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Theatre Creators' Reserve

Theatre Creators' Reserve
January 01, 2006 - January 01, 2006

Program for: Individuals & Collectives

Purpose: To assist theatre creators to develop new work.

Eligibility: The program assists Ontario-based professional theatre creators, and informal collectives of creators, by funding them to create work. This is a third-party recommender program. Applications are made to and funding decisions are made by the theatre companies listed below.

Deadline: There are no standard deadlines in this program. Recommender theatres set their own deadlines between September 2014 and January 2015.

Theatre Recommenders 2014-15




4th Line Theatre

4 Tupper Street
Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0

(705) 932-3347

January 16, 2015

Ontario playwrights in general; worthy regional playwriting projects/creators that align with 4th Line Theatre’s mandate to promote and preserve our Canadian cultural heritage and history.
Acting Up Stage Company

476 Parliament Street
2nd Floor

Toronto, ON  M4X 1P2

(416) 927-7880
December 29, 2014 Musical theatre works only. Priorities: projects written by teams, where music is integral to the emotional journey of the characters.

Alameda Theatre Company

Wychwood Barns
255 - 601 Christie Street
Toronto, ON  M6G 4C7

(416) 652-5442

December 14, 2014

Latin American playwrights, collectives, interdisciplinary artists. New works, adaptations, works in translation.

Aluna Theatre

1 Wiltshire Avenue
Unit 124
Toronto, ON M6N 2V7

(416) 203-2535

October 15, 2014

Work with an intercultural/interdisciplinary focus, from the Latin American (or other) Diaspora, by women artists, and/or a focus on social justice issues.

b current

601 Christie Street
Suite 251
Toronto, ON M6G 4C7

(416) 533-1500

November 3, 2014

New/emerging theatre makers, stories emanating from diasporic communities, non-traditional creative expression, unusual/alternative forms of storytelling, female theatre makers, musical theatre.

Blyth Festival

423 Queen Street
P.O. Box 10
Blyth, ON  N0M 1H0

(519) 523-9300

January 9, 2015

Compelling ideas, good writing, regional/diverse/Aboriginal or emerging playwrights, and/or projects that speak to the Blyth mandate.

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre

12 Alexander Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1B4

(416) 975-9130

November 28, 2014

LGBT-identified artists and/or stories about LGBT people; work that challenges, in form and content, normative assumptions about identity; perspectives and stories rarely seen and heard.

The Cabaret Company

205 John Street North
Hamilton, ON  L8L 4P4

(416) 879-3331

December 31, 2014

Queer work - work by queer artists with queer content; innovative work.

Cahoots Theatre Company

388 Queen Street East Unit 3
Toronto, ON M5A 1T3

(416) 203-9000

October 20, 2014

Creators who identify as diverse, inclusive of race, ability, gender and sexuality.

Canadian Stage Company

26 Berkeley Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2W3

(416) 367-8243

December 1, 2014

New creations on a large scale.

Carousel Players

101 King Street
2nd Floor
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3H6

(905) 682-8326

November 3, 2014

Works for children, youth and families. Submissions from diverse and/or Niagara artists are encouraged.

Crow's Theatre

696 Queen Street E.
Unit 2C
Toronto, ON  M4M 1G9

(647) 341-7390

January 16, 2015

Work that closely matches our mandate, in particular work that deals with pivotal narratives, relevant to our current society.

The Factory Theatre

125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2R2

(416) 504-4473

October 22, 2014

Creators who are theatrically innovative and authentic and who engage and reflect the diversity of our community.

Applications by email only:

Festival Players of Prince Edward County

289 Main Street
Picton, ON  K0K 2T0

(613) 476-1991

November 3, 2014

Rural or epic themes, musicals, outdoor theatre, theatre for young audiences, work by young (under 30) and/or local playwrights.

