Calls from the community

Calls from the community


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


FIXT POINT – Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program through the Ontario Arts Council. FIXT POINT’s priority with this grant is to support theatre artists who are new parents, prioritizing (but not limited to) proposals that are new projects, place based initiatives, creating art from audio, and public engagement. Info:

BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE – Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators Program. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre creates vital Canadian theatre by developing and presenting voices that question sexual and cultural norms. Buddies seeks proposals and projects that reflect and push their values as a company. Info:

TORONTO FRINGE offers a variety of opportunities to connect your art with an audience. Info:

NIGHTWOOD THEATRE as a participant in the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program, are able to allocate funds based on the merit of project and subject to final approval at the council level. As a recommender they adhere to the priority of their mandate, that is, they recommend female-identified playwrights/creators, however, they do not necessarily require a focus on women’s stories. Deadline: November 9, 2018 Info:

STUDIO 180 THEATRE has once again been invited to be a third party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program. They are seeking submissions from playwrights and collectives developing work that engages audiences and invites them to become part of an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas of social relevance. Deadline: November 9, 2018 Info:

CAHOOTS THEATRE Recommender Grants. 2018 PRIORITIES:  Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and artists of colour. Deadline: November 19, 2018 Info:

THEATRE INSPIRATO’S 14TH PLAYWRITING CONTEST! This year’s theme: Outcast. Submit a ten-minute play to inspiraTO’s Playwritng Contest and see your story on stage. Deadline to submit: November 20, 2018 Info:

CAROUSEL PLAYERS – The Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators. They ask creators to apply with a theatre for young audience proposal in mind. Deadline: November 30, 2018 Info:

OBSIDIAN THEATRE COMPANY – Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration of the Black Artists voice in Canada, and it is one of our top priorities to support the development of the work of Artists of Colour. Deadline: November 30, 2018 Info:

NIGHTSWIMMING 5X25 (Toronto, ON). Open to writers, choreographers, composers, designers and activists who love performance and have an idea and a project they want to create. Deadline: November 30, 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.

VOLCANO – RECOMMENDER GRANTS FOR THEATRE CREATORS. Volcano prioritize projects that somehow fuse traditions (cultural, theatrical, disciplinary, etc), that are politically and/or intellectually provocative, and that look to reinvent live performance in accessible yet surprising ways. Deadline: December 1, 2018 Info:

WHY NOT THEATRE – OAC Theatre Creators Reserve. Why Not’s focus is on artists who need to engage a senior mentor (local, national, international) in order to assist in the development and creation of a new work. Deadline: December 1, 2018 Info:

NEW! STAGING OUR HISTORIES is  now accepting performance submissions from artists and performers are asked to explore the themes of home, land – and homelands – in local, community or personal histories via short original pieces of  theatre, poetry, dance, film, music, other performing arts or multimedia presentations. Deadline: December 4, 2018 Info:

MT SPACE is currently accepting applications, through the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants Program, to provide funding and dramaturgical support to playwrights and theatre creators from all cultural backgrounds. Deadline: December 7, 2018 Info:

NATIVE EARTH through the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators accepts submissions from emerging and established theatre and multidisciplinary creators who are residents of Ontario. Native Earth prioritizes the funding of Indigenous artists and culturally diverse artists. Deadline: December 9, 2018 Info:

SUITCASE IN POINT – Recommender Grants for Theatre Artists is an Ontario Arts Council Program. Suitcase in Point priorities include: new collaborative processes, multi-media works, satire and the work of regional artists. Deadline: December 12, 2018 Info:

WORKMAN ARTS – the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators. Their priorities in awarding the funding we have been allocated are projects by creator(s) with lived experience of mental health/addiction and/or content/subject matter that explores mental health/addiction in a sophisticated and artistically grounded way. Projects may be multidisciplinary. Deadline: December 14, 2018 Info:

THEATRE DIRECT through the OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators welcomed applications from artists seeking support for the creation of new work. Artists may submit proposals for work aimed at young audiences, in its early stages of research and development. Deadline: December 17, 2018 Info:

THE MUSICAL STAGE COMPANY through the OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators – seeks new musical theatre work that uses music to illuminate the human condition and where the music is integral to the emotional journey of the storytelling. Deadline: December 17, 2018 Info:

OTTAWA FRINGE – recommender grants for theatre creators. Deadline: December 17, 2018 Info:

JUMBLIES THEATRE through the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants program for Theatre Creators seeks projects that combine professional theatre/performance creation and community arts practices. They define “community arts” as a creative process that meaningfully involves people for whom art isn’t a chosen or desired profession, in the making and performing of the art. Deadline: December 21, 2018 Info:

THEATRE GARGANTUA through the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants program for Theatre Creators seeks projects focused on collective creation of original contemporary works of multi-disciplinary theatre, physical theatre and/or new processes of theatre creation. Deadline: January 11, 2019 Info:

NEW! 2019 ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL ARTIST APPLICATION – The Island FRINGE Festival is a site-specific Festival. This is an opportunity to bring your show into a unique space in downtown Charlottetown. Deadline: January 15, 2018 Info:

4TH LINE THEATRE through the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program will be allocating funding to Ontario artists who demonstrate an ability to accomplish their artistic goals, with preference toward culturally diverse playwrights/collectives, artists living with a disability, regional playwrights and projects/creators that align with our mandate – to promote and preserve Canadian cultural heritage and history. Deadline: January 18, 2019 Info:

BLYTH FESTIVAL through the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program seeks narratives that embrace the complexity, enormity and diversity of rural life.  Blyth is especially interested in work that interrogates questions of Canadian identity.  Deadline: January 18, 2019 Info:

LANGHAM COURT THEATRE PRESENTS: THE RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION  – To write a new 90 – 120 minute play based on the risk theatre model of tragedy which speaks to contemporary audiences. Deadline: March 29, 2019 Info:


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: SPRING WRITERS RETREAT 2019. The Spring Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work. Deadline: November 28, 2018 Info:

NEW! CARAVAN FARM THEATRE NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS RETREAT brings together a group of Canadian playwrights to write and connect with each other on the land. Deadline: November 29, 2018 Info: 2019 Call for Applications


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THE 13TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S WORK FESTIVAL (March 4-8 2019 in St. Johns, NL) is open for submissions. It is an international festival of plays-in-progress featuring play readings, music performances, workshops, and panels, promoting work by women (self-identified). Info:

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

FEMFEST 2019: All the World’s a Stage Celebrating Winnipeg’s 17th. Sarasvàti Productions is accepting submissions for its 17th annual FemFest, which will take place in September 2019. Deadline: November 30, 2018 Info:

NEW! FIRE EXIT THEATRE’S SCRIPTS ON FIRE NEW PLAY COMPETITION. Fire Exit Theatre wants to hear your stories around the theme of faith – what you believe and don’t believe about God and death and life and all that happens in between. Deadline: December 31, 2018 Info:

NEW! THEATRE BC’S 2018 CANADIAN PLAYWRITING COMPETITION – open to original scripts of drama or comedy, either full-length or one-act. Deadline: December 31, 2018 Info:

NEW! PULL FESTIVAL – National Play Submission. Deadline: January 7, 2018 Info:

LANGHAM COURT THEATRE announces that it is inaugurating A MAJOR NEW PLAYWRITING COMPETITION – 2019 RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY 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


PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: MY FIRST PROJECT GRANT APPLICATION. You’ve never received financial assistance under the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s General Funding Program? You’re planning to apply for a grant for your artistic project in 2019? This free training is for you! Dates: Monday, October 22, 2018 & Thursday, November 8, 2018 Location:Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal Places are limited. Reverse your place. 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.
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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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