Calls and Opportunities





Is it the end? Is it the beginning? Is it something we’d never imagined before? Fire Exit Theatre is eagerly anticipating what the creators have been creating, what stories the storytellers are telling, what dreams the dreamers are dreaming. They want to know what you’ve been wrestling with while sitting on your couch or walking your new dog. They love stories about what you believe, what you don’t believe and why. They exist to create conversations and tell stories that matter. They would love to help you tell your story and to get it in front of an audience. This is the year to be brave. Put your pants back on and get writing. More info at If you have any questions about what to submit, how to submit, and why you should submit, contact Artistic Director, Val at
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021 at 23:59 MST

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The Geoffrey & Margaret Andrew Fellowship in Creative & Performing Arts
UBC Creative Writing is now accepting applications for The Geoffrey & Margaret Andrew Fellowship in Creative & Performing Arts, a fellowship opportunity for early-career writers. This 17-day fellowship will take place in January 2022, and includes travel to Vancouver, accommodation at UBC and a $5,000 award. About 70% of the fellow’s time will be devoted to working on their projects and the remaining 30% to classroom and community engagement. Eligible candidates may work in a range of literary genres: oral storytelling, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, comics, digital forms are all welcome. The ideal candidate will be in the early stages of their career, work in multiple genres and have a strong interest in teaching and community engagement. We are extremely interested in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) applicants for this fellowship. More info at
DEADLINE: September 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 ARTISTS: potatoCakes_digital’s Live Virtual Experiments! With support from The Associated Designers of Canada and expanding upon the Level UP Symposium’s highly successful Live Design Experiments, they are seeking artists of every discipline and experience level – digital creators as well as those with no existing digital practice – to join them for a series of long-distance virtual collaborations. In curated groups of 4, artists will be given 30 hours over two months of working time in which to respond to artistic prompts and create a live experience culminating in a livestream of the results of their experiment for an audience of fellow creators. A $1400 fee is offered to each experimenter, along with personalized group mentorship. More info at
DEADLINE: Open but groups start October 1, 2021

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Paprika Festival. Paprika Festival is a youth-led professional performing arts organization currently inviting young and emerging artists under 30 to apply for their seven free training programs. At Paprika, artists have the opportunity to lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors, culminating in a performing arts festival of new works by young artists. For this year’s digital hybrid season, Festival Creative Producers & Administrators and Playwrights Unit will be delivered entirely online. For more information about Paprika’s programs visit
DEADLINE: October 3, 2021 11:59pm

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2022 rEvolver Festival
Upintheair Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2022 rEvolver Festival (May 25 – June 5, 2022). They invite applications from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada to have their work considered. Apply in the following categories: 1. Live Performance; 2. Digital Performance; 3. Updrafts Works in Progress; 4. Live Interactive work or processes engaging audiences in a participatory fashion such as interactive games, micro-performances, or roving/site-specific performances; 5. Conversations & Workshops. More info at
DEADLINE: October 15, 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.



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: RealWheels Playwriting Circle. Online sessions will lead participants through the playwriting process with a focus on story, dramatic action, character and dialogue. Participants will regularly share their writing and receive ongoing feedback and support in preparation for a public reading (online) with professional actors on December 4, 2021. This program is offered free of cost to beginning and emerging playwrights (or writers who would like to transition into playwriting) who self-identify as living with disability. From the Playwriting Circle, one playwright will be chosen to participate in a six month Playwright-in-Residence program with Realwheels from January to June 2022. The Playwright will receive an award of $3000 and sixty hours of work with a dramaturg to take their script to the next level. If based in Vancouver, you will also receive access to office and meeting space.While this session is open to all Canadian residents, priority will be given to those living in BC. More info at
DEADLINE: September. 11, 2021

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Banff Centre Fall Writing Sessions 2021– Online (Nov. 29 – Dec. 6, 2021). This 7-day program session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Farzana Doctor and Orlando White. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The session will open with longer faculty talks and Q&A sessions, followed by 5 days of short one-on-one meetings, and then a closing reflective session. They welcome writers from all backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions. Fall Writers Session participants will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fees. More info at
DEADLINE: October 6, 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: 21/22 Nightwood Innovators Program. Applications are now open for the 2021/2022 Nightwood Innovators program! Build community and collaborate with the next generation of leaders in Canada’s theatre industry. The Nightwood Innovators program (formally the Young Innovators) is now open to emerging and/or new generation artists aged 18+. This program includes a $500 honorarium for each participant and delivers digital and in-person meet-ups to familiarize folks with the building blocks involved in running a theatre company and creating work on their own terms. Whether a Nightwood Innovator joins them as a born administrator, stage manager, designer, director, actor, playwright, production manager or beyond, they aim to deepen their understanding of each dimension of professional theatre, opening them up to new complementary facets of their practice. Nightwood Innovators are given the unique opportunity to forge connections with one another in a pivotal time in their careers, and ignite a lasting personal and professional relationship with Nightwood Theatre.  More info at
DEADLINE: September 1, 11:59pm ET

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: Banff Centre Write Over Here
(October 11 – 29, 2021 | Online & On Campus). This 3-week self-directed Literary Arts residency will invite Indigenous writers to engage in an active writing program.  This residency offers writers a combination of lectures from faculty, open social spaces to connect, opportunities to review and provide feedback to each other’s work, faculty office hours and readings.  This program welcomes Indigenous writers from across Canada. More info at
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Banff Centre Indigenous Playwrights Nest
This two week residency offers Indigenous playwrights an inspiring environmental workspace to write their plays surrounded by nature in the Leighton Artists’ Studios. The Indigenous Playwrights Nest is designed to offer support and space for new works in various stages of dramaturgical development. More info at
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Touchstone’s 2021- 2023 Flying Start Program
The program’s goal is to provide an underrepresented, emerging playwright/creator(s) with the opportunity to take their script through a rigorous dramaturgical development process eventually culminating in a full scale production as part of Touchstone’s mainstage season. A total commission/royalty of $6000 is provided for the completed script. Full details here
Deadline to apply: September 19, 2021

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.



Emerging Voices is now accepting submissions for the 2021-2022 season. Now in its 17th year, Emerging Voices is a series of workshops and staged readings of three new, original plays by local and regional playwrights. Participating playwrights benefit from dramaturgical support before, during and after the workshops, have the opportunity to engage with professional artists during a CAEA workshop and see their plays read before live audiences that evening, receiving valuable feedback from actors and patrons. Interested playwrights are invited to submit scripts to TheatreOne’s new Artistic Associate, Jessica Schacht at: Playwrights must reside in Canada and the scripts must be new, original plays that have not received a professional production. New scripts will be selected by August 30, 2021 for the 17th season, but further submissions are always welcome. No fee. Honorarium based on PGC workshop rates.  For more info, contact Jessica Schacht at
DEADLINE: August 30, 2021

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.





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



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.

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 searchable database of large cast plays (6 characters or more) written by Canadian women. Enroll your play or find a show today.

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.

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.