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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Appel de candidatures au Prix du CALQ – Œuvre de l’année en Gaspésie 2018

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 Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Conseil), en collaboration avec Culture Gaspésie, lance l’appel de candidatures pour le Prix du CALQ – Œuvre de l’année en Gaspésie. Ce prix, assorti d’un montant de 5 000 $, primera une œuvre originale présentée publiquement pour la première fois entre le 9 février 2016 et le 8 février 2018. Le prix sera attribué lors des activités entourant l’assemblée générale annuelle de Culture Gaspésie en juin 2018.

La date limite pour le dépôt des candidatures est le 9 février 2018.

En décernant ce prix, le Conseil veut souligner l’excellence de la création artistique en Gaspésie, favoriser la reconnaissance d’artistes et d’écrivains professionnels dans leur milieu, offrir un soutien tangible à leur carrière et contribuer à leur rayonnement.

Les candidats admissibles à ce prix sont les artistes et les écrivains professionnels ainsi que les collectifs d’artistes et d’écrivains professionnels œuvrant dans les domaines suivants : arts du cirque, arts numériques, arts visuels, arts multidisciplinaires, chanson, cinéma-vidéo, danse, littérature, conte, métiers d’art, musique, théâtre et recherche architecturale.

Les personnes désirant poser leur candidature trouveront tous les détails ainsi que le formulaire ici.

Pour de l’information complémentaire ou obtenir de l’aide dans la préparation du dossier d’artiste, nous vous invitons à contacter Odrée Robichaud au 1 800 820-0883, poste 225 ou par courriel à comm@culturegaspesie.org.

À propos du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Dans une perspective de développement artistique équitable et durable, le Conseil soutient dans toutes les régions du Québec la création, l’expérimentation et la production dans les domaines des arts et des lettres et en favorise la diffusion et le rayonnement au Québec, au Canada et à l’étranger.

Culture Gaspésie

Culture Gaspésie s’engage à promouvoir et à défendre les intérêts du milieu culturel, tout en travaillant à favoriser une meilleure visibilité des artistes et des produits culturels gaspésiens et à en assurer le développement.

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SKAMpede 2018

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Theatre SKAM seeks submissions from Canadian performing arts companies for new 8 to 10 minute works to be performed outdoors in Victoria, BC: July 13 to 15, 2018.


Theatre SKAM is seeking submissions of interest from Canadian artists for our upcoming project SKAMpede. Now in its tenth year, this live performance event features original short performances by artists stationed outside along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Performances are repeated over the course of the day as audiences ride their bikes, walk, skateboard, rollerblade, or scooter their way in groups of 12, from show to show. SKAM encourages applications from all disciplines as the event features comedy, drama, storytelling, spoken word, improv, music, opera, puppetry and dance.

Up to 12 short works and 2 to 4 roving entertainers who appear at the festival’s central gathering area- the hub- will be programmed. If you are applying to be one of the roving entertainers in the hub, please fill out the separate application form for these positions. Roving entertainers interact and mingle with festival attendees as characters. Stilt-walkers, large puppets or mascots work well, but we are happy to hear from improvisers, magicians, and other solo artists whose performances work well in crowds.

Successful applicants are paid a professional fee. Successful applicants from outside Victoria are also provided accommodation and travel. In 2017, we programmed five companies from outside BC, four from Vancouver, and nine from Victoria.

Theatre SKAM is pleased to offer creation support leading up to the festival. Established artists provide dramaturgical support and critical feedback upon request: available to emerging and established artists.

Projects that interact or connect with one of the many environments along the first four kilometres of the trail are ideal.

The festival Hub- or central meeting place- will again be along Harbour Road. The footprint of the Hub has expanded, and there is a stage for bands, an emcee, and possible appearances by the roving Hub performers.

The jury reviewing applications for 2018 will include established arts professionals from outside Theatre SKAM.

Theatre SKAM will program up to three national companies to appear at SKAMpede.

Important: The 4-person jury selection process is blind for the first round, and you must complete your application according to the guidelines. The merit of your one-page submission is the basis for jury assessment. A show idea with strong artistic merit and a solid work plan are favoured.

All companies must be available for all three dates of the event and the preview (July 12 to 15). Out of town companies should be prepared to spend five nights in Victoria (Arrive July 11, Depart July 16).

SKAMpede runs July 12 - 15, 2018.
A preview for fellow artists and an invited audience is Thursday July 12, 2018 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. A Friday Night Feast event runs July 13 where all shows play 2 to 4 times and guests enjoy a long-table dinner. On July 14 and 15th, each company can expect to perform from 7 to 20 times throughout the day from Noon to 7pm.

