For First Nations Writers – The Playwrights Retreat

This has been one of our most successful projects, but in 2020, the Retreat will look very different as a result of the public health situation. But our now well-rehearsed collaboration processes, guided by cultural protocols, will remain. We have consulted widely on the new shape of this retreat. 

This year, 10 playwrights will be supported by 5 dramaturgs over two separate 15-day virtual ‘retreat’ periods. The 15 days will be spread out over a 4-week period: one week intensive, two weeks of more fluid work, one week intensive.

The structure of the retreat will be entirely flexible. Participating playwrights will themselves determine the shape of the schedule.

More artists will be supported through this project this year than in previous years. 

We recognise that in remote and virtual collaboration, communications access and cost, self-isolation and care responsibilities will have an impact on creative processes. That’s one reason for extending the duration and spreading it out over 4 weeks. 

The exact shape of the retreats will be determined by the participating playwrights in dialogue with PWA . Dramaturgical support available to each playwright from virtually-resident dramaturgs, selected by the playwrights in collaboration with PWA. 

Overall the retreat will focus on writing, as well as making a digital communal space for sharing work, exploring ideas, taking risks, mentoring and collaborating. 

The virtual Retreats will be scheduled for between July and September 2020.

Post-Retreat, each playwright will have the support of a PWA staff member or affiliated professional to discuss the future needs of their work and potential pathways to production.

Submissions for this program have closed.

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