June 18 2022-June 23 2022

Dawson College

3040 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Canada 

H3Z 1A4


WPI Montreal


A gathering of women playwrights from all around the world coming to Montreal, Canada in 2022 !

The conference will be held at Dawson College from June 18-23 and will feature plays, workshops and round-table discussions led by theatre practitioners from around the world.


Women Playwrights International (WPI) is dedicated to planning and convening international conferences for women playwrights, which have brought together women playwrights and allied theatre artists, cultural workers and scholars together since 1988. WPI is dedicated to maintaining ongoing international Women Playwrights International Conferences every three years at different locations in the world, and to facilitating communications, meetings, interchanges, and activities among the international community of women in theatre.



Ann Lambert
Conference Convenor

Ann Lambert has written over 25 stage and radio plays in the past 35 years. Her first play, The Wall, won first prize in the Ottawa Little Theatre National Playwriting Competition, and was produced at The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. Self Offense won seven awards at the Quebec Drama Festival, then went on to production at Cucaracha Theatre in New York. She has written several dramas for CBC radio, including Force of Circumstance, which was broadcast in Australia in 1997. Her stage play, Parallel Lines, was featured at The 4th International Women Playwrights Conference in Galway, Ireland in 1997, and was produced at The University of Oklahoma that year as well. It was published in an anthology of plays dealing with refugee stories entitled Along Human Lines by Blizzard. Ann’s work is also featured in several other anthologies, including Another Perfect Piece, (Playwrights Canada Press) She Speaks (PCP) and 32 Degrees, (DC Books).

Very Heaven was first produced at The Centaur Theatre in 1999, and received its European premiere at Focus Theatre in Dublin in 2004. It was published in 2000 by Blizzard publishing. Very Heaven and The Mary Project, (co-written with Laura Mitchell), were featured at the Fifth International Women Playwrights Conference in Athens, Greece, in 2000, at infinitheatre in Montreal in 2001. The Mary Project then went on to open at LA MAMA in Melbourne, Australia in 2002.

Two Short Women (which she also directed) was produced by Right Now! in Montreal in 2007. It was featured in a double-bill with her very first play, The Wall, and enjoyed critical and popular success. The Assumption of Empire had a very successful workshop production in Montreal in 2009 at Mainline Theatre. Jocasta’s Noose, also directed by Ann, was named a Best Bet at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2012 and nominated for the Beyond the Mountain Award. Two Short Women was featured at the Women International Playwrights Conference in Stockholm, as well as at the Wildside Festival (Centaur Theatre) in 2013. Ann directed The Guest, written by her daughter, Alice Abracen, which was nominated for a Most Promising New Company award at the Montreal Fringe Festival.She has been teaching at Dawson College since 1991, where for the last 12 years, she has written, directed and produced shows with The Dawson Theatre Collective which consistently play to sold out audiences. Her most recent show, A Midsummer Night’s Kickass Dream, opened in May 2018, and

Laura Mitchell
Conference Convenor

Award winning actress LAURA MITCHELL (UDA, Equity, ACTRA), moved to Montreal from the southern U.S. after completing an MFA in acting at the prestigious Case Western University and soon began working with the bilingual company, TACcom, (a company that tailor makes corporate theatre) as writer, actor, and “animateur.”

She is co-founder of Unwashed Grape and Right NOW! Right Now! was nominated for Beyond the Mountain Award with their production of Jocasta’s Noose (she played Jocasta), and for their production of The Guest, they received the Most Promising New Company award (she played the guest). Among her other Right Now! acting credits, Laura performed in Two Short Women which was featured at the Women International Playwrights Conference in Stockholm, Helsinki’s Night of the Arts, as well as at the Wildside Festival (Centaur Theatre) in 2013. As founding member of the comedy duo “TITTERS’ she has performed in the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, in comedy clubs in and around Montreal, Seattle, Vermont. Most recently, Laura is co-founder of TOE (Theatre Ouest End).

As a writer, she has co-written (with Janis Kirshner): four cabarets: Female Bondage, Lashed But Not Leashed, Same Great Taste, and Put Another Monologue on the Fire. She has also co-written 2 films: one feature film, the quirky, dark comedy, World Without Men (Sheldon Neuberger co-writer, 7th Art Production, commercial run at Cinema du Parc, many film festivals), and one documentary film, Unbuckling My Bible Belt (Patricia Tassinari, Pandora Film, commercial run at Excentris, Canal D, Montreal International Film Festival and many others festival). With Ann Lambert, and commissioned by GCTC, Laura co-wrote the full-length play, The Mary Project that has seen productions in Montreal, Athens, Greece, and Melbourne, Australia.She has been teaching at Dawson College since 1991 (the year she became a Quebec resident). In addition to teaching at Dawson, she directs and produces The Showtime Troupe there. Over the last 26 years, she has directed students in 20 plays and has written two of them: Lissy Walker is Going Home (based on The Odyssey) and From Dio to Dawn (inspired by The Bacchae), as well as an adaptation of The Balcony and

once again featured a cast of over 30 students. Ann is the former head of The Playwriting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Ann’s first novel, The Birds That Stay was published by Second Story Press in Toronto in February, 2019. It has recently been nominated for the Concordia University Best First Book Prize. Her second book in the Russell and Leduc series will be published in the fall of 2020.

Ann is also the vice-president of The Theresa Foundation (www.theresafoundation.com), dedicated to supporting AIDS-orphaned children and their grandmothers, the education of Malawian girls, and alleviating food insecurity in several villages in Malawi, Africa.

Biederman and the Firebugs. She also taught Dramatic Structure at the National Theatre School for two semesters.

Laura has a keen love of story and of story telling and has performed as a storyteller at Blue Metropolis. Laura has participated in story telling workshops and is interested in using the skills she acquired there to work with the oftentimes marginalized communities of the elderly and teens, bringing them together and helping them give voice to their own stories. She continues to act in film, television and on stage. She lives in Montreal with award winning jazz drummer, Eduardo Pipman and Kimba, the wonder dog.

Abigail Drach
WPI Montreal Intern

Abigail Drach is performer and writer pursuing a joint honours degree in theatre and gender studies at McGill University. Most recently, she appeared in a site-specific sonnet festival in New York City and the McGill Department of English main stage production of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Her poetry, dramatic scripts, and personal writing have been recognized in national contests in the United States. She is an alumna of Imago Theatre's Artista mentorship program. 

Ayesha Hasan

Ayesha Hasan is a graduate of the Journalism Program at Concordia University.

She currently works for McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies, coordinating linguistic and cultural immersion programs for first-time visitors to Montreal.




Dawson College is an English CEGEP located in Montreal, QC. It's theatre, the New Dawson Dome Theatre, seats 183 people and is home to Dawson's Professional Theatre Programs productions as well as other multi-media events.



3040 Sherbrooke St Ouest

Montreal, Canada H3Z 1A4

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