Play Craft Sessions, Sundays from 2pm – 5pm at 191 King William Street


  • Sunday, July 24 with Makambe K Simamba
  • Sunday, July 31 with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
  • Sunday, August 7 with Sky Gilbert
  • Sunday, August 14 with Keith Barker 

Advance your playwriting craft with workshops from acclaimed playwrights including featured in Aquarius’  2021/22 Season.  Sessions feature lecture, conversation, writing exercises and time in community with local playwrights around our own plays and processes.

LOCATION: In person at the Theatre School, 191 King William Street (right across from Theatre Aquarius)

Register Now! Maximum 12 per session with a waiting listRegister for your session here. 


About your hosts:

Makambe K. Simamba is a national award-winning playwright whose work includes Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, A Chitenge Story, MUD and The Drum Major Instinct Triology. Makambe is a Dora Award Winner for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding New Script for Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers which was part of the 2021/22 season.  

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is an emcee, playwright and agitator. She is co-editor with Yvette Nolan of the Playwrights Canada Press anthologies Refractions: Solo and Refractions: Scenes, and editor of Indian Act: Residential School Plays. She is the Director of New Play Development at Theatre Aquarius, and she was the Director of Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers and Associate Director of  The Hours that Remain in the 2021/22 Season. 

Sky Gilbert is a poet, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, theatre director and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder and artistic director at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Sky wrote and directed Pat and Skee, which had its world premiere at Theatre Aquarius in the 2021/22 Season.

Keith Barker is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. He is a playwright, actor, and director from Northwestern Ontario, and the current Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Keith received a Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting for his play, The Hours That Remain. 


Makambe K Simamba image Play Craft Session July 24
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Sky Gilbert Play Craft Session
Photo of Keith Barker with Play Craft Sessions graphic and August 14