Future Prospects: In the last several years, 14 shows created for this festival have found further work or paid development elsewhere, and one author has been commissioned to create a full-length version of her 10-minute piece. Each year we select two companies to appear at Canada Day celebrations July 1 and these companies are paid an additional fee.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Teesri Duniya Theatre seeks plays about diversity

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We are looking for culturally diverse and First Nation plays that are politically relevant examining meaningful social and cultural questions, exploring diverse worldviews and historical events that affect our lives and our socio-cultural heritage.  We are interested in plays that engage the audiences both mentally and emotionally. We prefer plays that encourage dialogue, intercultural respect, and give exposure to marginalized communities and spotlight communities’ pressing concerns. We are open to playwrights of all cultural backgrounds as long as their work meets the above criteria and cultural diversity is expressed in a significant way in plot and characterisation. We define cultural diversity as Canadians of Aboriginal, African, Asian, South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Latin American/Hispanic heritage that are often described as multicultural, ethno-cultural, visible minorities, communities of color or so on.

Under special circumstances, we will consider a truly political play even if it does not have a culturally diverse component.

Please submit your play and a short synopsis electronically.

Please include your biography, and the play’s production history and write in the subject line: Play Submission/(title of play).

We will acknowledge receipt of your script and you can be assured that every script will be read within six months.  We will be in contact with you at that time if the script is of interest to us.

Please send your submission to

Rahul Varma
Teesri Duniya Theatre
460 St Catharine St. west, Suite 916,
Montreal, Quebec H3B 1A7


12th Annual Women’s Work Festival

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Submission Deadline: 5 pm, Friday December 15, 2017
Festival Dates: March 5-7, 2018

Seeking works-in-progress by women playwrights of all levels of experience! Are you at a stage when you need to hear your work read aloud by a cast of actors? Do you need some feedback from a dramaturge, or to hear the words in front of an audience to bring your work closer to production? If yes, please apply!

All submissions must be either by a female playwright or deal with a female character as the central figure. To be eligible, plays cannot yet have been produced, although previous workshops, development or readings of the work are permitted.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding restrictions, for 2018 we will favour scripts with 2-3 cast members or plays that can be easily double cast.  We hope to return to our regular submission process for 2019, so please bear with us!

Each script will receive a one-day dramaturgical workshop with a professional cast and dramaturge, followed by a staged reading in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. All playwrights, actors, and dramaturges will receive a small honorarium for their work.

Playwrights must be available to travel to St. John’s during the dates of March 5- 7, 2018 (a shorter trip within these dates is possible). We do not cover transportation or accommodations costs for out-of-town playwrights, but your local arts council or the Canada Council for the Arts may provide travel grants for this purpose. Billeting may be arranged, if preferred. All proceeds from the reading series will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

To apply, submit an electronic copy of the following:
- A letter of application, including a little about your history as a playwright and what your goals would be for the workshop and reading time provided by the festival. Please include your telephone number, email address and mailing address.
-A full draft of your play. We do not accept submissions of partial drafts.
-A short synopsis of the plot (1-2 paragraphs).
-A cast list with full breakdown of characters, including indication of double casting possibilities

Send documents in either Microsoft Word or PDF format to womensworkfestivalNL@gmail.com (put 'WWF18 Submission' in the subject line). Applications will be juried by a reading committee of at least three members. Please note that the Women’s Work Festival does not provide feedback on submissions. All applicants will be notified by email by January 15, 2018.

Women's Work Festival gratefully acknowledges the funding support of Canadian Heritage,  RCA Theatre, and the City of St. John's.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Join the Canadian Playwrights mailing list

Members of the Canadian Playwrights mailing list receive weekly updates each Saturday afternoon via email. The email contains submission opportunities, discount ticket offers and other theatre-related information.

Indigenous Voices Awards

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Indigenous Voices Awards 2017-18 Competition
For established and emerging Indigenous writers of novels, creative non-fiction, short stories, poetry, orality, graphic novels, comics, slam, drama, music lyrics, screenwriting, and other forms of literature

Deadline for Submissions:  January 31, 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Royal Court Theatre submission guidelines

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The Literary Office is dedicated to finding exciting new plays that ask bold questions about the way we live now. We receive over 3000 unsolicited scripts a year from emerging and established playwrights, all of which are assessed and considered for development or production at the Royal Court.

If you are a writer and would like to send us a script for consideration, then the Literary Office is your first port of call. The Royal Court programmes original plays that investigate the problems and possibilities of our time. Occasionally, we also present revivals. We are looking for outstanding plays which are formally or thematically original and are unlikely to be produced elsewhere.

Before you submit a script to us, we suggest you familiarise yourself with the Royal Court; come and see the plays being produced in our Upstairs and Downstairs spaces, and look at the archive and reviews of recent productions. This should give you a better feel for what we are looking for.

We do not accept one act plays or multiple submissions.

Please do not send us screenplays, novels, collections of poems or radio plays as the Royal Court does not programme adaptations from other forms. We will not read historical or biographical plays and we are unlikely to programme new musicals unless these have been commissioned by us. Unfortunately, we cannot consider resubmissions or new drafts of plays we have read and responded to, unless we have specifically requested a new draft.

Please send scripts in hard copy (double-sided if possible), with a brief synopsis and covering letter describing any previous playwriting experience, to: The Literary Office, Royal Court, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS. Unfortunately, we cannot accept scripts by email.

Scripts sent without return postage will be recycled. We are unable to return scripts sent internationally so please do not send International Postage Coupons. Please use recyclable envelopes when submitting scripts to us.

