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). Submissions are now closed for the 2019-2020 season.

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.

Meet our 2018-19 Write from the Hip Program Playwrights:


Clockwise from top left:
Katherine Gauthier, Anyika Mark, Tabia Lau, Catt Filippov, Lara Arabian and Andrea Donaldson

Katherine Gauthier is a storyteller working across Canada in a variety of mediums. Acting credits include: A Doll’s House, SpoonRiver, Marat/Sade, Tartuffe (Soulpepper); King Charles III (Arts Club); Statu Quo (Théâtre La Seizième); 100 Saints, Godspell (Pacific Theatre). Education: Trinity Western University. Directing Credits include: [un]Boxed (ScarletSatin), OpenMic (Soulpepper).

Anyika Mark is going into her 5th year at the University of Toronto- St. George, studying Political Science and Caribbean Studies. Being a creator has always been a large part of Anyika’s life from writing to acting and then behind-the-scene work. She primarily acts and works for student productions which then led to the desire to pursue the makings of her own show.

Tabia Lau is a playwright based in Toronto. Her plays and musicals have been seen, read, and produced throughout North America. Originally from Montreal, she is an MFA Playwriting graduate of Columbia University, and currently a PhD candidate at York University’s Theatre & Performance Studies program.

Catt Filippov  (Katia) is a Russian-Canadian actor and playwright working and playing in Toronto. Her work consists of true stories, family photographs, and real people she has encountered along the way. Recent credits include: All of Me (Toronto Fringe Festival), Macbeth (The Crowded Puppet Theatre), and Acid Test Toronto.

Lara Arabian is a Dora nominated artist who has worked on numerous productions in Canada and France as both an actor and director.  She fluently speak three languages (English, French, Armenian) which is a reflection of a life lived in many countries (Lebanon, Canada, US, France). 


Our 2018-19 Write from the Hip Program Director: 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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