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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Happy World Theatre Day March 27

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute ITI. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Call for Submissions- Flourishing

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FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 22, 2018

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support Deaf, Mad, and disability-identified artists, to cultivate Deaf, Mad and disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.

We are currently accepting applications from Canadian Mad, Deaf, & disability identified artists from across Canada to take part in an upcoming series titled Flourishing. This series is a part of a larger multi-party collaboration entitled “Human Flourishing in Worlds of Disability, Frailty and Suffering”; bringing together partners from education, research and arts sectors, led by the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). Tangled Art + Disability will open the exhibition Flourishing at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto this coming fall of 2018.

Through this call for submissions and community engagement, Tangled Art + Disability will select seven (7) artists from across Canada to contribute artistic work centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disability-identified folk in exploring what it means to “flourish”. With this exhibition series we seek to discover and expand new understandings of flourishing and to affirm how we may live and thrive even when society may expect differently. Flourishing can and does happen in unexpected ways, despite widely held ableist beliefs that disability, frailty and suffering make it no longer possible.

We invite applications from artists at any stage in their career/practice. We encourage applications from artists in any field, including visual art, sculptors, performers, dancers, playwrights, poets, and filmmakers. We welcome perspectives that are intersectional and reflecting Deaf, Mad and disability cultures from diverse lived experiences including LGBTQQIIA, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour communities. Interested artists should share with us: where they are in their career, what is their creative practice and how this collaboration might support their practice at this time.

Selected artists will receive:

  • A $7,000 commissioning fee.
  • Travel and accomodations covered to and from Toronto to attend a 3-day workshop where participating artists and collaborators from other disciplines will engage together to deepen understanding of the history and context for Human Flourishing in Worlds of Disability, Frailty and Suffering. Also travel and accommodation for a return trip to Toronto to attend the exhibit opening.
  • An opportunity to participate at a public event in their home community in a format that would support their work-in-progress (e.g. a roundtable discussion, a workshop reading, etc.) as part of the larger Human Flourishing collaboration.
  • Opportunity to be exhibited or presented in our gallery and/or a space in support of their presentation/exhibit. Artists may be grouped in an exhibition.
  • Assistance in developing creative approaches to accessibility and guidance from our Artistic Director and Curator in Residence. All exhibits/performances at Tangled include audio description, captioning, interactive/tactile work and ASL interpretation, as needed.
  • Promotional support via social media and postcards.
  • Curatorial direction from our Artistic Director.
  • Access to documentation of the work,and the process of developing the Flourishing exhibition.


There is a form to apply though the Tangled website. Within the application tell us about yourself, where you are from, and about the kind of art you make.

Application Format:

By continuing to down the page, you will find the form to apply online. Artists should include in the application a five (5) minute video response in MOV, AVI, or MP4 files.

If it is not possible to upload video, there are other acceptable formats:

Maximum 500 word written application in PDF, doc, docx, or txt files
If you cannot do either video or written, please email us and we can schedule in person, over the phone, or video conference applications.
Tangled can provide assistance for filling out the written application. Contact Yousef Kadoura at yousef@tangledarts.org to schedule an in person/video application or to book application writing assistance.

Applications will be accepted between February 22 – March 22, 2018. Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. Artists whose creative practice involves or includes a personal support worker, assistant or an essential collaborator are welcome to apply.

Submissions must be received by March 22, 2018. We will not accept late applications.

Info Sessions

For information about info sessions, or to book a meeting in person, over the phone or via video conference, please email: yousef@tangledarts.org or call 647.725.5064 and ask for Yousef.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Clutch Productions seeks submissions from emerging female playwrights

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Deadline for applications: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Clutch Productions seeks submissions from emerging female playwrights who are interested in a collaborative, interdisciplinary commission process.

In 12 months, Clutch will foster your new, full-length play from blank page to its world premiere on a New York stage. The commissioned play will feature a narrative driven from a woman’s point of view and at least 50% of the roles in each play must be for actors identifying as women.

Submissions will be evaluated by our founding members, core artists, and board of directors. Playwrights who make it to the final round of consideration will be contacted by Clutch directly to schedule an interview.

The commissioned playwright will be provided with a formal agreement that outlines expectations, draft deadlines, and disbursement of the $2,500 stipend.

Example commission timeline:
Month 1: Writer provides synopsis and outlines
Month 2: Writer begins drafting on their own
Month 3: Table reads of first draft scenes
Month 4: First Draft Due
Months 5 & 6: Revisions. Every 30 pages will be workshopped by actors and a director.
Month 7: Second Draft Due and 5-day Development Retreat
Months 8 - 10: Revisions. Every 30 pages will be workshopped by actors and a director.
Month 11: Rehearsal Draft Due
Month 12: Rehearsals, rewrites, and Production Draft Due

All applicants must provide the following in PDF form (applications missing any materials will not be considered):
Cover letter outlining a concept for this new play, why you’re the right fit for Clutch’s mission, and how you would tackle the challenge of developing a full-length, production-worthy play in less than 1 year.
Two (2) letters of recommendation
Two (2) writing samples including one full-length and one short play. Your scripts must be neat and formatted to industry standard.

