CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Ottawa Little Theatre’s 80th National One-Act Playwriting Competition
The 80th National One-Act Playwriting Competition, offering First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $750, Third Prize: $500, and the Sybil Cooke Award for a Play for Children or Young People $50, seeks original one-act plays in English, betwen 25 and 60 minutes in length. More info here.
DEADLINE: December 31, 2020
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
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 playwrightscanada.com
DEADLINE: June 30, 2021
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.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: REvolver Festival 2021
Upintheair Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2021 rEvolver Festival. rEvolver will take place in May and June 2021. This is not a normal rEvolver Festival. rEvolver 2021 will be a developmental festival with a focus on transition and building capacity, flexibility and resilience towards the “new normal”, post-pandemic. Rather than a focus on presentation and “performance-ready” work, they are planning a four-week festival that will provide artists with increased support for creation, reflection, studio time; with a focus on development and work-in-progress. They are seeking submissions from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada to have their work considered in the following categories: Digital Performance, Work in progress, Interactive work or processes engaging audience in a participatory fashion, ConversationFind out more at upintheairtheatre.com
DEADLINE ALL SUBMISSIONS: December 18, 2020
A LIFE IN THE TIMES OF COVID-19 TIME CAPSULE
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.
SOCIAL DISTANCING FESTIVAL
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.
New(to)Town Collective’s Fall Online Training Jam Series
Training Jams are collaborative, interdisciplinary, and experimental workshops produced by N(t)TC. They are opportunities to cross-pollinate training, practices, and ideas between artists of various disciplines as well as non-artists. ONLINE (via Zoom) Training Jams is their attempt to capture the essence of experimental play that occurs in the studio. The following Training Jam will be ASL interpreted:
Registration and more details at: newtotowncollective.com
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Dreaming Climate Consciousness (A Sci-Fi Workshop)
Are you concerned about climate change & its impact on your community & all life on the planet? Do you enjoy science fiction/fantasy? Join Evan Medd for a FREE 6-week workshop to collaborate on the creation of a visionary science fiction narrative! There are two workshop sessions to choose from: Jan 9 – Feb 13 or Feb 20 – Mar 27. No writing or art making experience is necessary.
DEADLINE: December 21, 2020
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Frank Theatre’s Telling It Bent. [TIB] is a writing workshop for queer, trans, Two Spirit, and questioning BC youth [ages 14 to 25]. This paid program provides emerging writers with the opportunity to gain skills, meet other queer young creatives, and explore different styles of writing. Telling It Bent 2021 will focus on playwrighting and poetry. Jan 12 – Apr 27, 2021, every Tuesday 4:00pm – 6:00pm PST, Online – Zoom Meetings. FINAL SHOWCASE: The Virtual Showcase will be officially streamed through the frank theatres’ platforms in May 2021. HONORARIUM: $1000 – Upon completion of the project. MENTORS: The program will be facilitated by Tawahum Bige [Two Spirit, Non-binary, Slam Poet]. Writing Mentors include: Jan Derbyshire [Theatre-maker, Comedian, Writer/Performer of Touchstone Theatre’s Certified] and Jillian Christmas [Poet, Educator, Author of The Gospel of Breaking]. Guest Speaker includes Kim Senklip Harvey [Indigenous Theorist, Cultural Evolutionist, Playwright/Director of Kamloopa]. More info at thefranktheatre.com
DEADLINE: January 4, 2021
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Dreaming Climate Consciousness (A Sci-Fi Workshop). Theatre maker and dramaturg, Evan Medd, is looking for participants to take part in a facilitated workshop that foregrounds climate dialogues within the context of speculative/science fiction. The workshop aims to exercise our skills at imagining and making new worlds within the framework of current social and ecological issues. This online experience requires no writing or art making experience, only a willingness to play, and a vested interest in collaboration. DCC stems from the FUTURES/forward mentorship program, spearheaded by the International Centre of Art for Social Change. More information: https://fb.me/e/3pDoxUA7a
DEADLINE: December 21, 2021
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 APPLICATIONS: ThisGen Fellowhip. Are you a BIPOC, woman, Trans, and/or Non-Binary theatre artist looking to get to the next stage of your career? Applications are now open for Why Not Theatre’s ThisGen 2021 Fellowship, a national initiative that offers training, mentorship, guided self-study, and peer-to-peer connection. 12 Fellows will be selected as part of the 2021 cohort, and applicants may apply to participate in either the Director Stream or the Cultural Leadership Stream. The program will run Feb–June 2021 (exact dates of activity TBD). More info at whynot.theatre.com
DEADLINE: December 4, 2020
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Indigenous Arts And Culture Practitioners. “How could the works of Indigenous arts and culture practitioners be more readily findable to people looking for them over the Web?” Indigenous Performing Arts Allianceis extending an invitation to all Indigenous arts and culture practitioners working in the live performance medium to gather with them in a consultative process about the presence of Indigenous arts and culture practitioners in the Web of data. This consultation will be held in a respectful manner – with open ears, open hearts, open minds. They need to know which information about Indigenous arts and culture practitioners should be made available as linked open data, and what steps should be taken to get to this point. This consultation will be undertaken as part of the Linked Digital Future initiative, in conjunction with the performing arts Wikidata project and in partnership with the IPAA. Compensation in the amount of $100 will be offered for an initial 90-minute web conference consultation and for validation of action items to be carried forward to the LDFI team. This initial consultation will be taking place in January or February 2021. We would therefore like to receive response by early December. If you are as compelled to take action, contact Brit Johnston at [email protected]. More info here.
DEADLINE: early December, 2020
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.
GREAT ISLAND ARTS CO-OP
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
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
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’S EMERGING VOICES SERIES
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 THEATRE COMPANY SEEKS ZOOM PLAYS
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 projectytheatre.org
CONVERGENCE THEATRE: THE COVID COMMISSIONS
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.
READ MY PLAY
A free Script Exchange Service for Playwrights.
BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP
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.
CANADIAN MUSICAL THEATRE WRITERS COLLECTIVE
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]!
#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.
DIME STORE AUDIO THEATRE (Halifax)
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
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 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. intermissionmagazine.ca
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.
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. 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 or[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.
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 a searchable database that includes plays written by Canadian women.
PROSCENIUM THEATRE JOURNAL
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.
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 [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
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
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?