Calls from the community


NEW! Pat the Dog is is accepting applications for RECOMMENDER GRANTS FOR THEATRE CREATORS. Deadline: November 16, 2018 Info:

NEW! ELLIOTT HAYES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATURGY – application period now open! Deadline: October 1 , 2018 Info:


NEW! AMPLIFY – CULTURE SUMMIT (October 24, 20-18 in Waterloo, ON) Amplify gathers researchers, artists, designers and creative industry members to showcase cutting-edge ideas that explore the fusion between art and technology. Info:


SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival (Edmonton, AB) accepting proposals from individual artists or groups who would be interested in performing for this festival. Deadline: September 14, 2018 Info:

THE 40TH RHUBARB FESTIVAL: WEIRD WILD WONDERFUL  (February 13-24, 2019) in Totonto, ON. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre seeks  proposals for new, not previously produced performance projects and theatrical experiments. Deadline: September 14, 2018 Info:

NEW! MAGNETIC NORTH FESTIVAL 2019 (Vancouver, BC) asks  artists, presenters, producers, administrators, community advocates and academics to bring their work to the table in whatever stage of development it might be or form that might take. Deadline: September 15, 2018 Info:

Festival Players offers theatre artists a free 1-WEEK ARTIST RESIDENCY in the charming village of Wellington, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Deadline: September 15, 2018 Info:

NEW! 2019 FRINGE NEW PLAY PRIZE – Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. Deadline: October 1, 2018 Info:

PAPRIKA FESTIVAL (Toronto, ON) IS SEEKING YOUNG ARTISTS! They provide year-round theatre training and mentorship. At the end of the year, your original work is showcased in the week-long, fully-produced, uncensored paprika festival (May 20-26, 2019). Deadline: October 1, 2018 Info:

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE ARTIST NATALIE LICONTI IS CREATING A DATABASE OF MONTREAL AND TORONTO-BASED QUEER THEATRE/PERFORMANCE WORKERS. The intention with this database is to provide a secure/safe list of Canadian-based artists that can be shared with Montreal-based artistic directors of theatre companies / curators / programmers / anyone that holds power within the performance industry when they decide to create a “queer” show.  Read the full call here.


The National Theatre School of Canada is is searching for THREE EMERGING ARTISTIC LEADERS for a one-year, intensive preparatory program. Deadline: September 12, 2018 Info:

BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY is accepting applications for their SELF-DIRECTED WRITING RESIDENCY. Deadline: September 12, 2018 Info:

BANFF PLAYWRIGHTS LAB 2019 offers Canadian playwrights an inspiring, interdisciplinary, and inclusive environment to work on their plays while surrounded by performing artists from across the country and around the world. Deadline: September 12, 2018 Info:

FESTIVAL PLAYERS THEATRE ARTIST RESIDENCIES (Wellington, ON) provide theatre artists access to the resources in the Kaplan Script Library, use of The Studio Theatre facilities, and support from Festival Players artists and staff in service of an artistic project. Deadline: September 15, 2018 Info:

NEW! TIP PLAYWRIGHTS’ UNIT: SOLO CREATORS RETREAT (October 15 – 21, 2018 in Gananoque, ON) The Thousand Islands Playhouse is accepting applications for our new seven-day residency for theatre artists developing solo works for the stage. Deadline: September 18, 2018 Info:

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BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES 2019 RHUBARB FESTIVAL seeks proposals for their upcoming festival (February 13 – February 24, 2019). Deadline: September 14, 2018 Info:


REVOLVER THEATRE FESTIVAL (May 22 – June 2, 2019) invites submissions from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada to have their work considered. Deadline: October 1, 2018 Info:

MAYWORKS HALIFAX FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS (Halifax, NS) seeks proposals that will speak of the working class experience. Deadline: October 1, 2018 Info:

INSPIRATO’S 14TH PLAYWRITING CONTEST. Submit a ten-minute play and see your story on stage. Deadline: November 20, 2018 Info:

LANGHAM COURT THEATRE announces that it is inaugurating A MAJOR NEW PLAYWRITING COMPETITION, the world’s richest competition specifically for the writing of tragedy. Deadline: March 29, 2019 Info:

THE NATIONAL CREATION FUND is accepting proposals – It will invest up to $3 million a year in the development of 15 to 20 compelling and ambitious new Canadian works in theatre, dance and music


CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP AT ARGO led by Ilona Martonfi. Date: September 6, 2018 Fee: $8 Info:

Ongoing Calls

CAHOOTS THEATRE (Toronto, ON) accepts unsolicited scripts by Canadian writers and creators.

CANADIAN WOMEN IN THE LITERARY ARTS (CWILA) in Picton, ON is seeking writing by women, trans, genderqueer, and two-spirit Canadian writers on topics relating to literary arts.
Info: Submit a script to Theatre

CHAMELEON THEATRE COMPANY welcomes new work by women.

ELAN will be developing showcases in the coming year to encourage and support artists in the performing arts who want to tour. Interested? Fill out this survey

If you are a playwright with a script to develop, get in touch with FABRICATE THEATRE.

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.

Get involved with LADY PLAYS PODCAST, a bi-monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women.

Submit a script to NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS (Toronto, ON)

Submit your theatre project proposal to THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (Ottawa, ON).

THEATRE NEW BRUNSWICK (Fredericton, NB) invites playwrights to submit scripts for future consideration for both Main Stage and Studio Theatre productions.

PLAYCONNECT – PGC’s Readings Program Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.  Info:

Submit plays or short stories to PLAYME, an exciting new initiative by Expect Theatre (Toronto, ON) that supports emerging and established Canadian writers, by providing a unique opportunity to produce their work in podcast format, making it accessible to audiences nationally and internationally.

The Pledge Project – a searchable database includes plays written by Canadian women. Info:

Submit a play to PROSCENIUM JOURNAL and the third annual Proscenium Live Festival of New Work

RESOURCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS (St. John’s, NL ) wants to present your play.

Submit a plat to STUDIO 180 THEATRE (Toronto, ON)

Apply to SUBLETSERIES@HERE (New York, NY). HERE provides space, equipment, box office services, and technical support.

TEESRI DUNIYA THEATRE (Montreal, QC) seeks culturally diverse and First Nation plays that are politically relevant examining meaningful social and cultural questions, exploring diverse worldviews and historical events that affect our lives and our socio-cultural heritage.

THEATRE NDG will host a monthly playreading series of original works.
Get in touch Info: theatrendg

Submit a script to THE PURPLE ROSE (Chelsea MI) dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights.

Love to write or have something to say? Become a contributor with THEATREARTLIFE.

Submit a play to URBAN STAGES (New York, NY).

Do you have an idea for an article you would like to write for the WOMENARTS BLOG?

Submit a script for developmental support with YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE (Toronto, ON).

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