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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.

Next up for CASA:

Celebrate South African Women Playwrights – A Benefit in Support of the CASA Project! 

On Monday, March 2nd, 2020, The Actors Repertory Company (ARC) is hosting a benefit for The CASA Award, a CAnadian and South African collaboration that supports and mentors mid-career South African women playwrights in need of financial and dramaturgical aid. Funds raised will help pay for honoraria for jurors and workshops, the promotion of the winners’ work, and travel expenses.

ARC actors and special guests will be reading scenes from contemporary plays by South African women. The evening will be directed by actor/producer Aviva Armour-Ostroff and hosted by playwright Marcia Johnson. Other artists include Philip Akin, Nicholas Blais, Jackie Chau, Charlotte Dennis, Deborah Drakeford, Diane Flacks, Kwaku Okyere, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Makambe K. Simamba, Christopher Stanton and Tamara Vuckovic.

There will be a cash bar and a raffle for theatre tickets, South African Wine, a South African food basket, and more!

8 PM at The Rehearsal Hall, Canadian Stage, 26 Berkeley St, Toronto,

Tickets are $20 and $30 (pay what you can afford). General seating. Space is limited.

Reserve tickets through the Canadian Stage box office 416-368-3110. Or through this link: Celebrate!

If you cannot attend the evening but wish to donate, please 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.

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
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