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Tarragon provides support for creative growth and opportunities for practical professional development. We offer courses in elements of playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, scene study, and physical theatre with some of the best practitioners in the field.


To apply, please visit the course pages for submission requirements.


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Generating Pages


 Jeff Ho

This online course is an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and create with a community of playwrights. Whether coming in with a draft in progress, or a completely new idea waiting to be launched: sessions will be structured to provide space to create, revise, and share material week to week – honed around the theme of generating material, working against perfectionism, working around nurturing curiosity and joy in playwriting.

Found in Betrayal

Is poetry lost in translation? Is translation treason?


 Bruce Gibbons Fell

FOUND IN BETRAYAL is a translation workshop in English. It operates as a collaborative game where participants imagine different worlds and scenarios through group exercises and discussions around translation in the times we live in. It’s an invitation to think of translators as authors and fall in love with language again, exploring the words said by bodies on stage and how these connect to transcultural communication.

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Preparing for Auditions


 Sarena Parmer

In this course, participants will investigate how to select, prepare and perform material specifically suited for the audition environment. We will break down techniques to feel more confident and prepared, so your audition is a true expression of you.

Making the Actual Theatrical

Finding the Drama in True Stories


 Marcia Johnson

Want to write a historical drama? How about delving into family history? Marcia will help you turn a true story into a play.

Earlier This Season

Grant Writing 


Aaron Jan

In multi week “grantwriting unit”, 30x grant winner, Aaron Jan will lead you through the basics of grant writing from an artist’s perspective, as well as walk you through various streams of funding and the strategies he uses to win them. He will discuss grants he’s been awarded at the OAC, TAC and CCA level, types of union contracts, common pitfalls of applying for grants, and his experiences on the other side as a theatre projects juror with the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and an RGTC juror with Cahoots Theatre.

Physical Theatre Creation

Weekend Intensive


Andy Massingham

In this two-day intensive, clown, mime and mask techniques will get you into a creative groove and explore your artistic potential. Serious fun to get ideas on their feet and moving!

Playwriting & Dramaturgy


Brian Quirt

This online 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.