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Programs & Services

Play Development

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The Annual Playwrights’ Colony

A two-week annual retreat for seven to twelve playwrights to write, develop and refine a script with the support of a team of dramaturges and workshop actors.

The Playwrights’ Colony is the centerpiece of PARC’s activities. The first Playwrights’ Colony was held in 1991 in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and since then the annual event has been held in one of the four Atlantic Provinces, reflecting the organization’s regional scope. Since 2007, the Colony has been hosted on the campus of Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick, the “Cultural Crossroads of the Maritimes” at the centre of the Atlantic Region.

The selection process for a Colony begins with a script call being distributed throughout the Atlantic Region. Once submissions, including a nominal submission fee, have been received the Artistic Director, with input from members of an advisory committee, chooses the playwrights who will be invited to take part in the colony. 

The Colony is an intensive two-week session. The first week is essentially a playwrights' retreat, with playwrights working individually with a dramaturge. In the second week, working with a company of actors, at least five and up to as many as twelve playwrights (emerging and established) from across the Region have an opportunity to develop a new script. The Colony provides playwrights with the time to write, to reflect and to revisit their work in a supportive and nurturing environment.

The Playwrights Colony offers each playwright these benefits:

- time away from life's everyday demands to write

- the assistance of a professional dramaturge

- the expertise, skills and talents of a professional company of experienced workshop actors

- interaction and dialogue with other playwrights

- housing, travel, an honorarium and per diems

- public and industry exposure and promotion

- networking possibilities throughout the Region and nationally

- public presentations of excerpts from the works in progress

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The Home Delivery Program

Providing long distance feedback to playwrights across the region from a dramaturge based anywhere in the country.

The Home Delivery Program was the first program developed by PARC to assist playwrights in the Atlantic region in the development of their work. It allows playwrights the opportunity to connect with a dramaturge to gain valuable, objective and professional written feedback on a script in progress. Playwrights can submit a draft of their script to the Artistic Director who will connect them with a dramaturge. The Home Delivery Program is administered through the PARC office, by mail or e-mail with playwrights anywhere in the Atlantic region and with dramaturges anywhere in Canada. There is no cost to PARC member playwrights for one Home Delivery per year and PARC pays the dramaturges' fee. Playwrights can expect to receive three to ten pages of careful, considered feedback. The dramaturge will make generous, well-intentioned comments and ask questions to be considered when writing a new draft. Some areas that may be addressed by dramaturges include: structure, character development, story development, dialogue and style/genre.

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Kitchen Table Readings

Providing playwrights with an informal first read of a brand-new script.

The Kitchen Table Reading series is an ongoing program made available for PARC members. It allows playwrights the opportunity to hear a new work or work-in progress  read aloud in a private, friendly environment for the first time.

Any member of PARC is eligible to apply for a Kitchen Table Reading. Selections are made based on the stage of development the script has reached, the number of readers required, the feasibility, the ability of the playwright to access other resources, as well as their ability to make use of the readings as a resource.

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Script Development Workshops

Focused, individual, intensive three-day workshops of a script with a company of actors and an experienced dramaturge.

Three-day, intensive workshop sessions on the development of a new script,  involving the playwright, an experienced dramaturge and a company of actors. An opportunity to explore a  new script at a deeper level of development designed to bring the work to a production-ready stage. Generally, the playwright has the chance to produce a substantial rewrite over the span of the workshop.

A limited number of script development workshops are offered each year, although PARC can sometimes make a contribution towards the costs of a workshop organized by a playwright or producing theatre company. Member playwrights are encouraged to submit applications for the workshops well in advance.. For more information, please contact PARC's Artistic Director.

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Translations

Acadian French to English, English to Acadian French, other languages as requested and possible.

PARC occasionally facilitates translations of works within the Atlantic region. Typically these translations consist of Acadian plays into English, or Atlantic Anglophone plays to French. Scripts from other languages and cultures can be facilitated through PARC as well. Generally, translations are facilitated on a case-by-case basis.

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Playwrights’ Residencies

Offered from time to time to playwrights to visit the Mount Allison University campus to develop a work in progress.

Short term residencies are offered from time to time to playwrights to allow them to visit the Mount Allison University campus to develop a work in progress. At the invitation of the Artisitc Director a residency may be arranged for a visiting playwright, offering a place to work, a place to stay, dramaturgical input if desired, an opportunity for a reading of the playwrights' work, the possibility of giving a playwriting workshop and a feedback/discussion session with students and the general public in Sackville.

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