Email all materials to clutchproductionsnyc@gmail.com with COMMISSION SUBMISSION in the subject line.

Ontario Arts Council Theatre Project Grants

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The program supports professional theatrical exploration, creation, development, production and presentation, regardless of theatrical tradition, as well as initiatives that benefit the Ontario professional theatre community.

There are five categories:

  • Creation: contribution to the artistic fees of initial exploration and development of a theatrical project or idea, for research, exploration and experimentation.
  • Creation in Residence: contribution to the artistic fee for a residence, with a professional not-for-profit Ontario theatre company, in playwriting or other methods of creation.
  • Development Workshops: contribution to the costs of a workshops or similar development projects; some form of public presentation is necessary.
  • Productions: contribution to the costs of single productions, including shared-production models.
  • Festivals/Theatre Initiatives: contribution to the costs of festivals, or the costs of artists or arts professionals participating in activities and initiatives that significantly benefit the professional theatre community at large and are not related to a single production, including presentations, series, conferences and other public forums, community professional development, administrative collaborations, and other activities with a community impact.

The program gives a higher priority to Canadian work.

Projects can happen in any language except French, although applications must be submitted in English.

Deadline Dates

February 1 and August 1, 2018 1 p.m. ET

Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
Grant notification will be available approximately four months after each deadline.
Grant amount(s)

Creation: maximum $5,000
Creation in Residence: maximum $10,000
Development Workshops: maximum $15,000
Productions: maximum $20,000
Festivals/Theatre Initiatives: maximum $15,000
Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
Recent changes

The first deadline has changed.
Eligible applicants

professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario
ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents
not-for-profit organizations based in Ontario that produce or present professional theatre
organizations must have a permanent physical address in Ontario
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Watermark Theatre Company Play Reading Series

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Watermark Theatre is calling for submissions for new non-musical plays from P.E.I. playwrights to be included in this season’s Play Reading Series.

Tentative dates for the readings are Aug. 4, Aug. 15 and Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the theatre in North Rustico.

Plays must be written by playwrights who currently reside in P.E.I., be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission, be non-musicals, have a cast size of eight or less, have a running time between 60 and 120 minutes and be submitted in English, although portions of the play may be in another language.

Plays can be of any topic or genre the playwright chooses. Each playwright may submit no more than two scripts.

Send submissions of plays along with a playwright biography and contact information by email to admin@watermarktheatre.com.

The Governor General's Literary Awards

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What is this prize?
The Governor General's Literary Awards are presented in recognition of the best Anglophone and best Francophone book in each of seven categories: Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People's Literature (Text), Young People's Literature (Illustrated Books) and Translation (from French to English and vice versa).

Prize amount
  • 14 awards of $25,000 per book for recipients in both languages in the seven disciplines and $3,000 to each publisher to promote the winning works
  • $1,000 per book for the finalists
How to qualify
Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a publisher.
A peer assessment committee will select the winning books in each of the categories from all nominations received.
For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on these prizes, refer to the Governor General's Literary Awards Guidelines and visit the Governor General's Literary Awards website.

  • 15 March: for both English and French
  • 1 June: for English only
  • 7 July: for French only
  • 1 August: for English only
Who created this prize?
In 1936, His Excellency the Right Honourable John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir, was approached by members of the Canadian Authors Association to establish a system of literary prizes. He agreed to lend the name of his office in order to stimulate writers and encourage a deeper interest in their work among the general public. As a result of these talks, the Governor General's Literary Prizes were created. In 1959, the Canada Council for the Arts assumed responsibility for the prizes and added prizes for works written in French. In 1987, three categories were added: children's text, children's illustration and translation.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

30 Plays in 30 Days

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Aspiring Playwright Application Form

What are we looking for in an aspiring playwright?:

- You must be between the ages of 13 to 18
-You DO NOT need to have prior experience writing a play (our mentors are here to help you)
-You DO NOT need to come to this program with a play already written or even started (our mentors will help you). We just want your idea.
-You DO need an idea for a play
-You Do need to be creative, passionate, dedicated and willing to learn.
-You will spend 11 hours a week with your mentor during the month of July and approx 11 hours a week in August overseeing the rehearsal process of your play. You will need to commit and be available for this time as time is limited in this project.
-Our youth playwrights will have to arrange their own transportation to and from our studios (91 Doncaster Ave – Near Younge & Steeles)
-We are particularly interested in play ideas about the youth experience as you see it. We know that some of the best art is created when people are telling stories that are connected and meaningful to them. Play ideas can be autobiographical but they don’t have to be. We do have particular interest in youth stories though (autobiographical or not) and stories that will resonate with other young people. Please keep this in mind when submitting.
-You must complete the required questions in full to qualify. Successful candidates will be contacted no later than early June 2018.
-Only 1 submission per applicant and only 1 play idea/proposal per submission please.

