Calls and Opportunities


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Emerging Dramaturg Position with vAct
vAct is now taking submissions for the Emerging Dramaturg position for the MSG Lab, a new play development program for Asian Canadian playwrights produced in association with PTC. This paid position is a hands-on learning experience propelling the individual from emerging to professional dramaturg. Full application details at
DEADLINE: March 5, 2021 at 11:59pm PST



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Advance Theatre 2021
If you are a female-identifying artist who also identifies as BIPOC, please submit a ten page excerpt, a short bio, and a synopsis to [email protected] with Advance Theatre Submission in the subject line. They will get back to everyone who submits within a month after the deadline. The Guest Curator for the 2021 festival is playwright, actor, Pow Wow dancer and RST Artist in Residence Nyla Carpentier.
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: British Theatre Challenge.
2021 will see five winning plays produced by a professional cast & crew for a one week run of performances in London. Plus the winning works will be filmed in performance, given full written assessments by theatre professionals and considered for publication by Sky Blue Theatre’s partnered publishers. With over 50 of their previous winning plays having received offers of publication, don’t miss the chance to see your work in motion! They have been working hard over the last few months to future proof the Challenge against Covid-19-related disruption. If Covid-19 restricts live audience at the time of performance, plays will be live-streamed (with live editing by Mini Mammoth Films). More info here.
DEADLINE: March 30, 2021

The MSG Lab is vAct’s annual new play development program, in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre.  Facilitating the creation and development of new theatrical work by emerging and mid-career Asian Canadian artists, this program is vAct’s commitment to the next generation of Asian Canadian theatre-makers. Full application details at
DEADLINE: April 1, 2021 11:59pm PST 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights Guild of Canada: The Carol Bolt Award
The Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights is given annually to a member of PGC who has premiered an original play between May 1st, 2020 – May 1st, 2021. *** This year due to the pandemic, the 2021 Awards will also accept digital premiere productions between May 1st, 2020 – May 1st, 2021 by a professional theatre company. A juried panel selects the winner from a number of submitted plays. The winner of the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights receives $5,000 and the option to be published. More information here.
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:Playwrights Guild of Canada: Tom Hendry Awards – RBC Emerging Playwright Award
The RBC Emerging Playwright award gives up-and-coming playwrights the opportunity to win a six-month mentorship with a professional playwright of their choice, from PGC’s 800+ playwrights roster as well as a $2,000 cash prize. PGC offers a second and third place prize as well! Readings of the shortlisted plays will be presented in the fall of 2021. Submissions are open for any supporting or student member of Playwrights Guild of Canada who has never had a professional production and have never been a full member of PGC. Submitted work must be a full length play. More info here.
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights Guild of Canada: Playwrights Guild Comedy Award
This award is given annually for a new comedy by a PGC member, which has not yet had a premiere production as of May 1st, 2021. This award is worth $5,000. More info here.
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights Guild of Canada: The Dan School of Drama & Music Musical Award
This award is given annually for a new musical work by a PGC member, which has not yet had a premiere production as of May 1st, 2021. This award includes a $5,000 prize as well as participation in Queen’s University’s Watershed Festival in May 2022. More info here.
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  Playwrights Guild of Canada: The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation’s Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights
Funded and presented by the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation, the Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights is granted to a full-time secondary or post-secondary student within the GTA for the creation of a one-act play script. The entrant to the competition must be a playwright under the age of 30 at time of submission, and residing within the Greater Toronto Area. The winner is awarded a monetary prize of $500. Applicants for this award do not need to be PGC members.  More info here.
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights Guild of Canada: The Sharon Enkin Plays for Young People Award
The Sharon Enkin Plays for Young People Award is given annually to a member of PGC who has a new or recently premiered theatre for young audiences (TYA) play. If premiered, production dates must be between May 1st, 2020 and May 1st, 2021. A juried panel selects the winner from a number of submitted plays. The winner of the TYA Award for Playwrights receives $5,000. More info here.
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights Canada Press 2SLGBTQ+ Monologues anthology
Playwrights Canada Press invites you to submit monologues for publication in its latest anthology, a collection of monologues for 2SLGBTQ+ and non-binary voices. This book aims to gather monologues that reflect a breadth of themes, styles, cultures, and creative practices across generations and borders.  Playwrights are asked to submit a monologue of approximately 1-2 pages. Submissions may come from produced plays, workshopped plays, or a stand-alone monologue that has already been written or is responding to this particular submission call. More info at
DEADLINE: June 30, 2021

