Realwheels Theatre puts out national call for playwright-in-residence who lives with a disability

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      Realwheels Theatre has announced a national call for a playwright who lives with disability to take part in a residency in 2020.

      In an open application process, Realwheels invites submissions for new English-language theatre projects at various stages of development, from emerging to mid-career playwrights in Canada who live with disability.

      The selected playwright will be announced in December 2019. He or she will receive a flexible package of supports, from the dramaturgical to workshop space and access to professional actors. The financial reward is $7,000.

      Realwheels will also feature the playwright's programming over a period of nine months.

      “We’re excited by the opportunity to further the creative capacity of the disability community,” said Rena Cohen, Realwheels' artistic director, in a statement today. “Plays written by individuals with disabilities are still largely absent from cultural platforms. A key strategy toward achieving equity lies in actively supporting the cultivation of stories rooted in the disability experience. We’re proud to be creating structures that nurture playwrights with disabilities to tell their own stories!”

      Submission packages must be submitted online here, and are due between September 15 and 30.