Application deadline is May 1, 2018. 

If you have any questions please email sarah@thatzshowbiz.com.

Play reading opportunity for woman playwright, (Vancouver)


Deadline: ongoing monthly until May 2018

Bodacious is an initiative to encourage, inspire, and empower a wide scope of women's voices in the lively arts, and has an opening for a female-identifying playwright. From emerging voices, to seasoned artists, from playwrights, to poets, to musicians, story-tellers and clowns, embracing all cultures, races, languages, and inclusive of cisgender and transgender women, transgender men, two-Spirit and non-binary people. Together we will midwife the voices of women.

Their play readings and performance events are held in the intimate warm space of the Ann MacDonald Studio of Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver) at 7:30pm, once monthly.

Besides the reading on Nov. 25, they have readings scheduled for:

*Saturday, January 27, 2018
*Saturday, February 24, 2018
*Saturday, March 31, 2018
*Sunday, April 29, 2018
*Saturday, May 26, 2018

For further information:
If you are a woman and a playwright, and your work would benefit from a public reading with moderated feedback, contact Kim Seary kseary@shaw.ca or Leslie Stark lesliestark@yahoo.ca.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Summerworks Festival seeks submissions

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SummerWorks is a curated festival widely recognized as one of the most vital platforms for launching new performance—locally, nationally and internationally. SummerWorks is a place where artists are free to explore new territory and take creative risks. We are interested in continuously reimaging and innovating the possibilities for performance- how it is created, presented and experienced. We are currently seeking proposals for our 28th edition, taking place August 9th-19th, in Toronto, Canada. Proposals are encouraged from creators working across all disciplines and artistic traditions. Artists may apply with more than one project, and more than one category.

DEADLINE: Monday April 8th, 2018, 11:59pm EST
SummerWorks seeks proposals for new and experimental performance projects that will be ready for presentation in August 2018. Proposals are encouraged from both established and emerging artists working in the areas of contemporary theatre, dance, music, live art, interdisciplinary art, and hybrid forms. Works for theatre, gallery, bar, outdoor, site-specific and immersive settings are welcome. Proposed works may have previous workshop development or presentation history. Of particular interest are projects, approaches and ideas that are new territory for the artist and the medium.

DEADLINE: Monday April 8th, 2018, 11:59pm EST
Nurturing space for creative exploration, SummerWorks invites proposals for projects to be shared in their early stages of development as well as performance experiments that seek to use the platform of the Festival as a laboratory to incubate and test new ideas. Of particular interest are projects that that will benefit from audience engagement and feedback, with the potential of this to inform the future of the work.

DEADLINE: Monday April 8th, 2018, 11:59pm EST
For 2018, SummerWorks invites artists and makers of all disciplines to propose projects that consider the relationship between public and private realms, as well as ideas that experiment with the possibility of performance in unconventional spaces—including, but not limited to: sidewalks and streetcars, front porches and living rooms, as well as online platforms and mobile devices. Of particular interest are works that consider the changing landscape and architecture of the city, as well as opportunities for civic engagement.


NO Entrance Fee: In an effort to increase accessibility, SummerWorks is pleased to announce that artists will not be charged an entrance fee to participate in the Festival (formerly $700+ HST for performances of 60 minutes or more; $350+ HST for short-form performances; and $565 for site-specific performances).
Industry Activities: All project applications received will also be considered for participation in curated Industry Activities during the Festival, including pitch sessions and open studio showings for presenters.
Online Submission: The Festival application process has moved online. For access to the application portal and guidelines, please visit http://summerworks.ca/call-submissions-2018-app/

(Please review and prepare all parts of the application before you begin to complete the form)

Theatre503 Playwriting Award

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The Theatre503 Playwriting award is made possible by the long term support of Carne Trust. We are also grateful to Nick Hern Books who are returning as Publishing Partners and Award Ceremony Sponsors for the third time.
The 2018 Theatre503 Playwriting Award is now open for entries until 31st March 2018. Before applying please see below for more submission information and full terms and conditions.
 Theatre503 supports debut and emerging writers. Submissions can be made by any writer who has not had a play professionally performed for 4 weeks or more in a subsidised London, major regional or international venue.

Applications can be made using an online directly accessible via the Theatre503 website.
Writers will need to complete the application form in full, which will include submitting a synopsis of the play and the full length play in PDF form only, with no images or other material included.
Plays will be read anonymously and in order to do this all writers must ensure that their name or contact details DO NOT appear anywhere on the PDF of the play.

