THE PARALLEL PROJECT
The Parallel Project is a monologue writing workshop and dramaturgical process for IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) artists. Over the course of six weeks, our six playwrights have created, written and workshopped six new monologues intended to be used by IBPOC actors, with support from professional dramaturgical mentors. While the pieces are still in development, these readings are the culmination of the program and offer a unique window into the dramaturgical process. The presentation is approximately 1.5 hours long and includes a 30 minute talkback with the playwrights & dramaturgs.
Our 2023 program is produced by Momentum 180, in partnership with The Cultch, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and the City of Vancouver.
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toxic masculinity, and emotional abuse.
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The Parallel Project — 2023 Writing Workshop
The Parallel Project (TPP) is a monologue writing workshop that was created by Argel Monte de Ramos and Jocelyn Tsui with the goal of increasing the number of monologues written by and for IBPOC artists. In addition to publishing a monologue collection for IBPOC actors, The Parallel Project aims to support the IBPOC artistic community by offering a platform through which IBPOC artists can tell their stories and celebrate their voices. Now in its fourth phase, The Parallel Project is looking to commission six new monologues written by six emerging IBPOC playwrights. In partnership with the City of Vancouver, The Cultch, and Playwrights Theatre Centre, the selected playwrights (18 years of age and above) will participate in a 7-week summer writing workshop, through which they will be mentored through the dramaturgical process by a local professional dramaturg. The project will culminate in two Invited Readings of the new pieces at The Cultch’s C-Lab.
March 27, 2023: Applications open
April 21, 2023: Applications close
May 19, 2023: Selected artists are finalized
June 19: Program orientation & writing workshop
June 21 - 23: First individual dramaturgy session
July 3 - 5: Second individual dramaturgy session
July 15: Cohort co-writing session
July 18 - 19: Workshop with actor and director
July 27 & 28: Invited Readings
July 31 - August 3: Third individual dramaturgy session
August 4: Cohort Post-Mortem
Compensation: The selected artists will receive a $650 honorarium for their time and artistry.
The Parallel Project Team:
Argel Monte de Ramos: TPP Artistic Director, Reading Director
Jocelyn Tsui: TPP Producer
Davey Calderon: Dramaturg
*Second and Third Dramaturgs are TBC!
Trinity Jade: Marketing Manager
How to Apply:
Please the Submission Checklist below for details. We ask that you please submit your Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Monologue Pitch, and Writing Sample as ONE PDF FILE using the Google Forms link below. We also ask that you carefully read through the program timeline and confirm that you will be available for all the specified dates.
Pitch and Sample
Cover letter (2 pages maximum)
Include the rationale for applying to this project, career goals for the next two years, and how the project relates to the artist’s personal and career goals. In brief, why The Parallel Project? What are your expectations? Please include any accessibility needs.
Pitch and Sample
Monologue idea/pitch (250 words maximum) - tell us about the monologue you would write for the project. While the idea does not have to be fully fleshed out, you must have an understanding of concept, characters, and themes.
Sample of previously written work (500 maximum or one page 12-font sample). This can be a monologue, an excerpt from a play, a short story, or any other creative writing piece.
Include all performing arts and other work experiences.
Read through the time commitment statement and ensure that you have a structured plan to meet the deadlines.
All participants MUST be available for the Workshop Timeline dates stipulated above.
Click Here To Submit!
Please note that our application form does require you to log in using a Google account. The Parallel Project is committed to removing barriers to access in the arts industry. If you have any questions about the application process or would like to request an alternative method of submitting, please contact Jocelyn Tsui and Argel Monte de Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing your application!
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THE PARALLEL PROJECT
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