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About Playwrights Canada Press

Playwrights Canada Press is a publisher of new Canadian plays. We exist to publish Canadian plays as well as, from time to time, theatre history, criticism, and biography. Through this we endeavour to raise the profile of Canadian theatre and theatre practitioners, promote dramatic literature, and contribute to the Canadian theatrical canon. Playwrights Canada Press strives to publish diverse and engaging Canadian plays and dramatic criticism of literary merit.

Playwrights Canada Press was created in 1984 as an imprint of the professional association of Canadian playwrights, the Playwrights Guild of Canada. In 2000 the Press was separately incorporated from the Guild and is a standalone independent publishing company.

For the first ten years of its existence, the Press published four to six titles of English-Canadian drama annually. We now publish roughly thirty books of plays, theatre history, and criticism each year. While located in Ontario, the Press is proud of its list of published playwrights which stretches from Newfoundland to British Columbia and the Yukon. Playwrights Canada Press also publishes French plays by Canadian authors in English translation, and includes theatre for young audiences.

Playwrights Canada Press is a member of the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Literary Press Group, the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, and the American Society for Theatre Research.

Our Board of Directors

  • Rick Chafe, President, Winnipeg, MB
  • Colleen Murphy, Vice President & Treasurer, Toronto, ON
  • Michelle Kneale, Secretary & PGC Representative, Langley, BC
  • Daniel Macdonald, Past President, Saskatoon, SK
  • Bilal Baig, Member at Large, Toronto, ON
  • Roberta Barker, Member at Large, Halifax, NS
  • Leanna Brodie, Member at Large, Richmond, BC



    Playwrights Canada Press gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council of the Arts, the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the National Translation Program for Book Publishing for our translation activities, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.