The National Arts Centre‘s fund is a catalyst for Canadian artists to take their projects to a new level.  It provides the additional time and resources that bold, ambitious projects need to be successful on the national and international stage. The fund will invest up to $3 million a year in the development of 15 to 20  new Canadian works in theatre. Application form here.

Canada Council for the Arts has been working to establish relief for artists in need and the application deadline for some of their programs has been extended. The new deadlines and application information can be found here.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Spring 2021 Amplified Currents Festival of the Arts
National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA) is accepting script submissions for a new one-act play or musical to be recorded and presented as a staged reading in their Spring 2021 Amplified Currents Festival of the Arts, which will be held online, April 17-25, 2021. Submit electronically to [email protected] by Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:59PM EST. More info at
DEADLINE: March 5, 2021, 11:59PM EST
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Without Borders: Dramaturgy in the New Decade (June 2021, Mexico City, MX /Junio de 2021, Ciudad de México, México). In 2021, LMDA’s annual international conference will take place in México City, hosted by the newly established LMDA México and with the support of Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura. This in-person gathering will be livestreamed for those who want to attend but cannot join them in Mexico City. Similar to the 2020 event, the 2021 conference will mix online synchronous and asynchronous content with an in-person gathering. LMDA’s mission with this groundbreaking gathering is to ignite a global conversation about the impact / purpose / process / evolution of dramaturgy in the new decade. This conference will ask participants to examine how dramaturgy lives, breathes, and changes during/after the social, political, and economical adjustments that COVID-19 has brought to our lives. Building upon the previous “Crossing Borders” conferences, LMDA invites attendees and presenters to explore how dramaturgy has transformed in your country, region, and organization. Proposals for the synchronous and asynchronous digital content are now closed. Proposals for the in-person gathering in Mexico City will be accepted until March 31, 2021. More info If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Brenda Muñoz, conference coordinator, at [email protected]
DEADLINE: March 31, 2021

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Nanaimo Fringe 2021.
Nanaimo Fringe is now accepting applications for their lottery, which happens on April 2. The festival runs August 12- 22, 2021. Please note that due to COVID-19, they will only be accepting applications from British Columbia based Artists in 2021. Artists submitting this application will perform an in-person show at the Nanaimo Fringe, if selected in the lottery draw. They will be offering live-stream capabilities, but are aiming for an in-person event that can also incorporate this technology if required/desired. A call for digital-only submissions will be announced at a later date. More info here.
DEADLINE: March 31, 2021

Life in the time of COVID-19 is different from anything our world has experienced as a collective before. The Department of Imaginary Affairs believes that the stories we tell ourselves about this moment will shape our individual and collective realities for years to come. For their newest project, Life in the Time of COVID-19: A Time Capsule, the Department of Imaginary Affairs is looking for letters, stories, and artifacts from this moment for our future selves, and invites all to participate in its development. For more information go here.

The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The project has three main goals: help get some of the great work that artists have done out to the world, and showcase projects that were cancelled get the word of mouth that they missed out on; maintain a sense of artistic community, even from our living rooms; allow artists to continue to engage with their projects by making videos, sharing work, and celebrating the work of others. Visit the website to submit your work.



Kent Stetson Online Workshops. PARC Lifetime Member and Governor General’s Award winner Kent Stetson offers a series of ongoing, online writing workshops and seminars for playwrights. More info here.




CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Downstage Theatre – STAGE IT. STAGE IT is focused on emerging theatre artists who want to develop themselves as creator-producers –defined as someone who would like to produce work that they also perform, direct, design or write/devise. STAGE IT offers mentorship, peer to peer learning and guest artist master classes to a small group of participants. It also offers participants the opportunity to stage their piece at Downstage’s new festival, The ShakeUp!

