Jan 30, 2024

Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) is honoured to announce the annual Jenny Munday Atlantic Canadian Play Award. This award honours Jenny Munday, PARC’s inaugural Artistic Director who dedicated 20 years of service to the organization, celebrating her legacy while providing vital support and recognition to playwrights from Atlantic Canada.

During her twenty years with PARC, Jenny Munday oversaw the establishment of several of PARC’s core development programs: our annual Playwrights’ Retreats, established the Jenny’s Kitchen Table Reading program, created the PARC script collection, and helped found the Playwright Development Centres of Canada, which gave Atlantic playwrights a wider profile across the country. Jenny’s profound impact on PARC and the wider Canadian theatre community was immeasurable. Her dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to fostering emerging talent left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing her. In honour of Jenny’s memory and remarkable contributions, PARC announced the establishment of The Jenny Munday Atlantic Canadian Play Award during her Celebration of Life on September 25, 2021.

The Jenny Munday Atlantic Canadian Play Award will recognize Jenny’s life as a theatre artist and mentor and will be awarded annually. A jury of three theatre artists will select the winning play. Scripts that have not yet been produced or have had one production by Atlantic Canadian playwrights will be eligible.

For the purposes of this award, an Atlantic Canadian play is defined as one written by a playwright who was born or has lived for a substantial portion of their life in Atlantic Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island) or is currently a resident of Atlantic Canada. “Resident” is defined as a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant who has lived in the region a minimum of two years prior to the deadline.

The inaugural prize will be $1,500.00 with two prizes of $500.00 for the runners-up.

Submissions for the Jenny Munday Atlantic Canadian Play Award are now being accepted, starting from January 30, 2023. The submission deadline is March 31, 2024. Atlantic Canadian playwrights are invited to submit their original work for consideration.

The winning scripts will be announced on July 23, 2024, marking a momentous occasion in celebrating the exceptional talent within Atlantic Canada’s playwright community.

Interested playwrights can submit their scripts through the online form available on this LINK. Detailed submission guidelines and eligibility criteria can also be found HERE.

PARC appreciates donations to honour Jenny Munday’s legacy through this award, which can be submitted through our PayPal account. Charitable receipts will be available upon request. 

If you have questions or access needs, please reach out to PARC’s Interim Artistic Director, Santiago Guzmán, at [email protected].