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The conversation starts here. Join us in the lively discussion of all things theatre.
This essay, published 30 years ago in the Canadian journal Theatrum, authored by two dancer-choreographers and a dramaturg: Denise Fujiwara, Tama Soble, and DD Kugler, is a pioneering document, one of the first case studies describing the working processes of dance dramaturgy, around the time when this “new craft” was just emerging.
At Unscripted: Kuroko, join Tetsuro Shigematsu for a behind-the-scenes party exploring the world of his upcoming new play, Kuroko. Test virtual reality environments, discover the ideas that sparked Kuroko, and see a sneak peek of the play.
In our random occasional “What do dramaturgs do?” series, PTC Dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty talks about two of her more unusual company collaborations.
Heidi Taylor shares her experience as a learner and observer at SOUND OFF, Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts, presented by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre at the Chinook Festival in Edmonton, Alberta.
PTC seeks a Production Coordinator for a public event June 7/8 2019 called Unscripted.
We asked WrightSpace 2018 Guest Dramaturg Jiv Parasram to write a piece about his experience in the program. This is Jiv’s thought experiment.
PTC seeks a Sound Designer for a community project in April 2019 called Unscripted.
PTC seeks a Production Coordinator for a community event in April 2019 called Unscripted. Project: Unscripted is an event bringing audiences into direct relationship with the ideas, issues, and politics of playwriting. The project takes place at the beginning of April 2019. The team is designing an event to connect…
We are pleased to announce the participants in this year’s Block P (Producing for Theatre): Mairy Beam, Kagan Goh, Rebecca Walters and Ilana Zackon, join the producer of the Fringe New Play Prize 2019 winning project (Mx) Shanae Sodhi.
PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that Lili Robinson has won the Fringe New Play Prize with her work Mx.
Reflections on Deaf theatre in our country after attending The Awakening Deaf Theatre in Canada conference in November 2018.
Deadline: January 18, 2018.
Playwrights Theatre Centre is calling for submissions for six sessions on Producing for Theatre called Block P.
Block P will take place on six Tuesdays, beginning February 5, 2019 and ending April 16. It will be led by Daniel Martin and Dave Mott of Upintheair Theatre.
In this reprint from Got Your Back. Heidi Malazdrewich talks about shifting to a more feminist process as a director, and creating a safe space for her actors
Can developing an autobiographical play be legitimate research? Tetsuro Shigematsu holds up his play “Empire of the Son” to the academic lens for consideration.
PTC is pleased to announce that Jess Amy Shead joins us as our Community Engaged Producing Intern from October 2018 – July 2019.
Where does our food come from? Who grows it? Who is nourished by it? Join playwright Pedro Chamale for words and music from his play-in-progress that brings temporary foreign farm workers centre stage – the unseen people who plant, tend, and harvest. Share food and stories in a family-friendly event that reveals the links in Canada’s food chain.
We believe in the creative impulses of our artists. Help PTC say, “Yes, let’s” to new Canadian plays by WrightSpace 2018 playwrights Barbara Adler, Tai Amy Grauman, Robert Hamilton and Yvonne Wallace. Our goal is to raise $3000 by November 15 to ensure these artists have cultural consultants, designers, actors and space to dream! Donate at CanadaHelps.org today.
In this piece by Katherine Swimm, reprinted from HowlRound, she discusses how working closely with the projection designer from the beginning of development of the play “Ripe Frenzy” resulted in a unique production with a deep connection between the design and the script.
PTC is pleased to welcome our longtime friend and colleague mia susan amir into a co-mentorship with Artistic & Executive Director Heidi Taylor. As PTC’s Dramaturgy Research Associate, mia will advise on inclusive process design for our upcoming WrightSpace residency, and bear witness to the residency in December. Heidi will support mia’s development of access protocols and visioning for future projects.
This year’s PTC WrightSpace residency (Dec. 5 – 15, 2018) brings four writers together with dramaturgs, actors, designers, and language consultants to crack open four scripts through bespoke dramaturgical processes. Barbara Adler, Tai Amy Grauman, Robert Hamilton and Yvonne Wallace are exploring the content as well as the processes they…
DEADLINE OCT. 1, 2018! 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.
We are delighted to announce that, once again, the number of playwrights submitting to Block A – PTC’s popular program for emerging writers – has exceeded our expectations, so four sessions are being convened, two in the fall and two in winter. The fall 2018 cohort has six writers who…
In this video interview, Fringe New Play Prize winners Sara Vickruck and Anais West share their thoughts about the development of their slam poetry musical “Poly Queer Love Ballad”.