The RISER Project is a collaborative producing model for theatre artists and companies to create and present new work. It was developed by Why Not Theatre in 2013 in order to address some of the challenges of producing independent theatre, and to provide more opportunity for artists to take on risks in producing their work.



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Digital Dramaturgy Initiative Montreal Residency
Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Manitoba Association of Playwrights and the Blyth Festival are excited to announce their new collaborative project! The pandemic has accelerated our use of digital tools. However, knowledge and financial gaps are still with us. With this reality in mind, we designed three locally-based residencies designed to investigate and expand our collective vocabulary with digital technology. They are now accepting applications for the Montréal-based week-long residency of the Digital Dramaturgy Initiative, taking place April 26–May 1st, 2021. Learn more at
DEADLINE: March 8, 2021 at 5:00PM EST

Ned Zimmerman, the web designer and developer behind The Archive of Missing Things, is a founder behind a new artist residency program held on a remote island off of the Nova Scotia shore. The GREAT ISLAND ARTS CO-OP RESIDENCY PROGRAM is holding its pilot program from May-July and consists of 2 weeks of self directed work. Go here for more information. POSTPONED

Independent residencies in the Leighton Artists Studios offer you the ability to delve into your work as a solitary, self-directed retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artists’ community at Banff Centre, and attending talks and shows. The nine unique studios are each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provide a perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work. Go here for more information. CANCELLED FOR 2020.

Satori Artist Retreat is a quiet place to create. On Panmure Island, PE, you can breathe and reconnect with your creative self. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.



Theatre One is now accepting submissions for the 2020-21 season. Emerging Voices is a series of staged readings of new Canadian plays by local and regional playwrights. The series allows emerging writers to have their plays work-shopped by professional artists in a day long CAEA workshop and performed in a staged reading before an audience, providing valuable feedback in the creative process. Fee: N/A. Eligibility: New Canadian plays by local and regional (BC) playwrights that have not received a professional production. For additional info, contact: Nicolle Nattrass, Artistic Associate, TheatreOne: [email protected] More info here.

Project Y is looking for monologues, scenes, and plays that are written to be performed on the Zoom platform. Plays can have two or more characters, but context is key — there must be a realistic need for this to be a Zoom call: teenagers talking late at night, a couple separated by borders, classmates trying to Zoom for a class project, etc. In addition to being considered for a professional production, all submitted plays may be compiled and made available online to anyone who seeks to use them for educational purposes. All plays/playwrights chosen will receive a stipend for their work. This is a rolling deadline. More info at

At the end of March, Convergence Theatre put out a call to the public: “leave a voicemail or write an e-mail telling us about the impact that COVID-19 is having on your life”. To date, the company has received over 138 of these COVID Confessions. As part of a fundraising campaign for out-of-work artists, the company is currently accepting commission donations from folks at home who want to see a piece of artwork created in response to one of these COVID Confessions. The $100 donations are split equally between an Artist who will have just 10 days to make a surprise creation inspired by a COVID Confession, and an Actor in their ongoing “Phone Play Cycle” The Corona Variations. Interested artists are invited to join the roster – playwrights, poets, writers of any kind, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, etc. Eventually, every artist’s piece will be featured on the Convergence Theatre website (along with an excerpt of the anonymous COVID Confession that inspired it) as a way to further support and showcase each artist and their work. *For the remainder of this project, they are actively seeking to commission Artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. The deadline is rolling. Go here for more information.

A free Script Exchange Service for Playwrights.




CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Playwrights Canada Press 2SLGBTQ+ Monologues anthology. Playwrights Canada Press invites you to submit monologues for publication in its latest anthology, a collection of monologues for 2SLGBTQ+ and non-binary voices. This book aims to gather monologues that reflect a breadth of themes, styles, cultures, and creative practices across generations and borders.  Playwrights are asked to submit a monologue of approximately 1-2 pages. Submissions may come from produced plays, workshopped plays, or a stand-alone monologue that has already been written or is responding to this particular submission call. More info at
DEADLINE: June 30, 2021




Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) is always on the lookout for new works. The mission of BTW is: to encourage and promote the development of a Black and Canadian theatre, rooted in a literature that reflects the creative will of Black Canadian writers and artists, and the creative collaborations between Black and other artists.