All English language scripts submitted to the theatre are booked in and distributed to readers, as appropriate, from the Literary Office. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your script, generally by email. The scripts are then read by a team of professional playwrights and directors, the senior in-house readers and/or the Literary Manager.

The reader’s report forms the basis of a recommendation to the Literary Manager and, where appropriate, may lead to consideration of the script by the senior Artistic Team at our weekly script meeting and/or additional support for play development through workshops, attachments or readings.

We read all scripts sent to us and will contact you to let you know whether or not we wish to proceed with the development of your play. The very large number of scripts submitted to the Royal Court means it may take 3 months to respond to you.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide critical feedback or enter into correspondence with playwrights whose work is felt to be unsuitable for further development or production at the Royal Court. However, where appropriate, we strive to secure the interest of other theatres and producers in plays we consider to be of particular merit, but which are not suitable for our own programme.


Chris Campbell Literary Manager
Louise Stephens Deputy Literary Manager
Adam Narat Literary Assistant

For further enquiries please contact literary@royalcourttheatre.com or 020 7565 5050.

Presentation Series

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We want to Present your Play.

Through the generous support of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF), the Resource Centre for the Arts presents 3 Productions from the Provincial and National Scene each season.

The next submission deadline is: December 15, 2017.

Call for Submissions for 2018-2019 Presentation Year

The Resource Centre for the Arts is now accepting submissions to present as part of a programming initiative funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF).

All submissions must be fully developed, previously mounted productions with a FULL CREATIVE TEAM (You have your own lighting designer and sound operators) and be stage ready for presentation at the LSPU Hall.
The productions will be selected by representatives from RCA Hall Operations and RCA Theatre Company’s Programming Committee.
Please note:  RCA will not be responsible for booking travel and accommodation arrangements for successful applicants. All decisions are pending funding.

Where possible, submissions should include:

How many cast and crew are involved in the production
Biographical material for all cast and crew members
Full script or archival DVD (where possible)
Technical rider (equipment required, lighting plot, sound requirements, stage set up)
Media or reviews of the Original Production
Any other relevant material about the project
If chosen, RCA will require print ready versions of all existing marketing materials.

How can I submit?

Electronic Submissions are Preferred!

Please Email to Laura Huckle, RCAT Artistic Associate


Subject Line: CAPF Presentation

Please Include:
Telephone number
Mailing address
Email address
Your reasons for applying
All documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Photos must be jpegs.

Mail or Hand-Delivered Submissions:
c/o RCA Theatre Company
9am – 5pm, M-F
3 Victoria Street
St. John’s NL A1C 3V2

Resource Centre For the Arts is committed to gender equity and inclusion and encourages submissions from Indigenous and diverse cultural communities and also welcomes submissions from artists of colour, deaf artists, disability-identified artists, as well as those who identify with the LGTBQ2+ community.

If you have any questions contact Nicole Rousseau at animateur@rca.nf.ca or Suzanne Mullett at generalmanager@rca.nf.ca

Friday, December 8, 2017

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.

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, December 7, 2017


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Evolution is looking for new plays. At this time, we are particularly interested in scripts by Ottawa based women writers. There is no restriction on subject matter, historical, political, or contemporary, nor is there any restriction on style of presentation: monologue, storytelling, or a collectively created work.

A look at past productions can be found here.

Please submit plays that have reached at least the first draft stage of development. When you submit, please include your CV, a synopsis of the piece, the plot, characters, and premise of your play.

Please provide an outline of any workshops, readings, or small festival productions that have been a part of the play’s development such as the Ottawa Fringe, Fresh Meat, or undercurrents. Plays that have already had a professional production are not the focus of this particular call.

Evolution Theatre has a reading committee and we will respond to your submission in due course.

Again, we are primarily looking for scripts by Ottawa based female playwrights or theatre creators.

Please submit your script in PDF form to Laurie Fyffe at ad@evolutiontheatre.ca by December 15, 2017.

If you have questions, please address them to Laurie at ad@evolutiontheatre.ca.

Celtic Calling is now accepting submissions

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Calling all playwrights, storytellers, bards, jesters, minstrels and other like-minded folk!

Celtic Calling is now accepting submissions of original plays, vignettes, or one-acts, not to exceed thirty minutes, with a ‘Celtic’ theme, to be performed during the weekend of the Third Annual Celtic Calling, March 2-4, 2018, at a location to be determined.  The deadline for submission is December 31, 2017, and the winning submission will be announced no later than January 15, 2018.  A $100 stipend will be provided to the writer(s) of the winning entry.

All proposals and scripts must be typewritten and emailed to CelticCallingCopperPintPlay@gmail.com by December 31, 2017, at 5:00pm.

Multiple submissions are permitted, as are collaborations between writers.

The submission must be original, and the entrant must have the rights of performance prior to submission. Celtic Calling will be granted exclusive rights of performance from the time of submission through March 31, 2018.

The play should not exceed thirty minutes.

Celtic Calling may charge for tickets to the performance, which will go to offset the costs of production of the play and/or festival.

The submission must have a ‘Celtic’ theme, which is solely up to the interpretation of the reading committee.

