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


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


MAP's Vision

To be a home for Manitoba playwrights and storytellers, and to nurture, support, develop, and champion their creations.  


Core Values

  • Stories have the power to change the world - Theatre is an art form that entertains, educates, startles, and transforms society.
  • New plays sustain our art form - The creation of new plays is crucial to the existence of a living theatre.
  • We honour the artist - The development of new work thrives in a safe environment that supports and encourages creative freedom and exploration.
  • One-size-fits-one - Each storyteller is an individual, with a unique vision, voice, and process.
  • All voices deserve to be heard - MAP champions equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all their forms, and is committed to the process of reconciliation.   


Respectful Workplace Policy

MAP is committed to providing safe and respectful working environments free from harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, microaggressions, and other unwelcome behaviour for all employees, artists, arts workers, and volunteers.  We invite you to read our Respectful Workplace Policy here.

Accessible Employment Policy 

MAP is committed to principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity for people living with disabilities.  We invite you to read our Accessible Employment Policy here.

MAP's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

MAP's Strategic Plan is a comprehensive guiding document detailing our goals and strategies through to 2025.  The full document can be accessed here.  


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.


Brian Drader - Bio

Meet the Board

Ann Hodges

Cherry Karpyshin

Melinda Tallin

Karen Clavelle
member at large

Chad Heath
member at large

Ian Ross
member at large

Elio Zarrillo
member at large

Crystal Kolt
member at large

Charlene Van Buekenhout
member at large

Michelle Boulet
member at large