PTC is pleased to welcome Jiv Parasram as guest dramaturg for the 2018 WrightSpace residency. Each year we bring a new guest dramaturg into the fold to enrich the company’s dramaturgical perspectives and offer our writers the most interesting and dynamic theatrical collaborators possible. Jiv is no stranger to PTC-developed…
PTC is happy to announce the stellar group of participants in this year’s Block SAT.
Apply for our twelfth annual 10-day residency program, WrightSpace, in Vancouver, BC, December 5-14th, 2018.
Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel and Fringe New Play Prize winners Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West share thoughts about the development of “Poly Queer Love Ballad” and the unique relationship between songwriting, slam poetry and playwriting.
PTC is calling for submissions for our most popular program for emerging artists: Block A. Block A is for artists who write for all kinds of performance. There will be two cohorts, in fall 2018 and winter 2019. Apply now! Deadline: July 30, 2018.
A chat with Rzgar Hama about the premiere of the English language version of his play “Soldierland” (The Annex May 18-24, 2018).
Join PTC at the premiere of Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way, a new play and cultural encounter that gives voice to those who have lived within Canada’s long shadow of colonialism.
Set yourself up for a successful summer. These workshops will help hone your skills and move you deeper into your process. Whether you are an actor, producer, playwright, or all three, there’s a Studio workshop that will inspire you, engage you, and give you some practical skills to move your…
Playwrights Theatre Centre and Project SAT (South Asian Theatre) are calling for submissions from potential participants in a new series of dramaturgical discussions focused on exploring the heritage and potential of South Asian Theatre in the lower mainland, BC.
Veronique West reflects on the concepts of truth and fiction in her family history, her life and her art.
SECRET LOCATION…. In the ’80s in Poland under Martial Law, people gathered in secret in basements and school gyms, gaining entrance with a bottle of vodka and a password whispered to the janitor. To join us for Veronique West’s “Unscripted: Where the Devil Can’t Go”, you won’t need to bring vodka, just meet us at Progress Lab 1422 (1422 William St.) this Thursday, May 3. The password is “DEVIL”.
How deep can a fraud go? Tim Carlson – writer and host of “Victim Impact: The Fraudcast” – discusses the impetus behind this podcast series about one of the largest fraud schemes in Canadian history and how tunnelling ever deeper into the layers of the case altered his perceptions of victims, criminals and human nature.
We are pleased to announce the participants in this year’s Block P (Producing): Diana Bang, Kris Fleerackers, Matthew Horrigan, Ian Kent, Lenore Rowntree, Maria Zarrillo, and our Fringe New Play Prize winners, Anais West and Sara Vickruck.
PTC seeks a Production Coordinator for a public event in May 2018 called Unscripted.
Join us for readings of new works by MSG Lab playwrights Gary Mok, Yumi Ogawa and Sangeeta Wylie. PTC Test Kitchen Feb. 22-24, 2018. FREE.
We checked in with the playwrights involved in MSG Lab – VACT’s program that supports new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists – to find out about their experience with their PTC dramaturg.
by Leanna Brodie Beijing, June 2017: Of all the possible barriers to researching a play about Arthur Miller in China, I didn’t think that one of the most pressing ones would be figuring out how to cross the street. Jovanni – my partner in this project, as in life –…
PTC Presents Unscripted: Salesman in China, a border-crossing time-travelling community event. Performances, talks, food and images bring Beijing, 1983 and Vancouver, 2018 into relationship through Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. How do we translate language and cultural differences? How do we bridge the gap between generations? PTC Associates Leanna Brodie and Jovanni Sy welcome you into the world of their new play.
For two months in 1983, two of the world’s great artists struggled to bridge the abyss between two of the world’s great cultures. UNSCRIPTED: Salesman in China is a border-crossing time-travelling community event that unearths their incredible story.
Apply to participate in Block P, our six-session workshop on Producing for Theatre. Block P takes place on six Tuesdays, beginning February 20, 2018 and ending in April, and will be led by Daniel Martin and Dave Mott of Upintheair Theatre, and guests.
Playwright/actor/director/producer Pedro Chamale shares his experience of discovering more about himself and his Latinx identity at the El Encuentro del las America 2017 conference in Los Angeles, CA.
PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that the team comprised of Anais West and Sara Vickruck is the winner of the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize for “Poly Queer Love Ballad”. The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, and a free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P.