1550 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON  M6R 1A6

(416) 587-4346
January 15, 2015 Site-specific, devised, audio inspired work from emerging artists that is connected to place.

fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company

157 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2K3

(416) 920-2828

November 14, 2014

Asian (inclusive of the Pan-Asian Pacific Rim) Canadian plwyrights; playwrights of colour (inclusive of all playwrights who are visible minorities; female playwrights.

The Grand Theatre

471 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3E4

(519) 672-9030

January 9, 2015

Writers in London and Southwest Ontario region, or material of interest to this region.

Great Canadian Theatre Company

300 - 1227 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 0G7

(613) 236-5192

November 7, 2014

Writers living in the National Capital Region; culturally diverse artists; playwrights working in disability arts.
Mixed Company

201-157 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON  M5A 2K3

(416) 515-8080
December 1, 2014 Ontario artists using theatre as a tool for positive change. 

The MT Space

The Courtyard @ Bonnie Stuart
141 Whitney Place
Kitchener, ON  N2G 2X8

(519) 585-7763

December 3, 2014

Indigenous and culturally diverse projects, artistic collaborations and collective creations, interdisciplinary and physical theatre.

Native Earth Performing Arts

585 Dundas Street
Suite 250
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

(416) 531-1402

December 1, 2014

Aboriginal artists, Indigenous artists, artists of colour and women; emerging and established multi-disciplinary artists.


15 Case Goods Lane
Suite 310
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

(416) 504-3898

October 1, 2014

Diversity of storytelling (geographic and/or cultural); poetic dramatic text; dance; exploration of dramatic forms, stretching dramaturgical boundaries; integration of music, especially vocal music.

Applications by email only:

Nightwood Theatre

15 Case Goods Lane Studio #306
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

(416) 944-1740

November 1, 2014

Female creators; diversity of voice, mode of storytelling, race, ethnicity, sexuality and class.

Obsidian Theatre Company

1089 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1R9

(416) 463-8444

December 1, 2014

Black Artists, Artists of Colour.

Odyssey Theatre

2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6E2

(613) 232-8407

December 15, 2014

Projects that incorporate a discipline related to masked theatre, including physical theatre, Commedia, buffoon, clown, puppetry, dance-drama.
Ottawa Fringe Festival

2 Daly Avenue
Suite 100
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6E2

(613) 232-6162
December 15, 2014 Emerging artists, living and creating in Ottawa.

Pat the Dog Playwright Centre

The Walper Hotel
Room 308
20 Queen St. South
Kitchener, ON  N2G 1V6

(519) 745-3625

November 28, 2014


Pleiades Theatre

15 Case Goods Lane
Studio 311
Toronto, ON  M5A 3C4

(416) 203-1227

November 14, 2014

Great stories that open doors and shed light onto a cultural experience unfamiliar to most of us.

Port Stanley Festival Theatre

6 - 302 Bridge Street
Port Stanley, ON N5L 1C3

(519) 782-3914

January 16, 2015

Local/regional playwrights.

Puppetmongers Theatre

3 Jersey Avenue
Toronto, ON  M6G 3A2

(416) 469-3555

October 15, 2014

The development of theatrical work with puppetry, and the creation of new forms and new theatrical uses of puppetry.

Roseneath Theatre

651 Dufferin Street
3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M6K 2B2

(416) 686-5199

November 28, 2014

Theatre for Young Audiences.

Shaw Festival

10 Queen's Parade
P.O. Box 774
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

(905) 468-2153

January 16, 2015

Plays must be set within mandate period (1856-1950) or create a link between present and past - no other style or content restrictions apply.

Smile Theatre

188 Lowther Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1E8

(416) 599-8440

January 16, 2015

Our primary interest is in Canadian Musical Theatre, and in shows with Canadian themes.
Soulpepper Theatre Company

Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane Distillery Historic District
Toronto, ON  M5A 3C4

(416) 203-6264
 October 6, 2014 Emerging and mid-career playwrights, proposing development projects that aim to share the diverse stories of our community, city and province.

