Each year, PTC welcomes a small group of professional Canadian playwrights to join us for a short-term residency in Vancouver. The Colony is led by PTC’s seasoned dramaturgs Heidi Taylor and Kathleen Flaherty with this year’s guest dramaturg Lindsay Lachance. PTC works with each participant to create a process tailored to their play, which may include workshops with actors, dramaturgical sessions, studio work, or design consults. Participating playwrights have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other participants of the Colony. All Colony playwrights receive a stipend for the duration of the program. Applicants from outside Vancouver receive accommodation and per diems as well as travel assistance.
Playwrights Theatre Centre is continuously working to make all our programs accessible. We encourage writers with a lived experience of disability to apply for all of our programs. Flexible timing and location, virtual sessions, attention to time of day and duration of work, and flexible stipend plans can all be designed with the artist to maximize creative satisfaction.
Lindsay Lachance, of Alqonquin Anishinaabe and of mixed Canadian decent is a PhD Candidate and Sessional Instructor in Theatre Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her areas of interest include performance as politics, and the multiple creation processes of Indigenous dramaturgies. Lindsay is an active theatre professional, reviewer and scholar and has presented her research at six international conferences. She has participated at events hosted by The National Arts Centre, The PuSh Festival, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Audain Gallery at SFU. Lachance is a member of Full Circle First Nations Performance’s Ensemble Program and the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance.
The PTC Colony for me is about the artist as playwright. My new play is the bravest story I’m telling and perhaps the most important.….It was empowering to give the artistic team my trust, and in return have theirs. The whole collaboration resulted in a very strong next draft of my play. It was a special treat to hear my words in the local Hunq‘umi’num language. The Colony was the most time I’ve had to think about and work on a script’s next edit. I hope this experience will continue to be provided for years to come. It’s a true opportunity for any playwright. – Curtis Peeteetuce