Call for Submissions – Playwrights Unit

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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

 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.