The play will be selected by a committee, whose decisions are final, including the decision not to decide, should the entries not meet the requirements or other standards.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


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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


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Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Guild of Canada proudly present:


Deadline: February 15, 2018
According to a national study, in the Canadian theatre industry women account for 33% of the artistic directors, 34% of the working directors, and 27% of the produced playwrights. These numbers are even lower if you look specifically at the large regional theatres and summer festivals. And the numbers plummet further when you factor in diversity (cultural background, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability).

If you are a playwright and your play is chosen to participate in the Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women festival, Ruby Slippers Theatre and the Fringe Festival will cover the costs of all rehearsals prior to the day of the reading, your technical rehearsal, promotion, theatrical venue on Granville Island, and all artists’ fees.

If you are a director who wishes to participate, send us your resume and cover letter for consideration.

Playwrights: please send your play synopsis, brief bio, and a maximum ten-page script excerpt to: diane@rubyslippers.ca.

This is a curated process for women playwrights and directors living and working in Canada. Priority will be given to diversity.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ottawa Fringe Festival - 2018 Recommender Grants

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Once again the Ottawa Fringe Festival is serving as a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council's Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program (previously known as Theatre Creators’ Reserve). Details below, or head to ottawafringe.com/creators for info.

Deadline: Monday, December 11, 2017, at 11:59 pm
Applications will be accepted in electronic format only to director@ottawafringe.com

Applying is easy:

  • Download the application form, and submit before the deadline of December 11, 2017.
  • Send us the following:
  • A scanned and signed OAC application form.
  • An artistic statement and detailed project description, including a timeline and work plan (maximum three pages)
  • A simple budget/description of how the requested funding will be spent
  • Bio(s) or resumes(s) for the project leader and major collaborators (if applicable)
  • A script sample or draft (if the work is devised or non text-based, applicants must include a synopsis and detailed process description that will be used to create the work)
  • If you are unable to include a script sample or draft, you may send additional optional support material that illustrates their work: script (maximum 15 pages), video, photos, letters of support, etc.


The Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program supports theatre creators in creating new work. Decisions are made by organizations on behalf of OAC, operating as third-party recommenders.

To be eligible for the program you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; an Ontario resident (and for the purposes of our grants, live and create in Ottawa); and a professional artist (as defined by the OAC).

Individuals and collectives are eligible, HOWEVER organizations are ineligible.

Wondering about your eligibility? Contact is before submitting your application.

The program will fund any type of creation activity by eligible applicants.

The following are not eligible for funding:

applications from individuals or collectives whose reports for previously awarded OAC grants are overdue or incomplete;
work that has been completed before you have received notification by the recommender;
creation of non-theatre work – e.g. fiction, poetry, film, radio or TV, etc.;
production workshop costs; and
The minimum amount you can request is $1,000. The maximum is $5,000. We may, however, recommend less than you request (though not less than $1000).

You can apply to multiple organizations in the same year (for the same project or for different projects) and may also receive more than one TCR grant in any one year.

We are interested in supporting emerging artists, living and creating in Ottawa. We will only fund artists who live in Ottawa.

Our definition of “emerging” is broadened slightly, to include artists who may be quite experienced but could be writing/creating for the first time (e.g. an actor writing their first play).

Grant recommendations will be made by Patrick Gauthier, Festival Director, in consultation with a jury of two others.

Applications will be assessed based on artistic merit and interest, quality of the artistic process, and impact on Ottawa artists. Grant amounts will be determined based on the scope and scale of the proposed project, as well as the feasibility of the proposed work plan.

Basically: get us excited about your project, articulate a thoughtful process, and let us know how the project will benefit Ottawa artists.

Still have questions? Even more application guidelines and information about the RGTC program can be found on the OAC website.

Pull Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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1. You must be based in the Greater Vancouver Area

2. The play must be an original work, and must have not been previously produced.

3. The play must be no longer than 10 minutes.

4. All plays must be complete, and will undergo dramaturgical support.

5. Do not include your name on the submitted play, as all plays are selected anonymously.

6. Pull Festival has always put a large focus on performance and writing and does not rely heavily on technical elements of storytelling. If your play includes a helicopter that lands at the end, we may not be able to produce your work...but, we're open to figuring things out!

7. We endeavour to NOT have writers directing their own plays, or performing in their own work. This does not exclude you from submitting as a director or for the acting company to work on other pieces.

8. All submissions must be in PDF format with no author name on the file.

Submission Form

DEADLINE to submit: JAN. 8, 2018

Monday, December 4, 2017

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.

2018 Fringe Festival Artist Application

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Applications are due by 6pm (AST) on Monday, January 15th 2018.

Please make sure to read the following "Info for Applying Artists" before applying to the 2018 Island Fringe Festival.

Welcome to the Island FRINGE Festival! Please take a moment to read this before filling out the application form. Even if you’re a Fringe veteran, please read this closely, as the Island Fringe is very special and different.

FRINGE Festivals® strive to make theatre accessible and affordable for both the artists and the audience. The Canadian FRINGE Festivals® are built on four principles:
1) No Artistic Direction. Artists are selected by lottery.
2) There are no limits on content or title; no censorship is applied.
3) Accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery and the fees are kept low.
4) Accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are kept low & 100% of the ticket price is returned to the artists.

