Indigenous Playwrights Nest

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Indigenous Playwrights Nest

The Indigenous Playwrights Nest is a two week residency that offers Indigenous playwrights an inspiring environmental workspace to write their plays surrounded by nature in the Leighton Artists Studios. The residency is designed to offer support and space for new works in various stages of dramaturgical development.

This residency includes revisiting textual work on plays that have had some performance life but are still in process of finalizing, as well as open to new works in development.

Writers will be on campus. Dramaturgical support will be offered both online and in person. If you would like to identify your own dramaturge please indicate this in your application. Actors will be hired to do online-only readings only in alignment with playwrights writing needs.

What does the Program Offer?

This self-guided residency will support the development and creation of a new work by the Indigenous writer(s) working in theatre by providing actors, space, and resources for Indigenous writers to further their career and scripts that have exceptional merit and high impact. On campus, the program creates dedicated space and time away from home to add to the depth and breadth of the work in development.

Who Should Apply?

Indigenous artists in Canada who have a play in development or are creating a new work are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2022
Program Dates: April 4 – 15, 2022

Financial aid of 100% is available to cover all program costs.

For more information and to register, visit

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