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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Block A, Program for Emerging Artists (PTC)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:42 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

PTC is calling for submissions for their 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. 

Block A is for artists who write for all kinds of performance, including script-driven theatre, from spoken word to performance art to songs – we’ve even had a few screenwriters. We’re looking for writers who see craft as a tool for expressing their imaginations. 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.

There will be two sections of Block A in 2018/19 (more will be added depending on demand).

The Fall cohort of six writers meets for ten weeks beginning in mid-October.

The Winter cohort meets for ten weeks beginning mid-January. The playwright mentors will be announced by the end of June.

If you have no preference of cohort, please let us know that. To be in Block A, you must be able to attend the majority of 10 evening sessions, usually on Mondays beginning at 6 pm.

Your submission should include:

  • a short sample or samples of your work (can be spoken word, a monologue, short play – we encourage writers in all forms to apply)
  • a letter telling us how you expect Block A to assist you with your writing/theatre making
  • a resume with your creative experience

You must be a member of PTC to submit. There is a fee of $250 plus GST for Block A, payable on acceptance. If the fee is an obstacle, or if you have other questions, please get in touch with kathleen@playwrightstheatre.com.

How to apply: Visit playwrightstheatre.com/programs/block-a/

Submission deadline: July 30, 2018. You will be advised by the end of August whether you can be included in one of these two cohorts.

About PTC: PTC is a dramaturgically-focused theatre company that finds, nurtures, and advances the Canadian playwright, supporting new plays from creation to performance. Learn more about PTC at playwrightstheatre.com

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.


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At GVPTA, we acknowledge that our organization is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.