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Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) is focused on serving playwrights from the Atlantic region, believing that support for playwrights is the premise behind all play development centres.

Our programming and services reflect this focus. Members in all areas of the region have equal access to all PARC programs in: play development, playwright development, play and playwright promotion and to all PARC services that support playwrights and their work and which engage the public in the practice of, and appreciation for, the creation of work for the stage.

Our focus on the playwright begins with our script development support. Since we are not producers, we provide both emerging and established playwrights the freedom of imagination without limitations. We offer space and time for writing without strings attached, before the pressures and restrictions of production are introduced.

Once the script has been developed through various programs, PARC supports promotion of the work. In this capacity, we connect producers and playwrights. We promote, disseminate and preserve members’ plays in our script library in Sackville, NB and our online catalogue of members’ plays.

As well as having connections to regional and national theatres, companies and producing bodies, PARC is a member of several professional organizations, including The Literary Managers and Dramaturges of America (LMDA), The National Network of Playwrights’ Development Centres of Canada (PDCC), and The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). PARC is able to draw on these networks to serve our members in several ways: to promote works to a wide range of producers spanning the country; to support our members in their professional development, through exchanges, workshops and national and international networking opportunities; and to keep up to date with current dramaturgical and play development practice, and with the development of Canadian theatre in general. To that end, we are constantly re-evaluating and updating our own practices to stay relevant and beneficial to our members as a play development centre in Canada.