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Showcasing Opportunities


Playwrights' Cabarets

Public readings of new and in-progress works held annually in Halifax, NS and Fredericton, NB.

These informal gatherings allow playwrights to share their work with the public and each other. Participating playwrights read from their latest works or works in progress, which offers an inside look at new and developing scripts from the region. The evenings serve as networking opportunities for the playwrights, allowing like-minded artists from the same region to exchange ideas and to share their work.

Typically, cabarets each year are held in the central hubs of Halifax (Fall) and Fredericton (Spring). The playwrights who take part  range from emerging to established artists and the Cabaret often features the launch of a newly published play.


New Play Readings Series/Playwrights' Readings

Occasional readings, hosted by professional companies.

An occasional event featuring several playwrights reading excerpts of new works or complete readings of new scripts, addressing the presentation of new works to potential producers. This series is usually held during various festivals or as part of a season's programming.Producing companies that have hosted New Play Readings include: Festival Antigonish, Eastern Front Theatre, Ship's Company Theatre, Live Bait Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Mulgrave Road, and RCA Theatre.


Fundraising Events: "Salon du PARC" and "Meet the Playwright"

PARC has two annual fundraising events: Salon du PARC and the Meet the Playwright reading series.

Each year the PARC Board presents the Salon du PARC fundraiser for the organization which combines the celebration of the work of a well-known PARC playwright with an appeal  for support from the public. Featured playwrights at the Salon have included Governor General Award winning playwrights Catherine Banks and Robert Chafe and multi-award-winning playwright Wendy Lill.The fundraiser focuses on the playwright's own work and on the importance of the on-going role that PARC plays in the development of new plays and playwrights.

Meet the Playwright is a new fundraising event introduced by the PARC Board in 2011-12, co-hosted with the Dartmouth Players. It introduces community theatres to local playwrights and offers the opportunity for playwrights to direct a reading of their work with members of actors from the community group. It is a  great way to promote the work of Atlantic playwrights to potential producers, to raise awareness of the work of local playwrights and to raise funds for the organization.