is not designed as an introduction to technical aspects of creating or manipulating puppets, but views the puppetry arts as a large family of theatrical forms wherein material and performer meet. The workshop invites participants of diverse backgrounds (performance, puppetry, design, writing, stage technique, visual arts etc…) to gain greater perspective on the unique storytelling opportunities that puppetry presents.

In addition to structured improvisations, individual and group exercises, participants will be given (some) opportunities to explore projects of personal interest within the context of the workshop.

Note: This workshop will take place primarily in English, but many of the exercises and discussions will be led in English and French in order to best accommodate all participants.

How to Apply:

Please send your CV and/or bio as well as a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in this workshop, and your experience with puppetry, and/or interdisciplinary approaches to creation to using the subject line: Exploring Practice with Clea Minaker.  The deadline to apply is Thursday October 3rd, 2019 before 1pm

Biography of Clea Minaker

Clea Minaker is a puppeteer, designer, director, and interdisciplinary creator who graduated from the sixth promotion (2002-2005) at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville‐Mézières, France. Through her personal creations, Clea has explored an interest for shadow, light, live video projections, as well as the poetics of manipulation and corporeal gesture.

She has collaborated across artistic disciplines: in theatre, live music, opera, dance, film, and visual arts, including collaborations with Feist (The Reminder Tour 2007/2008), Atom Egoyan, So-called, Kid Koala. She has created works for: the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Convergence: an International Summit on Art and Technology at the Banff Centre, IF! Istanbul, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Festival Casteliers. Clea premiered her first full-length solo performance The Book of Thel, at Théâtre Lachapelle, Scènes Contemporains in 2013.

Clea has taught puppetry, shadow puppetry, and interdisciplinary creation at; U.Q.A.M ‘d.e.s.s marionette contemporain’, Concordia University, National Theatre School of Canada, Playwright’s Workshop Montreal, U.B.C.O, Mcgill University. She is currently co-director of the Banff Centre Puppet Intensive offered by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop.

In 2009 Clea was awarded the Siminovitch Protégé Prize for Theatre Design by prize Laureate and puppeteer Ronnie Burkett.

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Apply Now: Theatre Translation Workshop with Frank Heibert

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Dates: September 23, 24 & 25 (3-day workshop)
Time: 9:30 AM – 5 PM (Including a lunch break) 
Location: PWM, 7250 Clark #103, Montréal, QC. 
Fee: $90

Presented in collaboration with Le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD), this 3-day workshop is led by prolific German theatre translator Frank Heibert. The workshop, which will include group discussions, theoretical lectures and translation exercises built around specific case studies, is aimed at emerging to mid-career theatre translators.

Guiding questions will include:

  • How do you find your characters’ voices?
  • What are similarities and differences between translation and adaptation?
  • In cases where a translation is commissioned for a specific production, should the translator’s vision take priority over the director’s vision?

The practice of working off of a word-for-word translation in collaboration with a translator fluent in the source language will also be discussed.

Participants are encouraged to bring in a translation project in progress. However, translators not currently working on a project are also encouraged to apply. The target language of these projects can be French or English, and the source language should ideally be one of the following languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese. Participants’ projects will be discussed in detail and will help to determine the topics of the workshop.

The workshop will be led in English and French, depending on the needs and fluency of the participants.

Application guidelines:

  • Send applications to with the subject line Exploring Practice with Frank Heibert.
  • Please attach the following three documents:
    • The translation project that you plan on discussing during the workshop: please attach roughly 10 pages of both your translation and the original script as well as a brief synopsis of the piece. (Excerpts of the translation are not mandatory, but applications containing excerpts will be prioritized.)
    • A letter of intention (1 page maximum).
    • An up-to-date CV.
  • Application deadline: 11 AM on June 28, 2019

About the Instructor:

Frank Heibert lives in Berlin and has studied literature in Germany, Italy, and France. Since 1983, he has worked as a translator of literature from English, French, Italian and Portuguese into German. From 1990-1995, he was the co-publisher of his own small publishing house Zebra Literaturverlag. He has also worked as an editor, a speaker,  a critic and a professor at Free University of Berlin. He is a member of PEN International, the worldwide writers’ association and is the winner of numerous literary awards for writing and translation.

He has translated over 95 novels and story collections by, among many others, Don DeLillo, Richard Ford, William Faulkner, Boris Vian, Alfred Jarry, Marie Darrieussecq, Yasmina Reza, and Raymond Queneau. He has also translated roughly 110 plays, by playwrights such as Tony Kushner, Neil LaBute, Nicky Silver, George F. Walker, Jonathan Garfinkel, Terrence McNally, Martin Crimp, Yasmina Reza, Italo Svevo, and Lina Wertmüller as well as Quebec playwrights Michel Marc Bouchard, Suzanne Lebeau, and Olivier Kemeid.





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