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Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 5:00pm EST

The Young Playwrights Unit (YPU) is a paid training experience for young people who are curious and passionate about playwriting. We take a page from our professional play development programs to offer a group of dedicated young creators a rigorous context in which to develop some of their first works.

What the YPU Offers:
– Playwriting sessions, with instructor Makram Ayache, will provide an opportunity for guided material generation and revision through creation, discussion, and critique.
– Explorations of plot, theme, character creation, scene study, dramatic action and beyond will take place over the course of the program.
– Guided prompts facilitating the completion of the first draft of your new play.
– Dramaturgical support that will span the duration of the YPU.
– Participants will be connected with various theatre professionals and Tarragon staff.
– Participants will be given FREE tickets to Tarragon shows.
– Each play will receive a workshop with a professional director and actors.
– Each play will be part of a public YPU Program Showcase which will take place digitally over ZOOM.
Each participant will receive a $500 honorarium.

Program Logistics:
– Applicants must be aged 16-29 as of January 31, 2021.
– Program runs March 2021 – June 2021.
– The program will take place digitally over ZOOM.
– Applicants must be available to attend weekly sessions between March and June of 2021 and meet regular deadlines (session dates and times listed on website)
– A letter of intent (max 1pg singe-spaced) including the following: What is the project you hope to explore in the program? What is your experience with playwriting and theatre creation? How do you hope the program will support you in your artistic journey? Please share anything else you feel is important about yourself.
– Please include your name, age, where in Canada you are based, and a phone number.
– An artistic sample that can be any of the following: 1 written sample (max ~5pgs double-spaced), or an audio sample (~3 minutes), or a video sample (~3 minutes), or up to 3 images of visual arts.

Please submit via email to: and visit our website for more details about the program.


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