This course is an exploration of playwriting and play development practice and its relationship to dramaturgy. The work will include: in-class writing exercises; practical discussions on working with playwrights, dramaturgs and directors; and expectations for playwrights in a workshop environment. The course is geared both to writers and those intending to work with writers: it is open to playwrights and other theatre artists exploring creation through writing. Participants will be asked to write and read new material (monologues and short scenes) aloud throughout the course and to do assignments between classes.


Please contact: with a succinct 1 page statement about your interest in the course and a resume or C.V that includes your experience as a writer / theatre artist / creator. Registration is limited.

The application deadline for this course is: December 6th, 2019


$550 Regular
and $440 Equity/Artist discount

Note: Once a participant has been approved to join the course, their spot will not be reserved until the theatre has received a 20% deposit.

WINTER/SPRING 2020 DATES (6:30PM – 9:45PM)

January 21
January 28
February 4
February 25
March 3
March 17
March 24


Brian Quirt is Artistic Director of Nightswimming, a Toronto dramaturgical company that has commissioned 30 works of theatre, dance and music. Brian also serves as Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. He has created and directed eight of his own plays; Why We Are Here! has toured to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo and Victoria’s Belfry Theatre; These Are The Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad has been seen at the Blyth Festival and Vancouver’s Boca del Lupo. As a director, his recent credits include premieres of these Nightswimming commissions: Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tailbone (on tour in 2017/18/19), Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy (2014-18 national tour), Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box (2012-2014 national tour), Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black (Cahoots Theatre and tour), and Judith Thompson’s Such Creatures (Theatre Passe Muraille). He has been Interim Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Company Dramaturg at Factory Theatre, and Dramaturg at the Theatre Centre. He is the current Board Chair and a past-President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and two-time recipient of LMDA’s Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy.