Obsidian Theatre has been developing new Black voices through our Playwrights Unit, our Development Series, and our Resident Playwrights for over 15 years.
The Playwrights Unit is an intensive yearlong process that runs annually from September to June. Through monthly meetings with the group and individual guidance to serve each artists’ needs, artists delve into the creation process in a supportive and nurturing environment that challenges themselves to investigate their writing process. The Unit has an emphasis on professional development and the business of being a professional artist in Canada.
Our Playwrights Unit runs from September to June each year. Submissions for the Playwrights Unit are accepted starting in April annually – Check back in the spring for information on how to apply.
For information on how to get involved with Obsidian as a playwright, contact Mel Hague at pd[at]obsidiantheatre.com
OBSIDIAN PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT ALUMNI
2015/2016 Kanika Ambrose, Peter Bailey, Daniel Ellis, Alicia Richardson, d’bi young
2014/2015 Kanika Ambrose, Sebastien Heins, Tia McGregor
2013/2014 Tawiah McCarthy, Makambe Simamba, Teneile Warren
THE DEVELOPMENT SERIES 2013/14 Lisa Codrington, Meghan Swaby
2012/2013 Peter Bailey, Lisa Codrington, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Meghan Swaby
THE DEVELOPMENT SERIES 2011/12 Joseph Joe Pierre, Leah-Simone Bowen, Motion
2011/12 Audrey Dwyer, Meghan Swaby, Andrea Scott
Playwrights Unit Tier Two 2009/10: Leah Simone Bowen, Roxanne A. Joseph
2008/09: Laurence Anthony, Aisha Sasha John, Motion
2007/08 Leah Simone Bowen, Rita Deverall, Rachael-Lea Rickards, Rosemarie Stewart
2006/07 Dian Marie Bridge, Rebecca Fisseha, Edwige Jean-Pierre, Marcia Johnson, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard