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Programs & Services

Play Development


The Annual Playwrights’ Retreat

A two-week annual retreat for approximately ten playwrights (emerging and established) to write, develop and refine a script with the support of a team of dramaturges and workshop actors.

The Playwrights’ Colony (now Retreat) is the centerpiece of PARC’s activities. The first Playwrights’ Retreat was held in 1991 in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and since then the annual event has been held in one of the four Atlantic Provinces, reflecting the organization’s regional scope. Since 2007, the Retreat has been hosted on the campus of Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick, the “Cultural Crossroads of the Maritimes” at the centre of the Atlantic Region.

The selection process for a Retreat begins with a script call being distributed throughout the Atlantic Region. Once submissions have been received the Artistic Director, with input from members of an advisory committee, chooses the playwrights who will be invited to take part in the colony. 

The Retreat is an intensive two-week session. The first week, playwrights work individually with a dramaturge. In the second week, they work with a company of actors. The Retreat provides playwrights with the time to write, to reflect and to revisit their work in a supportive and nurturing environment.

The Playwrights Retreat offers each playwright these benefits:

- time away from life's everyday demands to write

- the assistance of a professional dramaturge

- the expertise, skills and talents of a professional company of experienced workshop actors

- interaction and dialogue with other playwrights

- housing, travel, an honorarium and per diems

- public and industry exposure and promotion

- networking possibilities throughout the Region and nationally

- public presentations of excerpts from the works in progress


The Home Delivery Program

Providing long distance feedback to playwrights across the region from a dramaturge based anywhere in the country.

The Home Delivery Program was the first program developed by PARC to assist playwrights in the Atlantic region in the development of their work. It allows playwrights the opportunity to connect with a dramaturge to gain valuable, objective and professional written feedback on a script in progress. Playwrights can submit a draft of their script to the Artistic Director who will connect them with a dramaturge. The Home Delivery Program is administered through the PARC office, by mail or e-mail with playwrights anywhere in the Atlantic region and with dramaturges anywhere in Canada. PARC member playwrights can apply for one Home Delivery per year and PARC pays the dramaturges' fee. Playwrights can expect to receive three to ten pages of careful, considered feedback. The dramaturge will make generous, well-intentioned comments and ask questions to be considered when writing a new draft. Some areas that may be addressed by dramaturges include: structure, character development, story development, dialogue and style/genre. After a chance to absorb the written feedback, if desired, the playwright can a follow up meeting with the dramaturge (maximum 1 hour) in person, by phone or skype, to ask questions or for clarification.



Kitchen Table Readings

Providing playwrights with an informal first read of a brand-new script.

The Kitchen Table Reading series is an ongoing program made available for PARC members. It allows playwrights the opportunity to hear a new work or work-in progress  read aloud in a private, friendly environment for the first time.

Any member of PARC is eligible to apply for a Kitchen Table Reading. Selections are made based on the stage of development the script has reached, the number of readers required, the feasibility, the ability of the playwright to access other resources, as well as their ability to make use of the readings as a resource.

PARC kitchen table reading funds can be used as standalone or towards a larger, PARC-unaffiliated workshop.


Script Development Workshops

Focused, individual, intensive workshops of a script with a company of actors and an experienced dramaturge.

Intensive workshop sessions on the development of a new script,  involving the playwright, an experienced dramaturge and a company of actors. An opportunity to explore a  new script at a deeper level of development designed to bring the work to a production-ready stage. Generally, the playwright has the chance to produce a substantial rewrite over the span of the workshop.

A limited number of script development workshops are offered each year, although PARC can sometimes make a contribution towards the costs of a workshop organized by a playwright or producing theatre company. Member playwrights are encouraged to submit applications for the workshops well in advance.. For more information, please contact PARC's Artistic Director.



Acadian French to English, English to Acadian French, other languages as requested and possible.

PARC occasionally facilitates translations of works within the Atlantic region. Typically these translations consist of Acadian plays into English, or Atlantic Anglophone plays to French. Scripts from other languages and cultures can be facilitated through PARC as well. Generally, translations are facilitated on a case-by-case basis.