S.P.C. is excited to launch a special new program to help kick-start the newly crafted Artistic Missionof our organization. Your board along with Artistic Director/General Manager Andrew Johnston have worked hard to set out new ideals for the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre that are more reflective of the current theatrical landscape and responsive to the communities we wish to serve and partner with.
We at S.P.C. also know that two of the biggest and most indelibly intertwined barriers facing playwrights/creators are Time& Money.
Time…when is there ever enough it to really focus on that idea/project bouncing around in my head?
Money…even if I was able to set aside the time and headspace for it, how am I going to support myself/pay the bills when I do?
With this in mind S.P.C. has created Write Like You Mean It, where we hope you’ll be able to do just that!
3 One-Week Bursaries are available to help writers/creators of all experience levels.
- Senior/Established Playwrights (I’ve had 1 or more plays produced at a PACT house/Regional Theatre or equivalent)
- Mid-Level/Building Playwrights (I’ve self-produced/Fringe Toured/Showcased 1 or more plays so far)
- Emerging/Multi-Disciplinary Artist/Creator (I work in theatre but am new to Playwrighting OR work in Non-Traditional forms of writing/creation).
All categories are treated equally in this program. S.P.C. will provide $800to the selected recipient in each category.
Oh yeah…What we provide:
Well…$800 for starters! It’s not a small fortune, but we wanted something comparable to a 40 hour work week at a living wage of $20/hr. Day Job/Night Job/Joe Job…all work has value!
At the end of your week, you are entitled to some of the resources S.P.C. has to offer.
- Consultation and Feedback with the S.P.C. Dramaturge
- A formal one-day workshop (at an appropriate later date based on the evolution of the piece)with professional actors/dramaturgy
- Public reading/showcase at a future S.P.C. event
What we need from you if you are selected:
- Your full commitment to the project. You know…”like you mean it”! For that week (to be scheduled around your needs), we ask you to have no other jobs or projects on the go.
- Some sort of daily update which we can post to Social Media. This could be as simple as a snippet of dialogue, a diary entry, or a cleverly captured candid photo. We just want to know how it’s going!
- A post-project re-cap. We’d like to hear about the whole experience, maybe after you’ve had some time to think and reflect. We’d hope to share it with fellow writers or creators on our website or through the E-Zine.
How to Apply:
Okay, we are trying our best to keep this simple. This isn’t a grant application, and there’s no portal. There…you can breathe a sigh of relief.
- A 1-2 page proposal/synopsis for a project that in some way embraces the new P.C. Artistic Mission. That doesn’t mean you have to hit all the points, you just have to hit one!
- A little bio/paragraph about yourself. You can tell us which category you feel best suits you or we will do our best to find the right fit.
- A 1-10 page writing sample. This could be something related to the project you have in mind or be from a past work. We are not – I repeat not– looking for a piece that is in completed draft form or has been submitted to S.P.C. in the past. No offence…we just want to get in at the ground floor!
Deadline:July 21st, 2019– submit via email to Andrew@saskplaywrights.ca
Applications will be reviewed by the Artistic Director and the Dramaturgical Committee.
Recipients will be announced on August 6th, 2019
Your Work Week needs to be completed by Dec 31st, 2019.