Play Selection: inspiraTO Creations Festival 2023

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The final 6 plays have been selected to be performed in inspiraTO Festival 2023!

Discover which plays will be performed at the inspiraTO Festival 2023 on July 8th and 9th 2023.

Drum roll please!

The Plays

1.Lovely, Dark and Deep

Written By: Elizabeth M. Friesen

2. Today Again

Written By: Shelia Toller

3. Unboxed

Written By: Rebecca Grace

4. Not Fit For A Donkey

Written By: Shabana Zorah-Ahmad

5. Family Affairs

Written By: Jordan Kewell

6. Re-Routed

Written By: Aviva Fleising

Congratulations to all the playwrights who were selected!

Get ready to be enthralled by a diverse selection of captivating plays at the InspiraTO Festival, presented by Crane Creations Theatre Company and InspiraTO Festival. Each play explores unique themes and narratives, showcasing the immense talent of local playwrights. From heartfelt dramas to thought-provoking comedies, this festival promises to take you on an unforgettable journey through the world of ten-minute plays.

Make sure to mark your calendars. Performances will begins July 8th and 9th 2023!

About inspiraTO Festival

Theatre inspiraTO is the producer of Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival, the inspiraTO Festival.

InspiraTO Festival, renowned for its dedication to promoting the ten-minute play art form, will be leading the training, selection, and curation of playwrights for this unique festival. Their Playwriting Academy hosts of workshops, providing participants with invaluable insights into the craft of writing a ten-minute play. This academy also offers the exciting opportunity for select plays to be performed at the InspiraTO Festival.

The inspiraTO Theatre is collaborating with Crane Creations Theatre Company, and Crane Creations Theatre Company’s 2023 Summer Ensemble to produce inspiraTO Festival 2023.

About Crane Creations Theatre Company

Crane Creations Theatre Company is a professional not-for-profit theatre company located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada’s seventh largest city. An immigrant founded and led organization, we are proud to call the city of Mississauga our home, while building connections around the world.

About Summer Ensemble

Summer Ensemble is an annual on the job training for emerging artists. In the last five years Summer Ensemble has employed more than 70 artists. Many of them are members of less represented communities such as immigrants, and people of colour. Actors, stage managers, directors, designers, and producers who are starting their careers, work with Crane Creations Theatre Company for eight weeks. They produce new work and learning about the industry. Past participants from this program are working at large Canadian theatres. Companies include The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre and others. Summer Ensemble offers an uprecedented opportunity to work in culture and learn while being paid professional rates.

Summer Ensemble is generously supported by Employment and Social Development Canada, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Mississauga.

On June 5th, 2023 sixteen talented emerging artists set foot into a theatre, and only four days later they performed a line up of eleven short plays written by eleven Canadian playwrights. This unique intergenerational exchange is part of Crane Creations’ mission to use theatre as a mean of dialogue between members of different communities.

In the next stage of the collaboration 6 plays will be workshopped and fully staged on July 8th and July 9th at Maja Prentice Theatre in Mississauga.

About the selection process

We selected six out of eleven plays to proceed into the next round of collaboration between Crane Creations’ and Theatre InspiraTO.

The selection process was conducted with a vote. Members of Summer Ensemble offering emerging artists an opportunity to excercise leadership and curate a program of a mini festival. Using electronic forms each team member cast a vote ranking plays from 1 to 11. The results were tallied up and in a moment of great suspense, 6 plays that will proceed into a workshopping stage and receive a full production were announced.

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