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Call for Submissions: Write from the Hip 2010, Nightwood Theatre

October 22nd, 2009     by Desirée O     Comments

Are you an Emerging Female Playwright?

“Nightwood is a fertile breeding ground for new female talent.” - Michele Landsberg, Toronto Star

Nightwood Theatre’s 11th annual emerging playwriting program, Write From the Hip is now accepting submissions from 18-29 year-old women looking for an opportunity to develop and write a play and advance their craft. Write from the Hip is a series of weekly workshops, mentoring and hands-on seminars in writing skills and professional play development specifically designed for emerging playwrights. Past mentors have included: D’bi Young, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Judith Thompson, Claudia Dey, Morwyn Brebner, Florence Gibson, Iris Turcott, Marjorie Chan and Lisa Codrington. This year each participant will complete a new short work of 20-25 minute inspired by a newspaper article. The workshop will include a pitch session with artistic director Kelly Thornton. The play is then workshopped and staged on the final night of Write from the Hip in August 2010. Write from the Hip will begin January 25th and runs mainly on Monday nights from 6:30-9:30pm.

Nightwood Theatre has a long history of producing socially relevant, provocative theatre about women’s place in the world. Mentorship is a key component at Nightwood Theatre and one that provides a fundamental service to the community of young female artists pursuing careers in professional theatre. We see ourselves as a gateway for women entering theatre, and believe that a passion and commitment to the emerging artist can indeed produce the leaders of tomorrow. Nightwood Theatre embraces cultural, racial and sexual diversity.


Participants are selected through submissions and personal interviews conducted by the program coordinators and Nightwood’s artistic director.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 27th, 2009

PLEASE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS WITH THE FOLOWING: * 10 pages MAX of an excerpt of one play or up to three plays, 12 point font. (can submit less than 10 pages if desired) * Fill out Application form found on under Write from the Hip * Please Do Not submit a cover letter or resume.

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS, with subject heading, WFH SUMbission to:

SNAIL MAIL SUBMISSONS: SEND 10 page writing sample (or less) & filled out application form ONLY (no cover letter or resume) Anna Chatterton Director of Youth Initiatives Write From the Hip Submissions Nightwood Theatre 55 Mill Street, Suite 301 Case Goods Warehouse, Building No. 74 Toronto ON M5A 3C4

For more info please check out our website at or contact Anna Chatterton, Director of Youth Initiatives at

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