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Monday, February 19, 2018

Jane's Walk seeks theatre groups

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10 Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk is Back!

This May, join this global event by developing and presenting a 10-minute play about Calgary’s core.

Six companies will be selected to create, develop and present a play focusing on Calgary’s history and evolution as one of Canada’s most diverse cities. This year, Theatre Junction is partnering with Alberta Theatre Projects to present 10 Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk along the historic Stephen Avenue.

You can read more about this year’s 10 Minute Plays below.

Download the attached application and send it to  Karen@theatrejunction.com by February 20.

Your task is to create a 10 minute play that is based on the following:

Stephen Avenue inspires reflection on what it means to be a city and what it means to be the core of a city. There are many potential themes such as: What does this patch of land mean in the historic and contemporary context of Treaty 7? What does its architecture say? What historic figures are remembered on this street? What does it mean to office workers on their lunch break or theatregoers on a Saturday night?

The Process

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on February 20th, 2018.
Applicants must provide an overview of the theme that inspires their piece. Ideas include folklore, history, urban planning, a particular building, community, person or Reconciliation.
All submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee, comprised of representatives from Theatre Junction GRAND, Alberta Theatre Projects and the Calgary Foundation. Selected companies will be notified by February 24th, 2018.
A reception will be held on March 1st for companies to come together and review details of the 10-Minute Plays.
Selected groups will come together on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 to review and rehearse their 10-Minute Play for Jane’s Walk.
On Saturday, May 5th, each group will perform their play at their selected destination on Stephen Avenue at 11am and 2pm and again on Sunday, May 6th at 11am and 2pm.
Couple Notes:

Each of the six selected groups will be given a $400 honorarium as a thanks for their participation.
10-Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk can focus on any aspect of the downtown core, but plays will be performed along Stephen Avenue. 10-Minute Plays will begin at/near Alberta Theatre Projects and conclude at/near Theatre Junction.
10-minute Plays for Jane’s Walk will be promoted as part of the 2018 Jane’s Walk festival weekend but groups are also encouraged to promote their play and performance schedule with their supporters, friends and community.
10-Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk is open to professional theatre companies and emerging groups, non-professional community-based groups, performers and storytellers, with some experience creating and producing performances.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Nuit Rose Festival

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NUIT ROSE is now accepting submissions from artists, performers, writers, curators, cultural organizations, and community businesses interested in presenting work and projects for the fifth edition of the festival, which will take place on SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018.

The DEADLINE for submissions is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018.

Submit your proposal using our ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FORM.


The theme for Nuit Rose 2018 is Unbound. Artists are invited to creatively interpret, explore, and respond to this theme in their proposed projects. Examples could include:

Projects that explore ways in which art can challenge existing conventions, norms, classifications, confines, and limitations
Projects that celebrate freedom from limiting forces, including physical borders or oppressive systems
Projects that show us ways to overcome boundaries and barriers
Projects with expansive vision, or that incorporate concepts of infinity or oneness

Applicants may submit work in any medium; two dimensional works, sculpture, installation, screen-based works, new media, performance, multi-media and site-specific works. Works and projects intended for either indoor or outdoor presentation are welcome.

We strongly encourage artists and organizations to apply who reflect diversity  and intersectionality in sexuality, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, ability, and other dimensions of diversity.


Nuit Rose will take place in various Toronto venues and neighbourhoods, including in the Church-Wellesley Village and West Queen West. The festival’s curators will allocate selected works in our key partner venues. Applicants who have their own venue or location to present their project are also strongly encouraged to apply, and may be included in the festival as a Partner Project.


A jury of artists and curators will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for selection of works to be included in the festival. The jury will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:

Artistic merit
Project viability and feasibility
Capacity for the work to engage communities
Capacity for the work to be interactive or relational
Representation of diversity and intersectionality (sexuality, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, ability, and other dimensions of diversity)
Representation of queer, 2-spirited or trans culture, history, theory or perspective
Representation of local and/or global social and cultural issues (including critical issues in art-making)
Alignment with the Nuit Rose 2018 theme: Unbound
Projects may be selected as Featured Projects, Independent Projects, or Partner Projects. Featured Projects will receive remuneration based on current Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC) rates, in addition to receiving exhibition or performance space in key venues. Those invited to participate as Independent Projects will be eligible for exhibition space and promotional support only. Partner Projects are those organized and presented independently (e.g. a curated exhibition by a gallery) and will receive promotional support as part of the festival. Nuit Rose strives to award feature project status to as many projects as possible, dependent on available funding resources. The jury may also use its discretion to award commissions to specific projects. The Nuit Rose Festival reserves the right to limit the total number of works accepted (per proposal).

