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WORKSHOP: Santiago Guzmán: Taking Your Prose or Verse to Centre Stage: Adapting Novels and Short Stories to Drama

Sunday, November 26, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

📍 Virtual via Zoom
👥 Open to WritersNL Members only. Pre-registration required.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to write a play? How do you adapt your own work into theatre? In this workshop, Santiago will guide writers in adapting a section of prose or verse into theatrical language.

Participants will bring less than a page of prose from their novels, short stories, or verse, and through the principles of playwriting, Santiago will teach how to adapt text for the stage.

Santiago Guzmán (he/they) is an award-winning playwright, dramaturge, performer, and director originally from Metepec, Mexico, now based in St. John’s, NL. He is the Artistic Director of TODOS Productions & the Interim Artistic Director for Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.
Santiago’s work as a writer aims to put local, under-represented narratives and characters on the frontlines, whilst inviting audiences to appreciate the vibrancy of Newfoundland and Labrador from a diverse perspective.
Their work has been supported, developed and/or produced by theatre companies and festivals such as TODOS Productions (NL), Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company (NL), White Rooster Theatre (NL), Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (NL), Poverty Cove Theatre Company (NL), Rising Tide Theatre (NL), Neighbourhood Dance Works (NL), Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Eastern Front Theatre (NS), PARC (pan-Atlantic), Ship’s Company Theatre (NS), Theatre New Brunswick (NB), Boca Del Lupo (BC), Paprika Festival (ON), Stratford Festival (ON), Lemontree Creations (ON), Banff Playwrights Lab (AB) and the National Theatre School of Canada’s Art Apart Program (QC). He is a member of Playwrights Canada Press’s inaugural editorial committee.
Santiago’s play Urn received the Senior Dramatic Script Award of the Newfoundland and Labrador 2022 Arts and Letters Awards & was shortlisted for the NLCU Fresh Fish Award 2022. Santiago was the inaugural recipient of the John Palmer Award 2022 through the Playwrights Guild of Canada for being a change-maker in the theatre industry with his advocacy in the arts regarding equity, diversity, and anti-racism. Most recently, they were inducted into the YWCA’s St. John’s Circle of Distinction with the Inspired Innovation Award.
Santiago’s work is very gay, very brown, and very real. Representation matters.


Times and Locations

November 26, 2023

12:00 pm