The Unit Cohort 2019
Infinithéâtre’s Playwright’s Unit, endorsed by the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF) and the English-language Arts Network (ELAN): The Segal Centre; The Centaur Theatre; Grove Hall in Huntington; Mainline Theatre; Teesri Duniya Theatre and Scapegoat Carnival Theatre Company, is giving voice to the Anglo experience in Québec on stages across the country. The Unit is comprised of 6 jury selected Québec playwrights and Indigenous writers from across Canada. The Unit offers 12-months of dramaturgical support so playwrights can take an early draft of their play and transform it into a production ready script. The Unit celebrates the diverse and unique Anglo experiences peppered throughout our province and culminates with a week of free public staged readings at notable Montréal theatres where audience feedback takes centre stage.
The inaugural cohort of The Unit was a grand success with four of the plays developed being picked up for full production in future seasons including Patrick Pietrykowski’s On the Line which played to sold out houses in Huntingdon, Québec and Michaela Di Cesare’s Successions was part of 2017/18 Centaur Theatre season; Stephen Orlov’s Birthmark had a hugely successful run with Tessri Duniya last Fall and Joseph Shrage’s and Alison Darcy’s Yev just completed an equally successful run at MAI this Spring.
Here’s what some of the writers have to say from The Unit Cohort 1:
“I have been a freelance writer for more than 30 years and have worked in a variety of genres-from fiction to memoir to biography-but I came into The Unit a theatre novice. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more intensive crash course in dramaturgy, production, acting, even casting over the course of our sessions” - Joel Yanofsky
“It is so rare in English theatre in Montréal to have the opportunity, the time and the funds to develop new work. Through The Unit I was given a safe space to take risks in my writing. I was given deadlines and accountability to other writers, which forced me not to stare at a blank screen for hours on end.” - Michaela Di Cesare
“No comparable Anglo playwrights group exists in Québec that affords the degree of ongoing support offered by Infinithéâtre’s Playwrights Unit” - Stephen Orlov
Infinithéâtre is now accepting submissions for The Unit Cohort 2019! Interested writers are to submit a completed early draft of a new and unproduced play by June 14, 2019. Writers are paid and must be able to commit to a 12-month process of group workshops to be led by Alexandria Haber (Playwright & Dramaturg) and Guy Sprung (Artistic Director, Infinithéâtre). All meetings and workshops will take place in Montréal.
To submit your script to The Unit Cohort 2019, send a hard copy to
PO Box 76 FAIRMOUNT
Montréal, QC H2T 3E2
For any questions regarding the Unit, please contact Artistic Director Guy Sprung at 514 987 1774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Unit is generously supported by:
The Eric T. Webster Foundation and Sharon Azrieli