Applicants will be notified of selection results by April 30, 2018.



The submissions form will require you to provide the following information – you may wish to prepare your responses in advance to paste them into the form:

Contact Information
Project Title (if applicable)
Artistic discipline/medium
Artwork/Project Description (max 300 words)
Please describe your work or project in practical terms. How would it be presented? How would it be experienced by attendees at Nuit Rose? Where applicable, indicate dimensions, number of works, performers, duration, materials, audience interaction, etc. (For example, are you submitting a single work, a series, or proposing an independently curated exhibition at your own gallery? Is your project a durational performance, or an immersive installation, or both? Would your project work best indoors or outdoors? Does it require a particular type of venue?)
Artist Statement (max 300 words)
Please describe the vision, intent, or statement behind your work or project. This is also where you can describe how your work is well suited for Nuit Rose and our 2018 theme, Unbound.
Technical Requirements (max 300 words)
Please describe any special technical requirements to present your project, and indicate any aspects that might require logistical support from Nuit Rose. (For example, does your project require any special permits? Does it involve any special instruments or equipment – past projects have included such things as a grand piano and a trapeze rig, supplied by the artists. Is travel required in order to present the project in Toronto? Please note that Nuit Rose provides remuneration to featured projects at standard CARFAC rates, but is not able to cover travel, shipping, or other additional
costs associated with presenting a project. Logistical support will be provided for selected projects to the degree possible.)
Please provide a short artist biography or description of your organization where applicable (max 300 words). Alternatively, you may upload a PDF document of your curriculum vitae.
Images or Video Files
Upload up to 5 images or video files depicting the work you are submitting, or that will give the jury a sense of your proposed project. Image files should be in .jpg, .png, or .pdf format and less than 2MB in size. Video files should be in .mpeg, mp4, or .mov format, less than 2MB each in
size, and less than 5 minutes in total combined duration. Alternatively you may send links to videos available online.
For each file, provide a description indicating title, dimensions, medium, year of production, if applicable. Or describe what the file depicts for performance works, or if providing reference works. Indicate if images show work in progress, if applicable.
IMPORTANT: Ensure you use the following filename format for uploaded images: LastName_FirstName_Title OR Organization_Title
Please note that for security reasons, the online application form requires you to have a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you can create one here. Alternatively, you may download and complete a Word document version of the form and email it to us with your image files at submissions@nuitrose.ca.

Questions can be sent to hello@nuitrose.ca


Nuit Rose is a free annual festival of queer art and performance, showcasing provocative, contemporary work by local and international artists. Over the past four years, Nuit Rose has showcased over 250 projects, and has become an important platform for queer voices across artistic disciplines. Nuit Rose is a catalyst for community engagement, giving audiences opportunities to experience unique, transformational encounters with queer art across the city of Toronto.

Nuit Rose will mark its fifth anniversary in 2018, returning in epic fashion on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Theater Three One-Act Festival

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  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children’s plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 10
  • Length: 40-minutes maximum. No minimum.
  • Settings should be simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.

Scripts must be post-marked by September 30, 2018.

Each season, THE FESTIVAL receives approximately 400 submissions. To date, THE FESTIVAL has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world. THE FESTIVAL has produced 120 world premieres by 84 different playwrights. THE FESTIVAL presents between five and seven plays each season.

Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover-sheet of play should have title, author, author’s address, author’s telephone number, and author’s e-mail. Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner. (No loose pages and no binders, please.) Any stage play format is acceptable. We do not accept electronic submissions at this time. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

If playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances in April 2019 at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract. Playwrights will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, flyers, articles, and reviews as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Plays should be submitted to THE 22nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Attn. Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, PO Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512

Final selection of plays will be in late 2018.

PlayME podcast submission guidelines

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PlayME supports emerging and established Canadian writers, by providing a unique opportunity to produce their work in podcast format, making it accessible to audiences nationally and internationally.


If you are a playwright that would like to be considered for our next podcast series, send us your script. We are looking for diverse and unique works from across Ontario.


Scripts must be new or underproduced

Playwrights must reside in Canada

Plays must ideally have 5 characters or less

All genres  accepted


A fifty-word description of your work

Completed script (including a character breakdown at the top of)

A brief bio

Friday, February 16, 2018


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JUNE 8-10

This Festival is open to all Playwrights in Ontario.

