The Writers' Intensive
The Writers' Intensive continues as part of the Fireworks Festival with three writing workshops to be held on three successive Saturdays: Nov. 11 / 18 / 25 from 9:00 - 12:00 in the lobby of the Alumnae Theatre.
This year our workshop leader will be Donna-Michelle St. Bernard who is a critically acclaimed emcee, playwright and agitator. Her works include Sound of the Beast, They Say He Fell, Salome's Clothes, Gas Girls and A Man A Fish. She is artistic director at New Harlem Productions, Coordinator of the ADHOC Assembly and a lead vocalist with Ergo Sum, a Toronto based folk/funk/hiphop trio. Upcoming production will be Cake at Theatre Passe Muraille backspace. Donna-Marie has also been nominated as one of the four finalists for the Siminovitch Prize for Playwriting for 2017.
Her three-part workshop will focus on the creation/refinement of stories for the stage, with emphasis on the three greatest obstacles to playwriting:
- Starting Is Hard
- Stuck in the Middle
- Endings Are Hard
Cost is $75.00 for Alumnae Members; $100.00 for non-members. Members have priority registration. Non-members join waiting list at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register click here.
The Mainstage plays are usually by established playwrights. However, any playwright is welcome to submit his/her script to our programming chair at any time for consideration. The mainstage season programming process occurs between June and October each year, with a season usually announced in November or December. To submit a script, contact our Programming Chair at email@example.com.
Next Stage Reading Series
The New Play Development Group (NPD) of the Alumnae Theatre seek scripts-in-progress for Season Two of the
NEXT STAGE READING SERIES Scripts welcomed starting August 1, 2017; scripts will be accepted as long as there are reading slots available.
The Next Stage Reading Series aids in the development of works-in-progress with "semi-cold" lobby readings of new scripts. All members and non-members welcome to attend! All ACTIVE members welcome to participate as readers!
Readings will be hosted in the Alumnae Lobby on:
September 18, October 2, November 6, December 11, 2017
January 8, February 5, April 2, June 18, 2018
Please send script submissions to BOTH Anne Tait firstname.lastname@example.org and Carol Libman email@example.com. Please include:
NAME OF PLAY
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME OF PLAY (minimum 50- 60 minutes, can be longer)
THEME OF PLAY
FIRST CHOICE OF READING DATE
SECOND CHOICE OF DATE
WILL YOU USE A DIRECTOR OF DIRECT YOURSELF? (this can be determined closer to the reading)
As this is an Alumnae initiative for playwrights, actors and directors, all roles - regardless of gender - are played by women.
Actors and directors are chosen from Alumnae members, and therefore male roles are read by females.
Lists of interested members are made available to playwrights by Anne Tait and Carol Libman.
YOU MUST BE AN ACTIVE, LIFE OR SENIOR SUPPORTING MEMBER OF ALUMNAE, AS WELL AS A MEMBER OF THE NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT GROUP TO PARTICIPATE AS A PLAYWRIGHT. To become an Active Member, contact Liz Best, VP Membership @ firstname.lastname@example.org. To become an NPD member, contact Anne @ email@example.com & Carol @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Play Development Group
All Active, Lifetime and Senior Supporting Members of the Alumnae Theatre are invited to join the New Play Development (NPD) group. We’re a group of women playwrights and dramaturges, at all levels of experience, who meet once a month from September through June to read and share our work, give feedback to each other, and discuss playwriting issues. At times we also meet in smaller, weekly groups.
Partnering with directors, dramaturges, and actors, NPD organizes three annual showcases of new Canadian works:
- Write Now! — A weekend-long playwriting challenge held in October that culminates a week later in a presentation of rehearsed readingsof all the entries;
- Big Ideas — A festival of longer works held each May that includes directed staged readings with actors, as well as table reads.
- Next Stage Reading Series — A series of "semi-cold" lobby readings open to the public that runs throughout the year and aids in the development of works-in-rogress
Many NPD members also submit plays to New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre’s juried three-week festival of new plays held each March. Plays developed through NPD are also eligible for full production in November as part of Alumnae’s FireWorks, which features two to three new works and a series of panel discussions on topics related to the plays.
NPD always welcomes new members. For more information on how to join the NPD and the meeting dates/times, visit our members-only site to contact the NPD coordinator. To join NPD, you must be a member of Alumnae Theatre. If you are not yet a member, please join us and indicate on your registration that you would like to be included in the NPD.