"From the page to the stage" Theatre Wakefield’s New Works Free Dramaturgy Program – Deadl

Theatre Wakefield IS CALLING FOR SUBMISSIONS OF ORIGINAL PLAY SCRIPTS for their New Works Program 2019 .

This year, Theatre Wakefield continues its free sponsored program of assistance to playwrights and playwrights-in-the-making from the Ottawa/Gatineau region as it looks for new original scripts to be performed by our company.

If selected, what free service will you receive?

Guidance by Actor/Director/Dramaturge Peter James Haworth to help focus your ideas and images.

Peter will read each draft and give detailed notes on structure character dialogue and other elements. The writer would then work on a second draft bearing in mind the comments provided and upon which Peter will again comment in detail. By the end of the summer, each playwright can submit three drafts. Peter will read the third draft mainly in consideration of the development of the script.

For selected plays New Works provides a Professional Workshop of one script in the fall, a public reading of another at our TaDa! Festival in mid-September, a tour of one or more in the Outaouais Region as readings, the possibility of one becoming our mainstage production in the future and the possibility of scripts being included in a digest to be made available for reading.

As mentioned, a selected script will then be workshoped with professional actors, members of the Wakefield Players, other writers and theatre resource persons.


Deadline to declare intention to submit script is now April 22, 2019. Scripts are read on a first come basis, so the sooner they are submitted, the sooner they are read.

Send your script in PDF format to: .

If there are a large number of submissions, we will take the first twelve drafts with preference to full-length plays that have not been produced.

The overall goal is to develop and nurture local and regional writing talent and to build a resource pool for original and new plays that other theatres may also want to take on.