Writers may submit one full-length play (min 60 minutes stage time) only. This must be an original, unproduced work, unperformed anywhere in the world, apart from rehearsed/staged readings and workshops.

Co-written plays will be accepted for the award.

Writers are free to submit for the process with work that has previously been considered by this or another theatre.

In line with Theatre503’s commitment to equality and diversity of storytelling, we would be most grateful if you filled out the Equality Monitoring Form. You will also be helping create a picture of debut and emerging writers from all over the world.

Post Submission Process
All writers will be notified as to the outcome of their submission at specific stages in the process. The first will be the long-list, followed later by the short-list. This contact will be a standard email and Theatre503 will be unable to provide feedback or enter into discussion about those decisions on an individual basis. The winner of the Playwriting Award will be announced in November 2018.
  • This Award aims to identify and champion debut and emerging writers. We cannot consider your submission if you have had another full-length play produced professionally in a subsidised London, or major regional/international venue for 4 weeks or more
  • You must submit this work yourself and not through a third party/agent
  • The reading process is anonymous. Please do not include your name or contact details anywhere in the text of your script. Your personal information will be held separately
  • The online portal will be open for submissions until 11.59pm 31st March 2018. Any entries received after this time will not enter the reading process
  • Only entries submitted online though theatre503.com/writers/submissions will be accepted. Please do not submit any material by any other means. E.g. on paper, email, CDs, digital media.
  • Please do not submit or include any other material, or include images in your script
  • Adaptations are not eligible.
  • Plays must be written in the English Language.
  • Plays must never have been professionally optioned, produced or published.
  • Only script may be submitted by each writer.
  • Plays may be submitted to other playwriting competitions, however points 15, 16 and 17 below must be observed at all times.
  • Theatre503 must be informed immediately should you wish to withdraw your play at any point.
  • By submitting a script for consideration you agree that:
  • You are over 16 years of age.
  • You have not had a play produced professionally for a 4 week run or more in a subsidised London, major regional or international venue.
  • The script does not contain any detail of your identity.
  • You are the writer of the play and exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play.
  • The play is over 60 minutes in length.
  • The play is original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world.
  • The play is available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company.
  • If you are the winner you will receive £3,000 in prize money and £3,000 as an advance against 8% of the gross box office, to grant Theatre503 the exclusive license to produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award.
  • Nick Hern Books will have first refusal to publish the winning play in the UK.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

J.E.A. Crake Drama Fellowship

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Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University is pleased to invite applications for the J.E.A. Crake Drama Fellowship for the academic year 2018-19.

The Crake Drama Fellowship is supported by the J.E.A. Crake Foundation and is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and the successful candidate will contribute to a non-conservatory inter-disciplinary program in Drama Studies that supports an extensive season of theatrical production in one of Canada’s top-ranked undergraduate universities.

The Fellow, an artist-scholar with the minimum qualification of an MFA or equivalent experience, will be asked to contribute, as part of a team of theatre professionals and academics, in ways appropriate to her/his qualifications and experience and, in particular: 1) teach two three-credit courses to be determined in consultation with the Director of Drama, including leadership of the DRAM 4011 course; 2) supervise student projects as a member of a teaching team in both semesters; and 3) provide a public presentation or an artistic outcome (normally, but not necessarily, a directed production).

The Fellow is expected to be in Sackville during the term of the appointment, from August 15, 2018 to April 15, 2019, except for time required to attend the occasional conference or professional meeting. According to parameters established by the funding Foundation, the Drama Fellow will not undertake other paid employment during the academic semesters. There is the possibility of renewal for one further eight-month contract during the next academic year. Subject to budgetary approval, the Fellow will receive $31,500 plus benefits including moving expenses, an amount for professional development, and health and dental insurance.

Review of applications will begin on 15 February 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a complete résumé, transcripts where appropriate, and three letters of reference, and should be emailed to:

Dr. Glen Nichols, Director of Drama
Drama Studies Program
Mount Allison University
152 Main Street
Sackville, N.B. Canada E4L 1B4
e-mail : gnichols@mta.ca

Mount Allison acknowledges, honours and respects the Mi’kmaw and Wolastoquyik (Maliseet) peoples, the historic inhabitants, custodians, and dwellers on the land where our university is built, and confirms its commitment to strengthen relationships with them.

Mount Allison is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual and gender identities. We seek candidates with qualifications and knowledge to contribute specifically to the further diversification of our campus community.

Less is More Anthology Project

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The “Less is More” anthology project is a collaborative arts experiment bringing together 20 emerging writers and photographers/visual artists to re-imagine “poverty” as both a concept and a lived reality in order to challenge how we think of affected groups and communities.
Interested writers and artists are invited to submit up to 2 pages of work on any topic for consideration. If selected to participate, all writers and artists must attend 6 free craft/revision workshops in East Toronto from May – June 2018 in order to prepare anthology submissions for print publication. Workshops will be scheduled to accommodate participant availability.

