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AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, & GRANTS
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SIMINOVITCH PRIZE FOR PLAYWRIGHTS
Nominations for the 2020 Siminovitch Prize for Playwrights are now open. The Siminovitch Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the National Arts Centre have announced a call for nominations for the Siminovitch Prize, Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre. Despite these tumultuous times, both organizations are planning for the annual celebration of excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre to take place later this fall. Over a three-year cycle, the prize celebrates a professional director, playwright or designer, an acknowledged leader in the theatre whose work is transformative and influential. The Siminovitch Prize also encourages and supports emerging talent with a protégé prize awarded to a theatre artist chosen by the recipient. Self-nominations will not be considered. Go here for the nomination form.
(Deadline: July 13, 2020 at 5PM EST)
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)
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
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.
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
LEGACY VOICE IN CONVERSATION WITH ZAB MABOUNGOU June 30th 2-4pm
Legacy Voice is an embodied vocal practice that emerged from The Arrivals Legacy Project, the brainchild of Artistic Director and Cultural Animator Diane Roberts. It was incubated at Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata and developed in collaboration with the faculty of The Moving Voice Institute (formerly the National Voice Intensive). This conversation is the first in a series that draws on African, Afrisporic and Indigenous ways of knowing and its relationship to contemporary creative practice. Legacy Voice in Conversation with Choreographer and philosopher Zab Maboungou, will explore the origins and practice of the Rhythm Posture and Alignment for African Dance (Rypada) system: known as the “LOKETO” practice. This event is happening June 30, 2020 from 2-4PM, and is PWYC. More information about the event here. Register by 10 am EST Tuesday June 30th here.
SOLO PERFORMANCE CREATION WITH HEIDI TAYLOR
Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Studio Workshop Series announces Solo Performance Creation with Heidi Taylor. The workshop is July 21- 26, 2020. Drawing from experience developing her own solo work and shows like Empire of the Son, Heidi will lead participants through a process to connect with their own solo project. Offered digitally with studio access. Learn more about Heidi Taylor and the worshop here.
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.
RESIDENCY & RETREATS
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?