Play Writing 

with Dave Carley and Glenda MacFarlane

PRESENTED ON TWO DATES – this is a TWO DAY workshop 
This workshop features two one-day sessions in September and October and is designed to be fun, informative and practical in nature.
During the first session on September 28th from 9:00-4:00 (bring a lunch), participants will receive an introduction to writing drama, and will explore the form through writing exercises.    $120 total (includes both sessions)
Participants will then spend two weeks writing a short play – the theme of which will have been decided at the first session. At the second session, the scripts will be workshopped and performed.
Throughout the process, Dave Carley and Glenda MacFarlane will work with the participants to create a positive, upbeat and supportive environment.
About the Instructors
Dave Carley
It was exactly forty years ago when Dave Carley’s life was changed – by the Peterborough Theatre Guild. In 1979 the Guild premiered his first play Susanna!, a cheerfully inaccurate musical take on Susanna Moodie’s memoire Roughing it in the Bush. That experience set Dave off on a career of writing for the stage, and his plays have now received over 450 productions across Canada and the United States. The past summer his drama The Shakespeare Club premiered in Columbus, Ohio. In February 2020 Canadian Rajah returns to Toronto’s Campbell House before heading out on tour. For more information, please go to
Glenda MacFarlane
Glenda MacFarlane is the Series Editor for Scirocco Drama, and she teaches Writing for Actors at the Toronto Film School. Glenda’s writing for the stage includes the community-based collective creation Railroaded, the historical drama Duel at Dawn, which premiered at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto, and two plays for ACT Theatre, R&J: Brampton and The Taming of the Dude, co-written with Dave Carley. Glenda has had many works produced by CBC Radio, including The Antelope Season, written with her mother Sharon and which aired on Morningside. Glenda is the author of two non-fiction books celebrating her home province of Saskatchewan.

Directing Directors POSTPONED

with Linda Kash

This class is for students who’d like to try their hand at directing and for directors who’d like to hone their skills. Film and play scripts/scenes from various genres will be sent out in advance for students to get an opportunity to understand context. We will then choose and perform scenes from these works and discuss the most effective and creative ways to get ideas across to actors while staying true to the writer’s intentions, maintaining your director’s vision and creative a creative, positive atmosphere to bring out everyone’s best work.
Please read entire scripts sent out and be prepared to perform scenes as well as direct them.
Sunday, February 24 – 9:30 to 4:00. Half-hour lunch. Coffee and muffins provided.   $60
Working Members Price = $40

Thanks for participating!

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We continue to plan exciting workshops for on and off stage…

1) Producing with Pizazz
2) Lighting intro
3) Lighting more advanced
4) Stage Management with Amy Willshaw
5)Props making 101

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