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AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, & GRANTS
SCREENCRAFT STAGE PLAY COMPETITION
Drawing on a long history of playwrights transitioning to screenwriting, this competition seeks to celebrate excellent plays that have great film or TV adaptation potential. Featuring a jury of Hollywood professionals and award-winning playwrights, ScreenCraft’s Stage Play Competition is a great opportunity to have work considered by industry professionals. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize and will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Development Program. For more information go here.
(Deadline: July 31, 2020)
THE BOOK PIPELINE: 2020 ADAPTATION CONTEST
The Book Pipeline: Adaptation Competition seeks published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and television adaptation. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent. The winner will receive one-on-one assistance from Book Pipeline execs prior to industry exposure, in addition to 10,000 USD, long-term film/TV industry circulation, and project development. Finalists receive support as well. For more information go here.
(Deadline: August 15, 2020)
YALE DRAMA SERIES PLAYWRIGHTING COMPETITION
The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Past winners have gone on to have full productions in New York, Los Angeles and London. For more information go here.
(Deadline: August 15, 2020)
BLUE INK PLAYWRITING AWARD
Each year American Blues Theater accepts worldwide submissions of original, unpublished full-length plays in an effort to support the development of new theatrical work. Submissions must be original, unpublished, full-length plays written in English. The winning playwright receives a monetary prize of 1,250 USD. Finalists and semi-finalists receive cash awards as well. For more information go here.
(Deadline: August 31, 2020)
SCRIPTS ON FIRE NEW PLAY COMPETITION
Writers! What are you thinking about these days? Fire Exit Theatre would love to know what’s rumbling around inside you. They love stories about what you believe, what you don’t believe and why. If you’ve never submitted to them, this is the year. If you have submitted in the past and have done some rewrites it may be time to submit again. The fee is $25 and the prize is $500 with a workshop and staged reading. If you have any questions about what to submit, how to submit, and why you should submit, contact the Artistic Director – email@example.com.
(Deadline: September 15, 2020)
NIGHTSWIMMING COMMISSION FOR BIPOC SCRIPT
Nightswimming has been deeply listening to the voices of BIPOC artists As a company devoted to commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance, they believe that stories, and the artists who tell them, can change the world. They believe that meaningful actions can make meaningful change. Nightswimming is offering a $20,000 commission to a Black and/or Indigenous artist to create a full-length work. For more information email Brittany Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or go here.
(Deadline: October 16, 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
FALL FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS
Theatre New Brunswick is seeking scripts to workshop for a Fall Festival of New Plays, taking place September – November 2020. If you are a New Brunswick born or based playwright, and you have a full-length script that is ready for a workshop, TNB would like to hear from you. Selected playwrights will be provided with a dramaturg, a director, and actors if needed to further develop their work. Artists in need of studio space to create and move will also be considered. The festival will take place within socially distanced parameters. The aim with the Festival is to develop approximately ten scripts over a three- month period. Participating artists will commit to concentrated periods of work with others, followed by time to write. The Festival will culminate in a series of online public readings highlighting all the new works and the artists involved. For more information go here.
(Deadline: July 31, 2020)
THE PLAIN SITE THEATRE FESTIVAL: CALL FOR SCRIPTS
Theatre St. Thomas in partnership with Solo Chicken the coop announce the opening act of their 2019/2020 Season, The Plain Site Theatre Festival running October 2–5 2019. This new initiative, which aims to bring LGBTQ2+ visibility front and centre by fostering the development of LGBTQ2+ playwrights, performers and directors will kick off with workshops, panels and staged readings. Festival Director Alex Rioux is seeking submissions for the 2020 festival and is working hard to create a flexible festival plan that will work with whatever state of social distancing is required. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: August 1, 2020)
EARTH MATTERS ON STAGE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights Festival was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried in order to foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and explore new possibilities for being in relationship with the more-than-human world. EMOS calls for new plays that focus on current and historic environmental issues, and enliven and transform our experience of the world, inspiring us to listen better, and instilling a deeper, more complex, sense of our ecological communities. Winners receive a cash prize and professional production. For more information go here.
(Deadline: August 31, 2020)
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS & NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL
The 35th Annual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is seeking submissions of original One-Act plays for its 2020-2021 Writing Contest. Judge is Peter Hagan, President of Dramatists Play Service. This contest is open to U.S. and international submissions in English. Prizes awarded for the winning submission and finalists. For more information go here.
(Deadline: October 1, 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.
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
EASTERN FRONT THEATRE IS LOOKING FOR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
EFT is looking for someone who is ready to lead and build the organization in partnership with the General Manager. If you have proven leadership skills, a regionally recognized professional artistic practice, a deep knowledge of the regional theatre community, strong communication and interpersonal skills, are a critical and strategic thinker, and have a mind for finances, then apply for this position! Go here for more information.
(Deadline: July 26, 2020)
PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE CENTRE HIRING DRAMATURG
PTC is hiring hire a Dramaturg in Creative Engagement. The primary focus of the Dramaturg, Creative Engagement (DCE) position is researching, developing and leading in the dramaturgy of new plays at PTC. The DCE also dramaturgs specific projects and engages with the communities from which each project springs. The DCE is a collaborative partner to the AED and the Dramaturg, Public Engagement. This is a Vancouver-based position that requires in-person and remote work at time of application. For more information go here.
(Deadline: July 31, 2020)
TARRAGON THEATRE IS LOOKING FOR A NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Tarragon Theatre creates, develops and produces new Canadian theatre that reflects and illuminates the diversity and complexity of the contemporary human experience. They are looking for a new Artistic Director. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: September 4, 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.
HALEY MCGEE’S 14 DAY CREATIVE QUARANTINE CHALLENGE
The 14-Day Creative Quarantine Challenge is a self-directed online program led by Haley McGee, designed for artists across disciplines who are looking for a creative boost during this strange time. It offers tools, accountability and gentle encouragement to build a body of work and cultivate a sustainable daily creative habit. Participants will also receive access to 4 Q&A video sessions with artists talking about process and creating in isolation. For more information 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
PGC PLAYWRIGHTS’ RETREAT
Playwrights Guild of Canada is offering a summer retreat. Looking to ‘get away’ for the summer and connect with fellow playwrights? Join the Online Playwrights’ Retreat July 16th at 3pm EST. PGC’s Online Playwrights’ Retreat is an interactive session with fellow PGC Members through Zoom’s breakout room feature. Each room has a designated topic which ranges from practising your pitch to how to get your work online. Please note that this is a free event for PGC Members. If you are not a member and are interested in joining, please consider making a donation to PGC. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: July 27, 2020)
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
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?