Call for Applications to Block A 2021-22

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PTC is calling for applications for our most popular program for emerging theatre artists and established writers interested in performance: 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 are dedicated to the craft of writing and open to trying new forms. Writers are matched with a playwright mentor who offers fundamentals of writing for performance and helps engage their cohorts to be creatively generative and supportive of each other’s writing. 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 2021/22.  

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 mid-August.

If you have no preference for cohort, please let us know.  To be in Block A, you must be able to attend the majority of 10 evening sessions, usually on Mondays or Tuesdays beginning at 6 pm. We are considering a hybrid of in-person and online sessions dependent on BC Public Health Order guidelines starting in September and the needs of Block A participants and mentors. Accepted Block A participants will be updated about exact details of participation as soon as we can before their first session.

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

PTC is committed to making all our programs as economically accessible as possible. What this means is that Block A participants will be able to pay whatever they choose for their Block A fee. Historically, PTC has charged $250 +GST per participant, but participants will be able to pay any amount they choose, no questions asked.

Application must be received no later than August 19, 2021. We will let you know by early September whether or not we can include you in one of these two cohorts.

To apply, go to playwrightstheatre.com/programs/block-a