Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Call for Submissions: Write From the Hip 2011, Nightwood Theatre

Nightwood Theatre in Toronto has put out a call for submissions for their mentorship program Write from the Hip 2011 for women playwrights aged 18-29. You only need to apply with an idea that you will develop over the course of the program. The program will run from April 2011 until the following year, culminating in a staged reading of the completed play.

Deadlines for submissions is December 3, 2010.

Write from the Hip
Are you an Emerging Female Playwright?

“Nightwood is a fertile breeding ground for new female talent.”
- Michele Landsberg, Toronto Star

Nightwood Theatre’s 12th annual emerging playwriting program, Write From the Hip is now accepting submissions from 18-29 year-old women looking to develop and write a full-length play. Write From the Hip is a series of workshops, mentoring and hands-on seminars in writing skills and professional play development specifically designed for emerging playwrights. Past mentors have included: D’bi Young, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Judith Thompson, Claudia Dey, Morwyn Brebner, Florence Gibson, Iris Turcott, Marjorie Chan and Lisa Codrington.

This year each participant will complete a full-length play over the course of a year. The play is then workshopped and staged in a public reading series. Write from the Hip will begin in April 2011 and runs until spring of 2012. Participants will meet bi-weekly (sessions on Monday nights from 6:30-9:30pm) for the first four months, and then have sessions throughout the year leading up to the final staged reading.

Nightwood Theatre has a long history of producing socially relevant, provocative theatre. Mentorship is a key component at Nightwood Theatre and one that provides a fundamental service to the community of young female artists pursuing careers in professional theatre. Our vision is to be a gateway for women in Canadian Theatre, propelling them to the top of their craft. Nightwood Theatre embraces cultural, racial and sexual diversity.

  Download pdf here
Participants are selected through submissions and personal interviews conducted by the program coordinators and Nightwood’s artistic director.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 3rd, 2010.


- One Page cover letter briefly introducing yourself and your playwriting experience and outlining the play you would like to work on during Write from the Hip. The play must not have been produced before, and either be in the beginning stages of development or not yet written.
- 5 pages MAX of an excerpt from one play, 12 point font. (preferably the play that you are proposing if possible.)
-Fill out Application form: Click Here to Download
-Reading fee of $15 MUST be included in your application or your application will not be considered.



1. FIVE page writing sample (3 copies required)
2. ONE page cover letter (3 copies required)
3. Application form with one page resume (3 copies required)
4. $15 cheque/credit card made out to Nightwood Theatre


Anna Chatterton
Director of Youth Initiatives
Write From the Hip Submissions
Nightwood Theatre
55 Mill Street, Suite 301
Case Goods Warehouse, Building No. 74
Toronto ON M5A 3C4

For more info please check out our website at or contact Anna Chatterton, Director of Youth Initiatives at

Anna is a performer, playwright and librettist. She was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Opera and for the KM Hunter Award twice. She is a co-founding member of the award winning theatre company Independent Aunties and co-wrote (with Evalyn Parry) and performed five critically acclaimed shows including the triple Dora nominated Breakfast (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Clean Irene & Dirty Maxine (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Frances, Matilda and Tea and The Mysterious Shorts (Theatre Passe Muraille). Recent opera productions include Stitch (Theatre Centre/urbanvessel), See Saw (Tapestry/New Opera Works) and Swoon (Canadian Opera Company).  Upcoming opera’s include Voice-Box (Harbourfront/urbanvessel, Fresh Grounds program), and Donna (Canadian Opera Company).  Anna’s plays and operas have also been performed across Canada, the States and in Europe. Anna was Playwright in Residence at Tapestry New Opera Works and was part of the Artist Residency program at the Theatre Centre with companies Independent Auntie and urbanvessel.  She is currently in Tarragon Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit and has been in units at The Canadian Stage Company and Factory Theatre.

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