Playwrights Theatre Centre


Call for Submissions for Block A


Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) is calling for submissions for our most popular program for emerging artists: Block A.

Block A is for playwrights who have written in class or in their kitchens, maybe had a short piece produced. And for theatre artists who have thought of themselves primarily as actors or as stage managers or directors, but have the itch to write for performance. It’s for artists who write for all kinds of performance from spoken word to performance art to songs – we’ve even had a few screenwriters who want to learn classic playwriting skills to help them build story and action. 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.

The Block A cohort of six writers meets for ten weeks beginning in mid-October with mentor David Geary. To be in Block A, you must be able to attend the majority of 10 evening sessions, usually on Mondays beginning at 6 pm.

Submissions must be received no later than July 24, 2016. We will let you know by the end of August whether we can include you in this cohort.

Submissions should include:

  • a sample of your writing, which need not be a complete script
  • a letter outlining what you hope to be working on or to accomplish in Block A
  • a resume

David Geary is a playwright, screenwriter, fiction writer, dramaturg and educator. He teaches film studies at Capilano University.  He’s been the Senior Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand; the dramaturg/director for Native Earth workshops in Toronto; and led Block A for the PTC for four years. Last season he also collaborated in mentoring the Julius Caesar Project with PTC, The Cultch and Western Gold as well as working as a dramaturg with several writers. David believes storytelling and scriptwriting are muscles that are best developed through exercises. His yogic mantra is – Life is short, stretch it – and he writes haiku on twitter @gearsgeary.

To apply, go here.