Emerging Voices

2021 / 22 Season

Call for submissions to TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices new play development program

Nanaimo, BC – TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices is now accepting submissions for the 2022-2023 season.  Emerging Voices, now in its 18th year, is a series of workshops and staged readings of three new, original plays by local and regional playwrights. Participating playwrights benefit from dramaturgical support before, during and after the workshops, have the opportunity to engage with professional artists during a CAEA workshop and see their plays read before live audiences that evening, receiving valuable feedback from actors and patrons.

Interested playwrights are invited to submit scripts to TheatreOne’s new Artistic Associate, Jessica Schacht at: ev@theatreone.ca. To meet eligibility criteria, playwrights must reside in Canada and the scripts must be new, original plays that have not received a professional production.

New scripts will be selected by September 15, 2022 for the 18th season, but further submissions are always welcome. There is no fee for submitting or for taking part. Selected playwrights will receive an honorarium based on PGC workshop rates. 

Emerging Voices supports the Equity in Theatre Initiative, Playwrights Guild of Canada which promotes gender equality and diversity in theatre.

TheatreOne’s 2021-22 play workshop series has just ended. Here are the three plays selected and performed in the 2021 / 22 season:

• Break Horizons by Kim Senklip Harvey
• The Shape of Your Good Days by Anna Marie Anderson
• The Ties That Bind by Yvette Menard

In all over 30 submissions were received from across Canada, many of them excellent. Jessica works with successful playwrights to develop the scripts. This culminates in an intensive workshop with professional actors followed by a public reading. For playwrights, Emerging Voices offers a rare platform for input and to see their work performed – and for theatre lovers, a wonderful opportunity to both engage in the creative process and enjoy a stimulating, often entertaining evening of theatre.

Meet Our Playwrights

The Ties That Bind
February 1, 2022, 7:30 PM
Port Theatre Lobby

Yvette Menard


Yvette has been finding and telling stories her whole life. She wrote and directed her first play when she was about 10 years old, to present to her parents for their anniversary.  Since then, she has raised two children, returned to school as an older adult, graduated from Dentistry, served in the military, and become a clown and a social activist.

Yvette is grateful that out of the solitude of the past two years, she was provided with many opportunities to train online. She did this with teachers from around the world in the fields of theatre, clowning and writing.

About this play:

This play is a story about choices, when we’re happy with them, and when we’re not. After reading Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’, I had to ask myself: at what point did Winnie decide she was fine with being stuck? What is the opposite of that?

In “The Ties that Bind,” Martha reflects on choices she made in the past ten, twenty and thirty years. They were good choices at the time, but what about now? Do they still fit the life she wants to create?

The Shape of Your Good Days
March 22, 2022, 7:30 PM
Port Theatre Lobby

Anna Marie Anderson


Anna Marie [she/her] is a theatre creator who lives and creates on traditional and unceded Lekwungen territory. She previously directed Victoria Fringe Productions Summer Bucket List (2019 Best Original New Work, Best Drama) and The Fitting Room (2018 Overall Favourite Show, Bravest Show). She often works with plays that deal with themes such as social justice, coming of age and mental health. She feels immense gratitude to be selected for TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices program.

About the play:

“The Shape Of Your Good Days” is a dramedy that tells the story of Alexander and June who are learning how to love again. From the moment they meet, they learn new things about love, intimacy, and life in general. Eventually, the more difficult things that inevitably come with life, catch up with June. When it comes to growing (both as an individual and within a partnership), this play embraces the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Warning: This play deals with discussions of sexual assault, struggles with mental health, and suicide.

Break Horizons
April 12, 2022, 7:30 PM
Port Theatre Lobby

Kim Senklip Harvey


Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx and Tsilhqot’in, an Indigenous theorist, and a cultural evolutionist. She is also a Governor-General award-winning storyteller whose work focuses on igniting Indigenous power by creating comedic and joy-centered narratives that nourish her people’s spirits. All her work is created out of respect for her Ancestors, and future generations, to whom so much is owed.

About the play:

“Break Horizons” is a futurist story, and a moving, boundary-breaking adventure. It follows the lives of five Indigenous femmes who are living in a minimum-security prison and battling persecution from The Crown. While there, they voyage into the deep space within their spirits. Armed with the indestructible force that is Indigenous love, this cosmic expedition rocks us with a multiverse of music, dance and story.

Kim was interviewed on CBC Radio. Click the button below, scroll to 52 minutes to hear the interview with Kim.

“Director, playwright, and actor Kim Senklip Harvey discusses her new project, Break Horizons: A Concert Documentary, and why she thinks humour is so important for telling difficult stories.”


Based on Canada’s Vancouver Island, TheatreOne supports new play development; presents Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) performances, live performances, and curates an annual independent film series. Since its inception in 1983, TheatreOne has produced or presented over 200 TYA and MainStage performances. The Company’s Emerging Voices Series has supported the development of 50 new works since 2016 and its Independent Film Series has presented 120 films since 2000. https://www.theatreone.ca

A special thank you to series sponsors: The BC Arts Council and the City of Nanaimo.


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