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Advocating, Supporting
& 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.

Our Lenses

Promotion

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.

Protection

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.

Pluralism

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

Happenings

Featured Playwright of the Month

Rita Shelton Deverell

Words fall short to describe an artist of such prodigious personage such as Rita Shelton Deverell. Playwright, theatre artist, producer, director, actor, broadcaster and professor– she has taken on several roles in her career and has left her mark in every arena of Canadian media. Rita has received numerous awards and was most recently recognized as “Woman of the Year” by ACTRA.

We had the pleasure of interviewing her to explore her experience working with and being a part of groups of underrepresented voices in the arts and also take a look at her storied career.

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