Cahoots Theatre accepts unsolicited scripts by writers and creators.

CMTWC seeks new musical theatre writer members. The object of the CMTWC is to build an interconnected community of Canadian musical theatre writers across the country and abroad. Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

CBC CREATOR NETWORK is accepting pitches for stories, formats and series that address an audience aged 18-24. They’re looking for explainers, profiles or series where you have a strong correspondent or host in mind that speak specifically to one or more of the following four content areas: Surviving Student Life, Start Up, Owning our Identity, Changing the System. Once you are ready with an innovative idea, simply send your pitch to: [email protected]!

Canadian theatre companies celebrate Opening Night hundreds, possibly even thousands, of times per year. wants to unite opening night celebrations coast-to-coast-to-coast and more than anything, they want to connect our theatre communities that are doing great work – and having great parties – nationwide. Help us by posting your opening night celebrations on Instagram with #cdnopening.  Your theatre, your production and your work will appear alongside theatres from across the country on the Instagram feed, one click away from fellow opening night revellers from Victoria to Iqaluit to St. John’s.

Chameleon Theatre Company welcomes new work by women

Dancing Sky Theatre accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length and original plays.

Dime Store Audio Theatre, a monthly podcast dramatizing new radio plays written in the classic pulp genres of the 1940s and 1950s (detective fiction, westerns, etc.), is accepting submissions for future podcast episodes. Each episode will consist of a staged reading of the play. They are also accepting stage plays that will easily translate to a radio medium and that feature 5 characters or less. Plays of all length and style will be considered, but scripts with a running time of 22 minutes will be given priority. Writers may submit more than one script. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and can be emailed to [email protected]

DRAMATURGY ON DEMAND: Caroline Russell King.
Caroline Russell-King is a professional playwright, dramaturg, and instructor who has over 35 years of experience working with professional theatre companies as a playwright-in-residence, literary manager, and dramaturg. Now, she is offering her services to playwrights across the country! Through a paid service called Dramaturgy on Demand, Caroline Russell-King is currently offering one-on-one virtual meetings to playwrights who need support while developing their work. Whether you’re searching for feedback on your first or final draft, Caroline is open to discussing your play no matter what stage of development you’re in! More info here.

The Cripsters is a monthly Akimblog feature on disability and culture from the point of view of people with disabilities.They are looking for submissions of 750-1000 words on topics that intersect with art and disability through a social justice lens and that crip/disrupt the way we think about disability. Submissions can take the form of a critical review, an interview, or an article on artistic/curatorial processes, theory and ideas, commentary, community, etc. A writer’s fee is paid.

Evolution is looking for new plays. They’re 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.

If you are a playwright with a script to develop, get in touch with Fabricate Productions.

The 50 Playwrights Project is a digital resource for [email protected] theatre and a virtual home for the voices of [email protected] playwrights and other Teatro allies, created by Dr. Trevor Boffone. The 50 Playwrights Project is engaged in providing accessible information about contemporary [email protected] theatre artists. This project serves as a dramaturgical and pedagogical database for artists, educators, scholars, and students who are looking for more online information about playwrights: where are they from, how do they identify, what are they working on, what advice would they give to aspiring artists, and links to relevant online resources. More info at

Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) produces a subscription season of six full-length plays in English for adult audiences.

Intermission publishes artist perspectives, original journalism, spotlight profiles, original drama, and audio and video content. Intermission is expanding their content to include publishing short original drama. They now accept excerpts of longer plays as well as short plays. Their focus is on high quality writing (in the vein of The New Yorker or McSweeney’s, if they featured Canadian theatre writing) They’re looking to hear from Canadians—both established playwrights and new, original voices.

