In a media release, Halifax’s Eastern Front Theatre (EFT) announced the formation of the RBC Emerging Playwrights Program, designed to assist four new Atlantic Canada playwrights to develop their work.
To begin in September, new playwrights will be guided by a dramaturge, an established playwright mentor, and other theatre professionals. The program will conclude with a public reading of the new works at EFT’s annual Stages Theatre Festival in May of next year.
In association with Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and Theatre Nova Scotia, the program is made possible through funding provided by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project.
“Supporting the arts is a long-standing priority of ours at RBC. We recognize the important role the arts play in building vibrant communities, fostering diversity and inclusion, and encouraging a culture of creativity and innovation,” says Michelle Clare, RBC regional vice president, Metro Halifax in the release.
“The RBC Emerging Artist Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunities to advance artists’ careers. That’s why we are proud to partner with Eastern Front Theatre on the RBC Emerging Playwrights Program.”
Created to provide assistance to those just starting their journey as writers in the form of resources, mentorship, and professional support, EFT is encouraging new playwrights from Atlantic Canada to apply. An emphasis is being placed on Nova Scotia playwrights who reflect the diversity of Atlantic Canada communities.
A fixture in the theatre community for 25 years, Eastern Front Theatre’s mandate has been to share stories from Atlantic Canada. Their work over the years has featured over fifteen world premieres.
“We are grateful to the RBC Foundation for helping us give these young artists an opportunity for growth and development,” says EFT’s artistic producer Sam Rosenthal. “We look forward to showcasing their work to the community over the coming year.”
Applications for the RBC Emerging Playwrights Program can be made online at easternfronttheatre.com by September 15.