Play Writing

The 2011/2012 Play Writing Mentorship program is currently underway. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2012/2013 Mentorship.

The three winners of the 2011 Young Playwrights Competition have been paired with three of Canada’s premiere playwrights: Dave Deveau, Michele Riml, and Amiel Gladstone. Working closely with their mentor, the three participants will be editing and redrafting their winning submissions, preparing the scripts to handed off to the participants in the 2012 Directors, who will produce the plays as part of the 2012 IGNITE! Youth Arts festival.

The three shows will run Monday May 14th to Saturday May 19th, 2012 in The VanCity Culture Lab at The Cultch.

To participate in the 2012/2013 Playwriting Mentorship Program beginning in the spring, you must submit a one-act play to the 2012 Young Playwrights Competition. The three winners of that competition will become the participants in next year’s Play Writing Mentorship and will have their work premiered at the 2013 IGNITE! Youth Festival.

Please click here and scroll down to Playwriting to learn how to make an application to the Young Playwrights Competition.


5 Responses to “Play Writing”

  1. […] again we will be offering one-on-one mentorship opportunities in Play Writing, Directing, Spoken Word, Song Writing/Composition, and […]

  2. I’m not sure if this is the appropriate place to ask a question, but for the plays, is there guidelines about genre, or content? For example, what ages should the characters be in the plays? Is there any rules regarding language? What about controversial themes? Are you looking for a particular genre?
    Any feedback would be helpful.

    • These are the only guidelines (below), other than that it’s totally up to you! Characters: can be any age, language: use what is right for the script.

      (these can also be found on the application form, along with some additional information about how to make the submission)

       Playwrights must be between the ages of 13-24
       The play can be written by an individual or as a collaborative effort
       The play can discuss any theme or issue
       The play must be in one act with a run time of no longer than 45 minutes.

      Happy writing!

  3. Hello. I am just wondering about this one small thing about this contest. I read about contest in a library and on the poster, it said the playwrights should be between the ages of 12 to 24. However, here, it says 13 to 24. So, am I able to participate in this contest???? Oh, and I am becoming 13 in November, by the way. I would genuinely appreciate it if you replied :) Thank you.

    • YES! please apply! The definition of “youth” is fairly fluid. In this case being 12 is just fine.

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