Where Theatre Begins

MAP is a non-profit service organization that supports Manitoba artists in the creation and development of new work for theatre and live performance.

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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, set and digital 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 for over 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 Program, now in its 24th year.

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

MAP Membership

MAP members include established Manitoba dramatists, emerging playwrights and storytellers, and writers at all stages of their artistic careers from all across Manitoba. MAP is open to anyone interested in supporting the continued health of playwriting and the development and production of new Manitoba plays.

Membership Pricing

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

Membership Benefits

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    MAP Brochure

    MAP has a brochure! Click here for an overview of our many programs and services in support of playwriting and new theatre creation in Manitoba.

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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.  The fund ensures long-term organizational  stability, providing annual capital income to support MAP's operations and services.  

    Please consider donating to the Fund at Winnipeg Foundation.  

    We thank-you for your continued support.

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Acknowledgment & Support

The Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) is located on Treaty One Territory, and the homeland of the Red River Métis Nation. The artists we serve live throughout Manitoba, which includes the territory of Treaties Two, Three, Four, and Five. We are grateful to all first peoples of this land, including the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and the Métis, for their traditional and ongoing stewardship of these lands and waters. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. 

MAP gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Winnipeg Foundation, the Gail Asper Family Foundation, Scirocco Drama, our members, and our many individual donors.  


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