For more information, please visit the CAFF home page: www.fringefestivals.com 

The Island FRINGE is a site-specific Festival. This is an opportunity to bring your show into a unique space in downtown Charlottetown. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of staging a show in a park or by the sea or in a diner, complete with milkshakes. Our goal is to shake up theatre while keeping it affordable for both artists and audience. Because the performance venues we use are unconventional spaces, most do not have the capabilities for traditional tech (lighting grid, etc.) We love alternative tech though and the site-specific nature of the festival allows us to be resourceful and creative when imagining tech options for participating shows. If tech is an integral part of your show, let us know and we will consider your technical requirements when selecting your venue.

Another unique aspect of the Island Fringe is that rather than having a set ticket price, all of the shows are admission by donation, with 100% of the donations going directly to that show. The suggested donation is $10 per person. This model has proved to be profitable for companies and it contributes to the open and accessible atmosphere of the Island Fringe. The by-donation model attracts large numbers to the shows and our audiences give generously. Since 2012, all participating companies have made back their Festival Fees and most have made a nice profit from their shows. Fringe staff and volunteers are present at every performance to collect donations for the show and explain the by donation-model in our pre and post-show announcements.

What the ISLAND FRINGE offers you:
- We select 10 companies by lottery (out of a hat).
- We provide sites and create some tech options in advance.
- We create a schedule of 4 performances of your show.
- We publicize the festival as a whole (program, posters, flyers, ads, website, special events, etc.)
- We collect donations on your behalf at the shows (we do not take any cut of the donations.)

What you do:
- You apply (If selected there is a Festival Fee of $250.)
- You rehearse your show.
- You publicize your show (we will give you media lists to help you).
- You provide your own stage manager to run tech during your shows.

Please note: If you do not bring a stage manager to run your tech during shows, we will hire someone to run your tech. It will cost $250 ($50 per show and $50 for the tech rehearsal.)

You get a technical rehearsal of up to 3 hours with the Island Fringe tech team and your stage manager (who will be running your tech during the performances.) You'll have 15 minutes to set up each performance and 15 minutes to strike it. Sound fun? Read on!

THE LOTTERY. The Island FRINGE reserves the right to have the following quotas: 4 Island shows, 2 Canadian shows, 2 International shows, 1 Kids Fringe show, and 1 Francophone show. There are five separate lotteries, one for each quota. We will determine your category based on the address you provide (or the specific category in the case of Kids Fringe and Francophone productions.)

Your application must be submitted by 6pm AST on January 15, 2018. (The lottery will take place on January 16, 2018.) The lottery will determine the participating companies and the order of the waiting lists. We will only accept applications through the online form submission. Please do not send applications through email or post.

Waiting List. If you wind up on your quota's waiting list, don't despair! We usually have spots open up!

VENUES. Please remember that the Island FRINGE is a site-specific Festival. Our mission is to create new performance sites out of unique and unconventional venues. We will select a venue that best suits the needs of your show.

YOUR COMPANY. To give everyone a fair chance, the Island FRINGE will only accept one show per company. If you send more than one application, only one will be accepted. You may not change the name of your company after we receive your application form. It is forbidden to sell or give away your slot to another company. It’s not fair to the groups who have gone through the application process and are on the waiting list.

RUNNING TIME. There is a maximum running time of 60 minutes. If your show runs much less than that, not a problem! We welcome all sorts of shows and sometimes great art only needs fifteen minutes! We understand that you may not yet know how long your show will be, so we recommend that you estimate high rather than low in terms of show running times. If your show runs over 60 minutes, there will be a $50 penalty per night. Running over your scheduled time is unfair to audiences and other artists. We create the schedule so that people can see multiple shows a night. By running overtime, you are preventing audiences from being able to see other shows, which is very un-FRINGE.

FEES. $250, once accepted into the Festival. (You have 7 business days to send in your cheque. After that, your spot will be offered to a company on the waitlist.)

   Once accepted, please send a cheque made out to THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL for $250 to :

   The Island Fringe Festival
   PO Box 272
   Charlottetown, PE
   C1A 7K4

Please note: If your cheque bounces, you will lose your place.

International companies: The fee is in Canadian dollars. Check with your bank to make sure that your cheque’s currency is in Canadian dollars prior to sending it. You can also use a certified cheque for this.

Are the fees refundable?
Once a company has sent in the Festival Fee, it is not refundable.

ACCOMMODATION (non-Island companies)
While the Island FRINGE Festival cannot guarantee visiting companies free accommodations, we will try to help you find lodging.  However, the responsibility rests on each company to ensure their own accommodations. If you’re a visiting company, we’ll send you a list of affordable options.

Please be sure to have passports for every member of your cast and crew who will be coming to Canada for the Island FRINGE Festival. Without them, you will not be able to get into Canada. You are also responsible for any permits and visas which may be required of you by the Canadian Border Authorities. Please note that each company is responsible for its own transportation to and from PEI.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at islandfringe@gmail.com

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Trafalgar 24 Call for Playwrights

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Challenge: Write a play in eight hours, overnight, in a castle.

