Carol Shields Festival of New Works 2015

May 14 - 16, 2015


>> The Schedule
>> Play Descriptions
>> The Gala Lineup - Thursday, May 15/14, 7 pm, only $25
>> Brown Bag Theatre - Short Shots on Friday, May 16/14 at noon

An electrifying multi-discipline showcase of new theatre, new music, new dance and new films.

PLUS a post-show catered reception

>> See last year's lineup

Tickets available in April 2015

STUDENTS:  Pay only $12.50 to attend the Gala!


by Debbie Patterson, Playwright/PTE Artistic Associate

Every time you walk into the theatre, you are entering into a creative collaboration, regardless of what side of the curtain you’re on. But when a play is in a state of development, the audience’s collaboration is crucial!

The Carol Shields Festival invites you to actively participate in the development of new Canadian plays. While the festival gives playwrights the opportunity to try out their work with a real audience, it cracks open the playwriting process, giving audiences the chance to get in there and muck around.

Not only do you get to follow the journey a play takes from the seeds of an idea to a fully fleshed-out performance, but you also get to speak your mind directly to the playwright. The post-performance "talk back", conducted after every reading is where the collaborative rubber hits the road. 

As a playwright whose work has been read at this festival in the past, I can’t tell you how much we rely on your feedback to launch us into the next draft. As an audience member I love the depth of connection I feel with a play I’ve watched grow over a number of years.

Our eleventh annual Carol Shields Festival of New Works runs from May 15 to 17th.

I invite you to get involved in some very exciting new plays.

The Carol Shields Festival is supported by: