2018-2019 Season

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. We look for female-identifying playwrights who are emerging in their careers. There is no age limit, though you are only eligible if you have never received a professional production. You may apply with a script at any stage in development.

Please note: We accept applications from all regions. If you are accepted into our WFTH unit, we do ask that individuals attend the culminating day long workshop and public presentation as part of our Groundswell Festival in person if possible. Some meetings throughout the year can be attended using Skype/Facetime technology, but some travel may be necessary (such as the Groundswell Festival).

Nightwood Theatre has a long history of producing socially relevant, provocative theatre. Our vision is to be a gateway for women in Canadian Theatre, propelling them to the top of their craft. Nightwood Theatre embraces cultural, racial and sexual diversity.

Applications for the 2018-19 cohort is now open! Click here to be taken to the submissions page.


Meet our 2017/8 Write from the Hip Program Playwrights:


Headshots of Meghan Greeley and Intisar Awisse
Headshot of Monica Garrido and Chelsea Woolley
Headshots of Ali Joy Richardson, Andrea Scott, and Nick Green
Top Row L-R: Meghan Greeley and Intisar Awisse
Middle Row L-R: Monica Garrido and Chelsea Woolley
Bottom Row L-R: Ali Joy Richardson, Andrea Scott, and Nick Green

Intisar Awisse is a writer and editor who divides her time between Waterloo and Toronto. She studied english and publishing and works as a freelance editor. Intisar was member of the The Women’s Room playwrights unit in 2016/17 and her first play, Blackbird, was part of the Impact Theatre Festival in 2017. Intisar is also a proud member of Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit where she is developing Thing, a play about the failed Canadian peacekeeping mission to Somalia in 1993. In the Write from the Hip program, she is working on Painting the Sea, a new play inspired by Tom Stoppard’s Enter a Free Man that follows the experiences of a Somali-Canadian immigrant family in the early 90s.


Monica Garrido is a Mexican performer, filmmaker, writer, comedian, producer and Dance Battle Champion. Her short films “Diferente” (2015) and her horror comedy “Love You to Death” (2017) were part of the Inside Out Film festival. She has had the privilege to work with different companies such as Grupo Teatro Libre, Bad Dog Comedy Theatre (Feature Players Season 3, The Kweendom, Kinsey Fail and The LOL word).  She was a part of the 2016 Emerging Creator Unit at Buddies in Bad Times where she created the show “The Cunning Linguist” winner of the 2016 Queer Acts Audience Award and was part of the Caminos Festival (Aluna Theatre) this October, also she had the privilege to be part of the ensemble of the Youth Elder Project.


Meghan Greeley is originally from Newfoundland and holds a BFA in Theatre (Acting) from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. She currently resides in Toronto, where she is completing an MFA in Screenwriting at York University. She was a 2016 nominee for the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Prize, and was later a resident of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit, which culminated in a public reading of her latest script, China, in May 2017. Past playwriting credits include Hunger (2015) and Kingdom (2012), which were both produced by White Rooster Theatre and premiered at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, NL.  Kingdom toured to the Stages Festival in 2013 and was later published in The Breakwater Book Of Contemporary Newfoundland Drama, Vol. 1. Kingdom was later produced by CONTRA, of which Greeley is Co-Artistic Director, at the Tarragon Theatre Workspace in 2016. Her short play Brother, Brother, a winner of the InspiraTO Playwriting Competition, premiered at the Alumnae Theatre in 2015 and was published in the Playwrights Canada Press anthology Long Story Short. Her scripts have been chosen for the RCA Playwriting Series, Cultivate Playwright’s Colony, and twice for the Women’s Work Festival. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Stockholm Review of Literature, Ephemera, Metatron’s Omega, Riddlefence, and Humber Mouths 2. Awards include first prize in the Sparks Literary Festival Poetry Competition and the Magnetic North Playwriting Competition (Under 25).


Nick Green is a Dora and Sterling award winning playwright in Toronto whose work has been seen across Canada and in New York. He is so honored to be a part of Write From The Hip and to be working with the incredible Andrea Scott on this fascinating and terrifying new project. Nick’s recent plays have included Body Politic (2017 Dora Award - Outstanding New Play, General Theatre; Buddies in Bad Times/lemonTree Creations); Undercovered (Edmonton Exposure); Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom, and the Fabulous Buddha Boi (Guys UnDisguised; recipient of 3 Sterling Awards); Sexual Edumacation (Free Jane); and Left Field (Concrete Sprouts Festival). Prior to moving to Toronto, Nick was Resident Playwright at Twenties Street Productions in Edmonton, during which time he wrote several plays and musicals, including Sterling Award-nominated Poof! The Musical; The Curse of Pigeon Lake; Blue Heaven; Under the Big Top; Love Letters; On the Wire; and A Long Night. Nick also worked with Alberta’s renowned queer theatre group Guys in Disguise, co-creating and acting in 2 Queens and a Joker, and Triple Platinum. As an actor, Nick has worked with companies such as Buddies in Bad Times, The Cabaret Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Catalyst Theatre, Concrete Theatre, and Theatre Prospero.

