PROGRAMS, DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES, & JOBS
SAGE HILL WRITING PLAYWRITING LAB with Guillermo Verdecchia
In 2024, Sage Hill will be offering a variety of in person and virtual courses. The aim is to continue to accommodate folks who prefer the accessibility of online courses while offering a few more courses in person within a safe context. Each class unit will be completely online or entirely in person so participants can focus on their writing in a unified context.
Guillermo Verdecchia will be leading the in person Playwriting Lab from July 4 – 13.
More info on all other programs here.
PRESENTATION HOUSE THEATRE’S CREATIVE HUB
The intention of the Creative Hub is to reduce barriers for performing arts creators to engage in artistic exploration and creation that is ultimately geared towards a public relationship with audience and community. The Creative Hub is a home for the arts, a mutually-supportive community of artists who feel a sense of connection to Presentation House Theatre and one another.
Artists must apply to the Creative Hub for each individual project being proposed. Current or past Creative Hub artists must also reapply for which they will receive a streamlined interview process.
Presentation House Theatre’s Creative Hub is made up of two programs: Creative Residency and Energy Exchange.
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 25
ARTISTIC PRODUCER: VANCOUVER MOVING THEATRE / DTES HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL
Vancouver Moving Theatre (VMT) is an award-winning professional interdisciplinary theatre company co-founded by Terry Hunter, C.M. (Executive Director) and Savannah Walling, C.M. (Artistic Director) in Vancouver’s Chinatown (1983). VMT produces art that celebrates the power of the human spirit, generates shared experiences that bridge cultural traditions, social groups and artistic disciplines, gives voice to residents of the Downtown Eastside and beyond, and generates legacies for the future. The Artistic Producer is a key member of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival executive team and works collaboratively with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, General Manager, Festival artists, publicist, graphic designer, production and operations teams and the community. This position is an integral part of Vancouver Moving Theatre’s leadership succession plan and includes mentorship and the opportunity for advancement. More info here.
Please email your resume and cover letter with the subject line ‘Application for Artistic Producer to: Terry Hunter at email@example.com
The first round of interviews start in the week of January 29, 2024.
Applications will be regularly reviewed, and those applicants we wish to interview will be contacted.
DEADLINE: The posting will remain open until filled.
AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, & GRANTS
THE RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION
The Challenge of Risk Theatre is to write new 90 – 120 minute plays where downside risk is the dramatic fulcrum of the action. The winner gets to meet and collaborate with Risk Theatre founder Edwin Wong in an online playwriting workshop. The workshop will culminate in a staged reading of the winning play which will be streamed online to an international audience. Read more about what Risk Theatre is looking for here.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 31
THE NATIONAL CREATION FUND
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 DEADLINE EXTENSIONS
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.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Stay tuned for future events!
CONFERENCES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
ONE NORTH CLOWN AND CREATION SUMMER 2024 PROGRAMMING
Located in Sudbury, Ontario, this season marks the biggest expansion yet with 6 amazing teachers offering 8 unbelievable courses. At One North Clown and Creation the foundational skills and training of Pochinko clown are utilized to develop and expand the creative playgrounds of all who participate. The work can be applied on a personal or professional level to all forms of expression, artistic or otherwise. They welcome students from all over the world. No training is necessary for several of the workshops, and all experiences of life are welcome, ages 19+.
Read more here.
RESIDENCIES & RETREATS
SATORI ARTIST RETREAT
Satori Artist Retreat is a quiet place to create. On Panmure Island, PE, you can breathe and reconnect with your creative self. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
SEND A PLAY
SUBMISSIONS FOR PTC’S DRAMATURGICAL READING PROGRAM ARE OPEN!
Do you want trained, appropriate feedback for your work? Our dramaturgs are here to provide meaningful recommendations and help you get to the next phase with your work. Submit your work here.
READ MY PLAY
A free Script Exchange Service for Playwrights.
FOR IBPOC ARTISTS
CULTUREBREW.ART OPPORTUNITY POSTING REQUEST FORM
Anyone wanting to reach the hundreds of Indigenous and racialized artists can simply fill out CultureBrew.Art’s Opportunity Posting Request webform, and make a donation to Visceral Visions in support of this service (suggested amount: $25).
CBA’s Opportunity Posting Request form is flexible to include a range of opportunities, from calls for artists, job positions in the arts and cultural sector, awards and funding, professional development, and more! You also have the option of specifying whether you seek artists from a particular racial or ethnic background, are open to all IBPOC artists (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour) applying, or indicating that the opportunity is open to all regardless of colour.
Artists will be able to search opportunities by artistic discipline, location (province or territory), or type of opportunity. The option for you to upload your company logo will offer the opportunity to attract more artists to your listing.
If you have feedback or questions about CultureBrew.Art’s Opportunities Feature, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONGOING CALLS & OPPORTUNITIES
BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP
Black Theatre Workshop is always on on the lookout for new works. BTW’s mission is to promote and produce outstanding theatre that educates, entertains and inspires. The company strives to create greater cross-cultural understanding by challenging its audience and the status quo. Expanding the representation of Black Canadian artists, BTW bridges cultural divides – uniting hearts, minds and communities.
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. riserproject.org
#cdnopening- CELEBRATE YOUR OPENING NIGHT ONLINE
Canadian theatre companies celebrate Opening Night hundreds, possibly even thousands, of times per year. Spiderwebshow.ca 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 Spiderwebshow.ca Instagram feed, one click away from fellow opening night revellers from Victoria to Iqaluit to St. John’s.
CHAMELEON THEATRE COMPANY
Chameleon Theatre Company welcomes new work by women.
DANCING SKY THEATRE
Dancing Sky Theatre accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length and original plays.
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.
THE 50 PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT
The 50 Playwrights Project is a digital resource for Latin@ theatre and a virtual home for the voices of Latin@ playwrights and other Teatro allies, created by Dr. Trevor Boffone. The 50 Playwrights Project is engaged in providing accessible information about contemporary Latin@ 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 50playwrights.org.
GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY
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.
LADY PLAYS PODCAST
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
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.
METRO OPEN CALL FOR PLAY & PLAYWRIGHTING SUBMISSIONSMetro encourages all playwrights to submit their work for consideration. Read more about what Metro is looking for and how to apply here.
NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
Submit your theatre project proposal to The National Arts Centre.
NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
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.
PGC STAGE READY SCRIPTS AND COPYSCRIPTS PROGRAMS
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. Questions? Contact them at email@example.com. PGC also has the Copyscript program for plays that have been produced, but aren’t yet published. The program exists to distribute professionally produced, unpublished plays by full members of PGC. *Only plays that have received a professional production are eligible for the copyscript program. Check out PGC’s services here.
PLAYME CBC PODCAST
Submit plays or short stories to Playme Podcast for a unique opportunity to produce your work in podcast format.
The Pledge Project is searchable database of large cast plays (6 characters or more) written by Canadian women. Enroll your play or find a show today.
THE PURPLE ROSE
Submit a script to the Purple Rose Theatre Company – dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights.
RESOURCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
The Resource Centre for the Arts wants to present your play.
STUDIO 180 THEATRE
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 SubletSeries@HERE 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
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.
THEATRE NEW BRUNSWICK
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.
THEATRE ART LIFE
Love to write or have something to say? Become a contributor to Theatre Art Life!
Submit a play to Urban Stages.
WOMEN ARTS BLOG
Do you have an idea for an article you would like to write for the Women Arts Blog?