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, 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 countless plays that have graced our provincial, national and international stages over the last 40 years, as well as supporting many of the locally developed Winnipeg Fringe plays, working with community theatres and university programs, and producing the Scirocco Manitoba High School Playwriting Competition, now in its 20th year.

MAP has been the home of Manitoba's playwrights for four decades, supporting the development of their plays ... where theatre begins.  

MAP Membership

MAP members include established Manitoba dramatists, 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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    Digital Dramaturgy Initiative - MAP call for applications!

    Application Deadline - March 12th, 2021, 5:00 pm CST

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    MAP Anti-Racism Statement

    As a play and playwright service organization, we support storytellers as agents of cultural change, exposing truth and inspiring reform.  MAP stands with all creators fighting for social justice and equity.  

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    MAP's Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation

    The Manitoba Association of Playwrights Endowment Fund was established with an extremely generous donation by the late Mr. Jim Gibbs.  MAP's endowment target is to match Mr. Gibb's donation, which in turn triggers matching funds from the Winnipeg Foundation.

    Please consider donating and helping us towards this goal. Donations can be made at Winnipeg Foundation

    We thank-you for your continued support.

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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 of our members and friends, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Winnipeg Foundation, the Gail Asper Family Foundation, and Business for the Arts.




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