The Manitoba Association of Playwrights is a non-profit organization that supports playwrights & playwriting in Manitoba.


The Manitoba Association of Playwrights was formed in 1979. Rory Runnells served as coordinator and artistic director for most of the organization's existence. Over the last 40 years MAP has played a crucial role in the development of plays and playwrights in Manitoba.


MAP's Mission & Values

MAP nurtures excellence in Manitoba playwriting and champions playwrights, plays, and theatre creation.  


Core Values

  • Playwriting is an art form that has the power to entertain, to educate, to startle, and to transform society.
  • The creation of new plays is crucial to the existence of a living theatre.
  • Playwriting thrives in a safe environment that supports and encourages creative freedom and exploration.
  • Each playwright is an individual, with a unique vision, voice and process.
  • MAP champions diversity, accessibility, and inclusiveness in all its forms; all voices deserve to be heard.   




Brian Drader is the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.

Call, email, or stop by the office to discuss MAP services, booking the Rory Runnells Studio, or play development opportunites.

Meet the Board

Ann Hodges

Cherry Karpyshin

Melinda Tallin

Karen Clavelle
member at large

Katherine Clune
member at large

Chad Heath
member at large

Sam Nguyen
member at large

Ian Ross
member at large