Studio 180 Theatre

19 Madison Avenue
3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5R 2S2

(416) 962-1800

December 1, 2014

Work that actively engages audiences and invites them to become part of an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas of social relevance.

Applications by email only:

Suitcase in Point Theatre


3rd floor, 36 James St.
St. Catharines, ON  L2R 5B8

(289) 477-1025

January 16, 2015

Collaborative creation and multidisciplinary work.

SummerWorks Theatre Festival

423-401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8

(416) 628-8216

October 31, 2014

Supporting young and emerging artists, developing diversity of voice and facilitating work that explores innovative approaches to theatre, particularly in terms of formal experimentation.

Talk Is Free Theatre

P.O. Box 247
Barrie, ON L4M 4T2

(705) 792-1949

October 3, 2014 Works by emerging book writers of Canadian musicals.
Tangled Art + Disability

S-30 - 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8

(647) 725-5064
November 21, 2014 Artists with disabilities.

Tarragon Theatre

30 Bridgman Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 1X3

(416) 536-5018

October 17, 2014


Theatre Aquarius

190 King William Street
Hamilton, ON  L8R 1A8

(905) 522-7815

December 13, 2014

Hamilton/Halton/Niagara based writers/creators.

The Theatre Centre
P.O. Box 232
Station C      
Toronto, ON  M6J 3P4

(416) 534-9261

November 1, 2014

Interdisciplinary artists and creators that use space and a myriad of disciplines to advance a theatrical idea.
Theatre Columbus

16 Ryerson Avenue
Toronto, ON  M5P 2P3

(416) 504-0019
January 5, 2015 Artists working on new plays that explore themes of women and public engagement, created by and for an ensemble. 

Theatre Direct Canada

601 Christie Street
Suite 174
Toronto, ON M6G 4C7

(416) 537-4191

December 19, 2014

Theatre and performance-based work for young audiences in a range of performance languages and cultural perspectives.

Theatre Gargantua

651 Dufferin St
Toronto, ON M6K 2B2

(416) 260-4660

January 15, 2015

Multi-disciplinary theatre work, physical theatre, collaborative creation projects.

Theatre Passe Muraille

16 Ryerson Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2P3

(416) 504-7529

January 9, 2015

Emerging and marginal voices, intercultural and ethno-specific work, interdisciplinary work and work that resonates within our community.

Theatre Smith Gilmour

c/o STAF
192 Spadina Avenue
Ste. #201
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2

(416) 703-2773

January 16, 2015 Work that reflects our cultural diversity, explores collaborative creation, and investigates the human condition with a unique theatricality.

Thousand Islands Playhouse

Box 241
Gananoque, ON K7G 2T8

(613) 382-7086

October 1, 2014

Work that originates in Eastern Ontario, explores the history of the region and/or investigates themes and content relevant to the local community.

Toronto Fringe

720 Bathurst St., Suite 403
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

(416) 966-1062 

October 31, 2014

Unique, innovative and unexpected methods of storytelling using a range of creative processes to develop new theatre or dance.


251 Crawford Street
Toronto, ON  M6J 2V7

(416) 538-4436

December 12, 2014

Original work that demonstrates a fresh, or perhaps, formally experimental or multi-disciplinary approach.
Why Not Theatre

Unit 1 - 29 Massey St.
Toronto, ON  M6J 3W4

(647) 866-7432
December 1, 2014 Artists who need to engage a Senior Mentor (local, national, international) in order to assist in the development and creation of a new work.
Young People's Theatre

165 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4

(416) 363-5131
December 12, 2014 Theatre for young audiences/ culturally diverse work.

Program Guidelines & Application Form

If you wish to receive a hard copy of the application form and program guidelines, please call 416-961-1660 or 1-800-387-0058, or email  

Final Report

For more information

  • Pat Bradley, Theatre Officer, 416-969-7433, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7433,
  • Lucy Gouveia, Program Assistant, 416-969-7432, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7432,