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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 2015 and January 2016.

Theatre Recommenders 2015-16




4th Line Theatre

4 Tupper Street
Millbrook ON  L0A 1G0

(705) 932-3347
January 16, 2016 Ontario playwrights with preference to culturally diverse, regional artists who align with our mandate to preserve Canadian culture and history.
Acting Up Stage Company

476 Parliament Street
2nd Floor
Toronto ON  M4X 1P2

(416) 927-7880
December 28, 2015 Musical theatre works only. Priorities: projects written by teams, where music is integral to the emotional journey of the characters.
Aluna Theatre

1 Wiltshire Avenue
Unit 124
Toronto ON  M6N 2V7

(416) 203-2535
October 15, 2015 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
January 11, 2016 Culturally diverse theatre makers, especially of Black Diaspora: New/emerging, stories emanating from culturally diverse communities, women, nontraditional creative expression, unusual/alternative storytelling forms, musical and interdisciplinary.
Blyth Festival

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

(519) 523-9300
January 25, 2016 Works that give voice to the region and the nation, local and national history, local and national politics, rural identities and innovations.
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre

12 Alexander Street
Toronto ON  M4Y 1B4

(416) 975-9130
December 1, 2015 N/A
The Cabaret Company

205 John Street North
Hamilton ON  L8L 4P4

(416) 879-3331
December 31, 2015 We are looking for work which has queer content and/or is radical/innovative in form.
Cahoots Theatre Company


(416) 203-9000
October 13, 2015 Artists of colour, interdisciplinary artists, artists who identify as Deaf.

Applications by email only:
Canadian Stage Company

26 Berkeley Street
Toronto ON  M5A 2W3

(416) 367-8243
December 1, 2015 New creations on a large scale.
Carousel Players

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

(905) 682-8326
November 16, 2015 Works for children, youth and families. Artists of diverse cultural and community backgrounds, including the Niagara region, are encouraged to apply.
Common Boots Theatre (formerly Theatre Columbus)

16 Ryerson Avenue
Toronto ON  M5P 2P3
(416) 995-9572
January 8, 2016 New plays that explore themes of women and public engagement, created by and for an ensemble.
Crow's Theatre

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

(647) 341-7390
January 15, 2016 Work that closely matches our mandate, in particular work that deals with pivotal narratives, relevant to our current society.
The Factory Theatre


(416) 504-4473
October 23, 2015 Applications from creators who are genuinely experimental in their theatrical approach and who represent and engage with 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 2, 2015 Rural or epic themes, musicals, outdoor theatre, theatre for young audiences, work by young (under 30) and/or local playwrights.


(416) 587-4346
January 15, 2016 Emerging artists, to begin the creation of new work on big ideas that inspire change.

Applications by email only:
fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company

157-207 Carlton Street
Toronto ON  M5A 2K3

(416) 280-6638
November 13, 2015 Asian-Canadian playwrights, playwrights of colour, female playwrights, interdisciplinary artists.
The Grand Theatre

471 Richmond Street
London ON  N6A 3E4

(519) 672-9030
January 15, 2016 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
December 4, 2015 Within an aim of building the peer-to-peer network of playwrights living in the National Capital region, priorities are gender equity and cultural diversity.
Harbourfront Centre

235 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, ON  M5J 2G8

(416) 973-4000
November 30, 2015 Artists engaged with the elucidation of a contemporary theatre; works that advance theatre’s form, codes of reception and community of understanding.
Jumblies Theatre

9 Second Street, Wards Island
Toronto ON  M5J 2A7

(416) 203-8428
November 15, 2015 Projects with an interdisciplinary bent that combine professional theatre creation and production with community-engaged arts practice.
Mammalian Diving Reflex

1214 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

(416) 531-4635
November 30, 2015 Formal innovation and work that engages the viewer and invites participation; work by and for youth; diversity.
Mixed Company

201-157 Carlton Street
Toronto ON  M5A 2K3

(416) 515-8080
December 1, 2015 Theatre as a tool for positive social change.
The MT Space

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

(519) 585-7763
December 4, 2015 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, 2015 Aboriginal artists, artists of colour and women; emerging and established multi-disciplinary artists.