Plays must be 10 to 25 minutes in length and must be new plays that have never been produced.

Stage pieces will be limited to tables and chairs.

Performance dates - June 8, 9,10 with move-in/ rehearsal on June 7.

On-going rehearsal times available at BOTG studio in April and May.

BOTG will provide assistance with costumes, props, make-up and opening/ closing music.

Maximum number of actors to be 5.

Please inform us if you have a director or would like BOTG to supply one.

Open auditions will be held after the play selection.

Please note we are also looking for backstage help and a MC for the festival.

Send all submissions to info@botg.ca

Submission deadline is midnight February 28th, 2018

Touchstone submission guidelines

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Touchstone only produces Canadian plays and musicals and will only consider material created by Canadian artists.

Emerging Playwrights

Any writer who has not received a premiere professional production (by a Canada Council-funded organization) is welcome to submit their play at any time. Email your cover letter and script to ad@touchstonetheatre.com. We will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The 10th Annual Battle of the Bards

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March 28, 2018

IFOA's popular poetry competition returns featuring readings by 20 of Canada’s emerging and established poets. 20 eligible poets will be selected at random to read on the PoetryNOW stage and one reader will be selected as the winner.

Hosted by NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole. The poets will be judged by Geoffrey E. Taylor (IFOA Director), Zviko Mhakayakora (IFOA Executive Assistant Programming) and 2017 Poetry NOW winner Stuart Ross.

  • Poets must be published by a trade publisher in a collection of your own work (anthologies, literary journals and magazines are not eligible).
  • Books must have been published within the last five years, and be currently in print. 
  • Poets must be available to attend the PoetryNOW event on March 28, 2018 in Toronto.

Calling all poets: Submit your entry into the competition by February 28, 2018.

Epigraph Collective Seeks Millennial Voices For New Verbatim Play

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Deadline: None listed

Generation Y are lazy, entitled and self-obsessed. At least, that's what the baby-boomers have to say.

Don't Look Back is a new piece of theatre based on interviews with millennials that explores the realities of Generation Y, told through our own voices. Scrambling to navigate an unstable economy, environment, and political state left for us by the gerneations who have a problem with our smartphones, Gen Y is a diverse and angry generation.

What makes you angry about being apart of this generation?

What light can you shed on the millennial condition?

What do you have to say?

Email: epigraphcollective@gmail.com with the heading "Don't Look Back Interviews" to be a part of our interview process.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sandbox Play Festival

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Tipping Point Theatre is calling for short play submissions to their 8th annual playwriting competition, the Sandbox Play Festival. Submissions will be evaluated by Producing Artistic Director James R. Kuhl to select which scripts move on to the finals.

The selected scripts will be performed in late 2018. Attending crowds will vote for Audience Favorite and a panel will judge a first and second place winner. Tipping Point’s Sandbox Play Festival is designed to encourage and increase exposure for Michigan theatre artists. Tipping Point is also searching for actors and directors that are looking for opportunities to “get in the sand” and work on creating new theatre. This is an excellent opportunity for actors, directors, and playwrights looking to showcase their work.


  • Must be original
  • No adaptations or collaborations
  • New works encouraged
  • Plays that have received staged readings or workshops are eligible
  • Playwrights may submit multiple plays
  • Running time of less than 15 minutes
  • Cast limit of 4
  • Submission deadline April 15th

Send Submissions to

361 E. Cady St.
Northville, MI 48167


Announced beginning of May
The exact number of plays that will be presented at the Festival depends on available space, time, and production requirements after the selection of the top prizes.


Judges, including Producing Artistic Director James Kuhl, will decide festival winner
Audience votes on their favorite
The winning play will be announced after the final performance

1st Place - $100
2nd Place - $50

Alberta Theatre Projects submission guidelines

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Alberta Theatre Projects is a national leader in the development and production of new Canadian plays – it is at the heart of what we do, and vital to the role we’ve played in Canada’s artistic community for over 45 years.

ATP nurtures playwrights and theatre makers both locally and nationally by creating models for making new work that are shaped by the needs of the project and its creators. Our processes are adaptable, flexible, inventive, and playful, embracing new voices and forms. The plays on our stage include a wide range of stories and perspectives – they build bridges for emerging voices in Canadian theatre and reflect our community in all of its diversity.


