Friday, April 16, 2010

Call for Submissions: Finding Fresh Voices Intensive Playwriting Program

Writer-director Brad Fraser (Love & Human Remains, Leaving Metropolis) returns to his roots in the theatre with a new program for new and unproduced playwrights. He is leading an eight-week program to help writers develop their work. He will bring in guest speakers to provide input as well. This is an excellent opportunity for emerging talent to develop their skills under the guidance of experienced mentors.

Here is the information for those interested in applying.

Call for Submissions: Finding Fresh Voices-Brad Fraser’s Intensive Playwriting Program for New or Unproduced Writers, Playwrights Guild of Canada

Playwrights Guild of Canada announces a brand new playwriting program led by Brad Fraser for those who are interested in writing for the theatre but don’t know where to start.
Internationally renowned playwright Brad Fraser, author of such works as Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man, Wolfboy, Outrageous, True Love Lies and many other scripts that have been produced worldwide over the last thirty years is offering an intensive playwriting program specifically for new or unproduced writers.

Says Fraser, “As the spaces for plays by new voices in any given theatre’s season have become more scarce and the writers vying for those spaces have become more competitive there is a danger that unproduced writers may come to believe the best way to get produced is to write plays that reflect or mimic the shows they already see on the stage. My own experience suggests the exact opposite. It is generally the freshest new voices and the most innovative scripts that catch the attention of dramaturges and artistic directors and this program is designed to give new writers permission to tell their stories in personal and unique ways.”

Each participant will be expected to have a script they are developing and parts of those scripts will be read and discussed in a manner that reflects the individual components of writing for the theatre that will be explored during each meeting. Each session will also have occasional visits by a guest speaker who is already working in the theatre as well as the analysis of existing plays that each participant will be expected to read and other related topics.

The program begins June 14th and will run consecutively for 8 weeks (Aug 2nd) from 6pm to 8pm at 215 Spadina Ave Suite, 210. To apply for this program submit one scene, short play or portion of a longer play of no more than ten pages with the subject line: “FFV submission” to before May 21st. Those who have received a professional production(s) are not eligible for this program.

There will be a nominal charge of $160.00 to be paid to Playwrights Guild of Canada  prior to the commencement of the first session.

To apply for this program or for more information please email

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