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.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
18-19 Obsidian Playwrights Unit
We are now accepting applications for our 2018-2019 Playwrights Unit. DUE JULY 15TH, 2019
We are looking for playwrights and creative collectives who identify as members of the African Diaspora to apply for our next season’s playwrights unit.
The Playwrights Unit is an intensive yearlong process that runs from September 2018 to June 2019.
OBSIDIAN PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT ALUMNI
2017/2018 Fatuma Adar, Intisar Awisse, Dainty Smith
2016/2017 Motion, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Sashoya Shoya Oya
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