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8627 91 Street
Edmonton, AB, T6C 3N1


L’UniThéâtre is Edmonton's only professional francophone theatre company and has a provincial mandate. We are dedicated to the development of the francophone community and to the promotion of the French language and French-language cultural expressions in Edmonton, Alberta and throughout Canada. // L'UniThéâtre est la seule compagnie de théâtre professionnel francophone à Edmonton et a un mandat provincial. Nous sommes dédiés au développement de la communauté francophone et à la promotion des expressions langagières et culturelles en français à Edmonton, en Alberta et à travers le Canada.

La Plume Parlante

La Plume parlante: Workshops and writing circle for playwrighting


workshops and writing circle for playwrighting


WHEN: Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8PM (starting in October)
WHERE: In L'UniThéâtre's office (#126, 8627 91 Street)
HOW MUCH: $75 for the entire year, workshops included!

La Plume parlante is an initiative for emerging writers/creators from francophone and franco-immersive communities in Alberta. L'UniThéâtre recognizes the necessity of developing artists' skills and believes that workshops and development opportunities for artists, writers, and creators contribute significantly to the cultural community.

La Plume parlante is a writing circle and forum for aspiring and emerging playwrights as well as theatre creators who wish to develop or perfect their craft in an encouraging and welcoming environment. 

This initiative offers emerging writers the chance to share their work (in French!) with their peers, once a week, and to attend workshops led by professional artists in order to expand their playwrighting tool kit.

Led by Joëlle Préfontaine, Artistic Director of L'UniThéâtre, the writing forums are an opportunity to read through and discuss participants' writing as a group. The À voix haute rehearsals offer a chance to observe the dramaturgical development of a work by a local artist in preparation for a public reading. Workshops will touch on various aspects of dramaturgical writing and are led by invited professional artists. This year we will have two different workshop series, each led by Elena Eli Belyea and Bevin Dooley.

Elena’s workshops - The workshop in November will be centred on solo shows, particularly on performer-created theatre (in which the performer uses their body and impulses as a way to generate a character and text). The workshops in February will be centred on collective creation and collective writing for theatre (which includes message guides to try as a group), as well as pertinent contracts and agreements that teams go over before starting a new project. Both will be extremely useful and will provide participants with a base of new works they can continue to cultivate.

Bevin’s workshops - Creating characters: In this workshops series, participants will be doing an exploration of their characters. They will examine how to create complex characters with desires and specific objectives. They’ll learn how the psychology of their characters impacts their actions, and how those actions drive the plot. Finally, they will examine dialogue; how to write dialogue that executes a function, and how to find a character’s voice.