Sign up to take part in our Play In A Day event! 

This high-octane theatre development competition invites theatre groups from all levels of experience to create a completely original, never-before-seen, ten minute play and win prizes!

On October 16th all teams will meet at the EA Rawlinson Centre for the Arts to receive their theme for their play. Each team will be assigned a different theme. Then it's time to plan! Start outlining, deciding what you'll need to set pieces and costumes, lights and sounds. A technician from the EA Rawlinson Centre for the Arts and Spark Theatre's Techincal Director will be on hand with your choices for lighting cues, sound effects and lighting. A stock of costumes, props, and furniture pieces will also be available. Due to health concerns, anyone wishing to supply all their own props and costumes are encouraged to do so.

The teams are welcome to stay at the Rawlinson Centre until 10pm, then return on October 17th at 10am for more prep and rehearsal time. At 7pm the curtains go up, and the plays will be performed. Order will be determined by random draw.

Updates will be emailed to you as the event comes closer, so please enter an email address that you check often in the registration form.

Meet our adjudicator, Yvette Nolan!

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays include BLADE, Annie Mae’s Movement, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy), The Unplugging, Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show (co-writer), the libretto Shanawdithit, and the short film A Common Experience (w. Shane Belcourt).  

 

Directing credits include The Penelopiad (Ferre Play), Shanawdithit (w. Michael Mori, Tapestry Opera), Bearing (w. Michael Greyeyes, Signal Theatre at Luminato), The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich (Arts Club), In Care by Kenneth T Williams (Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwan Theatre), Nôhkom by Michael Greyeyes, Salt Baby by Falen Johnson (Globe), Map of the Land, Map of the Stars (w. Michelle Olson), Café Daughter by Kenneth T Williams, Justice by Leonard Linklater (Gwaandak), Death of a Chief, A Very Polite Genocide by Melanie J. Murray, Marie Clements’ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian  and The Unnatural and Accidental Women (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian... , The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals).

As a dramaturg, she works across Turtle Island on projects including Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat by Adam Pottle, Many Fires by Charlie Peters, Ecstasy (film) by Cara Mumford, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit by Maria Campbell, Confluence by Raven Spirit Dance in Vancouver, In Care by Kenneth T Williams, A Soldier’s Tale by Tara Beagan, Ultrasound by Adam Pottle, A History of Breathing by Daniel Macdonald, The Glooskape Chronicles by Donna Loring.

 

From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. She has been the Playwright In Residence at the National Arts Centre, the Richler Writer In Residence at McGill, the Writer in Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library, Mount Royal University, University of Regina, and Brandon University. In 2014, she founded the Short Cuts Festival of 10 Minute Plays in Saskatoon. Her book Medicine Shows about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015, and Performing Indigeneity, which she co-edited with Ric Knowles, in 2016. She is an Artistic Associate of Signal Theatre.

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