Calls from the community

Calls from the community

A resource for Canadian Playwrights and Theatre Creators!


PHYSICAL THEATRE CREATION WITH ANDY MASSINGHAM (March 4th-April 1st, 2019). Geared toward the experienced artist who is interested in expanding their sensory and emotional awareness as well as taking physical risks. Info:

DIRECTING WITH RICHARD ROSE (April 8th-May 1 st, 2019) – This course will be an examination/exploration of a directing process — a how-to-go from your first reading’s gut impression to moment-by-moment rehearsal with the actors. Info:


REVOLUTION THEY WROTE AND MAINLINE THEATRE SHORT WORKS FEMINIST THEATRE & PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL –  Focus on prioritising marginalized voices and widening the breadth of feminism, equality and justice. Info:

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

NEWMARKET NATIONAL TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (July 22-28, 2019) for both emerging and veteran artists. Info:

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

INSPIRATO FESTIVAL (May 30 to June 8, 2019). This year’s theme: Outcast. Deadline: January 10, 2019 Info:

KING’S SHORTS’ FESTIVAL OF 10 MINUTE PLAYS in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia on June 14, 15 and 16, 2019. Open to all writers and playwrights, worldwide and can be of any genre (comedy, tragedy etc.). Deadline:January 14, 2019 Info:

2019 ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL is an opportunity to bring your show into a unique space in downtown Charlottetown. Deadline: January 15, 2019 Info:

VINES FESTIVAL (August 7-18, 2019) invites artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at Trout Lake (Vancouver) and other local parks to apply. Deadline: January 15, 2019 Info:

THE STAGES THEATRE FESTIVAL is a two-week festival of theatre from May 27-June 9, 2019 presenting shows at different stages of development, by artists at different stages of their careers, through a variety of productions, workshops, and play-readings. Deadline: January 31, 2019 Info:

CAMINOS 2019 is currently seeking proposals from artists across Canada. The festival’s focus is on work from the Pan-American Diaspora, Indigenous and culturally diverse artists. Deadline for proposals: Friday February 8, 2019 Info:

ADVANCE THEATRE FESTIVAL showcases dramatic readings of five new plays written and directed by diverse Canadian women/gender queer/femme spectrum/non binary artists during the Vancouver Fringe Festival, in September 2019. Deadline: February 15, 2019 Info:

GREAT ISLAND ARTS CO-OP RESIDENCY is a multi-disciplinary artist residency program on a remote island off the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Deadline: February 15, 2019 Info:

THE RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION  – 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:


A MACDOWELL FELLOWSHIP, OR RESIDENCY, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. Deadline: January 15, 2019 Info:

DIRECTORS LAB NORTH is a week long exchange between professional directors in all stages of their career taking place every June in Toronto. It is a series of workshops, readings, rehearsals, investigations, roundtable discussions, shared sessions and master classes with Master Directors. Applications deadline : Monday Feb 4, 2019 Info:

BANFF CENTRE WRITING STUDIO provides writers and poets with an extended period of uninterrupted writing time and one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors. Deadline: February 06, 2019 Info:


THE NATIONAL THEATRE SCHOOL OF CANADA PLAYWRITING PROGRAM trains students in the foundational principles of dramatic writing, equipping them with a wide array of tools to generate, shape and analyze their own work, with the end goal of creating plays that fulfil each student’s personal artistic vision. Deadline: January 31, 2019 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 4th Line Deadline: January 18, 2019 Info:

PLEIADES THEATRE serves as a recommending theatre for the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators.  The goal of this program is to assist Ontario-based theatre creators to develop new work. 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:


BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP (BTW) is a developmental theatre company always on the lookout for new works. Info:

DANCING SKY THEATRE accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length, original plays by Canadian writers. Info:

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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 PODCAST, 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 is 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 world views and historical events that affect our lives and our socio-cultural heritage.

THEATRE NDG will host a monthly playreading series of original works.
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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.

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. Info:

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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