Occurs on Monday October 26 2020

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Makram Ayache
October 26 to November 30
Mondays 4-6PM

In this course, participants will explore how Dramatic Writing can be used for social change. We will look at how different plays, films, and television programs contribute and advocate for systemic change. We will explore questions like “how is theatre, film, and television a part of overcoming discriminatory attitudes towards race, gender, mental health, neurodivergence, sexuality, and more?”

Participants will partake in 6 masterclasses that explore character development, anatomy of a scene, dialogue writing, narrative structures, and outline creation all within the context of art as an agent for social change. You will find the strength and courage to advocate for the reduction of harmful discrimination among these issues. And you will manifest these explorations through the in class writing activities!

What will determine success most will be those with an appetite to improve your writing and with the vulnerability to write truthfully and openly with a dedicated ensemble of peers. Participants of any level of writing experience will benefit from the course.

You will leave with a toolkit of techniques, reflections, and understandings of Dramatic Writing as an agent for social change. You will also leave with the several script ideas generated and one written scene which can become the basis of a future script!

About the Instructor
Makram Ayache is a Lebanese-Canadian theatre artist, educator, researcher, and activist who splits his time between Alberta and Ontario. His work explores meaningful representations of queer Arab voices and his relationship to Lebanon. He creates culturally specific plays that interact within a Canadian context. His plays have been workshopped at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have been independently produced in Alberta and Toronto. He has been nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards for his plays Harun and The Green Line. He is a recent graduate of Factory Theatre's Mechanical's Actor's Enhancement Program in Toronto. Most recently, he is developing his latest play, The Hooves Belonged to the Deer through a commission by the Alberta Queer Calendar Project, which will premier as a podcast play in December 2020. Find him at and insta: makramrayache.

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