The anthology will be printed by Sick City Press and launched in October 2018 with a companion documentary filmed alongside project workshops. All contributors will be featured in this documentary and it will be shown at multiple screenings open to the public after an official launch event in Scarborough.

Half of all proceeds from the sale of the print anthology will be divided amongst all contributors as compensation for submissions. The other half will be used to provide free literary arts programming for youth and adults in underserved communities.

Submitting writers and artists must be between 16 and 34 years old to give local young talent a much-needed professional development opportunity. We also encourage participation from marginalized groups, as they are often disproportionately affected by urban poverty.

What We’re Looking For:
Innovative flash fiction, short stories, essays, prose poetry, photo essays, twitter poems, comic strips, interviews/reviews, political cartoons, inventive memes, dramatic monologues, sketches/illustrations, rap lyrics, poetry disguised as humour or humour disguised as poetry, etc., etc.

Deadline for submission is MARCH 31, 2018. Selected participants will be notified by APRIL 15, 2018.

But please only submit up to a MAXIMUM of 2 pages. These submissions will be used for selection, but they will not be used in the final print anthology. Submissions will be evaluated for style, substance, innovation, and artistic merit. For examples of what we’re looking for, click here. Participants will craft anthology submissions over the two-month period mentioned above.
And for those who want to be involved as volunteers for the anthology launch/documentary screenings, email info@wordsrhymeslife.ca. We value great communication skills and enthusiasm, and we’re always looking to add to our team. Let us know what you’re passionate about and we’ll find a role for you!

Give us a call @ 416-460-6236.
OR email info@wordsrhymeslife.ca.

Monday, February 26, 2018

2018 Nuit Blanche North Open Call for Proposals

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The Huntsville Festival of the Arts and Edge of the Woods Theatre invite artist proposals for the 7th annual Nuit Blanche North: a bold interactive multi-arts street festival in downtown Huntsville Ontario on July 28, 2018.

Submission Deadline: March 2, 2018

Nuit Blanche North will be held in Huntsville Ontario on July 28, 2018. From 8pm to 2am, the streets will come alive with an exciting program of free artistic works that take place in unconventional places in and around Huntsville’s downtown core. Participating artists will create works of art and performances that encourage audiences to explore, discover, debate, and participate in contemporary art and the public spaces that surround them. Any venue in the downtown core is possible, and we encourage local businesses, cultural and religious institutions to participate by opening their doors and offering free access to contemporary art and performances.
In 2017, Nuit Blanche North returned after a one year hiatus to present the work of 130 different artists, and welcoming over 6,000 visitors. This event is inspired by the Nuit Blanche event originally presented in Paris, France in 2002. The international success of Nuit Blanche continues to build each year and has expanded its reach beyond Paris to 25 different cities across the globe – each offering its own version of the all-night art extravaganza.

Submission Criteria:
We encourage artists of all disciplines and levels of experience to apply. All proposals must meet the criteria outlined below and will be reviewed by a committee before official acceptance into the overall event. You must meet all of the following criteria:
• You are an individual artist or collective. Artists and collectives can be based anywhere. There are limited funds to assist visiting artists with their travel expenses.
• You agree to create a site-specific project located within Nuit Blanche North’s Exhibition Site responding to the curatorial vision.
• You will offer access to your project from 8pm to 2am that is free of charge to the public
General Information and Event History:
 General Information and Event History:
• You are willing to make the commitment required (personnel and otherwise) in order to bring the project to fruition.
• Insurance costs will be covered by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts. Depending on the activities in your proposal, additional Insurance coverage may be required, to be determined in consultation with the Huntsville Festival of the Arts and the Town of Huntsville.
• Your project must be installed in a safe manner, and abide by all by-laws, laws, and safety standards, to be assessed and evaluated in consultation with the Town of Huntsville (for example, no noise violations, all electrical devices must meet code, etc.).

Evolution 10-Minute Play Festival

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Evolution Theatre is proud to shoulder the mantle of the 10-Minute Play Festival, successfully presented from 2012 to 2016 by New Theatre of Ottawa.
Evolution’s 10 Minute Play Festival will feature a selection of transformative plays by evolving playwrights and those who have already scaled the heights of artistic maturity.
The rules of this Darwinian process are as follows:
The play may be on any subject
The play, when performed, must be no longer than 10 minutes, and no shorter than 8 minutes
The play must be an original work that has not been previously produced by any other 10-minute play competition
The play may be an adaptation of an existing work. (Copyright on any adapted material is the playwright’s responsibility.)
The play can be performed by between 1 and 5 actors
There is no restriction on style however, production aesthetics will be minimal
Plays may be written in English or French.

The deadline for entries is: March 31, 2018.

Plays should be submitted in PDF form to ad@evolutiontheatre.ca
All entries must include the playwrights’ name and contact information.

