EAST OF TARRAGON : A Launchpad for Young Playwrights in Scarborough

Tarragon Theatre has partnered with Scarborough Arts and high schools in the area for the last five years to offer free play creation opportunities to youth living in Scarborough. 

This year, with the generous support of TD Canada Trust, we were able to offer free playwriting and collective creation workshops to four high schools and with Scarborough Arts. The students were then invited to submit the scenes they created for further dramaturgical support with Chelsea Woolley and workshops directed by University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus students. 

This Sunday we’re going to do a reading of these scripts with performances from an ensemble of Scarborough youth performers. Featuring 13 scenes by 31 young playwrights that speak to themes of love, murder, betrayal, and so much more!

Register here to receive the Zoom link for the showcase event on Sunday, June 6th at 2:30PM. Please register by Sunday at 11:00AM. 


If you have any questions about the program please don’t hesitate to contact Danielle Bourgon (Education and Community Engagement Manager) at [email protected].


East of Tarragon – 2021 Showcase Information 

Plays Read 

Selfless Love by Abinaya Bavananthan
Candyman by Calvin Wong, Emily Lynette Summ, Pak Kwan Chan, Yemeng Wang
Phone of Reality by Hanisha Mistry, Mavrik Sun, Alice Zhiye Chen
A 24/7 Child by Tamae Vassell
Forever and Always by Jathusan Srisathananthan and Amy Vasanth
Untitled Library Scene by Ella Lui, Ricky Ho, Jayden Phu, Laura Almanza
Tree of Knowledge by Manu Narula, Akshajan Navenachandran, and Caleb Wilson
Deer in Starlight Madeline Hanitijo, Ryan Ambtman, and Ruyi Ru
2 Mans from the Future by Samir Hossei Seyed, Jasraj Jha-ttu, Depainder Sangha, and Stephen Lee
Buttdial by Julia Cho-yi Fung, Teissir Nouren Mahamat, Aryan Sharma
Desires and Pressure by Kassandra Oliver
Confessions by Margot Brighton
There’s Always a Limit by Rishika Shrestha

Ensemble Members

Alp Kurtkapan
Emma / Ruyi Ru
Jake Gunzel
Jefferson Igbinovia
Madeline Hanitijo
Madison Britnell
Mavrik Sun
Ryan Ambtman


Siena Jang 

Olivia Rennie


Chelsea Woolley

Stage Manager 

Emily Pople

Special Thanks to the RH King Academy Arts Management Students who created the posters and the social media campaign for this year’s program.