Our Playwrights Initiative is designed to provide playwrights with the time and space to activate their writing, take risks, ask questions, and to offer then the opportunity to hear their work read aloud by actors in an open environment. The playwrights will collaborate with House + Body in a way that is lead by playful investigation, while still incorporating deadlines to help move their work forward. We hope to shift their outlook on writing away from the "product" to allow the script to evolve organically in order to strengthen the impact of the text.

Over the course of the year, these playwrights will each participate in three workshops where professional actors will read their materials and workshop the script under the guidance of our Artistic Director. The playwrights will also meet one-on-one with the company in order to discover their own goals for this process and set guidelines for what they would like to accomplish in this time. We aim to provide the playwrights the opportunity to explore and question a work as it is in progress. There will be a staged reading of each of the plays in 2018.
2017 / 2018
Daniel Carter is a Toronto-based theatre maker. He is a graduate of McGill University’s Drama & Theatre program, where he procured a love of queer theory and drag queens. As such, Daniel’s current artistic interests focus on queer experience and queer performance – and whatever that may mean. His written work has been featured in the Gay Play Day Festival, Le Festival Rose, and Factory Theatre’s Sparks Fly. Daniel directed Edward Albee’s Marriage Play (Action Spectrum, Tuesday Night Café Theatre); and You Love Me, Right? (Gay Play Day Festival). Selected performance credits include: The Youth/Elders Project (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Off Limits Zone (DopoLavoro Teatrale; Luminato Festival); The Breadwinner (Compass Theatre; SpringWorks Festival); The Stranger (DopoLavoro Teatrale; SummerWorks Festival); Oh! What a Lovely War (Players’ Theatre); Hosanna (Tuesday Night Café Theatre). Daniel was also a member of Factory Theatre’s Creation Group, The Foundry, and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator at Theatre InspiraTO.
Bessie Cheng is a Chinese-Canadian performer and playwright who recently graduated from the Theatre Studies program at York University, where she specialized in New Play Playwriting and Devised Theatre. Her hometown of Urumqi, China serves as the inspiration and the backdrop for her latest play, DirtBessie’s recent works include: Silk Bath (Playwright/Performer, Next Stage Theatre Festival 2017), Dirt (Playwright, Factory Wired 2017), Kitchen Party (Performer, The Cabaret Company 2017), Aperture (Deviser/Performer, Summerworks), and Potluck XII (Playwright, fu-GEN Theatre). She is a member of the Foundry, which is a playwriting unit facilitated by Nina Lee Aquino at Factory Theatre that help facilitate new works creation. Through a widely successful run of Silk Bath at the Next Stage Festival 2017 and Toronto Fringe 2016, Bessie and her company Silk Bath Collective have been invited to Tarragon Theatre’s Workspace program, where they will rework Silk Bath to be showcased as a staged read in March 2018. Bessie was also selected by Cahoots Theatre as one of their 30 theatre-makers whom they consider to be the future, and who they think will shape the next 30 years in Canadian theatre.  
Jamie Milay Kasiama is an emerging multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. They are currently interested in poetic and postdramatic performance work, that explores lateral violence and power dynamics within marginalized communities. Recent credits include: BRINE (Director, Hamilton Fringe Festival), ALMEIDA the glorious (Collaborator/Video/Sound designer, SummerWorks), WHITE (Co-creator/performer, Paprika Festival), and T.I.N.I. (Playwright/Multimedia Designer/Performer, Hamilton Frostbites Festival).  Aside from theatre, Jamie is a video artist, spoken word poet, performance artist, and photographer. They are pursuing a combined honors degree in Multimedia and Theatre & Film studies, at McMaster University.