Where Theatre Begins

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Manitoba Association of Playwrights

Did you know that theatre doesn't begin when the curtain rises? Theatre begins years before a play opens - before the audience gathers; before directors and actors and sound, light, costume and set designers all come together to collaborate on mounting a production.

Theatre begins in the mind of one person - the playwright; and, driven by passion, hope, fear and longing, theatre is born in both joy and anguish: word by word; page by page; rewrite after rewrite.

Since 1979 the Manitoba Association of Playwrights has been supporting the development of plays and playwrights through a variety of programs and services. The playwright is where theatre begins.

MAP Membership

MAP members include established Manitoba dramatists (like Bruce McManus, Maureen Hunter, and Sharon Bajer), emerging playwrights just learning their craft, and writers at all stages of their artistic careers from all across Manitoba. MAP is open to anyone interested in the continuing health of playwriting and the production of new Manitoba plays.

Membership Pricing

  • Regular Membership$60/year
  • Student Membership$25/year

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    Chris Johnson Award for Best Play 2013/2014

    Submissions are now being accepted for the Chris Johnson Award for plays by Manitoba playwrights published or produced in 2013 or 2014.

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    Kevin Klassen wins 2014 Reg Skene Award

    Congratulations to Kevin on receiving the Reg Skene Award for Emerging Theatre Artist at this year's MAP Masquerade.

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    Rick Chafe - GG Nominee

    Congrats to Rick Chafe.  His play The Secret Mask has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award in drama.

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    UNBLOCK - Improv as a means of Defeating Writers Block

    Seminars with improv master Steve Sim, November 2, 9, and 16.

    Cost: $100 for MAP members, $125 for non-members

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    Calling All High School Playwrights!

    We want your plays!  The Manitoba High School Playwriting Competition is back for its fifteenth year.  Visit the competition page to download the rules and guidelines.

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    Seniors Workshops

    The Manitoba Association of Playwrights is pleased to host a series of workshops with Geri\the/atrics Theatre Company, to create five short-shot (10 minute) plays for public performance in repertory.

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MAP is associated with the Playwright's Guild of Canada and is a member of the Playwrights Development Centres of Canada. MAP gratefully acknowledges the support or our members and friends, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Foundation, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and ArtsVest.


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