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First annual The-Write-Stuff playwriting competition for youth

First annual The-Write-Stuff playwriting competition for youth

Montréal, March 2021- New this season and in keeping with the company’s mandate, Infinithéâtre (IT) Artistic Director Zach Fraser and Oren Safdie, Head of New Play Development, are thrilled to announce the creation of The-Write-Stuff playwriting competition for youth, to be awarded annually to the best new play by an emerging writer aged 12-18. The winner will receive $500; submissions open April 1, 2021.

In this latest development initiative, along the lines of Write-on-Q, The Pipeline and The Unit, 5-8 of the best
plays submitted from the Québec-wide competition will be chosen. Short-listed playwrights are provided
mentoring and direction from industry professionals to hone their skills, talent and confidence, and help prepare their work for public readings. Playwrights will see their vision come to life in a professional staged reading featuring some of Montréal’s best actors from theatre, film and television.

"It is my goal to develop a powerhouse of Québec English playwrights second to none,” said Safdie, a highly-accomplished stage, television and film writer, artistic director and teacher. He recalls the impact this kind of work had on him, “The-Write-Stuff came out of my own experiences as a student of playwriting. It was one thing to hear my words read out loud by fellow students in the classroom, but once I saw my script read up on stage by professional actors before a live audience, I was hooked and knew I wanted to become a playwright. This program is a way of reaching out and getting young students to try their hand at playwriting, something they may never have considered. It’s also a way to make a connection with tomorrow’s artists, and let them know that they have a home for their work in Montréal without having to go elsewhere. If we don’t support them today, we won’t have a generation of artists tomorrow.” 

The annual competition will bring attention to Montréal as an important promoter of new theatrical works, give young people a chance to have their unique voices heard in a professional setting, and offer audiences a glimpse into these young hearts and minds—as well as the thrill of seeing potential award-winning
playwrights present their first professional productions.

“We are delighted to support these writers’ vibrant voices. Under Oren Safdie’s heartfelt and skillful guidance, we're confident The-Write-Stuff can energize and propel future creators. We encourage students to make their art in the style and language and perspective that makes sense to them; confident their voices will resonate with others. We ask that they write with passion and with authenticity; about what inspires them, what challenges them, what enrages, or scares, or frees them. Write from the heart. We look forward to hearing what they have to say,” said Fraser.

The-Write-Stuff will play a critical role in training and supporting upcoming theatremakers in Québec. This
competition is unique in Canada. While there may be other young playwright contests, The-Write-Stuff
differs from the rest in that the company fully produces a staged reading of the selected plays and provides
the playwrights a professional experience from beginning to end; they are never considered ‘students’, they
are ‘the playwrights’.

Other play development news

The FourPlay Valentine’s Day fundraiser was a great success. Crucial resources were gained, with all proceeds
supporting new Québec play development initiatives, including The-Write-Stuff. The company thanks all the
actors, theatre practitioners, and musicians who generously donated their time and talent to this seductive 5 à 7, along with local businesses and artisans who contributed to the silent auction and door prizes.

King of Canada by Paul Van Dyck (developed as part of The Unit) continues via the Action-Infini school outreach program, connecting students across Canada from Victoria to St. John’s to Iqaluit with live theatre–-without leaving the classroom.

The deadline for submissions to The-Write-Stuff new playwriting competition for youth is June 15. Short,
original works can be plays, monologues, or musicals on any subject.

Staged readings take place in December 2021.

For complete contest rules and requirements or further information, please contact 514 987-1774 or
plays@infinitheatre.com.

Great theatre begins with great writing. The company’s mission is to develop, produce and broker new Québec plays to ever-widening audiences. Le théâtre Québécois in English

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