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Call for Submissions (National): The 2019 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency

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Call for Submissions (National): The 2019 Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency


Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM)​​ and ​le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD)​​ in partnership with​ Creative Gros Morne​​ and the ​Cole Foundation​​, invite playwrights to submit their application for a ​12-day dual-lingual residency​​ that will welcome applications from across the country.

The Residency

The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency will invite 7 playwrights from across Canada to participate in a 12-day playwriting retreat in Norris Point, Newfoundland. It will be headed by two National New Play Development Centres: Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) and Le Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD). These two institutions have been developing new plays for over 50 years and organizing residencies for over twenty years. This partnership makes it possible to welcome playwrights in a dual-lingual setting. English language playwrights are asked to apply through PWM and French language playwrights through the CEAD. Three artists will be selected from English language submissions, three from French language submissions. We are reserving the seventh selection for submissions from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Visit ​​ to view le CEAD’s call for submissions. 

A Place to Create

The seven selected playwrights will spend 12 days from ​April 17-28, 2019​​ at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, writing, dreaming, sharing and creating exciting new plays for the Canadian and International stage. This residency will create lasting links between theatre artists from across the country and generate discussion around the work being created in Canada. The residency will be hosted by​ Emma Tibaldo,​​ Artistic Director of PWM, and ​Paul Lefebvre,​​ Dramaturg and Artistic Advisor at le CEAD. The Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency will include transportation, accommodations, meals, an honorarium and dramaturgical support.
There are few places better equipped to welcome artists for a creative residency than the Bonne Bay Marine Station​​. It is located in a spectacular setting on Newfoundland’s breath-taking west coast, surrounded by Gros Morne National Park and within the vibrant community of Norris Point. The station is equipped with bedrooms, a kitchen, a small theatre, and places to sit and write. Tailor made for artistic residencies that inspire new work that can very well change the way we see the world.
The last two days of the residency is dedicated to sharing the work of the selected playwrights with invited students and faculty of ​Grenfell Campus-Memorial University​​. This will include readings and a symposium on contemporary theatre in Canada.

Residency Program

April 17, 2019:
Travel to Norris Point (anyone departing West of Ontario will have to add a day to travel)
April 18 to 25, 2019:
  • Unstructured writing time at Bonne Bay Marine Station.
  • Individual sessions with residency dramaturgs as requested by the playwright.
  • Daily coming together of all participants to exchange on the process of work and the
  • writing, based on the idea of a 5 à 7.
  • April 26-27, 2019:
  • Readings and symposium with invited students and faculty of Grenfell Campus and the surrounding community of Norris Point
April 28, 2019:
Departure for home.

Submission Guidelines

  • proposal of a play in the early stages of development (first draft or slightly beyond);
  • be available for the whole residency;
  • be willing to participate in all activities prepared for the residency.
  • Submission package must include the following:
  • (Please submit the following as a ​single PDF file​)
  • a letter stating your interest in the residency;
  • presentation of your project (maximum 1 page) with a 10 page excerpt of the play in
  • process;
  • a C.V. with a short biography (maximum 2 pages);
  • a copy of your last play published, workshopped or produced.
Submission deadline is Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4 PM
Please send English submission by email to: ​
Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Selection will be made by a committee set up by PWM and CEAD. We will only notify the selected applicants. This will be done on Thursday, February 8, 2019.
For more information, please contact Emma Tibaldo at ​​.

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