Playwrights Theatre Centre


Calls and Opportunities



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2020-21 PWM + MAI joint support for artists interested in working with a dramaturg. Playwrights Workshop Montreal and MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels) have joined forces to create a joint support for artists interested in working with a dramaturg! The following artists are eligible to submit proposals: Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), racialized artists (including racialized recent immigrants), members of the 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ communities and/or deaf, hearing-impaired, neurodiverse or differently abled artists as well as artists living with disabilities and chronic diseases. Hosting 10-15 artists, collectives and companies per year, MAI’s Alliance program is a unique artist support initiative conceived for practitioners from all fields who encounter systemic and structural obstacles. The program strives to eliminate barriers to their full participation in the arts by offering financial allocations and guidance that are adapted to the learning and creative needs and desires of each participant. Accepting applications from artists in theatre, performance, dance, circus, interdisciplinary arts and visual arts (with a performance component) if they are interested in collaborating with a dramaturg from theatre and performance. This is not a grant program. It offers an allocation of funds ($5,000) for the artists to establish mentorships and collaborations, supporting their learning and creation process (for example, to work with a mentor, a sound designer, a choreographer, a grant writer, or other experts and collaborators). More info at
DEADLINE: September 27, 2020 at 11:59PM

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: HarperCollins Canada Open Call for BIPOC Voices. All young people in Canada deserve to see themselves represented in the books they read, and to be represented by authors from their own communities. It is in this spirit, and in support of their campaign to #ReadBetter, that HarperCollins Canada will be opening up our submissions inbox and accepting unagented, unpublished middle-grade manuscripts from BIPOC creators from until Sept 30, 2020. Find out more and learn how to submit your project here.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2020

CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS: Governor General’s Award
The Governor General’s Literary Awards are presented in recognition of the best English-language and best French-language book in each of the following 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). 14 awards of $25,000 will be given per book for winners in both languages in the seven categories and a $3,000 grant will go to each publisher to promote the winning works. Books must be submitted to the Canada Council by an eligible publisher. More info here.
DEADLINE: October 1, 2020

UPDRAFTS COLLABORATIVE COMMISSION CALL: for Proposals on New Works of Speculative Fiction
Upintheair Theatre is requesting project proposals for the Updrafts Collaborative Commission from Canadian emerging or early mid-career playwrights, generative artists, or companies seeking support from an established company in the creation, refinement, and production of a new work of Speculative Fiction. The selected project(s) will receive dramaturgical and workshop support starting in fall of 2020 and a production in Vancouver in Oct/Nov 2021.More info at

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Nightswimming Theatre Call for Commissions
Nightswimming is currently inviting proposals from Black and/or Indigenous theatre makers, who are interested in creating a new performance work. Nightswimming will work to design a process in full collaboration with the commissioned artist, with a focus on ensuring that they are empowered to work how they wish, with whom they want, and in the ways that are essential to their work’s creation. Rather than seeking out works-in-progress and drafts of existing projects, Nightswimming is looking for ideas for a new work that the applicant has always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity to pursue. In addition to a custom designed creation/development process from inception to premiere, Nightswimming is also offering a $20,000.00 commission fee. More info at
DEADLINE: October 16, 2020

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest
The New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is seeking powerful, heart-felt new works that not only entertain, but also educate, enlighten, and uplift humanity. Their mission is to help playwrights strengthen their scripts through detailed script analysis, to present them in a public form, and to bring their work to the attention of producers and artistic directors. More info here.
DEADLINE: October 31, 2020

Two Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes, in the amount of $50,000 each, are awarded annually to distinguished individuals (one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities). The prizes are intended to encourage continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. Candidates must be established, working artists who have made a substantial and distinguished contribution over a significant period of time. Candidates must be nominated by a nominator; either an individual or an organization. Nominators are responsible for providing all information and support material requested. More info here.
DEADLINE: November 1, 2020

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.



The Paprika Playwrights Unit focuses on the process of developing a script for the stage. Playwrights are asked to submit projects they are passionate about, whether they are clearly outlined ideas for a play, a full-length draft ready to be workshopped, or anything in between. Paprika accepts playwrights at all stages, from first-time playwrights to already-produced. More info here.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2020

The TD Creator’s Unit is a great fit for individual artists interested in collective creation and performance. This program is composed of poets, musicians, dancers, actors, directors, playwrights, designers and anyone who is interested in being part of a tight-knit creative team. The piece made by the TD Creator’s Unit can take any form the group envisions; this is a place to take artistic risks, experiment with ideas, and try new things. This year, there is a specific provocation to think about how theatre can be experienced in a physically distanced world. The Unit’s work is shared in the annual Paprika Festival. This program has a suggested age limit of 24. More info here.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2020

PAPRIKA FESTIVAL: Indigenous Arts Program (Toronto, ON)
The Indigenous Arts Program provides personalized, flexible training and support to young Indigenous performing artists of any experience and skill level. The Paprika Festival connects Indigenous youth with Indigenous artists and mentors, as well as a variety of diverse creators from across the country. Program participants are provided the tools and guidance to create an original piece of performed art. Mentors and guest artists help connect program participants with community and the Indigenous arts scene in Tkaronto and beyond (including Paprika partner company, Native Earth Performing Arts). For this program Paprika is especially interested in candidates under the age of 30. MOre info here.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2020

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.


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Realwheels Theatre Playwriting Circle.
The Realwheels Theatre Playwriting Circle returns in the fall! If you are a new or emerging playwright who identifies as having a disability, get in touch via email to register your interest in this online session. Open to anyone in British Columbia.

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.



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.



Impulse Theatre’s Peek Fest is an annual festival for emerging arts workers running November 1 – 22, 2020. This year the festival is taking place online. The festival offers an exciting new look at work-in-development from innovative creators and contributes to the development and growth of performing artists through residencies, showcases and workshops. Activities will be available to participants across Canada through digital platforms. The 2020 Residency Program is intended for live digital performances, and priority will be given to projects that integrate digital tools and consider the internet as a site of performance. This year, residency artists will receive one-on-one mentorship from Residency Mentor, Adrienne Wong,the Artistic Director of the Festival of Live Digital Art and the Digital Architect & Co-Editor of SpiderWebShow Performance. She brings insight on Creative Process, Administration & Producing, Translation of live performance into Digital format, Collaboration Across Distance and Conflict Resolution. They offer residencies to up to three companies/collectives/individual artists. Adjudication is based on the submitted application as well as curation with other projects. The residency is available to artists across Canada. Mentorship takes place between 8:30 and 3:30 MST. A 30-minute sneak-peek of this project will be presented on Sat, November 21st to be scheduled based on the needs of the project. Find out more at
DEADLINE: September 24, 2020

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 or for more information.



Theatre Viscera is currently accepting submissions for their 2021 Podcast Season. They are looking for pieces that will read well in a podcast format, but are not exclusively radio plays. It’s a great opportunity to send in weird work that might be “less producible” because of strange conventions or unique storytelling. They have a preference for pieces that tell stories of trans and GNC characters, as well as stories at the intersections of oppression. Submissions must be between 60-100 minutes of reading time, or about 60-100 pages of formatted script. More info here.
DEADLINE: September 25, 2020

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: 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.


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: or

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:!

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

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 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

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.

PGC Stage Ready Scripts and Copyscript Program. 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 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 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 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.

THEATREFOLK INC: 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.