Spring Festival 2017 Update

The Spring Festival of New Plays will be presented May 9th through 13th at Paved Arts, 424 20th St. West, Saskatoon. The schedule is as follows.

May 9, 7:00 pm – Dans l’ombre de Will James by Martine Noël-Maw ( La Troupe du Jour)

May 10, 8:00 pm– Festival Opening Celebration

May 11, 8:00 pm– Tasty Bits (10 minute excerpts from 5 different plays)

A Room Facing South by Gordon Portman

A Grain of Truth by Betty Ternier Daniels

The Mountain’s Last Song by Lauren Holfeuer

SCUM: A Manifesto by Caitlin Zacharias and S. E. Grummet

Irreplaceable You by Mary  Kondzielewski

May 12, 8:00 pm– The Dividers by BD Miller

May 13, 2:00 pm – Tomatoes by Mac Brock

May 13, 8:00 pm- Where it Hurts by Wendy Lockman

We’re excited to introduce our directors for Spring Festival

Vern Thiessen: Our Festival Dramaturge, is a Governor General’s Award winning playwright and is the Artistic Director of Workshop West Theatre. Soulpepper Theatre’s production of his stage adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage will open July 1st in New York.

Michael Shamata is currently Artistic Director of The Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC., and is former Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick. He has directed plays from coast to coast and has adapted several works to the stage.

Ardith Boxall has been Artistic Director of Theatre Projects Manitoba since 2005. The company produces new and established works as well as running a new play development program.

Laurel Green is Artistic Associate at Alberta Theatre Projects where she works in new play development, programming and is the company’s literary manager. Recent projects include: Cockroach, The Circle, Butcher, Charlotte’s Web, Red and several others.

Emma Tibaldo is Artistic and Executive Director of Playwrights Workshop Montreal and a founding member of Talisman Theatre. She has several directing credits for theatres across the country as well as being in high demand as a dramaturg and director for staged readings.

For more information contact andrew@saskplaywrights.ca or call 306-880-2222

We hope to see you there.

News for August 25, 2016

Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre/Persephone Theatre Playwrights Unit
The selections have been made and we welcome Angela Kemp, Shanda Stefanson, Beverly Brenna and Kenneth T Williams to this season’s unit. This year we will focus more on one on one consultations and fewer weekend retreats. We are looking forward to a very productive year.

Saskatoon Playwrights Circle
The circle is gearing up for season two. All members are welcome and there is no cost. We meet at 7:00 p.m. in room 727 of the Delta Bessborough on the third Monday of every month to read a play out loud and briefly discuss it.

Monday September 19th we will be reading Monday Night by Todd Devonshire. If you would like to be considered for the October reading, or any other, please contact Andrew andrew@saskplaywrights.ca.

Spring Festival 2017 – Saskatoon
The deadline for submissions for the 2017 Spring Festival of New Plays is December 2, 2016. Every year we bring some of the best Directors, Dramaturges and Artistic Directors in the country to work on members’ plays. Watch this space for updates as the deadline approaches. If you want more information, visit our web site – www.saskplaywrights.ca or email Andrew – andrew@saskplaywrights.ca.

Members Feedback
We will be sending out a survey to our members some time in the fall. However, we are always happy to receive your feedback. Let us know if you have a suggestion or a comment. Let us hear from you. Email andrew@saskplaywrights.ca,

Snail mail;
Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre
700 601 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 3G8

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Membership and Renewal

Membership Renewal

Current Memberships expire on July 31st. Now is the time to join or renew. Members have access to the following;

Dramaturgical Services

Submit your play for one-on-one consultations, workshops and more. We will work with the playwright to devise the best dramaturgical plan. Do you have a director or dramaturge that you especially want to work on your piece? Do you have a particular way that you would like to work on the piece? We’ll do our best to make that happen. Free for members

Spring Festival

Members are eligible to submit plays for our annual Spring Festival of New Plays. This is a great chance to have your play read and workshopped by some of the most accomplished and respected directors, dramaturges and Artistic Directors in the country!

24 Hour Playwriting Competition

Members have the opportunity to participate in a playwriting competition for a chance to win their choice of $500 in cash, or a spot in the 2018 Regina Fringe Festival. New this year; after the competition, SPC will work with each participating playwright to set up a dramaturgical plan specifically designed for the needs of his or her script.

Live Five:

In collaboration with Live Five, SPC has initiated a program whereby members will have access to a guaranteed spot in the Live Five season a year in advance so that your play can receive dramaturgical support for a full year before production. Free for members


We will offer one playwright per year the opportunity to work under the guidance of an accomplished Canadian director or dramaturge for a full year. The next mentee will be selected early in 2017. Free for members

Playwrights Circle

SPC hosts a monthly, peer to peer play reading circle to meet on the third Thursday of every month at the SPC office at the Bess. Contact us for details. Free for members


Members can print up to 100 sheets per month free at SPC. Talk to us about your photocopy needs. Free for members.