Reward: Hauntingly-good times and the chance of a professional residency to develop your work.

Driftwood Theatre is currently accepting applications from Canadian playwrights for the 2018 Trafalgar 24 play-creation festival, taking place over the course of 24 hours between March 8 and 9, 2018.

Trafalgar 24 is a festival of site-specific theatre created in a 24-hour period where 24 playwrights, directors and actors convene upon a 19th century castle in Whitby, Ontario to write, rehearse and perform six short site-specific plays. And yes, the castle is haunted.

We are interested in submissions from professional new generation playwrights under the age of 35 who identify as emerging, having had a small history of professional presentation, workshopping or publication. Applications are encouraged from English and/or Francophone playwrights from across Ontario. All selected playwrights will receive a honourarium for their participation in Trafalgar 24.

This is a juried festival. One participating T24 playwright will receive a paid residency to further develop their work, including dramaturgical support, workshops, public readings in Ontario communities and the potential optioning of their work for future production as part of Driftwood’s annual Bard’s Bus Tour.

Playwrights are invited to make application by forwarding a brief covering letter and resume (as one PDF file) and a sample of work (5 pages, maximum) to Artistic Director, Jeremy Smith (jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com).

Application deadline: December 11, 2017.


Défi : écrire une pièce en huit heures, la nuit, dans un manoir.

Récompense : une bonne frousse et la chance de remporter une résidence d’écriture professionnelle.

Driftwood Theatre reçoit présentement les candidatures d’auteur.e.s dramatiques canadien.ne.s pour l’édition 2018 de Trafalgar 24, festival de création de nouveaux textes qui se déroule sur 24 heures du 8 au 9 mars 2018.

Trafalgar 24 est un festival de théâtre in situ dont les textes sont crées en 24 heures par 24 auteur.e.s dramatiques, metteur.e.s en scène et comédien.ne.s qui se rassemblent dans un manoir du 19e siècle à Whitby, Ontario pour écrire, répéter et présenter six courtes pièces écrites précisément pour les lieux. Eh oui, le manoir est hanté.

Nous portons une attention particulière aux auteur.e.s professionnel.le.s des nouvelles générations qui ont moins de 35 ans qui se disent de la relève et dont les textes ont déjà été explorés en laboratoire, montés ou publiés dans un contexte professionnel. Nous encourageons les candidatures d’auteur.e.s francophones et anglophones de partout en Ontario. Un honoraire sera versé à chacun des auteur.e.s retenu.e.s pour Trafalgar 24.

Ce festival sera évalué par un jury. Un.e auteur.e du T24 se verra offrir une résidence rémunérée afin de poursuivre le développement de son texte avec appui dramaturgique, laboratoires et lectures publiques dans des communautés ontariennes avec la possibilité de voir son texte monté dans le cadre de la tournée annuelle Bard’s Bus Tour de Driftwood.

Les auteur.e.s sont invité.e.s à nous faire parvenir une lettre de présentation et un curriculum vitae (en un seul fichier PDF) ainsi qu’un échantillon d’écriture (5 pages maximum) au directeur artistique Jeremy Smith (jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com).

Date limite pour soumettre votre candidature: 11 décembre 2017.

2018 10x10 Play Submission Guidelines

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We invite novice and experienced writers from Northwestern Ontario to submit their 10-minute plays for the Sixth Annual 10x10 Play Showcase.
Submitting a play is simple, but there are some important things to keep in mind for your play to be eligible.

Plays are ten minutes in length with a minimum use of props, lights, sound and sets. Each play can have up to four actors.
Writers may submit only one play to 10x10.

A panel of three established members of our local theatre community will read the eligible plays and choose ten plays they feel are the strongest and will best represent an exciting evening of theatre. The scripts will be read blind (anonymously).

All submitted plays that meet the eligibility criteria may receive written feedback at the playwright’s request. [SEE Submission Form]
The authors of the ten selected plays will be expected to further develop their work. Playwrights will meet with 10x10 to agree on a development plan that may include readings and working with a dramaturge.
Writers may not direct their own work but instead will be able to focus on collaborating as a playwright with other theatre practitioners in the development process.


Some tips on writing a ten-minute play:
  •   There is no restriction of subject matter, but plays will be chosen based on the potential for further development. So get inspired and write about what fascinates or moves you!
  •   A 10-minute play is a dramatic form in its own right, with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  •   Your script should be an original work that has not been previously produced by10x10.
    Some things to keep in mind about the production parameters: SET & PROPS
    While writing your script, please keep in mind the limited staging requirements. Many of the decisions regarding props and set pieces will be the responsibility of the director; however, if the action of your play requires objects, please keep in mind:
  •   Available set pieces are limited to 4 chairs, 1 small table, and 3 large wood boxes (they can be stood on, placed together to make a bench/platform).
  •   We encourage the use of costumes and necessary hand props. Some hand props and costumes can be provided/sourced by 10x10.
  •   When you are devising hand props, please keep in mind that backstage space is limited.

