The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program offers an annual Playwrights Retreat, held in the fall of each season. Writers from across Canada are given a home away from home in Stratford, a place to write both in solitude and in the company of fellow writers and theatrical artists who can provide support and dramaturgical
feedback. Almost 100 playwrights have attended since its inception in 2008.
The Retreat is by invitation only.
We don’t accept, and won’t read, unsolicited manuscripts. However, our Director of New Plays, Keith Barker, welcomes letters of inquiry about specific projects. Please contact him by email. We ask for a description of the work, plus any background on development to date. A brief bio is also helpful. If we feel the project might be appropriate for further consideration, we’ll ask the playwright to submit a draft. We consider only material by Canadian playwrights.
Participation in the Retreat is by
invitation only. Playwrights may indicate their interest by contacting Keith Barker.