Calls from the community

A resource for Canadian theatre creators!


THE NATIONAL CREATION FUND will invest up to $3 million a year in the development of 15 to 20  new Canadian works in theatre. Acceptance of proposals begins November 1, 2019. For the application form go here.

Nominations for the Jovette-Marchessault Award are open. The Award is intended to increase the recognition and visibility of women artists’ contribution to Montreal’s theatre scene. The award includes a cash prize of $20,000, bestowed upon the winner by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM). This year, the call is for women directors.
All professional women theatre artists are eligible, regardless of their years’ of experience, provided they have been recognized by their peers and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents living on the Island of Montreal at the time of submission. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: January 16, 2020)

Langham Court Theatre calls on playwrights worldwide to submit plays to the 2020 RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION. The winning play will be workshopped in Victoria, Canada. A travel stipend is available. In addition, the winning play may be fully produced by Langham Court Theatre as a special event. More information here.
(Deadline: June 1, 2020)


SummerWorks is seeking proposals for new projects that will be ready for presentation in August 2020. They are interested in works and artists that tackle urgent and complex questions of our time; that celebrate curiosity, wonder and adventure; and that expand the possibilities of what performance can be. Works for theatre, gallery, outdoor, and non-traditional settings are welcome, as are proposals for site-specific and immersive contexts. Proposed works should have some previous development or presentation history. For more information go here.
(Deadline: January 10, 2020)

King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays will be hosted by King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal on June 12, 13 and 14, 2020.  The Festival is open to all writers and playwrights even if you have never written a play before.  It is suggested that submissions be approximately 10 minutes in length (total reading time), can be of any genre (comedy, tragedy etc.), have a limited number of characters (1-6), and should not have been previously produced in any form. Go here for more information. 
(Deadline: January 13, 2020)

For its 2020 season, Theatre inspiraTO will draw 35 individuals or theatre companies using a lottery system, with 100% of the ticket sales going to the artist. Each individual/company will create a ten-minute play and address the upcoming theme: Leap. They will have full creative control of their piece: from writing, casting and directing. Applications open Nov. 7. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: January 16, 2020)

The 2020 Island Fringe is looking for submissions. The Festival takes place from July 29 – August 2, and offers unconventional performances in unconventional venues. Go here for more information. 
(Deadline: January 31, 2020)


Applications are open for participating in the 12th Women Playwrights International Conference in Montréal! Open call for female, gender-fluid, non-binary and gender non-conforming playwrights.  They will notify those plays that are chosen for WPI Montreal by April 15, 2020.  For more information, please email, or check their Facebook page. Go here for submission details.


RISER is intended to provide more opportunity for artists to take on risks in producing their work:

5×25 is a national initiative designed to celebrate playwrights, composers, choreographers and creators who were born in the year that Nightswimming was founded: 1995. It’s a 5-year creative process launched in 2015 and each year they invite proposals from artists born in 1995, then commission one annually until their 25th anniversary in 2020. Tell them what you want to create and if selected, they will provide a $5,000 commission, plus resources to workshop the piece, develop a process with you to create it, bring you to Toronto to work and seek out producers or festivals to get it in front of an audience. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: January 10, 2020)


Submissions are being accepted for the 2020 PARC Playwrights’ Colony that will be held from May 3rd to 17th in Sackville, New Brunswick on the Mount Allison University campus. For more information go here.
(Deadline: January 15, 2020)

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.


READ MY PLAY, a free Script Exchange Service for Playwrights.


Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) is always on the lookout for new works:

Cahoots Theatre accepts unsolicited scripts by writers and creators:

Canadian Women in The Literary Arts (CWILA) seeks writing by women, trans, genderqueer, and two-spirit writers on topics relating to literary arts:

Chameleon Theatre Company welcomes new work by

Dancing Sky Theatre accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length and original plays:

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

If you are a playwright with a script to develop, get in touch with Fabricate

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

Get involved with Lady Plays Podcast, a bi-monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women:

Submit your theatre project proposal to The National Arts

The National Creation Fund is accepting proposals of compelling and ambitious new Canadian works in theatre, dance and music:

Submit a script to Native Earth Performing Arts:

PLAYCONNECT – PGC’s Readings Program:

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:

Submit a play to Proscenium Journal and the third annual Proscenium Live Festival of New Work:

Submit a script to The Purple Rose – dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights:

Resource Centre for the Arts wants to present your play:

Submit a play to Studio 180

Apply to SUBLETSERIES@HERE for a chance to receive space, equipment, box office services, and technical support:

Teesri Duniya Theatre seeks culturally diverse and First Nation plays:

Theatre NDG hosts a monthly play-reading series of original works: theatrendg

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:

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

Submit a play to Urban Stages:

Do you have an idea for an article you would like to write for the Women Arts

Submit a script for developmental support with Young People’s

Submit a Posting to PWM:

Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal promotes shows, readings, and calls related to the work that we do that benefit our members and community. Have an event to promote?

Click to fill out a form