Call for Applications for Block A 2020/21

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We are calling for applications for our most popular program for emerging artists: Block A.

Block A is for artists who write for all kinds of performance, including script driven theatre, from spoken word to performance art to songs – we’ve even had a few screenwriters. We’re looking for writers who see craft as a tool for expressing their imaginations. The content and flow of Block A depends on the varied interests of the writers and the senior playwright mentor, who integrates their own practices and inspirations into the sessions. The writers discuss the fundamentals of writing for performance in a variety of styles, and explore imagination-stimulating writing exercises to expand their craft. They learn from each other and get a sense of the collaborative nature of theatre making.

There will be two sections of Block A in 2020/21.

The Fall cohort of six writers meets for ten weeks beginning in mid-October. The Winter cohort meets for ten weeks beginning mid-January. The playwright mentors will be announced by the end of July.

If you have no preference of cohort, please let us know that. To be in Block A, you must be able to attend the majority of 10 evening sessions, usually held on Mondays from 6:00-9:00 PM Pacific time. Anyone who is available during that time can apply.  Sessions will be held online if there is any concern about gathering in-person. *Digital participation will be possible for all sessions.

Your application should include:

  • a short sample or samples of your work (can be spoken word, a monologue, short play – we encourage writers in all forms to apply).
  • a letter telling us how you expect Block A to assist you with your writing/theatre making.
  • a resume with your creative experience.

You must be a playwright member of PTC to apply. There is a fee of $250 plus GST for Block A, payable on acceptance. Don’t let the fee stop you from applying to Block A. We are aware of the impediments to income that artists are experiencing at this time. We are currently fundraising to subsidize as many spots in Block A as possible. If the fee is an obstacle, or if you have other questions, please get in touch with Davey Calderon at

Applications must be received no later than August 15, 2020. We will let you know by the end of August whether we can include you in one of these two cohorts.

To apply, go to the Block A Page