Infinithéâtre’s Emerging Voices program is an exciting mentorship program designed to encourage youth ages 12-18 to try their hand at playwriting, to uplift and build the confidence of young creators, and to strengthen the bond between youth and the theatre. Through in-class playwriting workshops, we aim to guide students in writing their own plays, which can then flourish in our playwriting competition for youth, The-Write-Stuff, and our public play reading series, Park N’ Play. Alongside assisting students through playwriting and expanding their creative voices, the program additionally offers students with a chance to win $500, and free access to Infinithéâtre’s mainstage productions.

     “I finally learned what it truly means to see a work
     "brought to life". I'm grateful for the opportunity to
          have been a part of such a wonderful effort of
           creation and I hope that others are fortunate
                enough in the future to experience this.”
                    -Ainsley Murphy, Winner, TWS 2022 

The mentorship program follows 5 steps:

1. In-Class Playwriting & Theatre Creation Workshops with local professional artists. The workshops will be offered throughout December to April to guide students into the world of playwriting.

2. Plays will then be submitted to The-Write-Stuff, our annual playwriting competition for youth ages 12-18. Up to 10 finalists are selected by a jury of professional theatre artists. All finalist swill be offered mentorship through a series of one-on-one dramaturgical feedback sessions, leading to further play development of their scripts.

3. Selected finalists will be included in our annual Park ‘N Play open-air play reading event in which the finalists’ plays will be presented in a public reading, read by professional actors under the guidance of a professional director, followed by a talkback session with the audience and artists.

4. All finalists will be awarded a pair of complimentary tickets to one of Infinithéâtre’s mainstage productions of the current season.Cash prizes will be awarded to the top fivescripts, with the first place receiving a $500 cash prize.

5. Infinithéâtre will proudly promote the playwrights and their works within our network and local media. The winning playwright will additionally be invited to join in the following year’s The-Write-Stuff jury.

Our 2022/23 Mentors