& Building the Playwright
Community Since 1972
We’re a registered national arts service association mandated to advance the creative rights and interests of professional Canadian playwrights, promote Canadian plays nationally and internationally, and foster an active, evolving community of writers for the stage.
Bringing playwrights out from behind the curtain
We help playwrights build stronger connections with each other and the theatre community at large, by highlighting their work and creating more opportunities for them. We also design and facilitate networks where playwrights can come together to share their work.
Securing codes of practice for playwrights
We educate playwrights on their rights, and build capacities focused on strengthening political and cultural awareness across the community. We also create mechanisms to protect creative content and take action against infringement.
Giving 900+ playwrights voice and visibility
We work to create more visibility and representation for women, people of colour, people with disabilities, indigenous and LGBTQ+ playwrights in theatre, and provide them with a safe and supportive community. With this lens, we design our services for greater inclusion and accessibility.
“We need to stand up as writers for the stage–as playwrights–as artists who could not merely work within a nascent Canadian theatre, but as the creators of the theatre.” – Carol Bolt
Featured Playwright of the Month
Jennifer Overton is an invaluable member of Canada’s Theatre community. She is an accomplished multi-disciplinary writer, actor, educator, and playwright, based in Halifax, ON. Overton has been a part of numerous productions including her own works Spelling 2–5–5 and God’s Middle Name. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from York University, and spent ten years on faculty in the Theatre Department Acting Program at Dalhousie University.
One of Jennifer Overton’s constant endeavors has been accessible theatre for neurodiverse audiences and has received the Autism Nova Scotia’s 2007 Sobey’s Green Jacket Award recognition of her commitment to the Autism community.
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