Where Theatre Begins

MAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing excellence in Manitoba playwriting and championing Manitoba playwrights and plays.

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Manitoba Association of Playwrights

Did you know that theatre doesn't begin when the curtain rises? Theatre begins years before a play opens - before the audience gathers; before directors and actors and sound, light, costume and set designers all come together to collaborate on mounting a production.

Theatre begins in the mind of one person - the playwright; and, driven by passion, hope, fear and longing, theatre is born in both joy and anguish: word by word; page by page; rewrite after rewrite.

Since 1979 the Manitoba Association of Playwrights has been supporting the development of plays and playwrights through a variety of programs and services. The playwright is where theatre begins.

MAP Membership

MAP members include established Manitoba dramatists (like Bruce McManus, Maureen Hunter, and Sharon Bajer), emerging playwrights just learning their craft, and writers at all stages of their artistic careers from all across Manitoba. MAP is open to anyone interested in the continuing health of playwriting and the production of new Manitoba plays.

Membership Pricing

  • Regular Membership$60/year
  • Student Membership$25/year

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    Brian Drader named new Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights

    Brian Drader named new Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights

    The Manitoba Association of Playwrights is pleased to announce that nationally recognized playwright, dramaturg and advocate for Canadian playwriting Brian Drader will be its next Executive Director.


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    "Social Studies" wins Chris Johnson Award

    Trish Cooper's "Social Studies" was awarded the Chris Johnson Award for best play by a Manitoba playwright at the 2017 Manitoba Book Awards.

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    Rory Runnells Retirement

    After 34 years at the helm of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Artistic Director Rory Runnells is stepping down.

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    MAP's Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation

    The Winnipeg Foundation Agency (Endowment) Funds provide organizations with an annual source of income that helps them offer their programs and services that benefit our community. For charitable organizations, securing financial support can be an on-going challenge. Agency Funds provide some financial stability, enabling staff to plan for the future. All gifts to your Agency Fund of choice are pooled and permanently invested at The Winnipeg Foundation to provide a stable, annual revenue stream for your charitable organization.

    The Manitoba Association of Playwrights Agency Fund can be found at MAP's Profile Page

    Thank-you for your continued support.

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MAP is associated with the Playwright's Guild of Canada and is a member of the Playwrights Development Centres of Canada. MAP gratefully acknowledges the support or our members and friends, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Foundation, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and ArtsVest.


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