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AWARDS, COMPETITIONS, & GRANTS

THE WILDFIRE NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
The Major Matt Mason Collective and Sage Theatre  present the Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. They want to read awesome plays by young Canadian playwrights, and they are willing to offer cash money. They are looking for playwrights 30 or under to submit fresh, young scripts that embrace risk, grit and evocation. The two winning scripts selected by the jury will receive a cash prize, development workshop, and a reading in association Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! Festival. Go here for more information. 
(Deadline: March 15, 2020)

54TH ALBERTA PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
The competition is open to ALL Albertans whose primary residence has been Alberta for at least one year immediately prior to the submission deadline. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5000 and a potential workshop/reading of their play. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: March 31, 2020)

2020 RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION
Langham Court Theatre calls on playwrights worldwide to submit plays to the 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)

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. Acceptance of proposals begins November 1, 2019. For the application form go here.


FESTIVALS & EVENTS

NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
Live Bait Theatre launched its call for submissions for the New Works Festival being held from July 3 – 5 in Sackville. The Festival invites artists to submit work in different art forms, at different stages of development, and by professionals and/or community members. Proposals can be made in one of three categories. “Exploring an Idea” is for artists looking to just discuss an idea for a project with other artists or the public. “Presenting a Bit” is for artists who might want to have a reading of a play they are developing.  “First presentations” is for artists who are ready to present a complete show or a play. For more information on how to apply go here.
(Deadline: March 31, 2020)

THE EXTREMELY SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
Glasshouse Productions, Ottawa’s newest live theatrical production company, is mounting its inaugural Extremely Short New Play Festival this summer. Plays must be original one-act pieces in English, with a maximum playing time of 10 minutes, and a minimum playing time of 1 minute. Playwrights are welcome to submit up to 3 plays each. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: April 10, 2020)

THE LARK’S PLAYWRIGHTS’ WEEK
Playwrights’ Week is an annual, intensive, seven-day festival designed to foster a peer-based community among a cohort of writers with new work in development. Selected via a year-long open submissions process, they provide five playwrights with crucial creative resources in a nurturing and rigorous laboratory setting, which includes a series of group conversations around the work. Each new play receives ten hours of rehearsal in advance of a public staged reading, focused on the writer’s self-stated developmental goals. Submissions are open to writers based anywhere in the world with scripts-in-progress. More information here.
(Deadline: April 15, 2020)

Y.E.S. FESTIVAL
The Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is calling for submissions for their Year End Series Festival of New Plays – THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 8-18, 2021. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $400 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations) visit to NKU to see their plays in production. In deciding what to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Submissions with larger casts are looked upon favourably in the selection process. Go here for more information. 
(Deadline: June 1, 2020)


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 wpimontreal2021@gmail.com, their Facebook page, or their website.
(Dates: June 18-23, 2021)


PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

LEGACY VOICE MONTREAL WORKSHOP
Applications are open for the Legacy Voice Montreal Workshop, taking place Friday April 17 – Sunday April 19, 2020. What are the legacies we carry and those we leave behind? Diane Roberts, in collaboration with David Smukler and Gerry Trentham, invite you into an exploration of root cultural voice, rhythm and performance. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their unique breath and ‘core’ voice in order to foster a tangible awareness of vocal, physical and rhythmic potential. More information here.
(Early bird rate extended to March 17th)

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

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.

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. 

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. 


SUBMIT A PLAY

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. 
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