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New Play Development

Our greatest strength as a company has been, and continues to be, our vivid local identity. We hire and support local talent—onstage and off. Our commitment to fostering new works by local playwrights can be seen through our highly respected Silver Commissions Project. This priority is significantly aided by the New Play Festival.

The Silver Commissions Project provides funding for a playwright to complete a new play with the goal of producing it on one of our stages. The program has become a critical step in our creative process as we take these and many other new works from script to stage. This is where dreams come true for budding playwrights and it serves as an incubator of talent.

“Writing a play has at times felt a bit like leaving home with a pretty good idea where I’m going but no specific address. The direction and feedback I’ve been given through dramaturgical support, workshops, and readings, have been essential to my process and to the exploration and creation of the play. I have appreciated and learned from the collaboration, connection, and community I’ve experienced while working in this nurturing environment. New Play Development has been invaluable in helping me get the play to where it’s supposed to go. It’s been an absolute gift.”
—Dorothy Dittrich, playwright (The Piano Teacher) and Jessie award winner

We are immensely proud of this Arts Club initiative, which is made possible through the generosity of our Silver Commissions Patrons:
Stan and Kathy Hamilton

Script Submissions

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are not accepting unsolicited script submissions at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Resources for Playwrights

The Arts Club only develops plays that are under consideration for production with us. If you are a playwright looking for development support or dramaturgy, please explore the links below to find an appropriate organization.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Playwrights Theatre Centre

Playwrights Workshop Montreal

Theatre BC

To find out about supporting or sponsoring new play development, contact Kathy MacKenzie, Director of Development, at kmackenzie@artsclub.com or 604.687.5315, ext. 252.

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY

Taseko Mines

My Father Is the Greatest Man in the World by Tai Amy Grauman (2020 commission)
Rose grew up on a farm in small-town Alberta with her Métis family. Now a country singer in Nashville and pregnant with her first baby, Rose returns home with questions for her father, John. Once a trapper on the land, John has worked in the oil field since Rose was born. What from his past can help unlock her child's future?
About Tai Amy Grauman

Someone Like You by Christine Quintana (2020 commission)
A boyfriend from hell. A nightmare apartment. A botched Tinder date. Isabelle and Kristen have been through a lot together. But the arrival of Kristen’s new romantic interest leaves Isabelle wondering how long she can stay in a supporting role. This new comedy launches Cyrano de Bergerac into the 21st century: mistaken identities, millennial manifestos, and the quest for self-love. Who might be waiting in the wings?
About Christine Quintana

Forgiveness by Hiro Kanagawa (2019 co-commission with Theatre Calgary)
An adaptation of the novel by Mark Sakamoto, which is the story of his grandparents during the Second World War. Mark’s maternal grandfather was a Canadian soldier, who spent years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. His paternal grandmother was one of thousands of Japanese–Canadians interned by the Canadian government during the war. But instead of being bitter about their experiences, they taught forgiveness.
About Hiro Kanagawa

Mom’s the Word 4: the Mom-Cracker by the Mom’s the Word Collective (2019 commission)
We looked on as they coped with new motherhood, we saw their kids grow up, and we watched them deal with empty nests. Now they tackle the craziness of Christmas. All installments of the Mom's the Word plays have been outstanding audience favourites and we are excited to help build this hilarious saga.
About Mom’s the Word Collective

Redbone Coonhound by Amy Lee Lavoie and Omari Newton (2018 commission)
Redbone Coonhound weaves together several thematically-related micro-plays—connected loosely by the dog breed Redbone Coonhound—as a way to explore the intricacies of both the subtle and overt polemics of race, systemic power, and privilege. Redbone Coonhound will confront instances of daily systemic racism in the past, present, and future in surprising ways.
About Amy Lee Lavoie
About Omari Newton

The Cull by Michele Riml and Michael St. John Smith (2017 commission)
While a forest fire rages out of control in the local mountains, a group of close friends gather for an anniversary celebration. But when an unexpected gift turns a civil conversation about the local wolf cull into a fierce personal argument, a secret is revealed that threatens the stability of the “pack.” Turning this particular dinner party into a night of eat or be eaten.
About Michele Riml
About Michael St. John Smith

(To Be Announced) by Ashleigh Giffen (2016 commission)
Ashleigh's play follows Kim, an Indigenous girl who was named after her mother's friend, who was murdered. Spirits, such as her grandmother and Coyote, help guide her. The play focuses on Indigenous youth, their truth, the love of ancestors, and how intergenerational pain, are at the forefront of their lives.
About Ashleigh Giffen

