How do we make adaptations more relevant and personal, so these stories are accessible to a wider audience? This course is open to writers, creators and other artists interested in how to adapt work for the stage. Through a series of lectures, group discussions, and writing exercises we will explore the process of play adaptation.

By unpacking the instructor’s personal process, examining other adapted plays and sharing their own writing, participants will leave with tools, practical experience, and a clear process to tackle their own adaptions. Covering everything from character arcs, context and themes, to the limitations of adaptation, it is sure to be a great learning experience for all involved.

PLEASE NOTE: As this is a virtual class a reliable internet connection is ideal. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, and are interested in taking the class, please note it on your application. We are committed to finding an alternate way to facilitate your learning and participation in the class.

If you want to know more about Sarena’s process / have questions about the course be sure to check out the webinar:
Lifting the Text : A Look at Modern Adaptation of Classic Works
on December 19th, 2020.

To Enroll

Please email with a one page introduction letter, as well as your bio/resume/CV. The introduction letter should answer the following questions:

  • Why you want to take the class?
  • What you’re hoping to get out of it?
  • Your experience level as a writer, or relevant experience in another discipline.
    (Please note, we welcome a variety of experience levels.)
  • Are you interested in adapting from another play, from other source material (short story, poem, etc..) or both?
  • Anything else you’d like us to know?

The application deadline for this course is: 5PM on January 6th, 2021.


Equity/Artist Rate – $100*

Regular Rate – $150

* This artist rate is available to anyone who self-identifies as an artist and/or is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. 

Note: This cost has been reduced from our standard course rate to reflect the economic difficulties many are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also honouring the value of the work of the artist-instructor. 

Dates & Times

8 Sessions from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

  • February 3rd
  • February 10th
  • February 17th
  • February 24th
  • March 3rd
  • March 10th
  • March 17th
  • March 24th


Sarena is an actor and playwright. Originally from Kelowna BC, she is now based in Toronto.

Her first full-length play, The Orchard (After Chekhov) premiered at the Shaw Festival in 2018, making Parmar the first South Asian playwright produced in the festival’s history. The play went on to a second

 production at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. 

Her plays have been developed by Cahoots Theatre, Soulpepper, and Diaspora Dialogues. Sarena was also a participant of the Stratford Playwright’s Retreat, and a recipient of the Elliot Hayes Playwright Development Fund awarded by the Stratford Festival.

Currently Sarena is working on her next play as a Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre. The Orchard (After Chekhov) is also taught in universities across Canada and the USA.

Sarena is an acting graduate of the National Theatre School and Birmingham Conservatory of Classical Theatre (Stratford Festival).