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Playbright is a collaborative research project and summer camp brought to you by the National Theatre School of Canada and researchers from the University of British Columbia, McGill University and Concordia University. 

Playbright is a two-week intensive research program where participants will be immersed in the world of playwriting as a means to explore and gain insight into LGBTQ2S+ youth  embodiment. 

For more program details see Program Overview.

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Explore embodiment through immersive mind/body playwriting exercises!


Hands-on instruction in playwriting basics & exercises. Work with industry professionals to unleash your creativity & hone your craft!


Choose to have your work performed by professional actors in a staged reading at the end of the program!

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The spark behind the Playbright

During their doctoral program at McGill University, Shannon Herrick (under the supervision of Dr. Lindsay Duncan) collaborated with the National Theatre School of Canada to create PLAYBRIGHT as a means to support aspiring LGBTQ2S+ youth interested in playwriting AND gain insight into LGBTQ2S+ youth experiences to provide better resources. 


Now in their post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia (under the co-supervision of Dr. Erica Bennett and Dr. Andrea Bundon), Dr. Shannon Herrick has partnered with the National Theatre School of Canada to create a second edition of the Playbright program in 2023. 

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