Call for submissions to TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices new play development program

Nanaimo, BC


Theatre One’s Emerging Voices is now accepting submissions for the 2021-2022 season.  Emerging Voices, now in its 17th year, is a series of workshops and staged readings of three new, original plays by local and regional playwrights. Participating playwrights benefit from dramaturgical support before, during and after the workshops, have the opportunity to engage with professional artists during a CAEA workshop and see their plays read before live audiences that evening, receiving valuable feedback from actors and patrons.


Interested playwrights are invited to submit scripts to TheatreOne’s new Artistic Associate, Jessica Schacht at: To meet eligibility criteria, playwrights must reside in Canada and the scripts must be new, original plays that have not received a professional production.

New scripts will be selected by August 30, 2021 for the 17th season, but further submissions are always welcome. There is no fee for submitting or for taking part. Selected playwrights will receive an honorarium based on PGC workshop rates.


Emerging Voices supports the Equity in Theatre Initiative, Playwrights Guild of Canada which promotes gender equality and diversity in theatre.


By Jessica Schacht and Sam Young

You Are Not A Ghost is an exploration of past, relationships, and history (both global and personal) told through live performance and asynchronous digital media. It is the story of Tom, a teacher who ghosted his ex, Sylvia, who is about to become his new boss. Through their real time meeting waiting for their HR manager, we learn about their relationship through memories. The more you access a memory, the more it is distorted. So too, in this play, do we play with distortion of history, memory, and our relationship to our past. You Are Not A Ghost is inspired by global travel and how that can allow us to literally move worlds away from our problems and what happens when that space suddenly contracts.

Virtual Reading: June 8, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Venue: Online Event
Tickets: By Donation | Reserve Your Seat Soon


About the Playwrights

Jessica Schacht is a dramaturg, director, and playwright of Métis/Canadian descent based on Vancouver Island. Her focus is the development of new and Indigenous work and collaborative practices. Her work and ethos centre around exploring identity and relationships through the cultural, environmental, and personal experiences that shape us. In addition to being a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Theatre Program Jessica has honed her craft at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity’s Dramaturgy for Dance residency, Theatre Replacement’s New Aesthetics Performance Intensive, as well as Playwright Theatre Centre’s Block A program. Through the support of the BC Arts Council Early Career Development Program, Jessica was the Artist in Residence for the 2018-2019 season at Pacific Opera Victoria.

Other recent credits include In the Shadow of the Mountains (Dramaturg, Visceral Visions), Sis Ne’ Bi-Yiz: Mother Bear Speaks (Dramaturg, Instruments of Change), Shadows of the Prairies (Dramaturg, University of Alberta Indigenous Dramaturgy Festival), Little Women (Assistant Director, Chemainus Theatre Festival), Kamloopa (Fire Igniter & Tender, WCT/The Cultch/Persephone), With Glowing Hearts (Assistant Director, TheatreOne), Adult Company (Co-Writer/Co-Director, Vancouver Fringe Festival), and Emerging Voices (Apprentice Dramaturg, TheatreOne). She is a current collaborator of the Unsettling Dramaturgy Colloquium.

Sam Young is a writer and playwright from and based in Vancouver. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Victoria writing and theatre programs. He writes interactive horror fiction for Onyx Path Publishing, as well as his own material, and produces theatre with Not the Mermaid Theatre, the company he co-founded with his partner. His playwrighting credits include Arsenic Is Natural; Tales Told by Idiots; Thus, I Curse Love!; and, most recently, Adult Company (with Jessica Schacht).

Company Credits
Playwrights – Jessica Schacht and Sam Young
Dramaturg / Director – Nicolle Nattrass*
Performers – Ming Hudson* and Austin Eckart*

*Artists appear through the courtesy of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

You are Not a Ghost is produced with the co-operation of the UBCP/ACTRA


By Anne Nesbitt

Anahareo, an indigenous woman, convinces Archie Belaney [Grey Owl] to teach her the traditional ways of the wilderness which she hasn’t had a chance to learn. She persuades him to give up trapping, pursue his writing and save the beaver from extinction. In the process, she finds her power and her own story.

