The dramaturgical development program

As a well-established institution, we happily take on our artistic leadership role and nurture the artistic community by supporting the professional development of theatre artists through internships, creative workshops and mentorship programs. In 2001, Artistic Director Craig Holzschuh launched an innovative dramaturgical development program to foster creativity by commissioning promising playwrights and providing them with the necessary financial and intellectual support.

Artists in residence
  • David Paquet

    David Paquet is a graduate in playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada (2006) and lives in Montréal. His plays Porc-épic, 2h14, Appels entrants illimités, Les Grands-mères mortes (cosigned), Le Brasier, Histoires à plumes et à poils (cosigned) and Papiers mâchés, a one-man-show of stand-up poetry he performs himself, have gathered international praise and have been produced in more than 10 countries all over North America and Europe. They have cumulatively won the Governor General’s award, the Michel-Tremblay award, the Sony-Labou-Tansi award (twice), the young audiences Quebec critic’s choice award (twice) and the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui audience’s choice award. He is currently working on a new play for Théâtre la Seizième in Vancouver and Théâtre Bluff in Québec.

  • James Gordon King

    James Gordon King is a Vancouver based writer and the co-artistic director of Babelle Theatre. His short play Seabird is in a Happy Place was selected in 2015 as a winner in the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Playwriting competition in New York City. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2016 Sydney Risk Prize for Emerging Playwright and a Jessie Richardson award for Outstanding Original Script (Rivulets: Three Short plays about a Flood).

    James holds a BFA from Ryerson University in Performance Studies. Selected theatre credits include: All My Friends Are Animals (Axis Theatre/Babelle Theatre) This, Here (Babelle Theatre) and Movements 1&2 (Babelle Theatre).


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