Playwriting Masterclass, "Learning to Adapt"

Adapting and Transforming Stories into Stage Plays with acclaimed Playwright

Emil Sher

Neptune Theatre, Craig Board Room

Sunday, February 3

6:00 - 9 p.m.


Books, short stories, headlines: they all provide grist for the mill of stage adaptations. Through a series of hands-on exercises and group discussions this unique masterclass will allow new and established playwrights to explore the various paths into stories, and the process of transforming them into stage plays. What do you preserve? How much can you invent? What tools of the trade do you use to build a stage experience that is both faithful to the original and forged into something different? Open to all levels.


About Emil Sher: 

Emil Sher’s adaptation of The Boy in The Moon by Ian Brown was selected as one of the top ten productions of 2017 by The Globe and Mail, and nominated for a 2018 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play. He wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics for a musical theatre version of Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater, which recently played to sold-out houses at the National Arts Centre. Emil’s acclaimed stage version of Hana’s Suitcase, by Karen Levine has toured Canada and been staged in Chicago, St. Louis, and Seattle, and translated into Hebrew and Italian.


Limit 20 participants




Note: Emil Sher will be doing a FREE presentation

"Unpacking Hana's Suitcase: A Playwright's Journey"

on Monday, February 4th at 5:30pm. Pay What You Can.

Before this reading we are having Neptune's (first) Playwright Mix and Mingle. This is a casual event aimed at playwrights, dramaturgs, actors, directors and other theatre creators in Halifax who want to get together to talk about the ups and downs of play creation. Have a play you are working on? An idea that just needs a bit of a push? Pending grant deadlines? 

Director of Education, Laura Caswell will lead an informal chat from 4:30-5:30pm allowing people to brainstorm and meet people facing the same challenges in this city. Get inspired! Make connections! Gain resources!

Snacks provided. The bar will be open.


Proceeds will go toward the Neptuen INKubator Project:




If you have any questions, please contact