This workshop is an explorative, open conversation about what intimacy professionals look for in dramatic texts to bring scenes of intimacy to life. What do intimacy directors look for in both dialogue and stage directions and how can we as writers offer descriptive (not prescriptive) scenes of intimacy? In addition to an introduction to intimacy directors/coordinators and their process, we will also briefly cover the interesting history of stage directions and their current status in contemporary theatre writing. The script is more than just an opportunity for storytelling; it is an invitation to collaborate and communicate with actors, directors, designers and audiences.
Join us Wednesday March 6th, 2024 at 12pm PDT/ 1pm YT, CST, MDT/ 2pm CDT/ 3pm ET & 4pm ADT/ 4:30pm NFLD.
FREE Registration for PGC Members.
Non Members $21 + Tax.
ASL will be provided.
Rebecca Lashmar is an actor, writer, and intimacy director currently residing in Toronto, Canada. She recently completed her MA at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto with a research interest in how sexuality, violence and mental health crises are depicted on stage and screen. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Honours Acting from the University of Windsor, a diploma in Art Administration and Leadership from Queen’s University and is a certified Artistic Mental Health Practitioner.
With a focus on consent-based and trauma informed practices, Rebecca has a love for unapologetic storytelling, collaboration and text analysis. She sits on both the Marketing and Outreach Committee and the Workshop Committee at the National Society of Intimacy Professionals (NSIP), a not-for-profit organization that provides resources and ongoing training to intimacy professionals in Canada, as well as internationally. This past year, Rebecca spoke at the first-ever Intimacy Conference for Intimacy Coordination in Berlin, Germany and at The Great Canadian Playwright Showcase. When not in the theatre or in the library, Rebecca enjoys horror films, reading, and baking.
Select writing projects include;
“They Kiss: How Intimacy Directors Translate Intimate Stage Directions” (University of Toronto, Thesis), “On Burnout Culture” (smART Magazine, Issue 10),, The Routine (OAC Funded), Fairchild (Driftwood Theatre).
Select intimacy projects include; Dating Unlocked (Border2Border Entertainment), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Kordazone Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Sheridan College), and Portia’s Julius Caesar (University of Waterloo)
Instagram – @rebeccalashmar
LinkedIn – Rebecca Lashmar
Work With Me! Session 6 with Natalie Meisner
PGC is launching Work with Me!, inspired by American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and her “Watch Me Work” sessions, which is billed as a “playwriting master class,” “a performance piece,” and a “meditation on artistic process.”
Award-winning playwright Natalie Meisner will kick off the third session on Monday, March 11th from 3:00 – 4:00pm EDT.
Join Natalie online to watch her work on her latest writing project while you also work on yours, and then ask her your questions at the session’s end. This is the perfect opportunity to get writing and thinking about your current playwriting project.
The event is FREE, but registration is required prior to 12pm EDT on March 11th.
Dialogue Master Class with Brad Fraser (in person)
For the last three years Brad Fraser has taught a masterclass in dialogue to select filmmaking students at the Toronto Film Festival. The class has proven so popular Brad has offered to bring it to the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.
The class is three intense hours of discussion, exercises, and game playing, designed to add new techniques and ideas to every writer’s toolbox in how they create and use dialogue. It will cover the differences in writing dialogue for stage, film, and TV, with audio and visual clips to illustrate each point. Questions such as, where does dialogue come from, how is it used, how much is needed, and how does it differentiate according to subject and style, will be examined.
The class is restricted to twelve people, and will last three hours, with a short break. Participants must be prepared to discuss aspects of their work, take part in written exercises, and to test both their listening and communicating skills. Due to the electronic nature of some of the material all participants will need a laptop, tablet, or other device on which they can write easily, and view media clips. Earbuds are also suggested.
If spaces fill quickly for the workshop, we may be able to offer an overflow in-person class. To be considered, please complete the form HERE. For those who can’t make an in-person class for any reason, please let the PGC know you are interested in an online version. If you are interested in the online version please reach out to PGC by filling out this FORM HERE.
When: Monday March 18th, 2024
Time: 6pm – 9pm ET in person
Where: PGC’s Office Suite #350,
410 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Cost: $125 + tax per registrant
Space is limited only 12 spots available
***Please note there must be a minimum of 5 participants registered to move forward with this class. If PGC must cancel the class, full refunds will be provided. No refunds will be issued if a participant must remove themself.***
Brad Fraser has worked in all forms of media for the last forty-five years, and has won multiple awards and honours. His plays include “Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love”, “Poor Super Man”, “True Love Lies”, and many others, all produced worldwide, including last season’s highly controversial and successful adaptation of “Richard ll” at the Stratford festival. For television he was a writer and producer on Showtime’s “Queer As Folk” for three seasons, as well as the host of “JawBreaker” on OUT TV. His films include “Love and Human Remains”, directed by Academy Award Winner Denys Arcand, “Leaving Metropolis”, directed by Brad, and “Your Son”, a South Korean adaptation of Brad’s play “Kill Me Now”, which will be filmed in Canada this summer. Fraser’s work is well-known for its blistering dialogue.
The Short Stack: Navigating Short Play Festivals
Don’t sell yourself short! Short play festivals are a common way for emerging playwrights to get their work out there, and navigating the multitude of festivals can be daunting sometimes. This webinar will compare different models of short play festivals from Fringe festivals to ten-minute play festivals, both in Canada and internationally. The webinar will explore the pros and pitfalls of being part of a short-play circuit. Led by seasoned short-play veteran playwright Jessica Anderson, this session will include tips and tricks to guide your next short play venture to success.
Join us Wednesday March 27th, 2024 at 12pm PDT/ 1pm YT, CST, MDT/ 2pm CDT/ 3pm ET & 4pm ADT/ 4:30pm NFLD.
FREE Registration for PGC Members.
Non Members $21 + Tax.
ASL will be provided.
Jessica Anderson is a playwright currently based in Toronto. Jessica was the recipient of the 2012 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Award for her full-length play The Gods and Calvin Brewer. Her first full- length play My Purple Wig was short-listed for the RBC Tarragon Under Thirty Award, the Herman Voaden Award and won the Special Merit Award in TheatreBC’s National Playwriting Contest. My Purple Wig premiered Off- Broadway at the Lion Theatre in November of 2013. Her third full-length play, A Different Kind of Job, premiered as part of Theatre Aquarius’ TA2 Studio Series in December 2015. A Different Kind of Job was remounted by Bad Timing Productions in October of 2018. Jessica has participated in six different types of short play festivals (some over multiple years) from 2011-2023. Her short plays have been produced at the Extremely Short Play festival in Ottawa, the InspiraTO festival in Toronto, the Just Acts Play Festival in Calgary, the HamilTEN festival in Hamilton, the Grand River Arts Festival in Brantford and the Short and Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. Jessica was the OAC playwright-in-residence for Tottering Biped Theatre for 2016/17. She was a participant in the 2014 Stratford Playwright’s Retreat, an inaugural member of the 1000 Islands playwrights’ unit and was a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwright’s Unit from 2014-2018. Jessica was also the Interim Festival Director for the record-breaking 2016 Hamilton Fringe Festival. www.jessicaanderson.ca
PGC members have been paired up to share their work and discuss the craft of playwriting with one another. You can tune into these live events and get a glimpse of what these theatre creators have been up to!
Craft Bites is open and free to the public.
Please note Craft Bites is free but registration is required prior to one hour before each session.