Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Gordon Armstrong Playwrights Rent Award 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please forward or Post widely:

Now more than ever! Call for Applications OR NOMINATIONS

Along side the professional community based in Vancouver, Origins Theatre Projects Society celebrates the FIFTEENTH year of this award to honour theatre artists currently writing a new work. Congratulations to last year's recipient, playwright Janet Hinton.

Cash Award: $550.00
We invite B.C. based individual theatre artists with professional experience who are writing new plays to apply for the award as follows:
Send a letter that discusses your work’s importance or about yourself as an artist.
Make it a personal letter, not a formal grant application letter. Max. 350 to 400 words.
Attach YOUR RESUME, and, if you wish, a short excerpt of something you are currently working on, although this is not necessary.
Please keep the application simple for yourself.
If you have applied before, or if you have received the award, you are still eligible.

OR! NOMINATE SOMEONE Members of the professional community may nominate a playwrighting artist. Send a brief statement as above outlining your reasons to nominate this artist.

Send to or drop off to:
Gordon Armstrong Playwright’s Rent Award (GAPRA)
C/O Origins Theatre Projects Society
#213-1857 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.
Contact: Donnard Mackenzie: origins@vcn.bc.ca or voicemail 604-608-7422

History of the Award:
Shortly before our production of his play Blue Dragons ten years ago playwright Gordon Armstrong died of AIDS related illness. Just 35, he already had an impressive body of work, with the promise of more. Origins Theatre Projects has presented this cash award ever since.

The metaphor of rent remains constant, whether you are fighting a tragic disease, or merely fighting the good fight for funding support. Born from artists helping artists, it is an open application based upon merit and need, juried by our board. Thank you to all the applicants for your heartfelt expressions of your art.

To reference a past recipient, despite the difficulties, stories for the theatre are too powerful to ignore, and we offer this humble cash award and honour, as an encouragement.


Posted letters are absolutely preferred, but if necessary, we will accept email submissions.
The award will be presented at the Vancouver Jessies Nomination party May 25th 2010
The jury may choose not to award if there are not sufficient applications
The award is for individual artists, not a producing company.