Tarragon announces the 2013 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights’ Competition
• See contest guidelines for details at the link
• All application packages must arrive at Tarragon Theatre by Monday, August 19, 2013 at 5:00pm
TORONTO - Tarragon Theatre and the RBC Foundation are pleased to announce the fifth annual RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights’ Competition, one of Canada’s most prestigious contests for new artists. Since 2008, this national competition has received applications from every corner of the country. Tarragon and the RBC Foundation believe in investing in Canadian playwrights: through meaningful support we help them gain national recognition for their writing and look for the next Canadian voice to add to the national canon.
Tarragon will consider full-length plays (min. 80 minutes) written in English by Canadian citizens or permanent residents. To qualify, a playwright must be emerging, which is defined as someone with less than five years of professional playwriting experience.
The competition’s winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000, the opportunity to showcase their play in Tarragon Theatre’s Play Reading Week 2014, a year’s worth of mentorship from a Tarragon Theatre affiliated playwright, as well as dramaturgical support from Tarragon Theatre’s Literary Manager.
The development of playwrights is one of the cornerstones of Tarragon’s operations, and this artistic practice has led to a 43 year legacy of over 180 world premieres. Playwrights such as Morwyn Brebner, David French, Brendan Gall, Michael Healey, Rosa Laborde, Daniel MacIvor, Joan MacLeod, Hannah Moscovitch, Morris Panych, James Reaney, Jason Sherman, Erin Shields and Judith Thompson, among many others, have debuted their work here. “Young playwrights need hope and a competition like this one gives them not just hope for their play, but recognition as a professional and for their artistry. The fiscal prize says to the emerging artist that they have value, that a theatre, a community and a financial institution like RBC says you are valued.” says Artistic Director Richard Rose.