Find out who is participating in the 2017-18 MSG Lab, VACT’s annual new play development program in association with PTC. Facilitating the creation and development of new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists, this program is VACT’s commitment to the next generation of Asian Canadian theatre makers. The MSG Lab showcases stories from the Asian Canadian points of view, and develops new Asian Canadian work to a professional level for future production opportunities.
Join PTC and rice & beans for our AGM and performances from our Company Collaboration: Play Dates.
Refreshments and a window into some fresh new work.
Doors at 6:30
Meeting at 7 pm, followed by refreshment break
8 pm reading
PTC’s Kathleen Flaherty was having one of many passionate and enlightening conversations with theatre maker (and PTC Associate 2010 -13) Lisa C. Ravensbergen when Lisa spoke briefly about asking a director whether she was to portray a character as white. Kathleen admits that the idea was so startling to her that, at first, she didn’t stop to inquire. Later, Lisa agreed to talk about what she meant and we have edited that conversation for sharing.
You are invited to follow Vancouver Moving Theatre and PTC in the next phase of development of the theatrical production (and cultural encounter) Weaving Reconciliation.There are three events taking place at the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct. 25 – Nov. 5) in Vancouver as part of the process: Slahal Story and Demonstration; Trickster Talk and Play Reading: Weaving reconciliation.
We’re thrilled to bring Anjela Magpantay on board as Producing Intern for 2017-18.
This year’s WrightSpace (Dec. 6-16, 2017) brings four writers together with dramaturgs, actors, designers, and cultural consultants to crack open four scripts through bespoke dramaturgical processes. Tania Carter, Joseph Dandurand, and Taran Kootenhayoo are all from the greater Vancouver area, while Frances Koncan will come in from Winnipeg. This year,…
Lindsay Lachance, Guest Dramaturg for WrightSpace 2017 (the recently renamed Colony) , introduces a discussion of her experience and understanding of Indigenous dramaturgies.
This year, we are delighted to announce that the number of playwrights submitting to Block A, PTC’s popular program for emerging writers, has exceeded the capacity by 500% so four sessions are being convened, two in the fall and two in winter. Check out our cohorts and find out who is the recipient of The Virago Play Series scholarship.
Playwright Dave Deveau returned from the ASSITEJ conference in South Africa with fresh excitement about the power of theatre for young audiences. Kathleen talked to him about the conference and TYA in general. ASSITEJ is the acronym for the French name of the International Association of Theatre for Children and…
Setting Bones, winner of the Fringe New Play Prize 2017, premieres at the Vancouver Fringe Festival Sept. 9 -17, 2017.
The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the sixth 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 a new play. BC…
The Virago Play Series is offering a bursary to support a female or femme identified playwright who is accepted to one of PTC’s two cohorts for Block A in the coming season.
The winners of the 2017 Fringe New Play Prize – lee williams boudakian, Kamee Abrahamian and Anoushka Ratnarajah – have been working with Associate Dramaturg mia amir on their play Setting Bones for the last seven months. Anoushka shares the challenges and deep explorations embedded in creating this far-reaching and personal work.
In Facing the Fuck-Ups (originally published Jan. 24, 2017 on SpiderWebShow, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community), Debbie Patterson talks about her journey to fully incorporate her disability into her theatre work, including discussion of internalized ableism, common disability narratives in popular culture and, perhaps most importantly, how to fail.
PTC is convening our eleventh annual Writers’ Colony in Vancouver, BC, December 6 – 16, 2017. Playwrights from across Canada are invited to make submissions to be part of it.
We are calling for submissions for our most popular program for emerging artists: Block A. We offer Fall and Winter cohorts with different mentors. Check it out!
The Fringe New Play Prize work-in-progress (Untitled) Boxes has undergone many transformations in the last few months, including a new title. Read about the playwrights’ progress.
Elaine Avila is just finishing her three years as a PTC Associate with a July workshop of her play Fado. This essay, which we consider a stellar example of the kind of dramaturgy playwrights engage in, was originally published as part of a blog salon called “Stages of Resistance”, curated by Caridad Svich for The Lark Theatre. The series welcomes reflections on themes related to making work for live performance in political and aesthetic resistance to forms and systems that oppress human rights and censor or severely limit freedom of expression.
Originally published on Ruby Slippers’ Flying Monkey blog, here Heidi Taylor talks about her own experience with disability and the broader issues of inclusion in theatre.
Playwright/director/teacher David Geary responded to a query in the LMDA digest about post performance feedback sessions, whether they are useful and how they should be conducted.
