Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Call for submissions: fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Co's playwright's kitchen

fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company has put out a call for submissions to writers interested in participating in their workshop known as the "kitchen."

fu-GEN (short for future generation) is a theatre company founded in Toronto in 2002 to support Asian Canadian theatre actors, writers and directors. Part of that mandate is to create theatre original theatre works with an authentic Asian Canadian voice.

Participants in the program go through a mentorship program with Nina Lee Aquino and/or David Yee and other veterans in the Toronto theatre community. Over the course of 10 months, you will be guided through the process of creating a short play or a portion of a longer play that will receive a staged reading in the spring of next year.

I have participated in the Kitchen myself, both as an actor and a writer. I found the process immensely gratifying and would recommend it wholeheartedly to any and all Asian artists.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on July 25.


The Kitchen and fu-GEN’s Annual Potluck Festival

fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company is now welcoming submissions for our playwriting unit: The Kitchen. The Kitchen is a ten month supportive environment where participants will have the opportunity to explore and develop playwriting skills through dramaturgical and playwriting exercises, professional and peer feedback as well as the creation of an original piece. The goal is for playwrights to have a better understanding of the craft of writing for the stage, expand and develop skills as theatre creators.

The unit meets on the last Sunday of every month at the fu-GEN workshop space (157 Carlton Street, Suite 207).

We are looking for Asian Canadian artists who are either emerging writers or have a serious interest in playwriting. Your application should include a brief letter of intent describing your artistic interests and outlining what you hope to achieve within a playwriting unit, as well as a 5-10 page writing sample.

As the Kitchen is open to emerging playwrights, we understand your writing sample may not necessarily be in the form of a stage play (ie: poetry or short story). If this is the case, please include in your letter of intent why you feel the playwriting medium is an area you’d like to develop. We require all submissions to be from artists 19 years or older.

We will be accepting submissions until 5pm on July 25th. The preferred method of submission is e-mail, in .doc or .pdf format. You may also submit by mail, but submissions will not be returned once read.

To submit – or for further inquiries about the Kitchen – please contact
Andrew Cheng, Associate Dramaturg at

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