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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
COST (INCLUDES HST)
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 2018 DATES & TIMES: 9 CLASSES FROM 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuesday January 23rd
Tuesday January 30th
Tuesday February 6th
Tuesday February 27th
Tuesday March 6th
Tuesday March 13th
Tuesday March 20th
Tuesday March 27th
Tuesday April 3rd
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; in 2017 Why We Are Here! toured to Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo and Victoria’s Belfry Theatre, and These Are The Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad toured to 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), 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.