The 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 funding, writing space, and dramaturgical mentorship.
If you would like to make a donation to the CASA Award, go to The Playwrights Guild of Canada Donation Page and choose option #2: “CASA Award Mentorship.”
Visit the CASA Award’s official Facebook page and learn more HERE.
Read the press release for the 2020 CASA Award Winner, Genna Gardini, HERE.
Equity in Theatre
In existence from 2014 – 2017, EIT was a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at remedying gender and other related inequities in the theatre industry. It involved Artists Driving Holistic Organizational Change; Associated Designers of Canada; Canadian Actors Equity Association; Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario; Deaf, Disabled, and Mad Arts Alliance of Canada; Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance; Literary Manager and Dramaturges of the Americas, Canada; Pat the Dog Theatre Creation; Playwrights Guild of Canada; Playwrights Theatre Centre; and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. 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 gender-based research study of the industry with recommendations, an sectoral Symposium, a Conference with American groups, a dedicated website with various resources, and live social events, such as play readings, discussion panels, hackathons, and more.
To visit the EIT website, click here: www.equityintheatre.com
The P.L.E.D.G.E 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 offers a tool to help improve the number of women playwrights and other marginalized voices produced on the mainstages of post-secondary institutions, which is less than 20% currently. Schools are invited to make public performance pledges to help raise awareness and increase the representation of women and racialized communities in theatre training programs and beyond all across the nation.
To visit the website, click here: www.pledgeproject.ca
SureFire is a community-generated resource inspired by the Kilroys; an American group that produces an annual catalogue of high-quality, un-produced and/or under-produced plays by women, Gender Non-Conforming, and trans folks to help redress marginalization. For our Canadian rendition, theatre aficionados (or “Recommenders”) across the nation are nominated by PGC’s Staff, Women’s Caucus, and National Forum (Regional) Reps, and they are asked to submit their top three “passion picks” for under- or un-produced plays by Canadian women, GNC, and trans folks. We gather the results, rank the findings, and release SureFire biennially to provide the industry with a valuable resource that helps identify remarkable, production-ready plays.