Tarragon Theatre is thrilled to announce the creation of a position unique in Canadian theatre: a fully-salaried, two-year term as Playwright-in-Residence. This new role is generously supported by George Youssef, a long-time advocate of Tarragon Theatre and our work.

In addition to writing plays for production at Tarragon Theatre, the selected Playwright-in-Residence will contribute to the theatre community by leading workshops and courses aimed at youth and professional playwrights, participating in audience outreach and education activities, and providing mentorship to the members of Tarragon’s Playwrights Unit.

To be considered for this program, please provide the following materials:

  1. A Cover Letter (maximum 3 pages) detailing your artistic vision, your professional body of work up to this point, and at least two proposed projects with development timelines.
  2. A Resume outlining your professional playwriting experience.
  3. A Script Sample (maximum 20 pages). The play can be in any stage of development.  We invite you to submit the project that you find most compelling at this moment.

Select applicants will be invited to submit their full scripts and to attend an interview with the senior artistic staff of the theatre.

DEADLINE:  All applications must arrive at Tarragon Theatre by February 15, 2017.  

Please email submissions to Andrea Romaldi, Literary Manager at andrea@tarragontheatre.com.

Tarragon Theatre encourages applications from artists of diverse cultures;  First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists; Deaf artists; artists with disabilities; artists located in regions across Canada; new generation artists; and artists working in non-traditional forms of theatre.


1. Do I have to reside full-time in Toronto for the duration of the playwright residency?

No.  You may write from your current place of residence.  However, you will need to be able to self-fund occasional travel to Toronto to participate in the duties besides writing stipulated in the call.

2. What is the timeline for the residency?

We expect the residency to take place over the following two seasons, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, but the exact timeline is flexible based on the selected playwright’s schedule and previously-made professional commitments.

3. What does “full-time” mean?

What is most important to us is that the selected playwright devote the majority of their writing time over two years to create and develop plays for Tarragon Theatre.  We to aim to end the two-year residency with two to three plays in advanced development, and additional plays in the research or early development phase. That said, we recognize that playwrights must take on multiple contracts over several years in order to seed future work, and we support that as long as the playwright’s commitment to Tarragon is met.

4. What is the proposed salary?

The salary will fall between $30,000 and $40,000 per year over two years.