Workshop Space

SPC has free workshop space for members to use for meetings, play readings, or whatever. Contact us for details. Fee for members 

Membership is just $55.00 a year and is payable through PayPal on our Web site;  http://www.saskplaywrights.ca/membership/

or by sending a cheque to

Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre

700-601 Spadina Crescent East

Saskatoon, SK

S7K 3G8

There has never been a better time to be a member. Spread the word.

Questions? Contact Andrew at andrew@saskplaywrights.ca or at 306-880-2222


Call for Submissions – Playwrights Unit

Call for Submissions – Playwrights Unit

Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre and Persephone Theatre are pleased to announce the third year of our joint Playwrights’ Unit..

This program is open to Saskatchewan playwrights at an ‘intermediate’ stage in their careers. In this context, ‘intermediate’ is defined as playwrights who have had one to two professional productions of their work, or several community and/or Fringe productions. That being said, if you feel your work is at an ‘intermediate’ stage due to other experience/ accomplishments, then please do submit an application.

  • Led by dramaturges from Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre and Persephone Theatre, this group of writers will meet every few months from summer 2016 to spring 2017 (meeting dates for the year to be set in advance).
  • All meetings will be in the form of a weekend retreat (Saturday and Sunday), and all playwrights must attend. Playwrights are responsible for their own travel expenses if travelling from outside of Saskatoon.  Efforts will be made to help find accommodation, if needed.
  • Each playwright will be working on a chosen piece with specific writing/rewriting goals, as determined by the playwright and Dramaturges.
  • Each participant will receive complimentary tickets to Persephone Theatre’s Mainstage season as well as a complimentary membership to the Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre.

Please note that participants in the Playwrights’ Unit may also submit other scripts for development/consideration at either Persephone or SPC.

  • Participants will be able to sit in on workshops for SPC’s 2017 SpringFest as guest auditors, with the permission of the playwright and dramaturge.
  • The group and organizers may choose to offer readings of the work to an invited audience in spring 2017.

Deadline for submissions is August 1st. Please send a scene from the play that you would like to work on in the unit (no longer that 13 pages) or, if the play is as yet unwritten, a sample of other writing, to andrew@saskplaywrights.ca

 While Persephone Theatre views this Playwrights’ Unit as an opportunity to form relationships with developing playwrights and support their work. Participation in the Playwrights’ Unit does not guarantee a production at Persephone Theatre.


Spring Festival Lineup

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We Have the Directors


We have directors coming from all over the country to Regina to work at Spring Festival. They include:


Laurel Green, Artistic Associate, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary,

Roy Surette, Artistic Director, Centaur Theatre, Montreal,

Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director, Western Canada Theatre Company, Kamloops, BC,

Chelsea Haberlin, Associate Artistic Director, Neworld Theatre, Vancouver ,


We have the plays


May 11: Tasty Bits:

  • Something Beautiful by Gordon Portman
  • The Art of Homecoming by Betty Ternier Daniels
  • The Inconquerable Faith by Kelley McTaggart
  • Water Deep and Wide by Terry Jordan
  • Where it Hurts by Wendy Lockman


May 12: The Things We Carry Inside by Ken Wilson


May 13 Lullabies and Cautions by Anne McDonald


May 14 The Ghost and the Darkness by Lauren Holfeuer


We have La Troup du jour

On May 10th, La Troupe du jour will present a reading, in French, of Cantate pour légumes by Madeleine Dahlem, directed by Deborah Cottreau as part of our Spring Festival. Welcome aboard La Troupe!


We have innovations

Our 5-5-5 project is in the final planning stages. We will pair 5 dancer/choreographers with 5 playwright/theatre artists, give them prompts, give them 5 days of studio time and turn them lose. Their studies will be presented as part of the festival’s Opening Celebration.


Speaking of which, we have an Opening Celebration

On May 9 at 8:00, we will have an opening celebration for the Spring Festival. It will feature some short speechafyin’ followed by the 5-5-5 studies mentioned above. After that there is a cash bar, live music and conviviality. Come celebrate with us.


The only thing missing is you.

All events are at Neutral Ground Gallery, 1856 Scarth St in Regina.

Call For Artists 5-5-5 Spring Festival 2016


5 Dance Artists, 5 Theatre Artists, 5 Days In a Studio

Kicking off the 2015 festival was something a little different. SPC has partnered with Paved Arts Gallery to host its first ever multi-disciplinary forum, an artist speed dating event. “The goal,” explained SPC”s Artistic Director/General Manager Andrew Johnston, “was to embrace new forms of theatre practice.”

