Carol Shields Festival of New Works 2016

May 12 - 14, 2016

With this year's partners:

Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Shakespeare in the Ruins
and Theatre by the River

>> Festival Schedule

>> Play Descriptions

>> Gala Line-up

>> Brown Bag Theatre - Short Shots

An electrifying multi-discipline showcase of new theatre by local playwrights, new music by Roger Roger, musical improv by Outside Joke, and new dance from Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division and Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers.

Special Guest Speaker: Raoul Bhaneja (Life, Death and The Blues, PTE 2015), with personal reflections on diversity in theatre.

PLUS a post-show reception catered by Star Grill - all for $25!


STUDENTS:  Pay only $12.50 to attend the Gala!

BROWN BAG LUNCH - Short Shots on Friday, May 13 at noon. Bring your lunch and eat it in the theatre -- five short plays in about an hour.
>> The Short Shots

7:00    Bram Stoker (Blood of the Everlasting Covenant) by Kevin Klassen, presented by Shakespeare in the Ruins

3:00   Through the Open Door, excerpts & presentations by Manitoba Association of Playwrights

7:00   The Flats by Ginny Collins, presented by Prairie Theatre Exchange

8:30   Our Sister Duchess by Kendra Jones, presented by Theatre by the River

Schedule subject to change


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 fourteenth annual Carol Shields Festival of New Works runs from May 12 to 14th.

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

The Carol Shields Festival is supported by: