PTE/MAP Playwrights Unit

Supporting the artists that create the plays

Prairie Theatre Exchange has always been, and continues to strive to be, a “home” for theatre artists – a place where new ideas can be explored, and creativity can be supported and encouraged.

In 2007, led by artistic director Bob Metcalfe, PTE formed a Playwrights Unit. PTE became a home for these playwrights, setting aside an office dedicated to them and their work where they can find a quiet place to work, or to think. PTE also hosts the feedback meetings, provides readings and workshops when appropriate, acts as an advocate for the members’ work, and, most importantly, provides access to all the resources at PTE, from printing and photocopying to advice from the Managing Director on grant-writing.

In November of 2018, current PTE artistic director Thomas Morgan Jones announced the creation of the PTE Emerging Playwrights Unit, in partnership with Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) and their Executive Director Brian Drader. This relationship with MAP and these new playwrights built on the principals of the first unit, with the goal of helping to develop these playwrights’ voices and stories. 

In 2023, the unit was renamed the PTE/MAP playwrights unit to honour the collaborative nature of the relationship between our two organizations and the support we are both offering the participating playwrights.

Because the playwrights in our units are not confined to writing only for PTE, they have seen a number of plays produced on other stages here in Winnipeg and across the country. PTE feels that this is a win-win situation – our community’s playwrights are given the opportunity to pursue their craft with encouragement and support, and PTE is able to more fully realize our goal to foster the creation of theatre and to nurture theatre artists.

We are a contemporary theatre company focused on developing new plays and serving as a home for playwrights. As such, we are deeply grateful to these playwrights for their trust in us and are honoured to have them as a part of our company.

Supported by the Richardson Foundation

We are proud to introduce the current members of the
PTE/MAP Playwrights Unit:

Scout Rexe

Scout Rexe (they/she) is a playwright and dramaturg. As a writer, their work explores queer and trans identities, celebrity, sexual violence, and social change. Guillermo Verdeccia called Rexe’s first full-length play This is the August (SummerWorks, 2016) a “smart, funny play, rich with the complexities of contemporary life in the west.”

Her first short play Lodged in the Body (Theatre of the Beat, 2018-2019) was commissioned and toured Canada and the Netherlands, reaching over 2000 people.

Rexe is currently writing O Death, a full-length play with music. They are developing this work in close collaboration with Fatma Sarah Elkashef and Elio Zarrillo with the ongoing support of Playwrights Workshop Montreal. Rexe is also developing Cult Play, a media arts project that was part of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights Digital Dramaturgy Initiative in 2021 and co-writing a TV series called Make It with her Scotland-based writing partner Kate Hammer.

As a younger person, Rexe made books. She still occasionally edits novels, non-fiction, and poetry.