PGC Events

This is a listing of upcoming events offered by PGC.

To see listings of professional and amateur productions of PGC members' plays, or to find an upcoming reading by a PGC member, use the sidebar menu.


Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 14:00
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 16:00
Theatre Aquarius

Registration is open for ASPIRE TOGETHER: Through Voice, Place & Play

Playwrights Guild of Canada 45th Anniversary Conference June 1 - 4, 2017

Read on to learn more about this year’s event or use the button below to register now.



Thursday, June 1

PGC’s Women’s Caucus presents:

Getting Theatres on Board: Because it's 2017!  WEBINAR / In-person

2pm - 3:30pm

Come on out and learn what PGC's Women's Caucus has been up to! Join us for activity updates and a brainstorming session about getting work by women playwrights front and centre. Bring us your ideas and your wish lists, and get involved in the conversation.

This event will be followed by a cocktail reception, The Conversation Continues

3:30pm5:00pm – Canadian Play Outlet - 401 Richmond St., Suite 350

Discounted tickets to Onegin by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone

7:15pm  - Berkeley Street Downstairs Theatre

(Promo code will be sent once you’ve registered)


Sign up for the Women’s Caucus events!


Friday, June 2

Woodland Play Walk – FREE EVENT

5:45pm9:00pm: Woodland Cultural Centre – 184 Mohawk St., Brantford, ON


PGC’s ASPIRE TOGETHER conference will commence with a “road trip” to Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, ON. Five playwrights will share their stories in designated locations throughout Woodland. PGC Path Leaders will guide attendees in five different directions, each offering a unique experience. The evening will end fireside (weather permitting) with an opportunity to share your pathway experience with others.

Playwright Presenters:

Joshua Bainbridge

Keith Barker

Alanis King

Frances Koncan

Clayton Windatt

A FREE round-trip shuttle bus from Toronto to Brantford is available on a first come, first served basis. Dinner will be provided to bus attendees.

Disclaimer:  This event will take place throughout Woodland Cultural Centre. This event may involve a moderate amount of standing.  We will make every effort to ensure that seating may be available.

To attend the Woodland Play Walk RSVP to

If you’re attending PGC’s conference you can also register for this event on the registration form.


Saturday, June 3


Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton, ON

Registration opens at 11am

CREATORS CONNECTING (to Voice, Place and Play)  

Annabel Fitzsimmons Writing - Movement

11:15 am – 11:45am


Set the stage for your conference experience both physically and mentally in this playful session. Through movement, visualization and the written word, we will explore how we define or redefine the spaces within which we write, connect and create. With an emphasis on the body and the creative mind--and the importance of that connection--this session will prepare participants for the conference ahead, opening us up for a day of curiosity, connection and learning. (Movement exercises will be accessible to all participants.)

GROWING TOGETHER Through Community Theatre

Moderator: Rachel Kennedy

Panelists: Norm Foster, Dennis Johnson, Rhiannon Collett

1:15pm – 2:00pm


What is the role of community theatre in the careers of Canadian playwrights? PGC invites you to join in the conversation as Norm Foster, Dennis Johnson, and Rhiannon Collett discuss the relationship between playwrights and amateur theatre in Canada today. Looking at past successes, challenges and the connections made along the way, we aim to shed light on the evolving role of community theatres and how these companies can function as venues to test out new work, reach new audiences, and celebrate successful shows!

This panel was created in partnership with Theatre Ontario

Playwright Production Contracts (PGC Staff Clinic)

Facilitated by Rebecca Burton

12:15pm – 2:00pm

Bring your contract questions and quandaries to the Contracts Clinic, and sign-up for a 10-minute, one-on-one, personal session with Rebecca Burton, PGC's Professional Contracts Manager. Follow that up with attendance at Rebecca's presentation on the proposed changes to the PGC/PACT Collective Agreement and Contract documents; the ratification of which will be voted on at PGC's AGM.

Signing up for time slot will be made available at registration on the day of the conference.

Page to Stage Promotional Tools (PGC Staff Clinic)

Facilitated by Monique Renaud

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Join Monique to build your own toolbox of fresh and creative marketing ideas for playwrights. This engaging and productive clinic will provide an opportunity to play with marketing strategies for your career. Put your tool belt on and get ready to work!

Creating and Writing for PLACE

Moderator: Claire Calnan

Panelists: Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Lisa Codrington & TBA

2:15pm – 3:15pm


Does the place where a play is set define the audience it reaches?
Does theatre play a role in constructing the identity of a place?
Is theatre most true when it engages with the place where it is created?
And who has the right to tell stories of a particular place?
Join us (in the rapidly changing city of Hamilton) as we explore the role PLACE plays in the creation of theatre.

This panel was created in partnership with Hamilton Fringe


Moderator: Lisa O’Connell

Panelists: Nicole Smith, Kristin Shepherd

3:15pm – 4:00pm

How can you make sure that your play gets produced?  How to work most effectively with a development house and/or playwright development centre?  In this lively session Lisa O’Connell (AD,Pat the Dog Theatre Creation), and Nicole Smith (PTD Metcalf Producing Intern and AD Sonderlust Collective) speak with Northern ON Playwright Kristin Shepherd about their relationship and uncover the powerful difference in playwright development between “collaboration” and “support”.

From inspiration, instigation, to slated first production of Curved, Shepherd has worked closely and ideally with PTD.  Join us in an active and animated discussion as we touch on how to most effectively use national networks, how best to reach out to other theatre creators and collectives and probe whether this model of collaboration is intrinsically female-based.

This panel was created in partnership with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation

The Bachelor: Canadian Theatre Edition (The Playwright Picks a Mate)

Created by Damien Atkins

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Once upon a time, a playwright met thirteen theatres of his dreams. Unfortunately, he met them all on the same night...

Join Damien with host Andrew Kushnir for a theatre themed spin-off of The Bachelor.  The pool of romantic interests will include one lucky person from each of the following theatres: Prairie Theatre Exchange, Tarragon Theatre, fu-GEN, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre, GCTC, Arts Club, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, and Theatre Aquarius.

Cocktail reception with participating theatre companies will follow.

Play Reading Cabaret

Hosted by PGC’s ON: South Caucus

7:00pm - 9:00pm: Gasworks - 141 Park St., Hamilton, ON  

Hosted by Stephen Near

Readings by:

Jennie Esdale

Peter Gruner
Michael Kras
Marilo Nunez
Jennifer Walton


Sunday, June 4

Focussing in on PGC

10:00am - 12:00pm: Theatre Aquarius

Staff led

This workshop will utilize design-thinking techniques to involve PGC members in in-depth conversations of its work. PGC’s activities and services will be examined through three separate lenses: Promotion, Protection, and Equity/ Inclusivity.

This opportunity will give PGC members a real opportunity to share their creative ideas and in turn, learn about PGC’s potential.


1:00pm – 4pm

Agenda will be available at meeting.