We commission, develop and premiere new plays every season. We offer mentorship and camaraderie in our ATP Playwrights Unit, and foster new voices through FRESH PRINTS Student Writers Group and Raucous Caucus for Emerging Artists. We welcome you to participate in our new play development activities through Job Shadowing and Apprenticeships.  Our New Play Mentorship Program invites artists curious to learn more about new play development to experience firsthand how a new play grows from an idea into an ATP production.


We encourage all playwrights and theatre creators to reach out to us at ATP.

We prefer not to receive unsolicited scripts as we are unable to read them in a timely manner and cannot offer feedback. Instead, please introduce yourself and let us know what you are working on, or invite us to a reading or production of your play.

ATP’s Artistic Team actively seeks to connect with artists and frequently attends performances, workshops and industry events. Please contact Laurel Green, Director of Artistic Programming at lgreen@ATPlive.com.


ATP defines new work as scripts and/or creation projects that have not yet been professionally or fully produced. They offer a new story, a new storytelling style and/or a new theatrical experience for our audience. We focus our resources on projects we are keenly interested in for world premiere production, striving for depth and commitment in our support for the development of new work. You can visit our History & Archives page to learn more about the world premiere productions that have launched at ATP.


Led by curiosity, craft, and a collaborative spirit, dramaturgs help new plays grow. They work closely with playwrights and theatre creators to support the development of their projects by providing feedback at every stage of the script, leading development workshops, and connecting artists around new creation.

“Dramaturgs contextualize the world of a play; establish connections among the text, actors, and audience; offer opportunities for playwrights; generate projects and programs; and create conversations about plays in their communities.” – LMDA

For more resources about dramaturgy please visit the website for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Quebec Writers Federation seeks writers

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QWF Seeks Writers to Design & Facilitate Workshops for “Writers in the Community” Program
Application Deadline March 1, 2018 The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) is looking for one or two new writer-facilitators to join our “Writers in the Community” team. All work is on a contract basis, and cannot be guaranteed for any particular period.
Established in 2003, Writers in the Community (WIC) is designed to engage at-risk youth and young adults with English-language literary activities that will broaden their view of the value of language and build some of the skills and confidence they need to create a better future for themselves.

Successful applicants will be required to...

  • observe an experienced WIC writer-facilitator in one or more workshops before being given his or her own group.
  • design and run a series of 10 weekly sessions for a particular group of young people, leading to a literary “product,” such as a zine, a video, or a performance.
  • attend one planning meeting with the host organization and WIC coordinator before each workshop series begins, and one annual roundtable meeting with the steering committee and the other writer-facilitators to share information.
  • establish written and measurable objectives for each workshop series/group, with guidance from the WIC coordinator, and provide specific feedback regarding outcomes of the workshops based on those objectives.
  • provide short weekly updates (by email) to the WIC coordinator and a final summary report when the workshop series ends.

The ideal candidate has...

  • A history of professional publication or performance in the literary arts;
  • Relevant experience working with youth or young adults;
  • Professionalism (reliability, punctuality, communication);
  • Ability to design and facilitate multiple activities that engage youth while improving their English-
  • language writing skills.
  • Creativity and flexibility, and a willingness to share successes with colleagues. Energy to burn and an upbeat personality.

This program demands a high level of energy and enthusiasm and the ability to adapt to challenging situations, sometimes under pressure. The participants may have behavioural issues or learning disabilities. Attendance in many of our venues fluctuates and the composition and dynamic of the groups may vary from week to week.

Some of our workshop venues are hard to reach by public transport so candidates with use of a car are especially welcomed.

Application procedure and deadline:
By March 1, 2018, please send the following to admin@qwf.org: a c.v. with related experience and literary credentials; a one-page cover letter indicating the approach you would take to working with a potentially ever- shifting group of at-risk adolescents on a literary project; an indication of your availability between March and December 2018. Interviews will be held in early March.

Green Thumb Theatre submission guidelines

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Green Thumb Theatre creates and produces plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth and young adults. We provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking.


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:

1) Your full mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.
2) 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.
3) Synopsis of the play.
4) Breakdown of the cast (how many in the cast, doubling, etc. )
5) 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 Artistic Director Patrick McDonald to:
522 McKinnon St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5R 0B6

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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Playwrights Guild of Canada PlayConnect

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Launched in April 2017, PlayConnect is our revamped version of the Canada Council Readings Program. It connects playwrights with communities and new audiences by providing an opportunity for travel funding, promotion, and professional development. As a network liaison, PGC ensures that the program is accessible and inclusive of a wide-ranging group of artists and audiences. *PlayConnect is funded by the Canada Arts Council and open to full members of PGC.

