By Rhiannon Collett

Online Reading:
December 2, 2020
1:30PM (EST)

Curriculum Connections



Running time: 60 mins.

Recommended for Grades 11-12
(See Content Warning below)

EARLY STAGES – A New Play Development Experience for Schools

Featuring new plays by four playwrights, YPT will give students an inside look at the early stages of play development. Classrooms will receive exclusive access to live-streamed readings of new works in progress.

Please note that this is an interactive experience, with playwrights curious about your students’ perceptions and opinions on specific elements of the play. Prior to the reading, teachers will be supplied with questions for their students and will be asked to submit their feedback to YPT afterwards.

For more details or to register your class, please contact Susan Waycik, Box Office Supervisor, at

This program is offered at no cost.

About Girlfriend:
Sam’s life is falling apart, but it’s harder to notice now that her new best friend Kate has arrived at school. However, once they join together in an act of retribution in defense of Kate’s sister, they are both left to wonder if anyone is worthy of forgiveness.

Content Warning:
– Coarse Language
– Mature content: sexuality, mention of domestic violence, underage smoking and drinking, violence and violent imagery (pushing, beer bottle thrown at someone), mental health (panic attacks, anger management).
Note: This is a reading, so actions are not enacted.

Rhiannon Collett

Rhiannon Collett

Rhiannon Collett (they/them) is an award-winning playwright and performer based in Toronto and Vancouver. They are interested in interdisciplinary creation processes, sexual labour, gender performativity and science fiction.

Selected playwriting credits include The Kissing Game (commissioned by Youtheatre and YPT, awarded a residency at the Banff Playwrights Lab, produced by Youtheatre as part of their 2019 season, translated by Pénélope Bourque); Miranda & Dave Begin Again (awarded the Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award, translated by Eric Noel, presented at the Festival du Jamais Lu); Wasp (commissioned by Nightswimming, additional development support by the Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times), the Stratford Festival Lab, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts); There Are No Rats in Alberta (developed with Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit, with additional support by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, featuring music by T. Thomason); Tragic Queens (commissioned by CABAL Theatre, remounted at the Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival (2018), nominated for 7 Montreal English Theatre Awards). Their theatre criticism has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Now Magazine, Intermission Magazine and HowlRound.

Rhiannon’s work has been presented internationally at the LungA festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, and at the Festival les Petites Formes in Fort-de-France, Martinique. Last year they were artist-in-residence at the Mauser Eco House in Costa Rica, and the Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France. Most recently they were awarded the Montreal English Theatre Award for Outstanding New Text for their gay revenge drama, The Kissing Game.


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