Youth can enter a playwriting competition

The original works can be about any topic young people find inspiring, challenging, scary or freeing

Youth can enter a playwriting competition

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If you child enjoys writing and is looking for a creative outlet, he or she may want to take part in a new competition being launched by Infinithéâtre, whose mission if to promote theatre in English and French in Quebec.

The-Write-Stuff playwriting competition will be held annually and is open to Quebecers between 12-18. Short, original works can be plays, monologues or musicals on any subject. Plays should be written with passion and  authenticity; about subjects youth find inspiring, challenging, scary or freeing. The winner will receive $500.

Five to eight of the best plays will be short listed; the authors will be mentored and receive direction from industry professionals to hone their skills. Playwrights will see their vision come to life in a professional staged reading featuring Montreal actors from theatre, film and television.

“It is my goal to develop a powerhouse of Quebec English playwrights second to none,” said Oren Safdie, head of new play development at Infinithéâtre. He says he recalls the impact this kind of work had on him, “The-Write-Stuff came out of my own experiences as a student of playwriting,” he said. “It was one thing to hear my words read out loud by fellow students in the classroom, but once I saw my script read up on stage by professional actors before a live audience, I was hooked and knew I wanted to become a playwright. This program is a way of reaching out and getting young students to try their hand at playwriting, something they may never have considered. It’s also a way to make a connection with tomorrow’s artists, and let them know that they have a home for their work in Montreal. If we don’t support them today, we won’t have a generation of artists tomorrow.”

The competition aims to bring attention to Montreal as an important promoter of new theatrical works, give young people a chance to have their unique voices heard in a professional setting, and offer audiences a glimpse into these young hearts and minds.

Submissions can be submitted as of April 1, 2021 and the deadline is June 15  Staged readings will take place in December 2021.

For more information about the contest, call 514-987-1774 or click here.