Writing News: "A Warmer World" receives a Toronto Arts Council Playwrights Grant

Toronto Arts Council logo with text funded by the City of Toronto

I'm pleased to announce that one of my works-in-progress has been chosen for an 'Individual - Playwrights' grant from the Toronto Arts Council. I'm particularly excited about this because "A Warmer World" brings together two of the things I care most about—writing for young audiences and the environment.

As I described it in my grant application:

"A Warmer World" is a versatile episodic play for young audiences about our current ecological crisis, which explores the issues, the potential impacts, and the personal actions we can take around climate change, pollution, and habitat loss. The play consists of monologues and short scenes featuring primarily teen and tween characters, and is designed to be suitable both for a professional TYA company to present as a full-length show with a small cast playing multiple roles, or for a school to perform itself with flexibility in cast size and length. If presented in full, "A Warmer World" is expected to run approximately seventy minutes without intermission and offer a mix of styles of both comedy and drama.

Some of the parts are already in a first draft and some are still in the idea stage, but over the next two months I will focus on writing and revising "A Warmer World", with a goal to have it ready for outside eyes at the end of November or early December.  

(If you're a high school teacher who thinks having your students be part of a development process could be a great learning opportunity, I may have an idea for after your winter break...)

Thank you to the City of Toronto and the Toronto Arts Council for the support. 

Learn more on the project page of my new* writing website: 

A Warmer World

*Which is a post for another day