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.
Meet our playwrights!
Paul Van Dyck
Meet the team!
Corrina Hodgson is a queer, disabled, feminist playwright whose work has been produced across Canada and in the US. Her play, Privilege, won the Jane Chambers International Playwriting Competition, and her play, Catherine’s Pillow won Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Competition. She has been on writing units at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nightwood Theatre, and is thrilled to be participating in The Unit at Infinitheatre this year. Corrina co-founded and produces The Rose Festival — a multidisciplinary arts festival for Queer Creators that runs for three days in May in Montreal.
Alice Abracen is a graduate of Harvard University with a BA in English and Religion and the Playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Her play Omission was featured in the Centennial Season of Alumnae Theatre in Toronto and her play The Covenant won the 2017 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. Her plays What Rough Beast & The Tour received their US premieres with Underlings Theatre, Boston, and her work has also been featured with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the Montreal Fringe, and the Women Playwrights International Conferences in Cape Town and Santiago. Alice is one of the founders of the new Montreal-based company Theatre Ouest End. Recently What Rough Beast was featured in Centaur Theatre's Legacy Series, and libretto The Chair, winner of the inaugural Prix Trois Femmes, opened with the Highlands Opera Studio Festival. She is thrilled and honored to be part of this year's Unit.
Kate Hammer (INFEMOUS, JFL, The Peers) is a performer, producer, and writer. Having grown up on a goat farm in Ontario, she spent five years living abroad before settling in Montreal to study Creative Writing. Kate is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hindwing Press, and Editor and contributor for INFEMOUS: The Anthology, a collection of stories and essays by fem and non-binary people. She received the Excellence in Playwriting 2019 Award, and wrote and directed several Fringe shows which were nominated for Best Comedy, Best New Theatre Company, and Making Big Things Happen in Small Places. She aims to create space for voices and stories that need to be heard, and to inspire more ways of performance to do the same. She is thrilled to be a part of the Unit Cohort for the coming year.
David Sherman has served as playwright-in-residence at the Centaur Theatre, where Gordon McCall produced Have a Heart, as well as Infinitheatre, where Guy Sprung produced and/or directed The Daily Miracle, Joe Louis: An American Romance and Lost & Found, a musical for which he wrote book and music as well as performed.
He won a Gemini for his production of the film, Mordecai Richler: Last of the Wild Jews, and his first feature film, Kids of the Round Table was nominated for an Emmy.
His latest book, Fish Wrapped: True Confessions of Newsrooms Past, a collection of essays he created and edited, will be released in Spring 2020 by Guernica Editions, which also published his first novel The Alcoholic’s Daughter. His next novel, The Situation Womb, will be published in 2021.
David is is workshopping his new one-man play with original songs, My Guitar Don’t Weep with Theatre Morin Heights where he is producing An Enemy of the People and is writing Nickey’s Café: Stories of Lost Valley, a series of several two-handers, part of which is to have its first public reading in September.
Paul van Dyck
Paul is a writer, director, performer, and Artistic Director of Rabbit in a Hat Productions. He has received numerous awards for his productions including The Revelation Award (Montreal English Critics Circle), Outstanding Direction (Montreal English Theatre Awards), and Best Production (New York Frigid Festival, Atlantic Fringe, and Montreal Fringe). Selected playwriting credits include When Memories Have Us (Segal Centre for Performing Arts), Blood Wild (Next Stage Theatre Festival), Oroonoko and The Nisei & The Narnauks (MAI/Persephone Productions), Haunted (Hudson Village Theatre), and Paradise Lost (touring Canada, USA, and Scotland).
Recently, Paul’s play, The Harvester, has been adapted into an opera with composer Aaron Gervais as a companion piece to Schoenberg’s Erwartung. Presently, Paul has teamed up with Rick Miller and Craig Francis to create a new theatrical adaptation of Frankenstein, while his play, Siberian Summer, will be part of the Segal Centre’s upcoming season.
Anna is an emerging writer, theatre creator and performer who trained at East 15 Acting School (London, UK). She has worked with The National Theatre (UK), Southwark Playhouse (UK), The King’s Head (UK) and multiple seasons with The Classic Theatre Festival. She has made Montréal her home and is writing her first full-length play with the support of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and the Young Creators Unit at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal. Anna is thrilled to join The Unit and have the opportunity to collaborate and learn with this year’s group of writers.
The Unit is generously supported by:
The Eric T. Webster Foundation and Sharon Azrieli