What is the selection process?
Evolution Theatre has a reading committee that will review all submissions.

If your play is chosen you receive:
A public presentation
Your share of 10% of Box Office revenues

Evolution’s goal is a public presentation in the fall of 2018 at the Acting Company’s Avalon Studios.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Young People’s Theatre submission guidelines

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From the very beginning, Young People’s Theatre (YPT) established its dedication to professional productions of the highest quality — classic or contemporary — from Canada and around the world, written especially for children and their families.

At YPT, learning is at the centre of why and how we operate our professional theatre and drama school for children. We seek to have a positive impact on the emotional, social and intellectual development of young people. We believe the theatre we create for kids deserves every bit as much care as that created for adults. We demand of ourselves a deep level of engagement in all we do – and seek to provide it for those who experience our work. And we are committed to reflecting the diversity of this marvellous, still under-construction world our young people live in. These are the criteria that we consider when reading new submissions.


We accept scripts on an on-going, year-round basis.

We are only able to offer developmental support to Canadian playwrights. However, we are willing to accept submissions of produced plays from international playwrights for production consideration.

Each play submission should include:

Your full mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.
A cover letter containing information about the development of the play, what stage you feel the script is at, any past or current productions, and any contractual obligations you have with other theatres regarding this play.
Synopsis of the play.
Breakdown of the cast (how many in the cast, doubling, etc. )
A SASE with sufficient postage should also be included if you wish for your play to be returned.
We encourage you to submit using double-sided printing to reduce the use of paper and your costs. All submissions should be sent to the Associate Artistic Director and Dramaturg, Stephen Colella, at:

165 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4


We acknowledge, via e-mail, that your submission has been received.

Once your submission has been read, you will receive a letter from us to indicate whether we are interested in further discussion or if the play isn’t a good fit for us.

Every submission will receive a response. Please be patient. Other time constraints may delay our replies. We generally do not include dramaturgical feedback in our responses.

Any script that we are not pursuing will be recycled once a response has been sent unless a SASE with sufficient postage has been included.

Script Submissions inquiries

Stephen Colella
Associate Artistic Director and Dramaturg
Tel: 416.363.5131 x222

The Ingenious Grant for Playwriting Increasing Quality Roles for Young Women

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Town Hall Theater is offering a $1,000 prize for a new play with several interesting roles for young women. We want to give young actresses the opportunity to be the heroines or villainesses of a variety of stories. The winning play will receive a staged reading at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont with the possibility of a full production in the Fall of 2018.

To be considered, plays must have young female characters (ages 18 and under) with speaking roles that go beyond the stereotypical girlfriend, daughter or nerdy best friend roles. Older roles and roles for men are welcome, but the story should have a young female protagonist and female supporting characters. Please note that an abundance of female characters does not necessarily guarantee a female protagonist. For our purposes, the main character should be female and it should be her journey we follow.

Plays can be any genre, but it must be family-friendly or at least rated PG. We’d like to see lady pirates, evildoers, explorers, nerds, adventurers, poets, robots, preachers, goofballs, creatures, etc.- a wide array of roles for young women. We will also not turn away a well-made play set in a school.  Musicals will be considered. We are not accepting adaptations or translations at this time.

Nuts and Bolts:
Plays should have at least a 50 minute run-time.

Submissions may not have had a previous production. Previous staged readings are fine.
One submission per playwright, please. International playwrights may apply, but we ask that the script be in English.

Submissions are due June 1, 2018. The winning playwright will be notified September 1, 2018.  Email scripts as a PDF traditional play script formatting and numbered pages. We’d like the first 3 pages to be the following:
1. Contact page with your name, email, address and phone
2. A separate title page
3. A brief synopsis/ character description page.

Submissions will be read “blind”; therefore, we ask that identifying information be kept off every page except the first (see above).

Please email scripts to office@townhalltheater.org or mail to
The Ingenious Grant
P.O. Box 128
Middlebury, VT 05753

Playwrights are invited to be a part of the reading or production process. The extent of the playwright’s involvement will be determined by future funding and availability/ interest on the part of the individual playwright.

Questions? Contact producer Haley Rice at office@townhalltheater.org

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Attic Productions First Annual Christmas Playwriting Festival

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Attic Productions announces its First Annual Christmas Playwriting Festival. Attic will accept original, unpublished one-act plays to be considered for productions as part of the Christmas Playwriting Festival tentatively scheduled for November 17, 2018. Following are the guidelines for submission.

