Beats + Intentions

Nov 20, 2018

Expect Theatre’s Beats+Intentions Playwriting Unit 

in partnership with the Playwrights Guild of Canada invites playwrights ages 18-25 to submit for a FREE upcoming Playwriting Workshop led by acclaimed Canadian Playwright Anna Chatterton.

The course will take place over 10 sessions, taking your new play from the idea stage into the world. We aim for playwrights to leave with the initial foundation for their play-in-development, and a scene or monologue to be presented at a reading after the workshop.


When: 10 sessions, Monday evenings from 7:15 – 9:30 PM

January 14th – March 25th, 2019 (No class Family Day, February 18th)

Where: Theatre Ontario’s Boardroom (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350)

*Please note, in order to get the most out of this opportunity, we expect participants to all attend all workshops and do writing assignments at home in-between sessions.


About Anna Chatterton

Anna Chatterton is a librettist, playwright, and performer. A finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her play Within the Glass, and again in 2018 for her play Gertrude and Alice (co-written with Evalyn Parry, devised with Karin Randoja). Anna was named a top-ten Toronto Theatre Artist of 2016 by NOW Magazine, has been the recipient of the Toronto Theatre Critics Award, and the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Theatre and is a Dora Mavor Award and K. M. Hunter Award nominee. Anna has been a playwright-in-residence at Nightwood Theatre, the National Theatre School of Canada, Tarragon Theatre, and Tapestry Opera. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.


To Submit:

If you’re interested, please email by December 15th, 2018:

1). A sample of your creative writing – 5-10 pages max. – this could be anything, a play, poetry, a story, and it doesn’t have to be the project you’re hoping to workshop with Anna.

2). A short bio outlining any related experience with writing or creation (no playwriting experience is necessary)

3). A paragraph about what you’d hope to get out of the workshop.




Note: the Beats+Intentions performance program described below is closed for 2018. We will post for submissions again in the summer of 2019.

Beats + Intentions Performance Unit is in its fourth year as a part of Expect Theatre’s Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble. The ensemble is open to diverse emerging artists aged 18-25 from the Greater Toronto Area, particularly from the priority neighbourhoods of Regent Park, Parkdale, Rexdale/Jamestown and Kingston Galloway/Orton Park. The project is a pre-professional training and performance program that fosters young artists in a variety of disciplines, preparing them for a career in the performing arts.


Participants receive mentorship to build their artistic skills, and will also learn about the business side of the arts from industry experts. They will collaborate to create an original multi-disciplinary work that will be presented to the public at the end of the program. This project is unique in that it provides training in the arts, but will also offer capacity building within the arts sector by creating career development, networking opportunities and mentor-student relationships. This is a free program, participants are shortlisted through an audition process and they will also receive an honourarium upon successful completion of the program.


The 2018 program will begin this September with a new cast of artist. Beats+Intentions will be back at Nuit Blanche this September, performing an original and dynamic piece at Artscape Youngplace.


Funding provided by The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Artsand The Ontario Arts Council.