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AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, & GRANTS

ANNUAL RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION
Edwin Wong calls on playwrights worldwide to submit plays to the 3rd annual 2021 Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition, juried by an international panel of professionals, anonymous to each other and the public until the winners are announced. Cash prizes of $10,000 for the winner and five $525 prizes for the runners-up. The winner may also receive a travel stipend to offset the costs of travelling to Victoria to attend their workshop led by Edwin Wong. The workshop will culminate in a reading (either streamed online or before a live audience at the organizer’s discretion). For more information go here.
(Deadline: May 31st, 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. For the application form go 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 info@rubyslippers.ca 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 2022
A gathering of women playwrights from all around the world coming to Montreal, Canada in 2022 ! 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 wpimontreal2021@gmail.com, their Facebook page, or their website.
(Dates: June 18-23, 2022)


PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

GHOSTLIGHT CREATIVE SERVICES: STUDIO SESSIONS
GhostLight is a digital theatrical training ground and digital performance space. Studio Sessions is an interview/conversation series curated by Charlotte Gowdy that provides insight into the artistic processes of the masters. You’ll learn tips, techniques and personal secrets of the craft from a variety of actors, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers and creators. Conversations are followed by a live Q&A session, open to all. Public sessions are broadcast on a regular basis at 11am EST on Facebook Live. For dates and more information on past and upcoming Studio Sessions, please go here.

RISER PROJECT
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.
riserproject.org


RESIDENCY & RETREATS

CREATIVE EXPLORATION RESIDENCY – PRISM (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts invites you to submit one of your works or even co-create with them to bring the Museum’s collections to life in a creative, innovative way! At the same time, you will contribute to the creation of knowledge about digital museum mediation involving this type of interactive work.
A support grant from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded to selected candidates for the presentation or development of a digital creation. Your work could also be selected for the PRISM digital explorations calendar. Apply here.
(Deadline: March 22, 2021)

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.

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 panmuresatori@gmail.com or sharonrobso@yahoo.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 monologues@playwrightscanada.com 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.
www.readmyplay.com


ONGOING CALLS

BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP
Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) is always on the lookout for new works. 
www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca

CAHOOTS THEATRE
Cahoots Theatre accepts unsolicited scripts by writers and creators. 
www.cahoots.ca

CHAMELEON THEATRE COMPANY
Chameleon Theatre Company welcomes new work by women
www.chameleontheatrephilly.com

DANCING SKY THEATRE
Dancing Sky Theatre accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length and original plays. 
www.dancingskytheatre.com

FABRICATE THEATRE
If you are a playwright with a script to develop, get in touch with Fabricate Productions
www.fabricatetheatre.com

GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY
Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) produces a subscription season of six full-length plays in English for adult audiences. 
www.gctc.ca

INTERMISSION MAGAZINE
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
www.intermissionmagazine.ca

NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
Submit your theatre project proposal to The National Arts Centre
www.nac-cna.ca

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Submit a script to Native Earth Performing Arts. 
www.nativeearth.ca

PLAYCONNECT
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.
www.playwrightsguild.ca

PLAYME CBC PODCAST
Submit plays or short stories to Playme Podcast for a unique opportunity to produce your work in podcast format. 
www.playmepodcast.com

PLEDGE PROJECT
The Pledge Project is a searchable database that includes plays written by Canadian women. 
www.pledgeproject.ca

THE PURPLE ROSE
Submit a script to the Purple Rose Theatre Company – dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights.
www.purplerosetheatre.org

RESOURCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
The Resource Centre for the Arts wants to present your play. 
www.rca.nf.ca

STUDIO 180 THEATRE
Submit a play to Studio 180 Theatre
www.studio180theatre.com

SUBLETSERIES: CO-OP
Apply to SUBLETSERIES@HERE for a chance to receive space, equipment, box office services, and technical support. 
www.here.org

TEESRI DUNIYA THEATRE
Teesri Duniya Theatre seeks culturally diverse and First Nation plays. 
www.teesriduniyatheatre.com

THEATRE NDG
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.
www.tnb.nb.ca

THEATRE TIMES
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.
www.thetheatretimes.com

THEATRE ART LIFE
Love to write or have something to say? Become a contributor to Theatre Art Life
www.theatreartlife.com

URBANSTAGES
Submit a play to Urban Stages.
www.urbanstages.org

WOMEN ARTS BLOG
Do you have an idea for an article you would like to write for the Women Arts Blog?
www.womenarts.org

YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE
Submit a script for developmental support with Young People’s Theatre.
www.youngpeoplestheatre.org