Course Description

If you’re a playwright that feels stuck in what you’ve been writing or you want to try something new, this might be the class for you. This class aims to bring together a group of writers to consider the fundamentals of playwrighting and to challenge our thinking about what a play is or how it works.

A class for playwrights who:
– love to talk about structure
– hate to talk about structure
– don’t know what to say about structure
– are keen on experimentation
– want to write outside of their comfort zone but don’t know where to start

This is not a class to learn how to write a play. But you will have opportunities to explore and experiment through writing exercises. You will also be asked to read articles, essays or plays and have opinions about them. We hope to bring in playwrights to come to talk about their work and inspire you further. The goal of the class is that you leave feeling less stuck and with new ways to approach playwrighting.

To Enroll

Please contact: education@tarragontheatre.com with a CV and a one page letter of intent. (As this is intended to be a learning opportunity for professional playwrights you must have at least one play produced listed on your CV.)

Applications are due by : March 5th, 2020.

Cost (includes HST)

$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.

Spring 2019 Dates. Classes are from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • April 6th
  • April 13th
  • April 20th
  • April 27th
  • May 4th
  • May 11th
  • May 19th
  • May 25th

Instructor Bio

Joanna Falck is the Literary Manager at the Tarragon Theatre. Previously, she spent 10 seasons as Literary Manager at the Shaw Festival Theatre (2007-2016) and was the Tarragon Theatre’s first Literary Manger (2003-2007). As a freelance dramaturg, she has worked across Canada with companies including Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, fuGen Asian Canadian Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Panik, Tapestry New Opera Works, Studio 180, Arts Club Theatre (Vancouver), Banff Playwrights’ Colony, Native Earth Performing Arts, Cabaret Company/Buddies in Bad Times and Canadian Stage Company. She has been a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) since 1996 and served on the Executive Board and was on the Founding Board of LMDA Canada. She also served on the steering committee for the Equity in Theatre Initiative and was on the Theatre Committee for the Toronto Arts Council.