Alumnae Theatre’s New Play Development (NPD) is a dedicated group of Alumnae playwrights. The NPD meets monthly to read scripts written by participants and offer feedback through informal discussion led by experienced dramaturges, to talk about playwriting, and to set themselves playwriting challenges to hone their skills.

The Group provides a meeting place for seasoned playwrights of produced works and beginning writers who wish to polish their craft. They present two public events each year:

WRITE NOW in October: A 48-hour playwriting challenge, taking place over a weekend and open to all Alumnae members. It culminates in the presentation on the Sunday of rehearsed readings of all the entries.

SPRING READING EVENT in May: Previously BIG IDEAS (which showcased short plays and scenes from full-length scripts that members of the group have in development), in 2011 this event was rebooted to LITTLE IDEAS with the theme The Monologue – Life in Miniature, featuring cold readings of new monologues and a bird’s-eye view of the development process, with the playwright, director and actor.

In addition to the regular public events, there are opportunities to dramaturge and workshop individual scripts-in-progress, including rehearsed readings before an audience.

Several plays, nurtured by NPD, have gone on to major success. Some have received full productions at the Alumnae and elsewhere, and some have won awards and been produced at festivals and competitions all over Canada and the U.S.

Any Alumnae member who has a serious interest in playwriting is welcome to join the NPD.

Email the theatre at:
Phone: 416.364.4170

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