The CASA Project
A Canadian Sponsored Mentorship for a South African Woman Playwright
**Update: Our recent fundraiser reduced the amount we need to raise!**
To support and forge meaningful connections with South African female playwrights and, eventually, with other international theatre artists where there is limited financial or dramaturgical support.
ABOUT OUR CHARITY
CASA is a pilot project inspired by connections made by Canadian playwrights with South African theatre artists during the Women Playwrights International (WPI) Conference in Cape Town, 2015. While there is a lack of financial support for playwrights in many countries, women playwrights in countries such as India, Afghanistan, and South Africa have obstacles much bigger than ours in Canada. To launch and manage the CASA Project a sub-committee of the Playwrights Guild of Canada Women’s Caucus is working in collaboration with the African Women Playwrights Network. Specific project goals are to:
- raise $7000. (CAN). Funds will be allocated as follows: $5000. (CAN) will constitute the financial award to support and mentor a female mid-career playwright living in South Africa; $1500 (CAN) will pay honoraria of $750. (CAN) each to two female theatre artists (one from South Africa and one from Canada) who will mentor the selected playwright; $500 (CAN) to cover administrative costs associated with the project.
- create and cultivate meaningful artistic connections between Canadian and South African women playwrights.
This wonderful initiative to support the work of mid-career female playwrights will be the only project of its kind in South Africa. Writers need infrastructure in order to write. This project supports women who need to find time to write between full time jobs, families and other financial responsibilities. This important initiative is the missing link in an industry where women's voices are still under represented, and will hopefully create space for a new generation of South African writers to emerge.
Amy Jephta, Cape Town
Playwright, Director and President of Women Playwrights International