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AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, & GRANTS
LMDA JOURNAL REVIEW
LMDA’s journal Review is currently accepting submissions for the 2021 issue. The editors are particularly interested in pieces that engage with relevant issues and trends in the field. The mission of the journal is to provide a venue for exploration of dramaturgy, and for ongoing conversation about the work of the dramaturg and the literary manager and their relationship to all aspects of theatre-making. Review publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles, along with work in other formats such as expanded essays and interviews from the LMDA Newsletter, conference presentations, manifestos, and book reviews. Review welcomes submissions by all writers regardless of professional affiliation, as well as submissions on topics at some remove from the primary mission. Please send submissions to email@example.com. For more information go here.
(Deadline: November 15, 2020)
OTTAWA LITTLE THEATRE ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
The Ottawa Little Theatre is pleased to announce that they are accepting submissions for its National One Act Playwriting Competition. Winners will be announced in May 2021. Go here for more information or contact Bob Hicks at (613) 862-1024.
(Deadline: December 31, 2020)
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. For the application form go 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For more information go here.
(Deadline: March 15, 2021)
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.
THE AFTER THEATRE SCHOOL PROJECT
Theatre Topikós is currently seeking submissions for their After Theatre School Project; a curated blog wherein theatre school graduates (and dropouts!) examine the disparity between the expectations and reality of what life is like after school. This curated blog is a place for people to tell their stories; the good, bad and ugly. The unlikely and hilarious paths that this life has lead us down. It isn’t meant to be a sobering reality, but rather a resource to add some levity and fun truths about what life can be like after theatre school. For more information go here.
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2021
A gathering of women playwrights from all around the world coming to Montreal, Canada in 2021 ! The conference will be held at Dawson College from June 18-23 and will feature plays, workshops and round-table discussions led by theatre practitioners from around the world. For more information, please email email@example.com, their Facebook page, or their website.
(Dates: June 18-23, 2021)
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CREATING PLAYS FOR AUDIO AND DIGITAL FORMATS WITH NATALIE MEISNER
Join Natalie Meisner for a fun hands-on workshop to create your own short online digital new work presented as part of Live Bait Theatre’s 2020 New Works Festival. Natalie Meisner is an award-winning multi-genre playwright, author and Poet Laureate of Calgary. Her play Boom Baby won both the Canadian National & the Alberta Playwriting Award. Speed dating for Sperm Donors was a hit at Lunchbox & Neptune and Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family topped non-fiction lists. Her first book for kids My Mommy, My Mama My Brother & Me is about a two-mom biracial family finding community. Meisner is a wife and mom to two great boys and a Professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University where she works in the areas of creative writing, drama and gender/ sexuality studies The cost is $20/participant. Tickets can be purchased here.
(Dates: November 21 + November 28, 2020)
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.
The Fredericton Playhouse is accepting applications for a new Artist Development Program, InterMISSION, intending to nurture and support creativity and innovative practices in artistic disciplines. The InterMISSION residencies offer access to the Playhouse’s theatre space and facilities, tailored to the participants’ needs and availability. Residencies will be offered between September 14 and December 18. Individual artists and artistic personnel will be paid a fee of $100 per person per day. An individual chosen by the artist as a resource expert (mentor, coach, expert) will be paid a fee of $400 for each residency. For more information, eligibility criteria, and to apply, go here.
IMPERIAL THEATRE INCUBATOR PROJECT
The Incubator Project is designed to give local amateur and emerging artists in the Saint John region an opportunity to use the theatre space and professional equipment, and work directly with highly skilled technical and arts administration staff to safely rehearse current works or for the creation of new work. Local musicians, vocalists, dance companies and groups, theatre companies, comedians and all other forms of performing artists will be able to access Imperial Theatre’s space at no charge. Artists will be granted time slots based on an application process and will be contacted by to schedule their time slot. To apply go here.
RESIDENCY & RETREATS
MASSTOWN MARKET SHIPWRIGHT RESIDENCY
Ship’s Company Theatre is offering a month-long retreat for East Coast BIPOC artists. Where does the creative power lie and who has access to its distribution? This announcement of The Masstown Market Shipwright Residency is one small step Ship’s Company Theatre is taking presently to take action against the suppression of BIPOC voices, including within our own make-up and history. The Masstown Market Shipwright Residency is a month-long residency where Ship’s Company provides an honorarium, accommodations, travel and more. Ship’s Company Theatre is currently seeking submissions from East Coast BIPOC artists. For more information go here.
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.
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.
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.
SUBMIT A PLAY
PLAYWRIGHTS CANADA PRESS SEEKING MONOLOGUES FOR 2SLGBTQ+ AND NON-BINARY VOICES
Playwrights Canada Press invites you to submit monologues for publication in its latest anthology, a collection of monologues for 2SLGBTQ+ and non-binary voices. 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. If your piece has already been published, you must include information on how to contact the publisher. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and go here for more information.
(Deadline: June 30, 2021)
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. For more information go here.
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 111 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. 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.
Cahoots Theatre accepts unsolicited scripts by writers and creators.
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.
If you are a playwright with a script to develop, get in touch with Fabricate Productions.
GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY
Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) produces a subscription season of six full-length plays in English for adult audiences.
If there is a story you want to report on, an issue that needs exploring, or an artist you believe merits a profile, get in touch with Intermission.
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.
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.
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
Submit a play to Studio 180 Theatre.
Apply to SUBLETSERIES@HERE for a chance to receive space, equipment, box office services, and technical support.
TEESRI DUNIYA THEATRE
Teesri Duniya Theatre seeks culturally diverse and First Nation plays.
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?