ARTS CLUB PREMIERES SINCE 1970

  • It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle by Marcus Youssef (Silver Commission)
  • Me and You by Melody Anderson
  • Forget About Tomorrow by Jill Daum
  • Thanks for Giving by Kevin Loring (Silver Commission)
  • The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich (Silver Commission)
  • Mom’s the Word: Nest ½ Empty by Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams
  • The Men in White by Anosh Irani
  • The Day Before Christmas by Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly
  • Onegin by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone (Silver Commission)
  • In a Blue Moon by Lucia Frangione (produced in association with Western Canada Theatre and Thousand Islands Playhouse)
  • The Waiting Room by John Mann and Morris Panych (Silver Commission)
  • Farewell, My Lovely by Aaron Bushkowsky (Silver Commission, co-production with Vertigo Theatre)
  • Sister Judy by Shawn Macdonald (Silver Commission)
  • Helen Lawrence by Stan Douglas and Chris Haddock (Silver Commission, co-production with the Canadian Stage Company and the Banff Centre)
  • Armstrong’s War by Colleen Murphy
  • How Has My Love Affected You? by Marcus Youssef (Silver Commission)
  • My Turquoise Years adapted from the memoir by Marion Farrant
  • The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan
  • Henry and Alice: Into the Wild by Michele Riml (Silver Commission)
  • Scar Tissue adapted by Dennis Foon from the novel by Michael Ignatieff (Silver Commission)
  • Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata by Veda Hille, Bill Richardson, and Amiel Gladstone
  • The Patron Saint of Stanley Park by Hiro Kanagawa (Silver Commission)
  • Don Quixote by Peter Anderson and Colin Heath
  • Tear the Curtain! by Kevin Kerr and Jonathon Young, with Kim Collier (Silver Commission)
  • Paradise Garden by Lucia Frangione (Silver Commission)
  • My Granny the Goldfish by Anosh Irani
  • Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily by Joanna McCelland Glass
  • Mom’s the Word Remixed: For Crying Out Loud by Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams
  • Cyrano adapted by James Fagan Tait
  • Poster Boys by Michele Riml
  • It’s a Wonderful Life adapted by Philip Grecian
  • His Greatness by Daniel MacIvor
  • Up Island by David King
  • Back Kitchen Release Party by Trevor Devall, original music by Alison Jenkins, Don Noble, Tracey Power, and the Back Kitchen
  • Griffin and Sabine adapted by Nick Bantock
  • Into the Heart of the Sangoma by Ann Mortifee
  • Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged by Linda Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams
  • Sexy Laundry by Michele Riml
  • Unless by Carol Shields and Sara Cassidy
  • The Dishwashers by Morris Panych
  • The Matka King by Anosh Irani
  • Carol’s Christmas by Kathleen Oliver
  • Girl in the Goldfish Bowl by Morris Panych
  • Flying Blind creative team: Lois Anderson, Peter Anderson, Debra Iris Batton, Manon Beaudoin, Colin Heath, Veronica Neave, Carl Polke, Brendan Shelper, Wayne Specht, and Roy Surette.
  • Gold Mountain Guest by Simon Johnston
  • The Ginkgo Tree by Lee MacDougall
  • Under the Influence by Michele Riml
  • Hotel Porter book by Dean Regan
  • A Town Called Hockey by Leisl Lafferty, Gary Jones, and Richard Side
  • Easy Money by Mark Leiren-Young and Bruce Kellett
  • Wang Dang Doodle book by Leslie Mildner
  • Swing by Dean Regan
  • Fear Knot by Shawn Macdonald and Gary Jones
  • Joey Shine by David King
  • Red Rock Diner by Dean Regan
  • Alice: Play With Music by John Lazarus
  • Denis Anyone? by Denis Simpson
  • It's Blowin' Growin' & Glowin on Bowen by Nicola Cavendish
  • Vigil by Morris Panych
  • More Sex Tips for Modern Girls created by Edward Astley, Susan Astley, Kim Seary, John Sereda, Hilary Strang, Christine Willes, and Peter Eliot Weiss
  • When the Rains Come by Ann Mortifee
  • World's Greatest Guy by Shawn Macdonald and Gary Jones
  • Blowin' On Bowen by Nicola Cavendish
  • The Wild Guys by Andrew Wreggitt and Rebecca Shaw
  • All Grown Up by Leslie Mildiner
  • Santa's Got Soul conceived by Joe Chappel, Candus Churchill, Lovie Eli, Jay Krebbs, and Marcus Mosel
  • The Ends of the Earth by Morris Panych
  • Celestina by Fernando de Rojas, translated by Steve Petch
  • Make Up Your Mind by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Dean Regan
  • Mixed Blessings by Sherman Snukal
  • The Necessary Steps by Morris Panych
  • Fair Game by Karen Wykberg
  • Maniac Bride by David King
  • Tightrope Time: Ain’t Nuthin’ More Than Some Itty Bitty Madness Between Twilight & Dawn by Walter Borden
  • Dead Serious Doug Greenall
  • A Little Show conceived by Leon Bibb, Bruce Kellett, and Ruth Nichol
  • 7 Stories by Morris Panych
  • It's Snowing on Saltspring Tra-La by Nicola Cavendish
  • Gunga Heath by Heath Lamberts
  • Black and Gold Revue by Dean Regan
  • Another Morning by Steve Petch
  • Don Messer's Jubilee by John Gray
  • Rattle in the Dash by Peter Anderson
  • Only in Vancouver by Bruce Kellett and Daphne Goldrick
  • Welcome to the Planet by Ann Mortifee
  • It's Snowing on Saltspring by Nicola Cavendish
  • Family Matters by Sherman Snukal
  • The Late Blumer by John Lazarus
  • A Musical Evening with Ruth Nichol and Leon Bibb
  • Reflections on Crooked Walking by Ann Mortifee
  • Genuine Fakes by John Lazarus
  • Talking Dirty by Sherman Snukal
  • Mabel Leaves Forever by Andrew Rhodes and Alec Wilows
  • Ned and Jack by Sheldon Rosen
  • Journey to Kairos by Ann Mortifee
  • Walls by Christian Bruyere (co-production with New Play Centre)
  • Cruel Tears by Ken Mitchell
  • Vancouver Revue Renewed by ACME Theatre (Beth Kaplan, Annabel Kershaw, Mario Crudo, Lani Ashenhurst, Alec Willows, Andy Rhodes, Don Adams, and Donna BeLisle)
  • Alice in Wonderland by Jim and Judy Walchuk
  • The Enchanted Forest by Bill Millerd and Daphne Goldrick
  • Now Mercutio by Bill Millerd and Daphne Goldrick