The online literary journal Lady Plays Podcast, a monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women, is accepting submissions for future podcast episodes. Each episode will consist of a “staged” reading of the play and an optional interview with the playwright. Submission Guidelines: Plays that will easily translate to a “radio” medium and that feature 5 characters or less will take priority. Plays of all length and style will be considered, writers may submit more than one script.

Mixed Blood Theatre welcomes submissions of contemporary plays that pursue and realize the company’s mission and aesthetic. Mixed Blood uses theatre to address pluralism, usually manifest in race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, affectional orientation, and political worldview. Predictably unpredictable, the theatre particularly invites polyglot plays, scripts from the global stage, and work that advances the art form.

Submit your theatre project proposal to The National Arts Centre.

Submit a script to Native Earth Performing Arts.

Launched in April 2017, PlayConnect is Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 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.

The Stage Ready Scripts program is for plays which have not yet had a professional production but are ready for the stage. Entering your script into the Stage Ready Program promotes your play to theatre companies, schools, and individuals internationally and may lead to a production. You must be a member of PGC to take advantage of The Stage Ready program. Send PGC your unpublished, unproduced scripts and we’ll make them available for purchase. To send the scripts please click here.  Questions? Contact them at [email protected]. PGC also has the Copyscript program for plays that have been produced, but aren’t yet published.  Copyscripts are printed on demand. The program exists to distribute professionally produced, unpublished plays by full members of PGC. A customer may purchase copyscripts as a bound hard copy or pdf. Copyscripts are promoted in PGC’s catalogue, by staff, in CanRevue and on the website. *Each copyscript is assigned an ISBN and CIP number. Two copies of the script are mailed to the National Library of Canada as a legal deposit. *Only plays that have received a professional production are eligible for the copyscript program. Check out PGC’s services here.

Submit plays or short stories to Playme Podcast for a unique opportunity to produce your work in podcast format.

The Pledge Project is a searchable database that includes plays written by Canadian women.

Proscenium is the first quarterly journal dedicated to publishing high-calibre theatrical works. Proscenium publications are free of charge and readily accessible online, allowing playwrights to share their work with a large audience. Not only dedicated to producing a high-quality journal showcasing the freshest contemporary voices in theatre, they also strive to create a platform for playwrights to share their works with potential producers and for producers to discover new works in an easy, accessible way. Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals. They also accept articles about playwriting and theatre.

Submit a script to the Purple Rose Theatre Company – dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights.

The Resource Centre for the Arts wants to present your play.

In keeping with Studio 180’s mandate to produce socially relevant theatre that provokes public discourse and promotes community engagement, they are interested in material that engages audiences intellectually and emotionally, and encourages dialogue and action even after the curtain falls. Their Core Artistic Team is most interested in works that tackle politically and ideologically challenging issues using a non-prescriptive approach. Interested artists should submit an outline of their play, including a description of its production history and/or stage of development (maximum two pages). Please do not submit a complete script unless requested to do so.

The [email protected] Program supports 250 guest independent artists and groups and their audiences each season. This creative, curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget.

Teesri Duniya Theatre seeks 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.

Call for Middle School and High School Plays by BIPOC Playwrights
Theatrefolk Inc. is seeking one-act Middle School & High School play submissions by BIPOC playwrights for immediate publication. For the Middle School stream, plays are to be between 25-35 minutes in length. For the High School stream, both full-length and one act plays will be considered. All submissions must have casts of predominantly young characters, a contemporary setting, and simple staging requirements. Plays that can also be performed online have an advantage given the current circumstances. More info here.

Theatre NDG hosts a monthly play-reading series of original works.
theatrendg (Facebook group)

Theatre New Brunswick invites playwrights to submit scripts for future consideration for both Main Stage and Studio Theatre productions.

Theatre Times
is a rapidly expanding global theatre portal. If you’re passionate about world theatre, consider joining their team as Regional Editors, Managing Editors, Bloggers, or Editorial Assistants.

Love to write or have something to say? Become a contributor to Theatre Art Life!

Submit a play to Urban Stages.

Do you have an idea for an article you would like to write for the Women Arts Blog?

Submit a script for developmental support with Young People’s Theatre.