Community Update

June 30, 2021

June.  So much has happened since our last community update in October, 2020.  So much has changed.

The following is a report on some of the company’s activities in the last nine months.


After three extraordinary years together, Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) will transition from an active unit to a group of playwrights supported by PTE (as with our first Playwrights’ Unit).  As a culmination of their three seasons of development, MAP provided each of the five playwrights a one-day workshop for their completed draft(s) of their new work(s).

We celebrate our time with these five brilliant playwrights:  Wren Brian, Kristian Jordan, Jo MacDonald, Alissa Watson and Liam Zarrillo.

PTE and MAP will look to begin a new playwriting unit and will be planning over the summer of 2021.  A call will go out to the Winnipeg arts community in fall of 2021.


This season has been both challenging and inspiring.  It has provided us an opportunity to change our imagination.  To see new ways of working, new ways of creating, and new ways of engaging. 

We are keenly aware of the continued struggle our industry faces, and the impact these struggles have had on artists who are the backbone and foundation of all that we do.  We are buoyed and inspired by the resilience of our arts community.

We are also deeply grateful for government, foundation, and arts council support.

Finally, a thank you.  To every artist, audience, donor:  THANK YOU.  To the CCA, MAC, WAC, thank you.  To the federal government, the Province, the city, the Winnipeg Foundation, thank you.  This season would have been impossible without you.  That we are thriving, that we are even still standing, is a testament to all of you...and in turn your belief in us.