Membership

"If you are an emerging or professional playwright, joining PGC shouldn't have to be about 'what can PGC do for me now' but about acknowledging what PGC has already done for you and sharing in the responsibility of putting Canadian playwrights at the centre of Canadian theatre."

"What is Playwrights Guild of Canada doing for me? Supporting Canadian playwrights and playwriting and fighting to make sure that when politicians, courts, tribunals, granting bodies and artistic directors are making decisions that affect writers and artists in this country, someone is making sure that playwrights aren't forgotten."

-Mark Leiren-Young, playwright and PGC member.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR PGC MEMBERSHIP

To become a PGC member:

Review the membership criteria below, as well as the programs and services offered with membership, and decide on the full member, supporting member, and/or student member option; whichever category best suits your needs and level of experience.

Please ensure that you have chosen the appropriate membership category, as there are NO REFUNDS on membership purchases.

 

SUPPORTING AND STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility Criteria:

For individuals, students, educational institutions, organizations, and corporations. Anyone who does not qualify for Full Membership can support and receive continued contact with PGC by becoming a Supporting Member. Students must supply proof of their student status.

 

Programs and Services:

  • Receipt of CanScene, PGC’s monthly membership newsletter, which includes important news for playwrights, such as calls for play submissions, residencies, workshops, and other opportunities;
  • Use of PGC/PACT negotiated production contracts;
  • Discounts on Canadian publications in hardcopy format sold by PGC;
  • Discounts on all PGC Workshops; and
  • Invitations to all PGC events, including the Annual General Meeting.

Please note that supporting and student memberships do not have access to the Member Lounge section of the PGC website.

 

Online Application Instructions:

  1. To apply for or renew your Supporting or Student Membership, click on the blue “Donate” button found at the top of the homepage.
  2. This will take you to a new webpage with three options. Choose the final option (or click on the following link): “Support PGC by buying or renewing a 12-month Supporting or Student membership here.”
  3. That takes you to the Supporting and Student Members online application form. Fill out all of the required fields, choose your method of payment, and hit the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page when you are done.
  4. PGC will process your application (acknowledged via an email), and you will be added to our communications lists, ensuring that you receive CanScene, and other PGC membership benefits.

 

FULL MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility Criteria:

To become a Full Member of PGC, an individual must have achieved one of the two following milestones:

i) S/he has written, collectively written, adapted, or translated a play, musical book, or libretto that was produced by a professional theatre, or by a company or festival that receives funding from a municipal, provincial, territorial, or national arts-funding body.

OR

ii) S/he has written, collectively written, adapted, or translated a play, musical book, or libretto for which the work’s production met all of the following criteria:

  • the decision to present the work was made by a jury of professional peers or an artistic director;
  • the play was presented for a minimum of six performances;
  • the production was open to the public, tickets were sold, and the playwright was paid (shares are an acceptable form of payment).

Professional Canadian playwrights living abroad or foreign playwrights immigrating to Canada are eligible to join PGC provided that they have achieved equivalent milestones outside of Canada.

 

Programs and Services:

  • Receipt of CanScene, PGC’s monthly membership newsletter, which includes important news for playwrights, such as calls for submissions, residencies, workshops, and other opportunities;
  • A profile presence with biography and play listings on PGC’s website;
  • Promotion through PGC’s publications and social media networks;
  • Sale and distribution of unpublished plays through PGC’s Copyscript Program (for professionally-produced plays), and/or the Stage-Ready Program (for scripts not yet professionally-produced);
  • Use of PGC/PACT negotiated production contracts;
  • Administration of amateur production rights;
  • Advice on issues, including contract negotiation, publishing, artists’ rights, copyright procedures, and other pertinent maters;
  • Inclusion in the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society RRSP investment plan and the Writer's Coalition insurance program;
  • Access to the PGC-administered Canada Council Readings program;
  • Discounts on Canadian publications in hardcopy sold by PGC;
  • Invitations to all PGC events, including Workshops and the Annual General Meeting;
  • Voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting.

More detailed descriptions are available on the Programs and Services page.

 

Online Application Instructions:

  1. To apply for Full Membership using the online application process, click on the “Apply for Membership” button located in the right-hand corner at the top of the website homepage. That will take you to the online Membership Application Form.
  2. Fill in the required fields, and when you are done, click the “Create new account” button at the bottom of the page.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to you with a link that you will need to click on to activate the membership application process.
  4. PGC will then review your application, and an email will be sent to you approving your membership and directing you with a link to an online payment page.
  5. Click on the link, and follow the instructions, filling in the required fields on the payment form. An email will be sent to you confirming that your payment has been received.
  6. Once you have paid, your membership will be activated, a public profile will be created for you on the PGC website, and you will be added to our communication lists. 

 

 MANUAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION:

  1. To apply for membership without using the online system, click on the Membership Application Form here or found in PDF format at the bottom of this page.
  2. Fill out the form, and return it to the PGC office along with your payment. You may do so by email, fax, or post.
  3. Once these documents have been processed, your membership will be activated, and you will be notified with a welcome email.

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Full Membership = $175.15 ($155 + $20.15 HST)

Supporting Membership = $39.55 ($35.00 + $4.55 HST)

Student Membership = $22.60 ($20.00 + $2.60 HST)

 

*Membership covers a one-year (365 day) period, starting from the time of activation.

 

A Note to Aspiring Playwrights

At PGC we believe in providing support to early career playwrights. If you are an individual who is an aspiring or early career playwright and who does not qualify for Membership under the qualification criteria above, join us as a Supporting Member and identify yourself on our membership form by checking off the “I am an early career playwright” box. This will allow us to contact you with information on future mentorship programs and other PGC initiatives that may be beneficial to you and your development as a playwright.

 

TO RENEW AN EXISTING FULL MEMBERSHIP

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: https://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. 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.

 

TO RENEW AN EXISTING STUDENT OR SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP

1) Online – Click on this link or paste it into your browser to pay online (via PayPal): https://www.playwrightsguild.ca/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2

If for some reason the link does not work, go to the PGC website 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 three options. Chose the last 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. 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.
 
 

Direct any and all inquiries to Rebecca Burton, Membership and Contracts Manager.