This year we have decided to take the idea one step further and pair artists to work alongside each other in a shared interest. Andrew Johnson and Kathryn Ricketts (Chair of Dance Area of Faculty of Education, University of Regina) will work both as matchmakers as well as road test dummies as they model the experiment themselves. 5 artists will be chosen from the SPC membership, and 5 from the vibrant dance community in Regina. Participants will be paired in creative duos. Studio space will be provided and the pairs will get to work experimenting with thematics provided.

After 5 days of periodic work in the studio, the 10 artists will come together and share their observations and discoveries at the opening celebration of Spring Festival. Andrew and Kathryn will help facilitate a dialogue with audience, informed by their own first hand experience of the experiment. We are hoping that this dynamic exposé will result in many layers of appreciation from ‘unpacking’ the mysterious and troublesome language of interdisciplinary processes and serve as a sampling of working methods and philosophies for potential further partnerships and collaborations.

Possible developments in the studio

The prompters provided by Andrew and Kathryn could be a trilogy of photographs, a bag of selected objects or an excerpt from a play or novel (to name a few). The artist will use the prompters as a springboard for research and investigations together in the realm of character or narrative development, movement explorations, environment or set and costume design which will then provide a foundation for scene studies

An Honorarium of $300.00 will be provided to each dancer and playwright. Deadline is March 24, 2016.

Interested In Participating?

Any SPC member in good standing is welcome to apply. If you are interested please email a resume and a letter of interest to andrew@saskplaywrights.ca. Your letter of interest should include;

Contact Information

Why you would like to participate

Any relevant experience.

Deadline for applications is March 24, 2016.

Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre and Live Five Partnership Deadline, March 18, 2016

Live Five
Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre is excited to be partnering with Live Five to bring local plays to the stage. SPC members in good standing who wish to produce their play with Live Five are invited to apply.
One applicant will be selected to receive a full year of dramaturgical assistance from the SPC and inclusion in the 2017/18 Live Five season. The successful applicant will be expected to commit to a dramaturgical plan in the development year with SPC and to fulfill all duties required of regular producing companies in the year of production with Live Five.
Follow the link below to apply. There is no fee for this program. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2016

24 Hour Playwriting Competition


The Skinny

The 24 Hour Playwriting Competition is back and better than ever! Writers of all levels are welcome to sign up and try to make some theatrical magic happen in 24 short hours.

The top prize for the competition is a slot in the Saskatoon 2017 Fringe Festival, OR a $500 Cash Prize! Other prizes will be awarded as provided by local merchants and arts organizations.

Registration is open to all members in good standing. The Registration Fee is $45.00 and spots are available on a first come first served basis. Click the link below to register.

Great news for first time members only!! Become a member now, and we’ll wave the registration fee for your first 24 Hour Playwriting Competition.

How it Works

The competition starts at 4:00 p.m. Friday January 22nd at The Two Twenty, 220 20th St W, Saskatoon. Playwrights are encouraged to bring their own laptops. We will have some laptops available for those who do not have a laptop, but would still like to participate.

All submissions must be handed in to a representative of SPC no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23rd. Saturday evening, a panel of expert judges will read all the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Awards Ceremony

 On Sunday, January 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 there will be an Awards Ceremony and Celebration at Village Guitar and Amp, 432 20th St W, Saskatoon. There will be short readings from the winning entries, finger food, a cash bar, and entertainment. Admission will be by donation and it is guaranteed to be a lot of fun.

Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre AGM November 21- Creative City Centre- Regina

We invite all members to our Annual General Meeting which will be held at the Creative City Centre, 1843 Hamilton Street in Regina on Saturday, November 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to be followed by a social from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

We will elect a new Board of Directors, discuss changes and proposals for the coming year, and approve the budget. Please consider letting your name stand for a board position, or suggest the name of a member who would be a good addition to the SPC Board. Board members don’t necessarily have to be playwrights, and a professional accountant , lawyer or businessman would certainly add perspective to our organization.

Following the business of the meeting, we will have a social time from 3:00 to 5:00.  We hope to see you there.

Spring Festival dramaturge announced

Nina Lee Aquino
Nina Lee Aquino

Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre is pleased to announce that our Festival Dramaturge for Spring Festival 2016 in Regina is Nina Lee Aquino. She is an award winning director and dramaturge, current Artistic Director of Factory Theatre in Toronto, and former Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Cahoots Theatre Company.

She received the Ken McDougall Award in 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize in 2008 and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.

Deadline for submissions to the Spring Festival of New Plays is December 1, 2015.