PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE CENTRE
PTC is a theatre company that finds, nurtures, and advances Canadian playwrights. We support new plays from creation to performance. As the research and development wing of the theatre, PTC provides a creative home for independent playwrights.
Theatre performances start with a script, and end with the audience. PTC helps writers begin the conversation with the key players – the producers, directors, actors and designers – who take the words on the page and make them a living, breathing experience. We’re the birthplace of ideas that spark conversations in the theatre, in our community, and across the country.
PTC celebrates 40 years of supporting Canadian playwrights, the least visible yet the most essential player in the theatrical ecosystem. Check out PTC’s programs, through which we support over 40 writers annually, in addition to our vibrant playwright members.
BLOCK A 2013
PTC is pleased to welcome six emerging writers to our 2013 Block A sessions. Joel Grinke, Ashley Hunking, Darren Joe, Alyssa Kostello, Kerry Sandomirsky and Matthew Willis will work with playwright David Geary over ten sessions, culminating in a wild literary treasure hunt and a public reading.
The playwrights, whose current work ranges from social commentary through comic book fantasy, from classic realism to contemporary hyper-realism, will gather weekly to explore processes, gather inspiration and share theatre craft. Each will focus on work-in-progress or will start something completely new.
Block A is PTC’s longest-running program. Alumni of the program have continued to meet to support each others’ processes for three years now, as the Unblocked As. David Geary is back for a second season to lead Block A 2013. A playwright, screenwriter, fiction writer, dramaturg and educator, David has been the Senior Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and a dramaturg/director for Native Earth’s Weesageechak Festival in Toronto. He also has a busy freelance writing career. David believes storytelling and scriptwriting are muscles that are best developed through exercise. His yogic mantra is –Life is short, stretch it - and he writes haiku on twitter @gearsgeary.
Block A starts Tuesday October 22 and continues into early 2014.
Deadline extended to Oct 11 for Fringe New Play Prize
Playwrights Theatre Centre is calling for applications for the second year of The Fringe New Play Prize! The winning project will receive dramaturgical support from PTC and a free guaranteed spot in the Mainstage Category at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2014 Fringe season are encouraged to submit scripts. A script draft and a basic production plan is mandatory to be eligible for the Award. An application form and submission information are available here.
Deadline for submissions is October 11, 2013. The winner will be announced on Fringe Lottery Day in early December.
PTC Welcomes Alice Honiqin
Alice is a Queens University Political Studies graduate with a passion for building community through art. She brings experiences and knowledge learned from volunteering and working for organizations like Word on the Street Vancouver, the Richmond Art Gallery, and members of Vancouver's publishing community. “Everything I do allows me to meet great people and hear great stories,” says Alice, “so it’s exciting to be in a new neighbourhood meeting the people who live and work there and figuring out how PTC can become part of it.”
As a Community Outreach Coordinator at PTC, Alice is responsible for the development and growth of ways to communicate with and engage our members and the larger community in our mission of finding, nurturing and advancing Canadian playwrights. She is at home in the digital universe and delights in face to face interactions.
In addition to her PTC role, Alice is currently volunteering for the Cinevolution Media Arts Society and taking graphic design classes, where she is feeding her passion for the interaction of humans and technology.
Announcing: 4 playwrights for the Writers' Colony
PTC will host four playwrights for its 2013 Writers’ Colony: Nicola Harwood (Vancouver), Sean Oliver (Vancouver), Curtis Peeteetuce (Saskatoon), , and Andrew Templeton (Toronto). Artistic and Executive Director Heidi Taylor and Dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty will be joined by Montreal-based dramaturg Maureen Labonte to work with the playwrights during their ten – day residency.
Nicola Harwood’s Milk Can Escape is a one-man performance piece about a magician whose act is starting to reveal some disturbing memories. Curtis Peeteetuce’s Popcorn Elder follows a man newly released from jail and his father in a surreal comedy about what makes authentic spirituality. In Bright Blue Future, Sean Oliver uses an all-night drug-fuelled party to examine the dystopian future of today’s twenty-somethings. Andrew Templeton sets his comedy-of-manners-meets-murder-mystery Angus Drive in the Kerrisdale of the 1930s.
“Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Colony is my home away from home where I can connect and focus on my writing…. Their dramaturgical feedback and support has been invaluable not only for my writing but for my development as a writer.” – Marie Leofeli Barlizo Colony 2012
Our new studio at 739 Gore
PTC's as yet untitled studio is now accepting requests for booking for 2013/14. Our 800+ sf space has a concrete floor, natural light, and high ceilings. We're located on the eastern edge of Chinatown, on the second floor. Our new neighbourhood has a wide range of food options, from the Newtown Bakery to Harvest, many visual art spaces, and green space right outside the window. Studio renters have access to wireless, our shared kitchen and common area, and can print/copy on site. Our focus is on development and rehearsal processes. One week or longer bookings are preferred, but all requests will be considered.
Introductory rates: $10/hr (up to 8 hours); $100/full day, $650/wk (all rates plus GST).
To request your dates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Writers' Colony, Deadline extended to August 1
PTC welcomes professional Canadian playwrights at any stage of their careers to apply to our eighth annual Writers’ Colony in Vancouver, BC, January 3 – 14, 2014. Four to six playwrights join PTC’s Heidi Taylor, Kathleen Flaherty and a guest dramaturg to develop their plays. The focus is on the individual development of each playwright’s work as well as the creation of a unique, supportive and productive community of playwrights, directors, dramaturgs and actors. Participating playwrights must be available for full-time residency during the Colony and will receive a stipend and, where necessary, accommodation and travel to and from Vancouver.
Applications include a completed online application form, a copy of the current draft of the play you propose to work on, a letter outlining the developmental history of the play and what specific elements you intend to develop through the Colony and your resume. An up-to-date PTC membership is required ($25), along with an application fee ($25).
For complete details on how to become a member and apply, please visit: http://playwrightstheatre.com/programs/the-colony/
The successful playwrights will be recommended by an advisory committee made up of PTC artistic staff and Canadian theatre professionals.
Results will be announced: mid September, 2013
“PTC's Writer’s Colony was one of the most valuable experiences I've had in my twenty-five years in the business... The caliber of dramaturgy was top notch. I was able to crack open some large questions about my play and my process. The feedback was guided and useful and far more in-depth than customary dramaturgical processes I’ve had...” - Lucia Frangione,