Playwrights Theatre Centre


LAST CALL for Applications: Fringe New Play Prize


The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the seventh year of the Fringe New Play Prize.  Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2019 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

The program offers:

  • Eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel
  • Some free creation and rehearsal space
  • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
  • A free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage, September 2019.

All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $5000 value: ($800 Fringe application fee + $1000 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion).  The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

The application asks for:

  • A script idea, outline, fragment or draft
  • A letter of intent, telling us what you plan to do with your idea
  • The resumes of artists involved in the creation
  •  A production plan*

*A production plan is a rough timeline of the production process for your project, including deadlines for important decisions and processes such as when and how all the major resources have to be in place – personnel, money, design, promotion etc. You are producing your own work and we need to feel confident that you have some idea how to do it.

The decision is made by a jury of readers based primarily on the artistic potential of the idea/script supported by evidence that it has a realistic chance of succeeding.  Applications must be received no later than October 1, 2018 and the winner will be announced at the Fringe Festival Lottery Party in early December.

To apply, go to

The 2018 winners of the Prize, Anais West and Sara Vickruck, have been working with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel on their Fringe play Poly Queer Love Ballad using studio sessions combined with research sessions and script meetings.

Theatre is alive. An ever-evolving dialogue with life and with the world. PTC is where that conversation starts. We collaborate on new work with emerging and established theatre artists. Our focus is dramaturgy, development, playmaking from A to Z. We help artists transform their practice and ideas. New and necessary stories take shape. Fresh ways of working, thinking and creating emerge. We foster a culture of inclusivity and aim to make PTC accessible to the widest community possible.

The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Over 11 days in September, more than 90 different theatre artists and companies come together to share their creativity on stage. Audiences are as varied as the performances with theatrical offerings for all tastes and ages.

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