Where Theatre Begins

MAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing excellence in Manitoba playwriting and championing Manitoba playwrights and plays.

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Manitoba Association of Playwrights

Theatre begins years before the audience gathers and the curtain rises, before directors and actors and sound, light, costume and set designers all come together to collaborate on mounting a production.

It begins with the play, and the playwright. One person, driven by a passion to show the world as it is, or as it could be, to reflect the human condition, to engage the world in a dialogue, an invitation to imagine, think, and feel collectively.

Since 1979, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights has been the only organization in the province devoted exclusively to the development of plays and playwrights. MAP has played a crucial and invaluable role in nurturing and supporting the vibrant theatre scene we enjoy today. As a service organization, MAP has helped develop a countless number of plays that have graced our provincial, national and international stages over the last 38 years, as well as supporting many of the locally developed Winnipeg Fringe plays, working with community theatres and university programs, and producing the High School Playwriting Competition for the last 18 years.

MAP has been the home of Manitoba's playwrights for almost four decades, supporting the development of their plays ... 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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Latest

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    The Reg Skene Award for Emerging Artist - Applications now closed

    To be presented at the Winnipeg Theatre Awards 

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    Call for Applications - The 18th annual Scirocco High School Playwriting Competition

    We're looking for your plays!  The deadline for applications is January 12, 2018.  Plays take time to write - get started!  

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    Anomie wins 2017 Rintoul Award

    Congratulations to Wren Brian, recipient of the the award for best new Manitoba play at the Winnipeg Fringe.

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    High School Playwriting Competition

    And the winner of the 2017 High School Playwriting Competition is...

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    Brian Drader named new Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights

    Brian Drader named new Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights

    The Manitoba Association of Playwrights is pleased to announce that nationally recognized playwright, dramaturg and advocate for Canadian playwriting Brian Drader will be its next Executive Director.

     

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    Rory Runnells Retirement

    After 34 years at the helm of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Artistic Director Rory Runnells is stepping down.

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    MAP's Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation

    The Winnipeg Foundation Agency (Endowment) Funds provide organizations with an annual source of income that helps them offer their programs and services that benefit our community. For charitable organizations, securing financial support can be an on-going challenge. Agency Funds provide some financial stability, enabling staff to plan for the future. All gifts to your Agency Fund of choice are pooled and permanently invested at The Winnipeg Foundation to provide a stable, annual revenue stream for your charitable organization.

    The Manitoba Association of Playwrights Agency Fund can be found at MAP's Profile Page

    Thank-you for your continued support.

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Support

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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