Virtual Reading: April 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Venue: Online Event
Tickets: By Donation | Reserve Your Seat Soon

*Artists appear through the courtesy of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
** Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada

Anahareo is produced with the co-operation of the UBCP/ACTRA

About the Playwright

Anne Nesbitt is an emerging playwright. Her scripts have been workshopped by TheatreOne, Nanaimo and The Manitoba Association of Playwrights. She is re-writing her play, Anahareo, which was performed at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and at Riding Mountain National Park in 2007. Sarasvàti Productions’ featured a reading from Anahareo at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works, 2007.

Company Credits
Playwright – Anne Nesbitt**
Dramaturg / Director – Nicolle Nattrass*
Assistant Dramaturg / Director: Jessica Schacht
Performers –Matthew Payne* and Kaitlyn Yott*

Indigenous Advisors: Eugene Blackbird, David Somerville, Jo-Ann Restoule
Consultants – Anahareo’s daughters, Katherine Moltke and Anne Gaskell; her great niece, Louise
Montreuil; and her great, great niece, Angie Montreuil

Anne Nesbitt would like to acknowledge the following supporters: Province of Manitoba, Friends of Riding Mountain National Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Parks Canada, Riding Mountain Historical Society, The Winnipeg Foundation, Keeseekoowenin Sharing Lodge and the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.

Signals from the Lockdown

By Dave Mott in collaboration with Tamara McCarthy

An absurd, sexy piece of comedy about the old gods, breaking isolation, and cinnamon buns! Two friends and lovers redefine their relationship during a global government lockdown. As the isolation further affects them, and their everyday environment becomes more hostile, they each resist the urge to connect physically in a world where breath has become deadly.

Virtual Reading: March 16, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
Venue: Online Event
Tickets: By Donation | Reserve Your Seat Soon

About the Playwright

Dave Mott is a self-made entrepreneur and founding member and co-Artistic Producer of Up In The Air Theatre Society. Dave is a director, actor, curator, playwright, performance scout, devisor, and the co-producer of the rEvolver Theatre Festival. Graduating with a BFA from the University of Victoria, his early creations and directorial projects challenged theatrical boundaries by generating performance for non-theatre venues, site installations and pop-ups. After returning to Vancouver, he founded Upintheair with Daniel Martin in 1999. Their partnership has spawned multiple original works and innovative productions, receiving multiple Jessie Richardson nominations as well as winning for Outstanding Production Small Theatre 2015/16. He is a permanent staff member at The William Davis Centre at VanArts instructing in direction, acting, play creation, physical theatre and ensemble building techniques. He is co-owner of Brandywine Bartending School, and is a respected competitive mixologist, corporate trainer and team builder. Committed to the creation of new plays, supporting and presenting the work of artists at emergent points of their careers, and training the next generation of upcoming performance makers, he strives to push the immediacy of theatre arts to Canadian audiences. Playwright / Co-creator/Dramaturg credits include: A Brief History of Human Extinction, Borborygmi, Men of the World, 120bpm The City and the City, Inside the Seed, Stumped, Wedgie, Johnny Grant, Pyropornomania, The Rave Plays & Metanoia.

Company Credits

Playwright – Dave Mott in collaboration with Tamara McCarthy

Dramaturg / Director – Nicolle Nattrass*

Assistant Dramaturg / Director – Jessica Schacht

Performers – Tamara McCarthy*, Raugi Yu*, and Jonathan Hamilton

*Artists appearing courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

Signals from the Lockdown is produced with the co-operation of the UBCP/ACTRA

*Artists appear through the courtesy of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
** Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada


Based on Canada’s Vancouver Island, TheatreOne supports new play development; presents Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) performances, live performances, and curates an annual independent film series. Since its inception in 1983, TheatreOne has produced or presented over 200 TYA and MainStage performances. The Company’s Emerging Voices Series has supported the development of 50 new works since 2016 and its Independent Film Series has presented 120 films since 2000.

Thank you to series Sponsor Sitka Wealth and The City of Nanaimo

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