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Workshop (Edmonton): Playwriting for Young Audiences Boot Camp – Kompany Family Theatre

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Workshop (Edmonton): Playwriting for Young Audiences Boot Camp – Kompany Family Theatre


with Tracy Carroll & Conni Massing
February 24 & 25 2018,
in Edmonton


Calling all writers (and would-be writers!), playwrights, theatre professionals, students and educators interested in exploring & creating theatrical work suitable for young audiences. We welcome and encourage participants from diverse backgrounds and experiences!


The workshop runs Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at “The Third Space” (11516 103 Street, Edmonton).

The Playwriting Boot Camp is conceived of and team-taught by well-known dramaturg/director, Tracy Carroll and award-winning Edmonton playwright, Conni Massing.

  • Come and explore writing for the theatre in this low pressure – high intensity weekend.
  • Sessions will focus on the sense of play in playwriting, with fun, hands-on exercises designed to spark imagination and inspire theatrical story-telling.
  • You’ll create characters, dialogue and dramatic situations, all in the spirit of exploration and with an emphasis on process rather than product.

Note: The Playwriting Boot Camp is a companion workshop to Kompany Family Theatre’s New Works for Young Audiences Playwright’s Circle which will be offered Monday evenings beginning April 2, 2018 and culminates in Actor Readings and In-School Development Workshops.


Email: Jan Taylor, Artistic Director of Kompany Family Theatre ( Deadline to register for the Boot Camp is February 22.


**** Workshop fee: $95.00
**** APN members & Students: $75.00
**** Fee Waiver/Reduction: Kompany Family Theatre is committed to the removal of financial and other barriers to participation in our programmes. Please contact us if the fee is prohibitive or if you have specific needs or concerns.


Conni is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and television. Stage credits include Night Shift, part of the This is Yeg anthology, and The Invention of Romance (2014), both premiered by Workshop West Theatre. Her stage adaptations of W.O Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid (commissioned and premiered by Theatre Calgary) and Bruce Allen Powe’s The Aberhart Summer have been widely produced. She has several publications to her credit, including six of her plays and a comic memoir, Roadtripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals, published by Brindle and Glass in 2010. Conni has served as writer-in-residence (and a writing instructor) at the National Theatre School, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Theatre Network and the Edmonton Public Library. Her writing has been recognized by AMPIA, the Academy of Cinema and Television, the Betty Mitchell Awards, The Writers Guild of Alberta and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards.

Tracy has worked as a Director, Dramaturg, Youth Theatre Programmer and Producer for many years in both Ontario and Alberta. She spent 6 years as the Artistic Associate- North for Alberta Playwrights’ Network and was Artistic Associate at the Citadel Theatre for 6 years, where she co-created and directed KidsPlay @ the Citadel, a series of plays for children and their families.

Directing and Dramaturgy credits include several plays at Concrete Theatre including the very popular Lig & Bittle; Beneath the Ice by Eva Colmers; The Book of Ashes by Emil Sher at the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival; The Mommy Monologues, written by 10 women and produced at SkirtsAfire 2017; Under Cover by Mark Haroun; The Invention of Romance by Conni Massing and An Almost Perfect Thing by Nicole Moeller, both produced at Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. Tracy has also dramaturged many times for Concrete Theatre’s Sprouts Festival and Walterdale Theatre’s Cradle to Stage.

Kompany Family Theatre (of Kompany Theatre Artist’s Society) is an Edmonton-based professional theatre company dedicated to producing quality theatre for young audiences and families, as well as to the creation and development of new works. Past productions, under the Artistic Direction of Jan Taylor, have included: **** Munch-O-Rama, Fiddle Cat, Alberto the Dancing Alligator, In True Pirate Fashion, Zachary and the Storytelling Stones, The Missadventurous Perils of Pauline, The Harvest Pumpkin Patch Mystery, The Wizard that Was… or Was Not, Woof and Other Tales of Abigail and Camp Squealy Moo Interactive Theatre for Very Young Audiences.

Plays developed through the New Works for Young Audiences Programme and produced by Kompany Family Theatre include: Fiddle Cat (Jan Taylor), 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) , Bones in the Stones, (Jan Taylor/Richard Link)

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