In May of 2019, Alberta Playwright’s Network began a national research study with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Sector Innovation and Research grant, examining the status of new play development across Canada.
Intending to span a 12-month period, the study was focused on:
- gathering information directly from playwrights about their experiences with creating new work across the country
- analysis of the resulting data and firsthand accounts to determine patterns and recurring themes
- utilizing that information to drive a series of direct conversations with programmers, producers, funders, and play development centres about their engagement processes with playwrights
- compilation of a practical resource database for playwrights; indicating programs, contacts, and opportunities for developing and distributing their work
- reporting back to the community with research findings, survey data, and public release of the database
After two years of exhaustive research and a pandemic, APN is proud to announce the release of “Surveying the Landscape: The New Play Ecology in Canada”. The Full Report and Executive Summary have gone through three layers of peer review and we are excited to be sharing this material.