(416) 504-3898
October 1, 2015 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 30, 2015 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, 2015 Black Artists, Artists of Colour.
Odyssey Theatre

2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa ON  K1N 6E2

(613) 232-8407
January 18, 2016 Projects that incorporate a discipline related to masked theatre, including physical theatre, Commedia, buffoon, clown, puppetry, dance-drama.
Ottawa Fringe Festival


(613) 232-6162
December 14, 2015 Emerging artists, living and creating in Ottawa.

Applications by email only:
Pat the Dog Playwright Centre

159B Frederick St.
Kitchener ON  N2H 1K8

(226) 647-3013
November 27, 2015 Neglected landscapes and emerging voices.
Port Stanley Festival Theatre

6 - 302 Bridge Street
Port Stanley ON  N5L 1C3

(519) 782-3914
January 15, 2016 Local/regional playwrights.
Puppetmongers Theatre

3 Jersey Avenue
Toronto ON  M6G 3A2

(416) 469-3555
October 15, 2015 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 27, 2015 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 11, 2016 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 15, 2016 New Musical Theatre works, with a preference for those based on Canadian stories.
Soulpepper Theatre Company

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

(416) 203-6264
November 9, 2015 Emerging and mid-career playwrights, proposing developing ambitious projects that aim to share the diverse stories of our community, city and province.
Studio 180 Theatre


(416) 962-1800
December 4, 2015 Provocative and insightful explorations of contemporary social and political issues.

Applications by email only:
Sudbury Theatre Centre

170 Shaughnessy St.
Sudbury ON  P3E 4P8

(705) 674-7788 x28
January 8, 2016 Creators from or working in Northern Ontario. Work inspired by local lore, mythology, history or dealing with social or cultural issues relevant to the North.
Suitcase in Point Theatre

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

(289) 477-1025
January 15, 2016 Collaborative creation and multidisciplinary work.
SummerWorks Performance Festival

423-401 Richmond Street West
Toronto ON  M5V 3A8

(416) 628-8216
October 31, 2015

Work from artists exploring complex political and/or socio-political questions and work that explores innovative approaches to performance.

Talk Is Free Theatre

P.O. Box 247
Barrie ON  L4M 4T2

(705) 792-1949
October 9, 2015 Emerging book writers/creators of musical theatre.
Tangled Art + Disability

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

(647) 725-5064
November 15, 2015 Deaf and Disability Arts.
Tapestry New Opera

316-9 Trinity St.
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

(416) 537-6066
October 15, 2015 Proposals that deal with text and/or creative applications, to vocal dramatic music.
Tarragon Theatre
30 Bridgman Avenue
Toronto ON  M5R 1X3

(416) 536-5018
October 19, 2015 N/A
Theatre Aquarius

190 King William Street
Hamilton ON  L8R 1A8

(905) 522-7815
December 4, 2015 Hamilton/Halton/Niagara based writers/creators.
The Theatre Centre

P.O. Box 232
Station C
Toronto ON  M6J 3P4

(416) 534-9261
November 1, 2015 Interdisciplinary artists and creators that use space and a myriad of disciplines to advance a theatrical idea.
Theatre Direct Canada

601 Christie Street
Suite 174
Toronto ON  M6G 4C7

(416) 537-4191
December 1, 2015 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 13, 2016 Multi-disciplinary theatre work, physical theatre, collaborative creation projects.
Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Avenue
Toronto ON  M5T 2P3

(416) 504-7529
January 9, 2016 Focus on emerging and marginal voices, intercultural and ethno-specific work, inter-disciplinary 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 x200
January 15, 2016 New 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, 2015 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 30, 2015 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 11, 2015 Projects that combine disciplines, bridge cultures and theatrical traditions, are politically and/or intellectually provocative, and look to reinvent the theatrical experiment.
Why Not Theatre

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

(647) 866-7432
December 1, 2015 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 9, 2015 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,