OVERVIEW

It may take years to write a play and get it produced. Theatre InspiraTO's Playwriting Academy allows the full spectrum of experience; starting with an idea to seeing one's play staged within seven months (along with the invaluable learning that comes with it).
-Dominik Loncar (Artistic Director, Theatre InspiraTO)

The future needs your voice, your passion, your art.
There are very few safe environments that foster play, exploration, creating and finally presenting our stories. It is our strongest desire that Theatre InspiraTO's Playwriting Academy act as a nurturing haven for you to grow as an artist.

The program is not just theoretical lecturing on playwriting. We take a hands-on and creative approach - one where you experience the full process of creation - with many touch points in learning - from inception of the idea to performance.

We challenge you to do your best work. We provide all the resources in accessing theatre professionals, exercises in creativity, working with a dramaturges to working with a director and seeing your work come alive on stage. Writing a quality ten-minute play requires work. The same principles apply in creating a compelling ten-minute play as they do in writing a full length play; from establishing conflict, rising action, climax and resolution.

The time frame of the program is held over a seven month period, allowing you to do a deep dive in the art of creating drama.

I learned that bringing a play from a tiny idea to a live theatrical event, is a thrill and a reward worth every moment of the pain and effort.
- Dale Sheldrake (InspiraTO Playwright, 2015)

It is rare a playwright has an opportunity to start a play from scratch knowing it will be produced onstage. The artistic leadership provided from start to finish was hugely helpful and contributed to my education as a playwright.
- Jessica Andersen (InspiraTO Playwright 2012)

I had such an incredible and inspiring experience at the InspiraTO playwriting Academy. Not only did I meet wonderful friends and playwrights but I learned how the process works from writing a play to having an audience. I learned that writing a play takes discipline, persistence and maybe a touch of theatre magic. Thank you Dominik and InspiraTO for this invaluable opportunity.
- Noami Matlow (InspiraTO Playwright, 2015)

...seeing my work performed was the ultimate form of feedback. Being able to see, hear, and feel how my writing landed with different audiences helped me better understand how to write for the theatre.
 - Lindsay Cochrane (InspiraTO Playwright, 2013)



10 Reasons to take part in the Playwriting Academy

1. A theatre play is not primarily a literary activity but a dramatic interaction between actors and audiences. Playwrights need a venue to fully explore how their work unfolds on stage.

2. The Academy has created an environment which has many touch points: from weekly workshops, working with a dramaturge, workshoping your play with a director, receiving feedback from theatre professionals and seeing audiences respond to your work.

3. The aim of the Academy is to focus on the process not the outcome. Paradoxically, this unburdens the need to prove oneself and the work is usually richer and genuine.

4. By having your work performed alongside international playwrights you are inspired to reach for the "fire in your belly".

5. You are required to make a commitment to your art with weekly workshops to support you. However, the remaining activities have flexible schedules.

6. The length of the program, seven months, is long enough to do a deep dive and do justice to your ten-minute play.

7. The nature of a ten-minute play allows you to take risks more readily. Developing a full length play can require you to keep an eye on production costs, theatre mandates, timing, artist availability and marketing realities that may not see you play come to fruition.

8. Ten-minute plays can evolve further into full length plays. We have had past playwrights, from our festival, have their plays expanded to full length plays and staged at various fringe festivals. Some have received grants to develop their plays.

9. The costs for a full playwriting program, including production, can be prohibitive or restricted to a few members. We are committed to providing a program that is accessible and unlike anything that is currently available in Canada.

10. Sharing your experiences with other peers can be rewarding with potential for future creative collaborations.