The Digital Dramaturgy Initiative


The Digital Dramaturgy Initiative was co-imagined and conceived by Playwrights' Workshop Montréal (PWM), Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC), Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) and the Blyth Festival.

The pandemic has accelerated the use of digital tools in dramaturgy. However, knowledge and financial gaps are still with us. In response, these development centres introduced three distinct week-long residencies to investigate and expand our collective vocabulary with digital technology.

Each of the three residences was spearheaded by a different development centre, and each focused on a specific  theme. Selected participants brought their projects and creative questions into their local DDI residency, and hosts provided access to dramaturgical expertise and digital technology. 

Playwrights' Workshop Montréal 

Covid-19 and its impact on live arts: how do we share and grow work in process.

Montreal, April 26 – May 1, 2021.  

Manitoba Association of Playwrights (in partnership with Video Pool Media Arts Centre)

Synthesizing digital and live theatre.

Winnipeg, June 21 – 26, 2021. 

Playwrights Theatre Centre 

Staging Screens: digital dramaturgy for macro and micro spaces.

Vancouver, September 20 – 25, 2021.


A website to share learning outcomes is in development and scheduled for release in late 2021/early 2022.  

For more information on this national initiative, visit the PWM webpage  - Digital Dramaturgy Initiative


The Digital Dramaturgy Initiative was supported by - 

End of the West Collective

End of the West Collective

Bushel & Peck

Everything Has Disappeared

Photo Credits:

1) & 2) Avinash and Jacqueline Loewen, End of the West Collective, projection on sand curtain.  

3) Stephanie Morin-Roberts and Alastair Knowles, Bushel & Peck, performance cube.

4) James Thurmeier, Unit Productions & Mammalian Diving Reflex - Everything Has Disappeared, studio set-up.