  • Readings are done by the playwright themselves. This funding does not go toward paying actors.
  • Requests for readings must be made at least one month prior to the scheduled or proposed reading date.
  • Please allow up to two weeks for a response after you have submitted an application. Should your application be approved, you will receive a confirmation and invoice for administrative costs ($50). Administrative fees are non-refundable. You may send a cheque payable to Playwrights Guild of Canada.
  • PGC’s assistance is available to help playwrights and hosts set up the reading and organize the reading that is already in planning stage.
  • Playwrights must go through an onboarding process with our program coordinator once their application is approved. Video tutorials become available once the reading has been set up.


  • Playwrights may request transportation funds, up to $600 per independent reading. Transportation funds are limited and must be requested in advance of the reading. In addition, the playwrights are required to use the most economical form of travel available.
  • In case the playwright is using their personal vehicle, they will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.32/kilometre ($0.52/mile). This rate includes the use of a vehicle and gas expenses.
  • Other forms of travel (bus/ferry/taxi): for other forms of travel the playwright must pay for the ticket and submit their receipt for reimbursement.
  • Transportation funds must be used for the most economical form of travel. These funds are limited and must be requested in advance of the reading. (Please note: if you have not sent in the transportation report within two months of the date of the scheduled reading, your transportation funding will be revoked and placed back into the funding pool for other playwrights to use.)
  • In the case of a cancellation or postponement of the reading by the host organization, the host will reimburse PGC for the playwright’s travel expenses (if ticket has already been purchased). If the time, date or location of the reading changes, please notify PGC so we may update our calendar.
  • Intakes (two per year)

Intake 1

Applications open March 1st and are open the entire fiscal year. ⅔ of the funding will be allocated for this first intake.

Intake 2

Applications open September 1st and are open until March. These are saved slots for readings later in our fiscal year. ⅓ of the funding will be saved for members who need to wait for this intake date.

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.

More info

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Babes with Blades submission guidelines

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WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: Playwrights of all genders and plays of all genres are welcome.  Male characters are great, so long as they don’t overshadow/outnumber the female characters.


Fights are a big part of what we do, so their inclusion in scripts is important to us – so long as they serve the story and the characters.  We see fights in our shows as similar to songs in a GOOD musical: words fail, so musical characters burst into song.  Words fail, so our characters resort to violence.

Finished but not polished is fine.  Likewise, one acts are fine if the intent is to expand them, through development, into full-lengths.  If you consider the piece complete as-is and aren’t interested in further development, please indicate that when you submit.

And of course the caveat – we typically work in small, black box theatres on limited budgets.  A piece with multiple, complex locations and/or more than 10 characters that can’t be easily doubled might not be the best fit for us.

SCRIPTS ACCEPTED: Throughout the year.  Deadline for consideration for 2018-19 has passed.

Got a script we should see? Want more info?  Contact newplays@BabesWithBlades.org!

Please note – we are not considering musical submissions at this time.

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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mass Rhetoric New Works Festival

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This year’s theme for the festival will be #RESIST.

Submissions will be accepted through March 1st 2018


We encourage our writers to interpret this to address something that they are passionate about that is relevant right now, and are looking for diversity and a broad spectrum of perspectives. International and immigrant voices are highly encouraged - foreign language plays with translation will be accepted.

Five short plays/musicals will be accepted and presented in a rehearsed staged reading format and given a one-night performance in NYC in April 2018. Each performance will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on the issues explored in the piece, with a post-show reception to follow. By combining passionate artists and knowledgeable speakers we hope to raise consciousness and unite communities through the medium of live theatre.


  • Unpublished, previously unproduced plays/musicals without pending professional productions (previous readings or workshops acceptable)
  • Focused on an interpretation of the theme, #RESIST.
  • One-act length, no longer than 90 minutes
  • No larger than eight actors (multiple roles allowed if doubling is feasible and consistent with the overall flow of the piece)


  • Submit as a PDF file that includes a title page with name(s) of playwright(s) and MP3s of any musical numbers
  • Include a three-line synopsis of submission, which idea inspired you, and a short bio for playwright(s)
  • There is no fee for submissions
  • Limit of two submissions per playwright

We look forward to reading your work!