Andrea Scott and Nick Green are working together on their play through the Write From The Hip program.


Ali Joy Richardson is a director, producer, and writer, originally from Nova Scotia. She’s the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Paprika Festival, now in its 17th year of providing training and showcasing to artists ages 15-30. Ali is in Canadian Stage’s 2018 Director Development Residency and works as a book writer and director with Education Arts Canada, creating touring musicals for ages 9-12 (most recently about mental health). Ali has made theatre in Edinburgh, Vancouver, Berlin, Halifax, Edmonton, and Toronto, in museums, office buildings, hospitals, cafés, defunct record shops, abandoned schools, kitchens, and harbours. More at: alijoyrichardson.com. Ali has dreamed about working with Nightwood since she was a lanky high-schooler on the east coast. She’s developing her play Fool about Jane the Fool, the only female jester in recorded English history (it also features a peasant chorus). What happens when your dream job turns into a nightmare? What use is a fool when the world’s on fire?


Andrea Scott is a professional actor, playwright & producer who, after completing a year in the Obsidian Theatre Playwright Unit, saw her play Eating Pomegranates Naked accepted into the SummerWorks Performance Festival where it won the RBC Arts Professional award, named Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Production. She was commissioned by Mixed Company Theatre to write Frenemies, a TYA play which toured in 2014 shortly thereafter. Better Angels: A Parable won the SummerWorks award for Production in August 2015 and was recognized as Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction (Nigel Shawn Williams) and Outstanding Production by NOW Magazine. Better Angels: A Parable had its US debut at the Athena Festival in Chicago in December 2015 and was then produced by Rumble Theatre in their Tremors Festival in August 2016. Her second TYA play, Princesses Don’t Grow on Trees, debuted in April 2016 at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre under the direction of Jajube Mandiela. Her play about Mata Hari, Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife, won the Cayle Chernin Award for theatre in May 2016 followed by a successful run in SummerWorks (Outstanding Performance – NOW Magazine). Andrea is a CAEA, ACTRA, PGC, DGA member who recently graduated from the inaugural Artist Producer Training Program run by Generator/Theatre Ontario. She completed three weeks in the Stratford Playwright Retreat in September followed by a reading of her newest play, All Most Be Longing in the Tarragon Workspace Program directed by Dora Award winning director, Nina Lee Aquino.


Chelsea Woolley is a playwright, theatre maker, and educator. Her work includes: The Mountain (Geordie Productions), These Peaceable Kingdoms (New Words Festival), The Exhibition of Extraordinary Oddities and Living Freaks (Major Matt Mason), The Only Good Boy (Theatre BSMT), and 1000 Names (TheatreXtra). Chelsea’s plays have earned recognition through: The PGC Tom Hendry Awards, The Alberta Playwriting Competition, the Toronto Fringe New Play Contest, and the Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. In 2016, Chelsea attended the Banff Playwright’s Lab and in 2017, the National New Play Network’s MFA Playwright’s Workshop at the Kennedy Centre, in Washington, DC. She is also a member of the inaugural New Creation Unit with Theatre Direct. Chelsea is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program.


Our 2017/18 Write from the Hip Program Facilitator: Andrea Donaldson

Andrea Donaldson - Andrea almost exclusively directs and develops new works in Canada. Recent directing credits include Sequence (Tarragon), These Peaceable Kingdoms (NTS), and the following Dora-nominated projects: Quiver (Nightwood Theatre), Within the Glass (Tarragon), Mistatim (Red Sky), The Atomic Weight of Happiness (Theatre Direct), Montparnasse (TPM), Offensive Fouls (Theatre Direct), The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski (National tour).

Other recent credits include Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (GCTC), Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon), Beautiful Man (Summerworks), Une Parcelle de moi… (Espace René-Provost, Gatineau), CLEAVE (NTS), Tyumen Then (Toronto Fringe). Andrea has been honoured with Stratford’s Jean Gascon Award for Direction, has been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award & the John Hirsch Directing Award and has received a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance & Production for performing in And By the Way, Miss (Theatre Direct). Andrea was Tarragon Theatre’s Assistant/Associate Artistic Director for four seasons, is going into her fourth season as the Program Director for Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip and is co-Artistic Director of Groundwater Productions with GG Award winning playwright Erin Shields.

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