Surveying The Landscape – Research on New Play Development in Canada

Compiled by Louise Casemore and commissioned by Alberta Playwrights’ Network, “Surveying The Landscape” is a practical research study surrounding the experience of playwrights and status of new play development in Canada, gathering insights from artists and decision makers about the processes and pathways to creating theatre. After an unexpected pandemic interruption, countless conversations and hours of data mining, and valuable time to write and reflect – this study has now been released to the public.

Featuring firsthand accounts from hundreds of playwrights in english and french from across Canada, the “Surveying the Landscape” study contains:

  • a database of pre-pandemic contacts, programs, and submission information for play development centres, theatre companies, producing festivals, publishers, and funders
  • an Executive Summary, offering a quick glance at the big picture
  • the full report, featuring detailed recommendations to organizations and artists in the sector, gorgeous cover art by Bianca Guimarães De Manuel, and illustrative design by Kelsi Kalmer

The study can be accessed here:

Feedback and questions are warmly encouraged, with an invitation to contact Research Coordinator Louise Casemore at with any inquiries.

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