For more information on last years festival click HERE or email info@fundamentaltheaterproject.com

Native Earth Performing Arts submission guidelines

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Native Earth Performing Arts accepts unsolicited script submissions year-round.

Please include a bio or writing resume, an outline of the script’s development history (if any), and why you are interested in submitting this play to Native Earth Performing Arts.

We do our best to respond to all submissions in a timely manner; however, due to variations in the level of our activity, we cannot guarantee an exact response time.

Please contact us at associate[at]nativeearth.ca for more information on how to submit your script for review.

Friday, February 9, 2018

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.

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, February 8, 2018

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


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Deadline February 28, 2018

Magnus is revamping the YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT’S CHALLENGE, after a hiatus of more than a decade. Scripts will undergo an adjudication process, and a winner and two runners up will be chosen to have their scripts workshopped at Magnus Theatre. A public performance will follow. First place will be awarded $500, second place $300 and third place $200.

The Young Playwright’s Challenge is a component of Magnus Theatre’s New Play Development Program and Theatre in Education programs which also include year-round theatre classes for all ages, March break and summer drama camps, workshops in the schools, and two annual School Tour productions that are performed in schools throughout Ontario.

For more information on the Young Playwright’s Challenge, or to submit your script,  e-mail education@magnus.on.ca

Submissions can also be mailed to:

Attention: Young Playwright’s Challenge
Magnus Theatre
10 South Algoma St.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 3A7

Challenge Rules

  • Eligible playwrights must be between the ages of 13 and 19
  • Submissions must be suitable for a production on stage
  • Scripts containing more than eight characters on stage simultaneously will not be considered for this challenge
  • a) Submissions must be typed (to be submitted in person, by mail or e-mail)
  • b) A list of characters must be included before the first page of dialogue
  • c) All pages must be numbered
  • Include a page of information stating your name, age, title of your play, e-mail address and phone number
  • Collaborative efforts are eligible as long as all participants are within the required age range
  • Please submit original work; no adaptations will be accepted.

Deadline February 28, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Relative Theatrics Playwrights Voices

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Relative Theatrics will accept play submissions for Playwrights Voiced from January 15th through February 15th, 2018.


  • We will accept submissions PDF format only. They may be sent to relativetheatrics@gmail.com.
  • Please include playwright bio and short synopsis of the play.
  • We are looking for full-length plays with an estimated run time from 80 to 120 minutes, a small cast, and a single or flexible set.
  • Selected plays will receive a staged reading with qualified actors to assist in the development process and a $50 honorarium.
  • It is preferred that the playwright is able to attend the festival.

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.

Tuesday, February 6, 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.

Aberrant Theatre is currently seeking short, horror themed plays

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Aberrant Theatre is currently seeking short, horror themed plays to be produced as part of our upcoming Ghost Light Anthology.
Working from an anthology model akin to Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt, Aberrant Theatre will be presenting an evening of short, scary plays as part of what we hope will become an annual event.

The event will take place at The Box in Toronto during the last half of October, with each play receiving 8 performances. Exact performance schedule TBA.

Please read the following information carefully:

- Plays selected will feature small casts, and will have a run time of no more than 20 minutes.

- Preference will be given to pieces requiring minimal sets, costumes, props and / or effects.

- Aberrant Theatre is committed to creating a platform for marginalized identities and experiences, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, sexuality, education, ability, and accessibility. Selected pieces will reflect this commitment.

- Pieces must not contain any intellectual property which doesn't belong to the author. Pieces featuring intellectual property from the public domain will also be accepted.

- There is no fee to submit your play, nor will monetary compensation be guaranteed for participating in the project. An honorarium may be awarded to plays selected for production, dependant on funding.

Otherwise, the blood-red sky is the limit. Send us your monsters, your killers, your things that go bump in the night. Join us as we add a spooky new tradition to the Toronto theatre scene.

Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2018. 

Successful applicants can expect to be contacted shortly after this date, however due to the volume of submissions only those selected for production will be contacted.

Please email your submissions to aberranttheatrecreations@gmail.com using the subject line "Ghost Light Submission". If applicable, please also include details on any past performances of your piece, including when & where any past productions have occurred.

About the Company:

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Aberrant Theatre was founded in 2017 with the intention of bringing the horror genre to the stage through a lens of social responsibility. This will be it's inaugural production, with the intention of becoming an annual event.

Please visit our Facebook page for updates! https://www.facebook.com/AberrantTheatre/