Playwriting: Embodied Foundations

Looking for different ways to inspire your students to write plays? Needing new exercises to keep them writing? Wanting to get them over their writing/creation blocks? 

Whether it’s for your students -or yourself- Davey Samuel Calderon offers folks a hybrid of writing and theatre creation exercises that livens up the playwriting process. Demystifying how to start, create and bring a play to its feet, this workshop facilitates a way to give playwrights the agency to create theatre in their own way. Acknowledging that playmaking is a personal and embodied act; one that requires us to not only write from the mind but with our body, personality and history. Discover your own journey in playwriting in this workshop.



Friday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Room 503
Vancouver Film School (VFS) Hastings

This session is full.


  • Davey Calderon

    Davey Samuel Calderon (he/they) is a queer Filipino descent, theatre artist based on the unceded lands of the hÉ™nÌ“qÌ“É™minÌ“É™mÌ“ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. He has his BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from SFU. Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective (, a theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and create new interdisciplinary works together. He is a director, curator, producer, dramaturg, drag artist, playwright and theatre maker.

    He is most known for Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night! (2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival and reading for the 2020 Tales of The Flipside Festival, Toronto), his short film RUN (2018 Vancouver Queer Film Festival), and currently for the conceptualization of Deep Fried: A Pinoy Musical! a show in development with music by Peter Abando and Kimmortal! that centers queer Filipinx-Canadian youth, racialized service workers, and Filipinx-Canadian community.

    Currently, he is Playwrights Theatre Centre's Dramaturgy, Public Engagement working on plays in development, such as The Frontliners by Zahida Rahemtulla, Before They Cut Down Our Tree by Jenna Masuhara and It Lives in my Bedroom by Mily Mumford.