  •   There can be no recorded sound effects or music. Any sounds will have to be created live by members of the cast. Light cues are limited to simple fades and blackouts.
  •   Lighting cues within the script should be kept simple and limited to only a fade or black out, as no special effects will be provided.
To be eligible, a script must meet these criteria:

  •   Maximum of 4 ACTORS
  •   7 page maximum in order to keep plays to 10 minutes or less
  •   Margins: 1 inch L/R and 0.5 inches top/bottom.
  •   Times New Roman font size 12.
  •   Pages should be numbered starting with the first page of the script (not the character list)
  •   Do NOT include identifying information on the script itself, only on the submission form and cover page. The scripts will be read blind.
    A sample of the script format may be viewed by downloading the 10x10 Script Format Sample PDF file.
    **NEW THIS YEAR: all submissions must be digital (ie, no hard copies). The SUBMISSION PACKAGE must include:
  •   Completed 10x10 Play Submission Form.
  •   A digital file of your script. NO identifying information should be on
    the script itself.
  •   A title page which includes title, playwright’s name and date.
  •   A brief synopsis or teaser of the play (100 words or less) for promotional purposes (SEE sample script).

A character list showing character name, age or age range, gender and any other specifics necessary for casting (e.g. accents). Please be as specific as possible in describing your characters, as this will be helpful for casting actors.
For ease of printing and page numbering, you may include your Title Page and Character List (with synopsis) in a file separate from the script file.
Electronic files will be accepted as only Microsoft Word .docx or PDF files. Please check for conversion errors before submitting. The script must appear in the format described above.

**If your play is selected for the 10x10 Play Showcase, you must reply to your selection notice within 24 hours.
Showcase playwrights must be available to participate in all development activities including consultations with director, dramaturge, and roundtable readings. (Please refer to the website Timeline for the latest updates.)
  •   February 12: Announcement of selected plays
  •   February 13: Confirm selection notice
  •   February 12 to 16: Consult with dramaturge
  •   February 16 or 17: Roundtable Reading
  •   February 18 to March 9: Consult with director
  •   March 9: Final rewrite due
  •   March 19: Production Kickoff (table reading with cast & director)
  •   April 13 & 14: Showcase Production
  •   April 30: Showcase Review Meeting 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Stratford Festival submission guidelines

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We are committed to developing and producing new Canadian work that complements and enhances our focus on what is traditionally defined as the classical repertoire.

While we’re open to all forms – drama, comedy, adaptations, musicals and family-friendly fare – we’re especially interested in ambitious, large-cast plays that articulate the great themes of classical theatre. We also favour plays that feature a female point of view and offer sizeable opportunities for female actors, and that reflect the cultural diversity of life in Canada today.

Although Shakespeare lies at the core of our programming, we are unlikely to be interested in new work inspired by his plays or that might be defined as a “new take on” or a “revisioning of” the original texts.

At any given time, we are developing and supporting about 15 new projects. This includes seeding of first drafts, commissions, dramaturgical feedback, readings and in-house workshops. We put the playwright at the centre of the process, actively participating in the development of his or her work.

We don’t accept, and won’t read, unsolicited manuscripts. However, our Director of New Plays, Bob White, welcomes letters of inquiry about specific projects. Please contact him by email. We ask for a description of the work, plus any background on development to date. A brief bio is also helpful. If we feel the project might be appropriate for further consideration, we’ll ask the playwright to submit a draft. We consider only material by Canadian playwrights.

Playwrights Canada Press submission guidelines

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Playwrights Canada Press publishes primarily new plays. We are looking for well-written literary works with engaging dialogue, interesting characters, and strong themes that incite discussion and analysis, and that focus on contemporary issues. We publish both dramas and comedies and we encourage playwrights who are thinking of submitting a script to take a look through the books we’ve published in the past to see if we’d be a good fit for your work.

Playwrights Canada Press is committed to equity and inclusion and encourages submissions from across Canada from Indigenous and cultural communities as well as from artists with disabilities and those from underrepresented regions.

We have an open submission policy and welcome submissions that meet the following criteria:

     - the playwright must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
     - the play must have had a production within the last 10 years

We ask that playwrights submit only one play for consideration. We are not currently accepting proposals for anthologies.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically either as a Word document or as a PDF. Hard copy submissions will still be accepted by mail. If the play is accepted for publication, it must be available in an electronic file.

Staff at Playwrights Canada Press read every play submitted to us. Due to the high volume of scripts we receive, you can expect a response in six to eight months from the date of submission. Scripts are read in the order in which they are received.

We do accept simultaneous submissions (where the script is sent to more than one publisher at the same time). If the play is accepted elsewhere please notify us promptly.

If you have questions about our submission procedure or criteria please contact the publisher, Annie Gibson, at annie@playwrightscanada.com.

Once you’re ready to send in your play, please click our submission form.

