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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 850+ 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

Diane Flacks

Diane Flacks is a Toronto-based writer/actor. Recently, Diane played the titular role of Nathan in “Nathan the Wise” in Stratford’s 2019/2020 season. She wrote and starred in “Unholy”, her acclaimed play about women and religion for Nightwood Theatre. “Unholy” was nominated for a Dora, was filmed live for Zoomer tv and published in 2019. Selected plays include “Waiting Room”, “Bear With Me”, “Random Acts”, “SIBS” (with Richard Greenblatt). TV writing includes “Workin’ Moms”, “Baroness von Sketch Show”, and “Kids in the Hall” — for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She was a national parenting columnist for CBC radio, and a feature columnist for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail among others. Her four solo shows “Myth Me”, “By A Thread”, “Random Acts” and “Bear With Me”, have been remounted internationally. Upcoming: a one-person play, “Guilt”, a play Stratford-seeded play, “Blessed” and a re-telling of the Greek story of Cassandra.

Upcoming Events & Webinars

Playwrights Guild of Canada honours and acknowledges the territory upon which our office resides, the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Métis, and the Anishinabek, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We recognize and respect all recorded and unrecorded Nations who cared for this land of Tkaronto, meaning “Where the Trees Meet the Water.” PGC is grateful for the opportunity to protect and care for the stories of this community, which is the home to many indigenous people from across Turtle Island.

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