PWM presents “Exploring Practice Workshop: Protective Practices for Playwrights with Robin Sokoloski”

Join Robin Sokoloski for an introduction to copyright, artists’ rights on November 19-21 at PWM

Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal presents “Exploring Practice: Protective Practices for Playwrights with Robin Sokoloski”

Through a sequence of liberating structures, Robin Sokoloski, Executive Director of Playwrights Guild of Canada will guide participants through a three-day hands-on workshop that will focus on the rights and freedoms of playwrights  within a Canadian theatre context.

The workshop will begin with an in-depth look at the rights one should know and understand about artist’s intellectual property. Participants will then be thoroughly introduced to the standard set of professional contracts (negotiated and ratified in June 2017 by Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres). Specific clauses such as participation rights, minimum guarantees, and commissioning will be examined. Contacts that specifically pertain to musicals, theatre for young audiences and the licensing of amateur rights will be layered on to what has been already learned. The end of the day will involve a peer-to-peer consulting activity to exercise what has been discussed throughout the day.

Day two will look at engaging other creators and Playwrights Guild of Canada’s set of guidelines for devised and collective creation, translation, adaptation, and digital rights.

During day 3, the playwright will have the chance to further develop their negotiation skills. Robin will meet each playwright individually and will talk them through the first phase of a contract negotiation.

Each participant will have access to a digital package of contracts and an optional one-on-one contract clinic after the workshop has taken place with Playwrights Guild of Canada at the time of their choosing.

Application guideline: To apply for this training, please submit a bio and CV, and a short (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this subject interest you, or how it is relevant to you practice.

Dates: November 19th to 21st, 2018

Time: 10AM to 3PM

Location: Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (7250 Clark St. Suite 103, Montreal, QC H2R 2Y3)

Fee: $45 (Fee is not a barrier to anyone who might be interested/eligible)

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Subject line: Exploring practice with Robin Sokoloski

Application deadline: November 4, 2018

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