Carol Shields Festival of New Works 2018

May 23 - 26, 2018

With this year's partners: Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Sarasvati Productions, Shakespeare in the Ruins, Sick & Twisted, Theatre Projects Manitoba/Manitoba Association of Playwrights


CHECK BACK IN APRIL for the performance schedule


The Red Phone Project - Part theatre and part social intervention, Boca del Lupo’s Red Phone is an audience-to-audience performance that utilizes the intimacy of a phone call and the technology of a teleprompter. Using a phone booth in the lobby,  audience members are guided, two at a time, through a conversation about life, art and their surroundings, using a variety of scripts written by Canadian playwrights.


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

Plus a Special Guest Speaker!

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

STUDENTS:  Pay only $12.50 to attend the Gala!

Tickets on sale in April!

Ginny Collins, The Flats, says:
"The reading of The Flats at the Carol Shields Festival was extremely valuable to my writing process. Just by watching and listening to the audience, I was able to gain incredible insight into how I needed to move forward with the script. This festival is a gift. It provides a rare opportunity for both the writer and the audience to share in the magic of the creation process."



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 fifthteenth annual Carol Shields Festival of New Works runs from May 23 to 26th.

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

The Carol Shields Festival is supported by:









Top - Jennifer Lyon, Aaron Pridham
Bottom - Aaron Pridham, Dorothy Carroll, Kimberley Rampersad & Doug McKeag