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The SureFire List

The Women’s Caucus of Playwrights Guild of Canada is pleased  to announce and share with you the inaugural release of The SureFire List!

The underrepresentation of women playwrights is a well-known and documented fact, and it increases exponentially when it comes to Indigenous women, women of colour, and trans people. Frequently, ADs, producers, and educators state that they don’t produce shows by women or trans-femmes simply because they don’t know of any good plays by them. The SureFire List is a community-generated resource intended to help alleviate such difficulties and it complements other like-minded initiatives, such as The Pledge Project and The 49 List.

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CASA Award

The CASA Award is an initiative of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Women’s Caucus in consultation with the African Women Playwrights Network. Started in 2017, the CASA Award supports an experienced, woman-identified playwright living in South Africa by providing her with some funding, writing space, and dramaturgical mentorship.

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Equity in Theatre (EIT)

In existence from 2014 – 2016, EIT was a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at remedying gender and other inequities in the theatre industry. Through a multi-pronged, intersectional, and inclusive response involving the community as a whole (artists, stakeholders, and audiences), EIT promoted dialogue, generated greater awareness of and exposure to women theatre practitioners, and developed community-based action plans to help redress industry imbalances. Projects included a 2015 research study with recommendations, an industry Symposium and Conference with American groups, a dedicated website with various resources, and live social events, such as play readings, discussion panels, hackathons, and more.

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Pledge Project

Pledge is an acronym for a “Production Listing to Enhance Diversity and Gender Equity.” Providing a fully searchable database of large cast (6 characters or more) plays by Canadian women, Pledge will help improve the number of women playwrights produced on the mainstages of post-secondary institutions (currently less than 20%). Schools are invited to make public performance pledges to help raise awareness and increase the representation of women and other marginalized communities in theatre training programs all across the nation.

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