Write from the Hip

Write From The Hip is a year-long script development program designed to support new writers through mentorship, one-on-one dramaturgy, developmental workshops and readings, all working towards the completion of a full length play.

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the 2016/17 Write From the Hip Program.

Meet our 2016/17 Write from the Hip Program Playwrights:

Elena Belyea
Lisa Ryder
Deanna Kruger
Michelle Langille
Gitanjali Lena
Hannah Rittner

Meet our 2015/16 Write from the Hip Program Playwrights that participated in our 2016 Groundswell Festival!

Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Jijo Quayson, Marcia Walker, Meara Tubman-Broeren and Tabitha Keast
Facilitated by Andrea Donaldson

Aviva Armour-Ostroff - Aviva works in theatre primarily as an actor, most recently in Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage) and in Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre). Aviva was the founder and Artistic Director of The Lab Cab Festival and is a proud member of ARC (Actor’s Repertory Company). Lune is Aviva’s first play.

Aviva is developing Lune, the story of seventeen year old Eliza and her South African born mother, Miriam, as they navigate through Miriam’s bipolar disorder.


  • Jijo Quayson - Jijo Quayson is a playwright, producer and theatre creator. She is currently the Community Arts Manager at the Paprika Festival and teaches Drama. Jijo’s play “Osia”, is being directed by Brad Fraser in the SummerWorks Festival August 4th-14th, 2016. Find out more and buy tickets at: www.jijoquayson.com/osia.

    Jijo is developing Osia, the story of a Ghanaian family who grapples with their desire for a better future, whilst the youngest member of the family, Harmosia, works to understand the truth of her life.


  • Marcia Walker - Marcia Walker is a Toronto-based writer. Her fiction has been published in Room, Prism International, University of Toronto Magazine and The Broken Social Scene Story Project by House of Anansi. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail and on CBC radio. Currently she is an MFA student at Guelph University.

    Marcia’s script in development, Recess, follows a married couple as they are called into the school for their son’s unusual behaviour. When the teacher suggests an assessment and medication to help their son cope in class, the couple must come to terms with their own views on identity and raising a child.



  • Meara Tubman-Broeren - Meara Tubman-Broeren is a theatre creator, director, and producer. Recent projects include directing In the Dust (Ad Hoc Collective) and The Things I Need to Know (Paprika Festival), and devising and performing in Red Winter (Pure Carbon Collective) and The Boomerang Project (Mixed Company Theatre). She is currently the Festival Producer for SummerWorks Performance Festival.

    Meara’s script in development, Rose’s Story, combines found text, interviews, and original writing to explore the experience of Rose, Meara’s sister, as she presses charges against the man who sexually assaulted her as a child. Rose’s Story attempts to confront our assumptions about victimhood, justice, and to ask, what is right way to tell this story?




  • Tabitha Keast - Tabitha’s background is in performing and producing. Playwriting is new. Very new. Like, two short plays to her name kind of new: Inheritance (Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival) and The Ugly (InspiraTO Festival Academy). As you can imagine, she is very grateful to be part of this development collective with Nightwood.

    Tabitha is looking at the findings of three successive Ontario Task Forces on the sexual abuse of patients and, from this, she is developing, The Ugly, the story between Dr. Morris and his patient, Evelyn.


  • Our 2015/16 Write from the Hip Program Facilitator:

    Andrea Donaldson - Andrea Donaldson is Tarragon’s Associate Artistic Director. At Tarragon, Andrea has directed Anna Chatterton’s Within the Glass and Erin Shields’ Soliciting Temptation as well as numerous workshops. Outside of Tarragon, directing credits include the following Dora-nominated projects: The Atomic Weight of Happiness (Hub 14, The Loop Theatre & UNO Festival), Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille), Offensive Fouls (Theatre Direct), The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski (FemFest, UNO Festival,Factory Theatre, Diesel Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace).  Andrea has directed Beautiful Man, A Glimpse of Me with SPiLL Propogation in Gatineau, Internationally touring Mistatim with Red Sky Performance, CLEAVE – New Words Festival at the National Theatre School of Canada, Tyumen, Then at the VECC, The Young Company at The Blyth Festival, Howard Barker’s The Possibilities (SummerWorks), Rob Baker’s Crack (Rhubarb Festival & The Office in Vancouver), as well as her own play Garden (Rhubarb Festival). Andrea trained at the Stratford Festival in the Michael Langham Workshop in Classical Direction, with the SITI Company in NYC, attended Peter Hinton’s Directors’ Masterclass at Magnetic North, and is a graduate of the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and Toronto’s Claude Watson School for the Arts. Andrea was honoured with Stratford’s Jean Gascon Award for Direction, has been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award, for the John Hirsch Directing Award and has received a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Production for performing in Theatre Direct’s URGE project And By the Way, Miss. Upcoming: Mistatim at YPT, Janet Wilson Meets the Queen by Beverley Cooper and Romeo & Juliet with Shakespeare in the Ruff.


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