1. There is no charge for playwrights to submit their scripts.
2. Submissions must be received between November 18, 2017 and February 28th, 2018.
3. Playwrights are limited to one play per festival per year.
4. Only One-Act plays with a Christmas or Holiday theme, no longer than 30 minutes run-time will be considered for this festival.
5. Plays will be submitted by email as a pdf file to atticproductions@ntelos.net with the subject line “Christmas Festival Submission.” In addition, submissions will include:
a. A separate pdf including Title Page with Name of the Playwright and contact information. This will be a blind submission contest, do not include playwright’s name and contact information in the script pdf.
b. Original, Unpublished One-Act script of no longer than 30 minutes run-time in length.
c. Cast List of Characters
d. A Brief Synopsis
e. Numbered Pages
f. Attic Productions is a family friendly community theatre. Scripts should NOT include foul language, sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scenes or language.
6. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
7. Attic Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.
8. Production will be at the discretion of Attic Productions.
9. All submissions must be original and unpublished.
10. Scripts will be judged by committee on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted. As the plays selected will be part of an evening of several one-act plays, submissions should not be overly reliant on elaborate sets or technical elements.
11. Playwrights will be notified of the results by April 30, 2018.


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Deadline March 1 2018
Show dates - May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9th 2018

We need plays. Short plays. 1 minute to 5 minutes....if it's set on the go – outside, up to 10 if it's set in a bar – 13 minutes if it's incredible and set in a bar.

This is site-specific theatre.

We’re looking for plays that feel as if the audience is sneaking around downtown, spying on people...those are the ones that work the best...when people aren't sure if it's a play or not...and believe me, there've been a few that the audience crowded to watch that were not plays.

We like the odd...well, odd absurd piece, but no period pieces.

No plays set in apartments/condos/houses/front porches. Think of where and how long the audience has to stand to watch your piece.

After 4 minutes and they get a bit fidgety, and will lose interest in your play.

Monologues are fine, provided they aren't pretending to talk to someone who isn't there – unless the character is schizophrenic – in which case it'll be fine.

If you don't know what it is....look here.




Those will give you a few ideas.

Here is a link to the city, if you'd like to get a feel for it.


Here are a some ideas for sites...places we've performed in the past.

- Fire escape
- Shoe store
- City Hall (There is a huge fountain outside)
- There are some tiny parks - green spaces
- On the street
- Art Gallery
-Garbage container
-Store window
-Book Store.
- Bar (we usually end up in a bar where we can ply the audience with drink)

-Art Gallery
-Police Station
-Parking Garage
Notes - The hospital is too far to walk to. There is no industry downtown.

Past shows here.


As a playwright, I have produced this event with the playwrights much in mind. I connect each director with their playwright, so they are working together. The playwrights are part of the process and through this way of producing theatre we have forged some wonderful playwright/director relationships.

$$$ The royalties are a dollar a minute a night $$$ (a ten minute play will net $60.00 over the run of the show)

How To Submit:

- Send .doc or .pdf submissions@flushink.net

- Send one copy blind, and another will all your contact info and name.

- In the subject of your email put the name of your play and AJS XV

- Please like Flush Ink Productions on Facebook – Page, or join Flush Ink Productions – Group, to keep up with what we're doing.

The show takes place in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. About an hour west of Toronto.

Look forward to reading your work.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Nova Scotia Talent Trusts Scholarship - Literary Arts

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Deadlines 2018 are:

March 1 at 5:00 p.m. AST (Atlantic Standard Time) for Spring/Summer study May - August 2018 (Online Application system will open mid January 2018.)

May 1 at 5:00 p.m. ADST (Atlantic Daylight Saving Time) for Fall/Winter study September - December 2018 and/or January - April 2019 (Application system will open mid March.)

Literary Arts - Guidelines for Support Material
The Scholarship Selection Committee assesses writing potential not in broad, general terms, but in relation to proposed projects or programs; eligible projects and programs must be identified under one or more of the following categories:

  • prose poetry or spoken word creative essay writing song or libretto writing
  • travel writing 
  • writing for theatre 
  • literary translation
  • writing for radio, television, or film
  • writing for young children or youth
  • cultural journalism, 
  • other creative non-fiction

Who may apply?

 Applicants who demonstrate the commitment to pursue a career in the literary arts and who are not yet established in these fields.

 All developing writers who have not had a book or collection of stories, essays, poems, or other pieces, either fiction or non-fiction, published by a traditional publishing company or house; unless writing in a different genre from previous published work (see above for categories).

 In the case of film, television, or play scripts, applicants who have not had a script for a play published by a traditional publisher, or who’s produced film has not been sold to a commercial distribution company.

 Anyone whose goal is to gain recognition as a writer and wishes to undertake a program of study, or who wishes to work on specific writing projects for which he or she requires mentoring or editorial guidance to further his or her writing development.

 Writers who have self-published their work are eligible to apply, regardless of how many copies of their work has sold.

 Those writers who have contributed work to larger, multi-authored anthologies, or have published individual pieces (poems, stories, or essays) in literary quarterlies, magazines, or on-line publications (zines) are also eligible for support.
Individuals who have already signed publishing contracts for a forthcoming volume of their work or signed agreements with film or television distribution companies cannot apply for this funding.
What should be submitted?

