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2024 Playwriting Lab Facilitated by Guillermo Verdecchia

Sage Hill Writing
February 20, 2024
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Location:  In Person at St. Peter’s College, Muenster, SK, Canada

Dates: July 4 – 13, 2024

Shaping Your Play: Crafting Dramatic Moments
A facilitated, in person course for eight playwrights who wish to further develop their playwriting skills and may have had works produced. You do not need to be published to attend. The course will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, writing time, and individual critiques. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion setting over 10 days. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

Details of Application found HERE

Guillermo Verdecchia 

A headshot photo of Guillermo Verdecchia

Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama and fiction as well as a director, dramaturge, translator, and actor. He is the recipient of a Governor-General’s Award for Drama for his play Fronteras Americanas and a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award. His work, which includes The Art of Building a Bunker (with Adam Lazarus), the Governor-General shortlisted Noam Chomsky Lectures (with Daniel Brooks), the Seattle Times’ Footlight Award-winning Adventures of Ali & Ali (with Marcus Youssef and Camyar Chai), A Line in the Sand (with Marcus Youssef), bloom, and Another Country has been recorded, anthologized, translated into Spanish and Italian, produced in Europe and the US, and is studied in Latin America, Australia, Europe, and North America.

As a director and actor he has worked at theatres across Canada, from the Stratford Festival, where he directed Sunil Kuruvilla’s Rice Boy, to Vancouver’s East Cultural Centre, where he has presented several original works including Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings. He has also directed for Soulpepper Theatre — the critically acclaimed production of The Royale – and the Tarragon Theatre – The Jungle written by two of his former students (Toronto Critics’ Award for Best New Play).

He has also served as dramaturg on Sarena Parmar’s The Orchard at the Shaw Festival and David Yee’s Governor-General’s Award nominated Lady in the Red Dress, which was produced by Fu-gen Theatre. Former Director of New Play Development at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, Guillermo served as dramaturge for numerous plays and productions including Vern Theissen’s multi-award winning adaptation of Sommerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage, and Anthony MacMahon’s adaptation of Animal Farm, and Erin Shield’s Queen Goneril. He has translated plays by Lorca and is particularly fond of Once 5 Years Pass.

He has an M.A. from the University of Guelph where he received a Governor-General’s Gold Medal for Academic Achievement. He has published a number of scholarly articles and contributed book chapters on aspects of intercultural theatre practice in Canada, and teaches regularly at the University of Toronto.

His most recent work includes directing English by Sanaaz Toosi for Soulpepper in Toronto and the Segall Centre in Montreal. His newest play, FEAST, premiered in the fall of 2023.

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