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Workshop (Edmonton): Playwright’s Circle – New Works for Young Audiences – Kompany Family Theatre

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Workshop (Edmonton): Playwright’s Circle – New Works for Young Audiences – Kompany Family Theatre

KFT_logo-transparent-background1Kompany Family Theatre in association with The Alberta Playwrights Network



APPROPRIATE PLAYWRIGHTS: This circle is for playwrights (emerging or established) who are interested in developing work suitable for young audiences and/or families. The play can be at any stage of development – a full draft, a few scenes or even just an idea. A small group of no more than six playwrights will be selected to participate in this workshop based upon the suitability of their proposed work, their goals around developing their work and their desire to share the development process with others.

PLAYWRIGHT CIRCLE ELEMENTS: Over the course of the full circle, playwrights can expect to develop their plays under the guidance of renowned educator, director and dramaturge, Stephen Heatley, as well as through feedback from other participants, readings by professional actors and reaction and feedback from your intended audience. Acceptance & participation in the Playwright’s Workshop will include:

***Six ‘playwright’s circle style’ sessions lead by Stephen Heatley. (Choose Daytime OR Evening)
Daytime: Session 1: Tuesday, February 18 – 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: Friday, February 21 – 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Sessions 3, 4, 5, 6: TBD

Evening: Session 1: Tuesday, February 18 – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Session 2: Thursday, February 20 – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Sessions 3, 4, 5, 6: TBD

***Workshop readings of your play (or scenes) in development by professional actors for a school and/or family audience. You will be given an honorarium for the use of your piece in this part of the process.

***Consideration for future development and/or production by Kompany Family Theatre.

APPLICATION PROCESS & ENQURIES: Interested playwrights are invited to respond to Jan Taylor, Artistic Director of Kompany Family Theatre ( by February 10 2014 with a short description of your play/idea, what you would like to accomplish over the course of the workshop as well as relevant background information about yourself.

WORKSHOP FEE: $175.00, $150.00 for APN members. Note: Participants will be eligible for an honorarium for the use of their work with a school and/or family audience.

STEPHEN HEATLEY has worked in professional theatre for 40 years. As Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Theatre Network, he directed over 30 world premieres. His other credits in Alberta include the Citadel where he was Associate Artistic Director and the head of the Theatre School for 5 years, Stage Polaris, Free Will Players, Chinook Theatre, and Alberta Theatre Projects. Stephen has been involved with the Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre’s Spring Festival since 2000 as director and dramaturge. Most recently he directed Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at UBC and Stewart Lemoine’s Cocktails at Pam’s for Staircase Collective. He is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia where he works with actors, directors and playwrights.

PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIAL “It was great to work with professional theatre artists who were supportive and critical. This helped me to create a play that I am very proud of and hope to see produced in the near future.” — Jeremy Mason, Lethbridge Playwright and participant in the 2012 Playwright’s Circle —

Plays developed through the New Works for Young Audiences Programme and produced by Kompany Family Theatre include: The Wizard that Was, or Was Not… (Jan Taylor/Richard Link), Woof and Other Tales of Abigail (Andrea Ritter), Zachary and the Storytelling Stones (Kristen Finlay) and The Missadventurous Perils of Pauline (Charlene Van Buekenhout).

CONTACT: Jan Taylor, Artistic Director Kompany Family Theatre (

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