 15 - 20 typewritten pages (PDF format) and of work that reflects the applicant’s potential and ability with regards to his/her proposed project or program (hand written materials will not be considered).

 A list of publication credits, where applicable (PDF format).

 Applicants who have already worked with an editor on their proposed projects are encouraged to submit copies
of editorial evaluations received, particularly if any re-writing has been suggested (PDF format)

By following these guidelines, you will ensure that you provide submissions that clearly demonstrate ability and potential, and that relate directly to the program proposed in the application. Ask your teacher/mentor for guidance. For more information or for greater clarification, contact the NSTT directly.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre submission guidelines

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Since the 1989/90 season, the first year of Artistic Director Steven Schipper’s tenure, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has programmed an average of one new play each year. Of course, world premieres of new plays don’t happen overnight. Playwrights and their work must be nurtured. Royal MTC commissions new work (five are currently in various stages of development) and provides dramaturgical support including readings and workshops.

In our quest for new projects to produce, we accept about 100 script submissions each year, including new plays and works that have been previously produced, which are then read by Royal MTC staff and freelance analysts. We also produce a reading series, hiring actors to read promising scripts for Royal MTC staff.


It is not enough to write beautiful dialogue or to create memorable characters. Playwrights must give those characters clear goals, high stakes, formidable obstacles and a sense of urgency if they are to hold an audience’s interest. Story structure is an essential, but often under-utilized, element in creating play scripts. Learn how to use it, in concert with great characters, insightful dialogue, and important themes, and you will be in the top 10% of the submissions we receive.


Please submit the following in PDF form:

1.) Character Breakdown (including any doubling) followed by 15 Pages of the script
2.) Our fillable PDF Literary Contact Information Form (open with Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Email to Jeff Kennedy, Literary Coordinator: jkennedy@royalmtc.ca

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is committed to equity and inclusion. We encourage submissions from diverse artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Manitoba Showcase 2018

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Applications open:  February 5 to April 30, 2018

Applications are now open at iWantToShowcase.ca for performers of all types, from music (traditional, contemporary, classical, jazz, hip hop, etc.), dance, theatre, and variety acts.  Manitoba Showcase 2018 will be held October 25th-28th in Portage la Prairie, MB and will feature 15 – 20 performing artists.

Artists are selected by a jury to perform in three live showcases at the William Glesby Centre, for an audience of arts organizations (presenters) seeking to book acts to tour to their communities in 2019/20.

Following the conference, Manitoba Arts Network will coordinate block booked tours of the showcasing artists throughout the province based on interest generated by arts organizations who attended MB Showcase.

Besides being an opportunity to showcase, the conference also features seminars, workshops, one on one meetings, an artist tradeshow exhibit room and networking events, all focused towards connecting artists, agents, industry professionals, and arts presenters.

Manitoba Arts Network is the only organization that showcases and coordinates tours in Manitoba, generating $120,000 – $180,000 in artist fees throughout the year. Showcasing artists can receive up to four years of on-going bookings based on their performance at MB Showcase.

For more info, please contact:
Thomas Kintel
Performing Arts Coordinator
Manitoba Arts Network
Tel   204.943.0036
Email: performingarts@mbartsnet.ca

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Azimuth Theatre submission guidelines

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We are always looking for new adventures to embark on, new perspectives to voice, new artists to engage with, and previous collaborators to reconnect with. Got a good idea? An important idea? A scary idea? A weirdo idea? An ‘is this an idea?’ idea? Let’s chat about it. We like ideas – all kinds of them.

Submit a script or project for development or production: Tell us a bit about yourself. Tell us a bit about the project and why you think it’s a good fit for Azimuth. Give us a sample of the piece if you’ve got one, or of your past work or a letter of support from an established community member. FYI, we like a well defined and thought out risk. Let us know what your risk is – a risk in form, content, artistic development, politic, etc. And let us know how you plan to engage with that risk.

Submit your information to our Artistic Database: Tell us a bit about yourself and why you would like to work with Azimuth. Give us your resume and, if you’ve got one, a picture of your lovely face…or your funny face…or your ‘I just woke up’ face…whatev’s. We like the YOU of you.

Submit for the Emerging Company Showcase: Tell us a bit about yourself and your company – artistic vision, goals, history, etc. Tell us a bit about the project you would like to propose. Give us a sample of the piece or of your past work or a letter of support from an established community member. And if you’ve got something going on, please let us know. We’ll do our best to be there and support you.

Submit to the Expanse Festival: Visit the Expanse page for submission opportunities and information.

All submissions are sent to submissions@azimuththeatre.com.
Please use one of the following subject titles: Azimuth Project proposal; Artistic Database; Emerging Company Showcase proposal; Lobbyist Application.