Block A winter session mentor Joanna Garfinkel is experimenting with bringing this cohort of writers into PTC’s Test Kitchen for physically-based work to help with script writing. We asked her to share her thoughts about this unique process.
Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) currently has four volunteer positions available among its diverse and vibrant board of directors. We are seeking board members with an interest in how new Canadian plays are made, and a commitment to growing their own leadership skills.
Are you a writer interested in working collaboratively? Block N is a weekend intensive in physical creation for writers led by New(to)Town Collective, March 18 & 19, at PTC. Emerging or experienced, bring your curiosity and a willingness to play.
We are pleased to announce the participants in this year’s Block P (Producing): lee williams boudakian, Moses Clyde Caliboso, Rachael Goddard-Rebstein, Peg Keenleyside, Jessica Leung, Ariel Martz-Oberlander and Anoushka Ratnarajah. Over the next six weeks these five artists will be learning the ins and outs of indie producing with UpintheAir Theatre’s Daniel Martin and Dave Mott. Read their bios…
Both Melanie Yeats and Kathleen Flaherty attended the PuSh Festival workshop Page to Stage: The Craft of Adaptation with Vincent Murphy in late January 2017. Murphy offers what he has learned and taught about adaptation-specific strategies for theme, dialogue, character, imagery, storyline, and action. Belinda Bruce and Kathleen Flaherty asked Melanie to share her thoughts on the workshop.
Sometimes we neglect to honour and celebrate our theatre mentors and elders while they are among us. We feel this keenly at the passing of the indefatigable, the inspiring, the irreplaceable Joy Coghill. Kathleen had some enviable opportunities to collaborate with Joy, so we asked her to do put some of her feelings into words.
PTC is pleased to announce that we have chosen five playwrights as PTC Associates 2017 – 20. We will work on their new plays over the course of the next three years.
PTC’s Dramaturgy & Programming Intern, Davey Calderon, is often in the studio these days developing a new theatrical creation. We know how eclectic and interesting his training and influences are, and we are intensely curious about the sounds coming from the Test Kitchen, so Kathleen asked him to share something about the work and his unique process with us.
PTC Holiday Hours:
Please note that PTC will be closed for the holidays on December 22, 2016 and will reopen on January 3, 2017.
DEADLINE EXTENDED to Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
PTC is calling for submissions for six sessions on Producing for Theatre called Block P 2017. UpintheAir Theatre’s Daniel Martin and Dave Mott offer a crash course in producing. Indie production is how many theatre makers get started – in the Fringe, in another festival, maybe just striking out on their own. The six-session Block P offers practical skills, meant to apply to a project you have in the works.
PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that the team comprised of lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian is the winner of the 2017 Fringe New Play Prize for (Untitled) Boxes. The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir and production mentoring from PTC.
Joint AGM with Itsazoo Productions. Join us at our AGM, an evening of celebration and free Associate-ing. The end of 2016 marks the final days of our three-year collaboration with PTC Associates Carmen Aguirre, Hiro Kanagawa, Quelemia Sparrow, Adrienne Wong, Dave Deveau and Elaine Avila.
Heidi Taylor reveals the inner workings of PTC’s Company Collaborations – how projects are chosen and what happens behind the curtain.
Want to be part of an international performance commons? Meet Ramona Ostrowski (Associate Producer) and Jamie Ghalon (Co-founder & Senior Creative Producer) of HowlRound TV while they are in Vancouver to introduce their platform and program content for the online theatre portal.
Join us for a conversation of how theatre contributes to the fabric of Vancouver’s Chinatown – where food and language intersect on Coast Salish territory. Come at 6:30pm for the DUMPLING CHALLENGE! Stay for readings in English and Cantonese from Jovanni Sy’s play A Taste of Empire/食盡天下, translated into Cantonese by Derek Chan. With Bob Sung, Jovanni Sy, Derek Chan and Andrea Yu.
Thoughts about working with the Cantonese language after a decade in self-exile. In part two of this two-part series, Derek Chan, co-artistic director of rice and beans theatre, reflects on the experience of translating Jovanni Sy’s hit play A Taste of Empire from English to his first language, Cantonese.
This year’s Writers’ Colony (Dec. 6-16, 2016) brings four writers together with dramaturgs, actors, designers, and cultural consultants to crack open four scripts through bespoke dramaturgical processes. Peter Anderson (Vancouver), Sunny Drake (Toronto), Debbie Patterson (Winnipeg), and José Teodoro (Toronto) will spend ten days together to move their work to the next stage.