  Submission Form

We ask for your patience once you’ve submitted your play. We aim to respond as soon as we can but we receive hundreds of submissions so it will take us a while to get back to you. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission. We will answer you as promptly as possible. If you haven't heard from us it just means we haven't yet read the play.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Theatre Passe Muraille recommender grant

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Through the Ontario Arts Council, the Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators (formerly the Theatre Creator’s Reserve Program) assists Ontario-based professional theatre artists, and informal collectives of creators, by funding them to create new work. This is a third-party recommender program; meaning, applications are made to and funding decisions are made by Theatre Passe Muraille.

Theatre Passe Muraille accepts submissions from all Ontario artists. While we accept script based proposals it should be noted that we give special priority to collaborative creation projects, emerging artists and multidisciplinary theatre creators. Applicants may request between $1000 and $5000, however we tend to grant smaller sums in order to fund more projects. We will accept the submission of one project per artist.

We are particularly interested in projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:
Diversity inclusive of: Form, Content, Method of Creation, Identity of Creators.
New Career Artists.
Work Critical of the Status Quo.
Multidisciplinary and Collectively created projects.
Emerging and marginal voices

Submissions are currently Open: Deadline – December 24th 2017

Send your application either by email to jivp@passemuraille.on.ca,
or, by mail to:
ATTN: Jivesh Parasram
Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5T 2P3
Please note: We greatly encourage you to review the eligibility criteria as per the OAC website – we specifically remind applicants to note the section titled “What this program does not fund” which includes:
Creation of non-theatre work – e.g. film, radio or TV, fiction, poetry, etc.
Workshop costs
All applications are reviewed but we cannot recommend you if your activity is for any of the above.

A completed copy of the OAC application form. (Three copies if in print, One copy if digital)
Application form available here
Your project proposal, including the description and development history of the project to date and your rationale for applying for an endorsement from TPM  (a maximum of two pages)
A current CV for all key collaborators.
Up to 15 pages of support material (if applicable), or links to/copies of video documentation for work that is non text-based
(Note: We will accept unconventional support materials, however clarity is essential in assessing applications. Please contact us with questions.)
Any information, documentation or media that will provide us with further understanding of your project (if applicable).
Submission Instructions
Please email submissions to Jiv Parasram, Associate Artistic Producer
Subject heading : “Theatre Creator Reserve” | jivp@passemuraille.on.ca
Deadline for email submissions: December 24th 2017 11:59pm
If possible, please format all materials into one pdf document named in the format: Lastname.Firstname.TCR.pdf  or collectivename.TCR.pdf
(eg Kong.Donkey.TCR.pdf / rockcollective.TCR.pdf)
If you would like to submit by standard mail, please email to indicate this preference. Note that all mailed applications must be postmarked no later than December 2th 2017.

Plays based on the life of James Dean

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Classical Theatre Company is holding a playwright competition  with deadline date of February 8, 2018 to submit.

The play must be based on the life of legendary actor James Dean.

The winning playwright will receive $250.00 cash prize plus shared compensation of production proceeds.

Please send submission to Peter Anderson (Producer) at: peter@classicaltheatre.ca

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Atrium Theatre is now accepting submissions of original scripts

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Atrium Theatre is now accepting submissions of original scripts for its 1st season of staged readings. We are accepting submissions of full-length and one-act plays in all genres. This initiative gives local and regional playwrights the opportunity to have plays developed by professional actors in a day long intensive workshop that culminates in a dramatic staged reading, with potential for your play to continue on for a full production with Atrium Theatre at a future date.

Atrium Theatre offers play readings in a studio space (601 Kingston Rd. #109, Toronto, Ontario). It is an intimate evening of art and conversation for an invite-only crowd, focusing on presentation of the best new plays from around the country that have rarely or never been seen. Readings are book-in-hand, and playwrights have the opportunity to engage with the audience for a post-reading talk back. Limit submissions to plays that have 4 or fewer characters. Selected playwrights will not be offered any money.

To submit a play for consideration, e-mail the script to atriumtheatre@rogers.com with a cover letter describing the piece.


Young People's Theater

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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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cahoots Theatre submission guidelines

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Cahoots Theatre accepts unsolicited scripts by Canadian writers and creators. Creators interested in submitting their work are asked to review our website in order to familiarize themselves with the company’s work, and the artists we engage. Creators can submit any styles of performative work, including innovative pieces that are non-text based, involve multidisciplinary collaborations or test new theatrical practices.

Please send a query to newwork@cahoots.ca with the following:

Letter of introduction (including development history and cast size); Please indicate in your letter why you are interested in working for the company; and how you and your personal artistic principles align with our company’s mandate.
Project description and/or proposal (1 pages maximum)
CV or résumé (theatre and/or playwriting)
Video/audio support materials for non-text based submissions only
Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to submissions, so please do not follow-up by e-mail or phone call. If there is interest in the work, we will promptly contact the artist for further information and the entire script.

Manitoba Association of Playwrights Open Door

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The Open Door is usually held every second Wednesday from October to May.  Playwrights get to hear their script read by actors, followed by a dramaturgically led discussion and feedback session in a safe and supportive environment.  
open doorUnless otherwise noted, all sessions are open to public audience: Rory Runnells Studio, 5th floor of Artspace, 100 Arthur St.
The Open Door is available to all MAP members.  If you're interested in taking part, contact Brian.
The door is open for you.