Who We Are

We acknowledge that we are evolving as a company, our dramaturgical thinking is dynamic, and we commit to holding our website being dynamic as well. 


Photo of Carol Libman and Roy Higgins

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal was founded in 1963 by the Western Quebec Division of the Dominion Drama Festival. The brainchild of Canadian theatre artists Guy Beaulne, Dan Daniels, Carol Libman, Aviva Ravel, Walter Massey and Victor Knight, the organization’s first mission was to tackle the then scarcity of English-Canadian plays and playwrights. Soon after its conception, PWM became a leading voice in the creation of new plays.

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

In 1975, Bob White became PWM’s first Dramaturg-Artistic Director. With a view to protecting the development process from production pressures, he strengthened the organization’s focus on dramaturgy and development. Subsequent ADs Per Brask and Brian Richmond continued to build on this legacy and worked to expand the organization’s reach from coast to coast.

In 1981, AD Rina Fraticelli added translation to PWM’s programming. Michael Springate, Svetlana Zylin, Michael Devine and Peter Smith succeeded Rina Fraticelli as artistic directors. Each contributed to increasing PWM’s profile both locally and nationally.

As Artistic Director from 1998 to 2007, Paula Danckert increased PWM’s artistic stability by introducing the permanent position of Dramaturg-in-Residence. In 2006, with support from Briony Glassco, she established the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac.

Emma Tibaldo was appointed Artistic and Executive Director in 2008. Her priority has been to encourage the continued development of professional theatre locally while continuing to welcome visiting artists from across the country. In 2013, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal celebrated its 50th anniversary.



Emma Tibaldo

Lesley Bramhill

Fatma Sarah Elkashef

Jesse Stong

Maureen Labonté


Marc Duez

Heather Eaton

Harris Frost

Juan Velasquez

Danielle Eyer

Photography by Nasuna Dawn.

Group of 5

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

What is the Group of  5?

The Group of 5 is a collective of 5 professional independent English-language theatre companies seeking to share a creative and administrative space to establish a sustainable arts ecosystem. The Group of 5 aims to provide its members with a permanent and viable infrastructure – a physical space – where members can share resources, create, and grow our community.

Who is in the Group of 5?

The five dynamic theatre companies in the Group of 5 are:

What guides the Group of 5?

The vision for the Group of 5 is to sustain the development and presence of professional English-language theatre in the Quebec and Montreal arts landscape. The collective would galvanize exchanges and resources sharing among its members – both past and present–with the aim to strengthen the English-language minority community and expand upon the scope, inclusivity, and vibrancy of Quebec theatre.

We believe a shared space and the resulting collective ecosystem will expand the boundaries of theatrical creation.

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

  1. BEING LEADERS in the community
  2. BUILDING a collective infrastructure
  3. SECURING a foundation for English-language theatre in Montreal
  4. PROMOTING exchange and cooperation between artists
  5. EXPERIMENTING with new technologies