Play Development

Stamina, Strength and Agility of Body, Mind and Heart
Welcome to Play Development at the Citadel Theatre. With the continued commitment to produce world premieres on our stages, we offer resources and professional expertise to assist playwrights in developing their work to its greatest potential.

Over the last decade, the Citadel has developed and produced 19 World Premieres, 13 of which have been subsequently produced elsewhere, taking the name of the Citadel and Edmonton around the world. Our audiences have not only experienced the inaugural productions of these plays but have also had the unique opportunity to participate in their development.

“Everyone at the Citadel embraces new work, especially the audiences. It challenges a playwright to be their best and provides us with the support we need to reach a new level.” –Vern Thiessen

2017 Play Development Participants:

Jason Chinn



Recent plays include; I SHOT A DUCK (Augustana University). Murderers Confess at Christmastime (Summerworks, Theatre Network Performance Series), Ladies Who Lynch (Azimuth Theatre, Canoe Festival), Mr. Cardboard Box Glory Hole Man (The Citadel Theatre’s ENCOUNTERS), Problems in Politics and the Pitfalls of Public Service (written during a residency at Edmonton City Hall for Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre), and I LOVE YOUR HAIR AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS (Theatre Yes’ The National Elevator project). Murderers Confess at Christmastime and I SHOT A DUCK both began development at The Citadel Theatre’s Playwrights’ Forum. Jason is a two time Sterling nominee for Outstanding New Play. Selected acting includes; The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Theatre Network), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Studio Theatre), Pervert and Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Northern Light Theatre), and Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March), which received a Dora nomination for Outstanding Ensemble.


Beth Graham


Beth Graham is a playwright and actor. Her plays have been produced across Canada and internationally. The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, was a finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award, as well as the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. Beth is also one of the co-creators of The Drowning Girls, which was nominated for the Carol Bolt Award and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. Other co-creations include: Comrades, Mules and Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things. Beth is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program. Her most recent play, Pretty Goblins, will be produced by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre in their upcoming season.


Josh Languedoc


Currently the Playwright in Residence at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, Josh Languedoc is an Indigenous playwright, improviser, actor, director and educator with Ojibway roots from the Saugeen First Nation. As a playwright, Josh has written a number of plays at various stages of development. His current project, Starlight Tours, participated in the 2016 Banff Playwrights Colony and the 2017 Rubaboo Festival. Josh is also writing a one-man-show, IN-CO-RI-GI-BLE: The Legend of Thundervoice that participated in Weesageechak Begins to Dance 29 (Native Earth Theatre). As an improviser, Josh is the artistic director of KidLibs Theatre and a first-half player with The 11 O’Clock Number (Grindstone Theatre). When not writing plays, Josh works as a substitute teacher for various districts, teaches at the Foote Theatre School, and helps teach the #Writesofpassage program at Workshop West.


Makambe Simamba


Makambe is a Zambian-born theatre artist based in Calgary. Her intention is to be of service to humanity through storytelling. Recent acting credits include Bea (Sage Theatre), SIA (Pyretic Productions), Medea (Chromatic Theatre), and Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Ellipsis Tree Collective). Notable film/TV credits include Hold the Dark, Burn Your Maps, and Young Drunk Punk. As a playwright, she has won provincial and national awards for her original play, MUD. Makambe is a member of the 2017/18 Playwright’s Unit at Alberta Theatre Projects, and was a member of the 2013/14 Playwright’s Unit at Obsidian Theatre. Her autobiographical solo show, A Chitenge Story, chronicles a journey of healing from sexual abuse while grappling with a New Canadian identity. It will have its official premiere in March 2018, presented by Handsome Alice Theatre in Calgary. To learn more about Makambe’s adventures, follow @artingwithmakambe on Instagram.



For enquiries regarding Play Development and Submission procedures at the Citadel Theatre, please email Rachel Peake at





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