Course Offerings

This is our teaching component of Gaslight Community Theatre Productions.
It provides opportunities for local residents to develop skills in scene-writing, playwriting, directing, acting and stage managing under the direction of professionals in the field.

We subsidize two Page-to-Stage writing programs each year. Our first course offering, the Scene-Writing Course gives people in the community the ability to take advantage of the expertise of a successful, professional playwright Dan Needles. Our second course offering, The Playwriting Experience is run by Dawn Hanley & Janet Wilkinson who are both educators and long time Gaslight playwrights. Between them, they have seen 14 plays produced for the tour. These wonderful instructors will walk you through the research and writing process to help you successfully complete a tour-worthy play! 

Page To Stage- Scene writing course
(Jan to Feb 2024)

Each winter, we offer a scene-writing course with playwright and author, Dan Needles. Dan is best known as the creator of the Wingfield Farm series. His plays have appeared in virtually every English language theatre in Canada. Course participants gather to learn how to write a 10-minute scene.

Where: Simcoe Street Theatre

When: Wednesdays (and 1 Tuesday) 6-9pm

Dates: Jan 24 to February 28, with no class during the week of February 19

Cost: $150

Once the final scenes have been presented to the writing group, four will be chosen to move on to the rehearsal phase with volunteer actors. The rehearsals will culminate in the final performance called ‘4 Scenes & a Cup of Tea’ at the Simcoe Street Theatre, in front of a live audience!


4 Scenes & a Cup of Tea
(April 2024)

A wonderful opportunity to try acting for the first time, with our staged reading performance, 4 Scenes & a Cup of Tea which we like to call our Gaslight ‘lite’! Rehearsals (a total commitment of 5 hours over 3 different dates) take place over a few weeks and culminate in 2 staged-reading performances on April 14 at 1pm and 3:30pm.

Each scene is roughly 10 minutes in length. No experience necessary! Our talented director and stage manager will guide you through it all! This is a fun way to try something new and meet new people in our community!


The Playwriting Experience
(April to June 2024)

Are you interested in learning how to write a 20 minute play? Janet Wilkinson and Dawn Hanley guide a group of experienced and beginner playwrights through the process of setting a scene, writing dialogue and creating drama! This is a collective experience of writing plays, 4 of which will be brought to life for this year’s Gaslight production “A Night at the Museum” in the Fall of 2024. 

Where: Community room B/C, third floor of the Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie St. Collingwood Ontario.

When: April 20, May 11, May 25 and June 8 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Cost: $100 per person

Dawn and Janet are both long time Gaslight playwrights and between them they have seen 14 plays produced for the tour. They’ll walk you through the research and writing process to help you successfully complete a play. The writing programs are popular so don’t miss your chance to join.


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