Frequently Asked Questions

Script Sales

 

Q: How do I get my plays listed in the Copyscript program or the Stage Ready listings?

A: To have your plays entered in either the Stage Ready or Copyscript listings on our website, please simply fill in our form here. If you have trouble accessing this form for any reason please email info@playwrightsguild.ca

 

Q: I ordered a digital script and it didn't show up in my inbox right away, why?

A: Our online script sales are monitored and processed manually by staff. Scripts that are ordered over the weekends, holidays or on weeknights after 3:00pm will be processed and sent to your inbox as soon as she is back in office (Monday -Friday 7:00am-3:00pm). 

 

Q: I purchased a play online and received an email thanking me for my Membership Application - have I been charged for membership along with my script purchase?

A: Sounds like you filled in a membership application after ordering your script. We have prompts on our website encouraging visitors to check their membership eligibility, but these are not mandatory forms. If you have accidentally filled one out without intention of joining our membership, don't worry! There are no fees or commitments attached to these forms. 

 

Q: I am looking for a play fitting very specific criteria (cast size, audience age, themes). Can PGC help me narrow my search?

A: Whether you are an Artistic Director looking for a new season, or a professor looking for plays with large casts - we can help you! For immediate help and a basic search, type your criteria into our online play catalog here (*HINT: type keywords into the synopsis bar to help find specific themes like love, politics or religion). The Custom CanRevue is also a very useful play searching tool. All you need to do is fill out this form with your requests and we will send you a digital, customized play catalogue. This is a free service and searches through our play database of over 2,000 Canadian plays. Give it a try here.

  

Membership

 Q: My membership is expiring! How do I renew? A: When the time to renew your membership comes around, the renewal process depends on what type of PGC membership you currently have.

  •  Full Members may renew through any of the following methods:
  1. Online – Sign into the PGC website with your username and password, click on the “Member Lounge” tab at the top of the homepage, then choose the “Pay Your Dues Online” option from the menu (or, once you are signed into the website, go to: www.playwrightsguild.ca/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=3). Fill in the required information fields, choose your preferred payment option (cheque or credit card), and hit the “Submit” button when you are finished;
  2. In Person – Visit the office at 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350, and pay in person (by cash, debit, cheque, or credit card);
  3. By Phone – Call PGC with your credit card information (credit card number, expiry date, and the last three digits of the security code located in the signature bar on the back of the card) and membership category. Our office phone number is 416-703-0201. A hard copy invoice will be issued if requested. If you prefer, you can send Rebecca an email (rebecca@playwrightsguild.ca) and she will call you;
  4. By Post – Mail your membership renewal payment (cheque or credit card info, including the credit card number, expiry date, and three digit security code found in the signature bar on the back of the card) to the PGC office: 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8.

 

  •  Student or Supporting Members may renew through any of the following methods:
  1. Online – Click on this link or paste it into your browser to pay online (via PayPal): www.playwrightsguild.ca/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2. If for some reason the link does not work, go to the PGC home page at www.playwrightsguild.ca and click on the blue “Donate” button found at the top of the homepage. That takes you to a new page with various options. Chose the fourth one by clicking on “Support PGC by buying or renewing a 12-month Supporting or Student membership here.” From there, simply follow the instructions and fill in the blank fields to make a payment. The system will issue an email confirmation of your payment.
  2. In Person – Visit the office at 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350, and pay in person (by cash, debit, cheque, or credit card);
  3. By Phone – Call PGC with your credit card information (credit card number, expiry date, and the last three digits of the security code located in the signature bar on the back of the card) and membership category. Our office phone number is 416-703-0201. A hard copy invoice will be issued if requested. If you prefer, you can send Rebecca an email (rebecca@playwrightsguild.ca) and she will call you;
  4. By Post – Mail your membership renewal payment (cheque or credit card info, including the credit card number, expiry date, and three digit security code found in the signature bar on the back of the card) to the PGC office: 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8.

 

Website

Q: How do I update my PGC profile online?

A: Log into the "Member Lounge" area of our website. Once you're signed in look for the "Public Profile" heading and click on it. Here, you should be taken to an overview of your PGC public profile. Click on the "Edit" button on the top right and you will be redirected to our editing page where you can customize your profile with your Bio, Headshot, professional website and any other information that you would like to display on your public profile.

 

Q: I'm a Student / Supporting member, but cannot access the online Member's Lounge! How can I access these resources?

A: Our Member Lounge is used primarily for full members to log in and edit their public profiles, but we do also have a collection of resources there as well. As a supporting or student member you are encouraged to take advantage of these resources, and can obtain them by simply emailing Rachel Kennedy, our Outreach and Development Coordinator, at rachel@playwrightsguild.ca and letting her know which of the following resources you would like to be sent:  

  • Canada Revenue Agency - The Art of Filing Taxes for Visual Artists and Writers (Available in French and English)

  • Sample Playwright Resume - (long or short template available)

  • Entertainment and Media Lawyers Listing

  • Adaptations Guidelines (available in both French and English)

  • The Contracts Handbook, 2013 - 2016

  • Workshops and Readings Agreement 2013 - 2016

  • Contract and Comission templates (TYA, stock and premiere versions available)

  • CanScene archives (just select the month/months you'd like!)

  • Women's Caucus archives (just select the month/months you'd like!)

  • Equity in Theatre (EIT) Best Practice Recommendations

  • Advocacy: Starting a Relationship with Government officials

  • Listing of Canadian Talent Agencies (2013) 

  • Working with Theatres - A Playwright's Guide (2013)

  • Listing of Community Theatres (2013)

  • Theatre Submission Listing (2013)

  • Script Formatting (2013)

  • Links to International Organizations (2012)

  • Listings of Grants, Awards and Competitions (2012)

  • Playwright Units and Other Programs (2011 Listing)

  • Getting It Done! How Self-Producing Contributes to the Canadian Theatre Ecology (2011)

 

Contracts

Q: Where can I find sample production contracts?

A: If you are a full member simply log into the Member Lounge and click on "Contracts" under our "Member Resources" section. If you are a supporting or student member, please email Rebecca Burton (rebecca@playwrightsguild.ca) with the type of contract that you would like and she will make sure that you receive one of our templates.

 

Communications

Q: I'm a member and I have news to share! Who should I contact? 

A: We are always happy to help our members celebrate their work! If you have something you would like to share with PGC please email Michelle T. Baynton, our Programs and Services Coordinator, at communications@playwrightsguild.ca. We will try to promote it as best as we can through our social media platforms.

 

Q: What's the difference between CanScene and the Community Newsletter?

A: CanScene is PGC’s monthly membership newsletter, which includes important news pertaining to playwrights, such as calls for submissions, residency programs, workshops, playwriting contests, and other opportunities. On the other hand, our Community Newsletter is free for anyone who signs up to receive it (members and non-members) and features PGC events, Monthly features, Playwright Q&A, FTP, POV article, Promo materials for PGC events and member shows. The main difference is that our Community Newsletter does not include the calls for submissions, awards or job opportunities that we include in CanScene for our members.

 

Q: I have a great opportunity for Canadian Playwrights. Can PGC help me spread the word?

 A: If you have a submission call, play competition, job posting, residency, etc that playwrights need to know about send us:

  • Name of the opportunity
  • Deadline
  • A single paragraph (100 words max) include weblinks and contact information

We send out CanScene (our member's newsletter) on the 15th of every month. If you would like us to include your opportunity send it to: communications@playwrightsguild.ca before the 10th of every month. If the opportunity does not meet the requirements above your posting may not be included.