WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
June 17 - June 22 2022 | Montreal
Official Participants from Over 30 Countries
55 excerpted readings
15 full-length readings
15 full productions
Innovative Writers' Playroom for ad hoc Readings
17 Workshops and Roundtables
A Day Dedicated to Indigenous Leadership and Storytelling
A Day Dedicated to Climate Change, Environmental Racism and Ecojustice
WPI Montreal 2022
Women Playwrights International is dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and nurturing the work of women playwrights worldwide.
Every three years since 1988, Women Playwrights International (WPI) has organized a 5-day conference bringing together theatre practitioners, scholars, and critics from all over the world to present and study the work of women playwrights. These conferences have been held in many countries, including Ireland, Greece, India, Indonesia, Sweden, South Africa, and Chile.
WPIC Montréal will take place at Dawson College from June 17 to June 22, 2022. Over 350 submissions from over 40 countries and every continent (except Antarctica) were adjudicated. We will offer 85 excerpts of plays, 19 workshop presentations and roundtable discussions, as well as 15 full productions at Dawson College and other venues across the city, including both English and French theatres. Given our commitment to diversity and inclusivity, we are opening up the conference to include all women, non-binary, and gender fluid writers.
This is a conference to facilitate communication, meetings, interchanges, and activities among the international community of women in theatre. The conference provides a safe, positive environment for women playwrights to question and explore a spectrum of identities. What does it mean to be a woman playwright? How do we accommodate our evolving ideas of gender and sexual identity in our writing? Is there a post-gendered future looming? Do all stories have to be told through lived experience? Who gets to tell whose stories?
WPI conferences create opportunities for international networking and artistic exchange, further production of women’s writing for the stage, additional education and development for women playwrights and their craft. WPI also encourages the study and informed critique of work by women playwrights, and supports women playwrights against censorship and political persecution.
WPI Management Committee
WPIM Land Acknowledgement
Women Playwrights International Montreal 2022 acknowledges that we live in a territory known as Canada, on land stolen, unceded, or subject to treaty violations to this day. We recognize and respect the rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples as custodians of this land. We also live, work and create in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), a place that has been rich in creativity and story-telling for millennia. Situated on the traditional unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people, Tiohtià:ke, Montreal continues to be a gathering place for many First Peoples. We recognize our responsibility to educate ourselves about the history and contemporary realities of First Peoples and to work toward a more equitable and just future.
Here are a few helpful links:
About Land Acknowledgements: https://native-land.ca/territory-acknowledgement/
About the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: http://www.trc.ca/
Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network (NETWORK: The NETWORK is comprised of community sector groups, volunteers and government officials who work together to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal people living in the greater Montreal area): http://reseaumtlnetwork.com/
Native Friendship Centre of Montreal: http://nfcm.org/
Native Montreal: http://www.nativemontreal.com
WPIM 2022 is committed to furthering the conversation about indigenous issues by featuring Indigenous artists and storytelling in our programming, including:
A day devoted to Indigenous theatre and story-telling, featuring the play Shorelines, by Mishka Lavigne
The participation of keynote speaker, celebrated Algonquin theatre artist, Yvette Nolan,
A climate change roundtable, examining the implications of environmental racism and injustice.
Dawson College, Montreal
About This Venue:
3040 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Canada H3Z 1A4
Dawson College is an English CEGEP located in Montreal, QC. Its theatre, the New Dawson Dome Theatre, seats 183 people and is home to Dawson's Professional Theatre Programs productions as well as other multi-media events.
Dawson College’s Land Acknowledgement
Dawson College is located on land which is the unceded traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. This land has also served as a gathering place for Abenaki, Anishinaabe and other nations. As uninvited guests, it is our responsibility to honour the stewards of this land by educating ourselves about the histories and contemporary realities of First Peoples, and by contributing to the important work of reconciliation and decolonization.
The Dawson First Peoples’ Centre
The Dawson College First Peoples’ Centre provides comprehensive services, including academic and cultural support, for Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) students. The centre offers a culturally sensitive environment where Indigenous students can study, socialize, eat, and find community. The centre also provides cultural activities and food, learning support, student advocacy, health & wellness support, counselling services, elder engagement, and opportunities for student leadership. The First Peoples’ Centre is located at 3E.15. For more information, contact the First Peoples’ Centre coordinator: Tiawenti:notCanadian
Dawson Centre for Peace Education
Dawson College has an abiding commitment to peace, both in action and education. This commitment is discernible through the Peace Studies Certificate and the various projects, events, and activities organized and/or co-sponsored by the Dawson College Peace Centre. The Centre is dedicated to the practical application of peace in our every-day world. Its central pedagogical tenet is using collaborative community project-based initiatives to teach, inspire, and engage people to making a commitment to peace in pragmatic ways. Real solutions to real world problems with compassion, respect, teamwork, leadership and love is the heart of the Dawson College Peace Centre, and the thrust of the Peace Studies Certificate.
Mission: We practise sustainability as we explore societal, economic and ecological challenges and advance human and ecological well-being through teaching, learning, operations management, planning and engaging our local and external community.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I used to do everything in my life with passion, but I couldn't imagine that playwrighting is the ecstasy of all passionate activities I've ever done. Luckily, attending our Women international playwrights conferences gives voice to my silent passion and strength to reach the stars and change the world
Desiree Gezentsvey, NZ
WPIC Chile 2017 - What a truly inspirational week— connecting with over a hundred and twenty women playwrights from all over the world, immersing myself in daily workshops, round-tables, readings and full productions, sharing in deeply moving personal stories and exploring how our writing addresses issues faced by men, women and children worldwide. I would love to represent New Zealand again in the future, it’s certainly worth it!
Vana Medeiros, Brazil
I had the experience of arriving at Chile for the WPI 2018 at the exact same day that Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential election in Brazil, one of the sadest days in my country's History. Being at WPI at that moment and meeting those wonderful women and artists, not even put in Latin America, was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, giving me all the energy that I needed to comeback to Brazil not giving up on using art as a mean to resist. Thank you all.
Anuradha Marwah, India
Meeting women playwrights from all over the world transformed the way I approached my theatre-work. It became bigger and deeper. I could at last shed my inhibitions and find liberation in its boundless possibilities.
Amaranta Osorio, Mexico
Being with so many women playwrights and being able to see their work was very enriching. Seeing such good works, participating in workshops and knowing them, filled me with inspiration and gave me strength to continue creating. I am looking forward to participate in the next.