New Play Development
SILVER COMMISSIONS PROJECT
Our greatest strength as a company has been, and continues to be, our vivid local identity. We hire and support local talent—onstage and off. Our commitment to fostering new works by local playwrights can be seen through our highly respected Silver Commissions Project. This priority was significantly aided by the creation of ReACT: New Plays in Progress.
The Silver Commissions Project provides funding for a playwright to complete a new play with the goal of producing it on one of our stages. The program has become a critical step in our creative process as we take these and many other new works from script to stage. This is where dreams come true for budding playwrights and it serves as an incubator of talent.
“I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this exciting initiative. For a company to commission a new play is great—it shows faith in the artist—but commissioning four new works represents an unprecedented dip into the deep creative talent pool that is Vancouver. To have a company behind you from the beginning of the writing process is so rare—it’s exciting and energizing for the entire theatre community,” says playwright Shawn Macdonald.
We are immensely proud of this Arts Club initiative, which is made possible through the generosity of our Silver Commissions Patrons:
Stan and Kathy Hamilton
Rudy and Joanne Neilson
The following Silver Commissions are currently in progress:
Comfort and Joy
Thanks for Giving
The Piano Teacher
You Are the One
Deborah Williams and Sherry Yoon
*We would like to thank Bonnie Mah for supporting Nicola Cavendish’s commission.
Since 2006, the following Silver Commissions have premiered at the Arts Club:
Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille
The Waiting Room
John Mann and Morris Panych
Farewell, My Lovely (co-production with Vertigo Theatre)
Tear the Curtain!
Kim Collier, Jonathon Young, and the Electric Company
The Patron Saint of Stanley Park
Henry and Alice: Into the Wild
How Has My Love Affected You?
Other Plays in Development
Me and You
Rick Antonson and Shawn Macdonald
Forget About Tomorrow
In a Blue Moon
The Chords of Fame
To learn more about our commissioning program, contact Rachel Ditor, Literary Manager, at 604.687.5315, ext. 265. Or to find out about supporting or sponsoring new play development, contact Kathy MacKenzie, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.687.5315, ext. 252