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Courses - 2022-23

Playwriting: Generating Pages with Jeff Ho

Playwriting – Generating Pages
with Jeff Ho
Generating Pages – this online course is an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and create with a community of playwrights. Whether coming in with a draft in progress, or a completely new idea waiting to be launched: sessions will be structured to provide space to create, revise, and share material week to week – honed around the theme of generating material, working against perfectionism, working around nurturing curiosity and joy in playwriting. Through an exploration of playwriting exercises, practical conversations around new play development practises and dramaturgical collaborations, and discussions and sharing of material – participants will experience new tools and access tailored to their writing practise. From bristling language, to diving into the messiness of new writing, to that detailed process of revising, join us each week as we create, laugh, share, and connect over playwriting.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will be asked to write and read new material (monologues and short scenes) aloud throughout the course and to do assignments between classes. As this is a virtual course a reliable internet connection is ideal. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, and are interested in taking the course, please note it on your application. We are committed to finding an alternate way to facilitate your learning and participation in the course.

To Enroll
Artists are invited to submit a ONE page proposal around what they’d like to work on through the class to

OPTIONAL: If it is a work in progress, feel free to share up to 5 pages of an excerpt of the piece.

An alternate format, either a voice or video recorded proposal can be submitted (no longer than 3 minutes).

Be sure to send it as a .pdf, or as an accessible link (vimeo or youtube link) for alternate formats.

For accessibility accommodations please email or call Heather Caplap at |(416) 531-1827 ext 249

Application deadline: February 5, 2023 .

Registration is limited. All applicants will be contacted by February 13th.

Equity/Artist Rate – $250*
Regular Rate – $300
Subsidized Rate – $100**

* This artist rate is available to anyone who self identifies as an artist and/or is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
**Tarragon is pleased to offer 2 subsidized spots in this course. If you’d like to apply for a subsidized spot please note it in you application. You are invited, but not required, to include a few sentences about what it would mean to you to participate in the course at a subsidized rate.
Winter 2023
Dates & Times
Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm EST, February – April

Feb 13
Feb 20
Feb 27
March 6
March 20
March 27
April 3
April 10

Jeff Ho is a Toronto-based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong. As a playwright, his works includes the critically acclaimed Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land), produced by Saga Collectif; Antigone: 方, produced by Young People’s Theatre; and trace, produced by Factory Theatre and the National Arts Centre. His work has been developed by the Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Human Cargo, Factory Theatre, Cahoots, the Banff Playwrights Lab, and Nightswimming Theatre. His plays are published by Playwrights Canada Press.

As an educator, Jeff has taught numerous playwriting workshops through theatre companies and schools including: Stratford, Shakespeare by the Bay, Tarragon Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Factory Theatre, 10×10 (Thunder Bay) Singing Out, the TDSB and YRSB. Jeff worked with the Paprika Festival as a Playwriting Facilitator for five years, and was a Resident Artist Educator with Young People’s Theatre. He is currently teaching at York University, where he is an MFA candidate in Performance Creation.

Jeff is the Company Dramaturg with Outside The March. Jeff is grateful to have been honoured with a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play (Iphigenia); the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Award for a Young Canadian Playwright; the Bulmash Siegel Playwriting Award (Tarragon Theatre); nominated for four Dora Awards, and a Harold Award (House of Nadia Ross). He is a graduate of the National Theatre School.