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Call for Applications: Fringe New Play Prize

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The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the ninth year of the Fringe New Play Prize. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer emerging BC theatre artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. BC writers and creative producing teams with a project underway for the 2021 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

The program offers:

  • Eight months of dramaturgy with PTC
  • Some free creation and rehearsal space
  • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
  • A free Fringe Mainstage venue or presentation platform*

All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $7500 value: ($800 Fringe application fee + $3600 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion). The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant. * Due to COVID-19, specific presentation dates and venue/platform will be in flux due to evolving government health guidelines. The successful FNPP 2021 winner will consult with both PTC and the Fringe to discuss presentation options closer to Fall 2021 dates.

The application asks for:

  • A script idea, outline, fragment or draft; not necessarily text-based (visual diagrams, storyboards etc)
  • A letter of intent, telling us what you plan to do with your idea
  • The resumes of artists involved in the creation
  • A production plan*

*A production plan is a rough timeline of the production process for your project, including deadlines for important decisions and processes such as when and how all the major resources have to be in place – personnel, money, design, promotion etc. You are producing your own work and we need to feel confident that you have some idea how to do it. Submitted timelines can aim for completion for early September 2021, see note above about presentation dates and venue/platform.

The decision is made by a group of theatre makers based primarily on the artistic potential of the idea/script supported by evidence that the project seems feasible within the timeline given. Applications must be received no later than October 31, 2020.

PTC and Vancouver Fringe is continuously working to make all our programs accessible. We encourage writers with a lived experience of disability to apply for all of our programs. We are dedicated to creating spaces within which Indigenous, Black, people of colour, LGBTQAI2+people, diverse language speakers and people with intersectional identity perspectives can lead and create.

To apply, go to playwrightstheatre.com/programs/fringe-new-play-prize

The 2020 winner of the Prize, JKJK (Jenny Larson and KhattieQ), have been working with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel on their play Catalina La O presente: Ahora Conmigo, which will be presented online for Vancouver Mini-Fringe #4.