PTC is seeking four exceptional playwrights to join the company for three years, to develop a central project – and their practice – with PTC dramaturgs. Our past Associates have developed plays, process, and a community of theatre makers.
Derek Chan shares his thoughts on rekindling his relationship with the Cantonese language through translation of Jovanni Sy’s play “Taste of Empire” from English to Cantonese.
Announcing the participants in the 2016-17 Block A, PTC’s popular program for emerging writers.
This is the second of a series of notes by Deneh’Cho Thompson on creating and developing his Fringe play. Deneh won the Fringe New Play Prize based on a statement of intention and some writing on a piece called “The Girl Who was Raised by Wolverine”.
An in-depth look at PTC’s process for creating an accessible online presence.
ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS UNTIL: August 7, 2016.
PTC is convening our tenth annual Writers’ Colony in Vancouver, BC, December 6-16, 2016. Playwrights from across Canada are invited to make submissions to be part of it.
Tinkers is an adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Paul Harding. This new transcendentalist work features an intimate and dazzling relationship with the natural world, woven into a story of family karma.
June 21-25, 2016 at the Firehall Arts Centre
O’wet/Lost Lagoon is a solo performance about reclamation and change that weaves real-life stories with the visceral experience of a spiritual canoe journey. Written and performed by Quelemia Sparrow, it grapples with the identity of a mixed-race aboriginal woman in a present-day, colonized world.
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…
The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the fifth year of the Fringe New Play Prize.
How does Jordan Hall engage with comic forms in her new play “How to Survive an Apocalypse”? Embedded critic Kelsey Blair investigates.
How to Survive an Apocalypse by Jordan Hall is the winner of the 2016 Flying Start Program, a collaboration between PTC, Touchstone Theatre and the Firehall Arts Centre. The 18-month development process for a new play culminates in a first production at a PACT theatre. The play opens June 2…
In this reprint from Howlround, PTC Associate Elaine Avila talks about her path to playwriting, her Azorean-Portuguese roots and telling stories missing from the stage. Playwright Elaine Avila’s grandfather, João Henrique Avila, was one of the first photographers in his village Ribeiras, Pico, in the Azores, Portugal. He came to…
This is the first of a series of notes by Deneh’Cho Thompson on creating and developing his Fringe play. Deneh won the Fringe New Play Prize based on a statement of intention and some writing on a piece called The Girl Who was Raised by Wolverine. It was apparent that…
Dave Deveau sent in this photo of what his new play, Dead Peoples’ Things, looks like the Friday afternoon before the workshop on Monday. Part of the development process can be spreading the pages out on the floor and moving them around. Or cutting pages into bits and moving the bits…
Sometimes it happens that a new year begins with new projects at PTC. Dramaturg Kathleen Flaherty burbles through the office about two of her fresh collaborations. Unsolicited, she declaims quotes from obscure sources without context, which prompted us to ask for more detail about the sometimes confounding origins of her newest theatrical musings.
November 14, 2015: Shawn Macdonald invited me to speak to participants in LEAP, which he runs with Christine Quintana at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre. It’s a training unit for playwrights ages 15–23, culminating in public readings in April–May. [I draw a straight chalk line across the floor between the students…
PTC is calling for submissions for six sessions on Producing for Theatre called Block P 2016. Block P will take place on six Tuesdays, beginning February 9 and ending in April, and will be led by Daniel Martin and Dave Mott of Upintheair Theatre. Sessions will encompass producing from primarily…
Theatre and new technologies with Mallory Catlett February 1, 2016, 6 – 10pm PTC Test Kitchen (#202 – 739 Gore Ave., Vancouver) Register via the PuSh Festival website AED Heidi Taylor had a chance to see a workshop production of Decoder 2017 in New York in June, and is excited…
We continue our series about this unique version of the Writers’ Colony, featuring brief interviews with the participating artists. PTC is convening its ninth annual Writers’ Colony in Vancouver, December 2-12, 2015 with playwrights Janet Hinton, Heidi Janz and Adam Warren. Also collaborating on Colony 2015 as dramaturg/directors are the…
In July, AED Heidi Taylor headed to the Sunshine Coast for a collaboration with Kendra Fanconi and The Only Animal team on a site-specific workshop of Tinkers. The show is an adaptation of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Tinkers by Paul Harding. This new transcendentalist’s work features an intimate…
“…an innovative, sensual feast. ” –Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight PTC is excited to support the remount of This Stays in the Room. The play animates the PTC Test Kitchen for its rehearsal period, and dramaturg Heidi Taylor will again be part of the creation team. Second productions are a valuable and…