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All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Recommenders for Theatre Creators

The 2020-21 program is open from September 2020 until January 15, 2021. Note that the list of participating recommenders is posted in September 2020 when the program opens, and is subject to updates and changes during the program year.

Find a Recommender

Currently accepting applications

Accepting applications
4th Line Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Culturally diverse playwrights/collectives, artists living with a disability; regional playwrights; projects/creators that align with our mandate - promote and preserve Canadian cultural heritage and history.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Jess McDougall
4th Line Theatre
Millbrook
705-932-4505
jess@4thlinetheatre.on.ca
Not accepting applications
Aluna Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Interdisciplinary and intercultural performance approaches, as well as text-based work, originating from Latin Canadian, newcomer and Indigenous communities.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • September 30, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Beatriz Pizano
Aluna Theatre
Toronto
416-203-2535
alunatheatre@gmail.com
Accepting applications
b current
Specialization
None
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Priorities
New works in progress authored by artists from the Black and Brown diaspora.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 06, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Catherine Hernandez
b current Performing Arts Co.
Toronto
416-648-7340
catherine@bcurrent.ca
Accepting applications
Blyth Festival
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Narratives that embrace the complexity, enormity and diversity of rural life. Blyth is especially interested in work that interrogates questions of Canadian identity.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Gil Garratt
Blyth Festival
Blyth
519-523-9300
ggarratt@blythfestival.com
Accepting applications
Buddies in Bad Times
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Identified Artists; Queer Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Identified Artists; LGBTQ Identified Artists; Radical or Experimental Performance and Theatre
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 1, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Daniel Carter
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Toronto
416-975-9130
daniel@buddiesinbadtimes.com
Accepting applications
Cahoots Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and artists of colour.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Tanisha Taitt
Cahoots Theatre
Toronto
416-203-9000
newwork@cahoots.ca
Accepting applications
Canadian Stage
Specialization
None
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Priorities
New creations which are multi-disciplinary in form or subject matter and/or are highly innovative in form, use of media, style or subject matter.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 04, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Mel Hague
Canadian Stage
Toronto
416-367-8243 ext. 244
mhague@canadianstage.com
Accepting applications
Carousel Players
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Carousel Players focuses on the development of work for young audiences and the very young, with priority to original works by creators from diverse backgrounds, especially Indigenous, Black and POC creators.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 10, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Monica Dufault
Carousel Players
St. Catharines
905-682-8326 ext. 24
monica@carouselplayers.com
Accepting applications
Crow's Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Crow’s wishes to support the variety of needs and approaches that individual creators or collectives may have in creating original work. We are interested in projects that are in all stages of development. We would like to support theatre creators who are working on new play texts, creation-based models, found sources, and projects that can be imagined for digital platforms.  Crow’s Theatre is committed to supporting work created by artists that represent the diverse communities we serve (including BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and other equity seeking groups).
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • October 26, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Margaret Evans
Crow's Theatre
Toronto
647-341-7390 ext. 1009
margaret@crowstheatre.com
Not accepting applications
Factory Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Factory seeks applications that meaningfully engage with the diversity of our community, and are ambitious in form and scope.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • October 23, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Matt McGeachy
Factory Theatre
Toronto
416-504-4473
matt@factorytheatre.ca
Accepting applications
Fu-GEN Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Asian Canadian artists, artists of colour and women.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 20, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
David Yee
fu-GEN Theatre Company
Toronto
416-920-2828
david@fu-gen.org
Accepting applications
Great Canadian Theatre Company
Specialization
None
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Priorities
GCTC's strategic priorities are: BIPOC and local artists, equity and opportunity for all; to provide meaningful support for under-represented communities in Ottawa's theatre scene.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 7, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Eric Coates
Great Canadian Theatre Company
Ottawa
613-236-5192
artisticdirector@gctc.ca
Accepting applications
Mixed Company
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Works celebrating the role of theatre in social justice, community, building and change, and original works by artists of colour, indigenous and new generation artists.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 11, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Swetha Ranganathan
Mixed Company Theatre
Toronto
647-671-7002
swetha@mixedcompanytheatre.com
Accepting applications
MT Space
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Projects by Indigenous, Black, POC, Newcomer, Immigrant, Refugee creators; artistic collaborations, collective creations, devised processes; interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, multilingual and physical theatre.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Pam Patel
MT Space
Kitchener
519 241 8806
info@mtspace.ca
Accepting applications
Native Earth Performing Arts
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Native Earth prioritizes the funding of Indigenous artists. Culturally diverse artists are also encouraged to apply.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 30, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Keith Barker
Native Earth Performing Arts
Toronto
416-531-1402 ext. 26
keith@nativeearth.ca
Accepting applications
Nightswimming
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Diversity of storytelling (geographic/cultural); Poetic, dramatic text; Dance; Performance events; Integration of music, especially vocal music; Exploration of dramatic forms - stretching dramaturgical boundaries.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • October 30, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Brittany Ryan
Nightswimming
Toronto
416-504-3898
brittany@nightswimmingtheatre.com
Accepting applications
Nightwood Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Nightwood accepts women writers (our definition expressly includes trans women), prioritizing folks from the Deaf and disability communities, BIPOC women and next generation creators.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 5, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Naz Afsahi
Nightwood Theatre
Toronto
416-944-1740 ext. 8
naz@nightwoodtheatre.net
Accepting applications
Obsidian Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Black Artists, Artists of Colour, Emerging Artists
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Myekah Payne
Obsidian Theatre Company Inc.
Toronto
416-463-8444
pd@obsidiantheatre.com
Accepting applications
Ottawa Fringe Festival
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Under-represented, emerging, and new generation artists, living and creating in Ottawa. (Note: only fund Ottawa-based applicants.)
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 14, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Brittany Johnston
Ottawa Fringe Festival
Ottawa
613-232-6162
brittany@ottawafringe.com
Accepting applications
Pat the Dog
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Projects new to Pat the Dog Theatre Creation from artists working and/or creating in Northern ON and women identified or presenting in Southwestern ON. 
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 11, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Lisa O'Connell
Pat the Dog Theatre Creation
Kitchener
519-500-3871
lisa@patthedog.org
Accepting applications
Pleiades Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We prioritize translating stories from other languages into English and/or new works written in English which explore life in one of Canada's many cultures.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • January 14, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Andrey Tarasiuk
Pleiades Theatre
Toronto
416-203-1227
andrey@pleiadestheatre.org
Accepting applications
Port Stanley Theatre Festival
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Interested in aiding in the development of local playwrights who are working on plays exploring issues of interest and relevance to our region.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Simon Joynes
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Port Stanley
519-782-3914 ext. 3
simon@psft.ca
Accepting applications
Puppetmongers
Specialization
None
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Priorities
The nurturing of professional, mid-career, new-generation, and culturally diverse artists with the development of works with puppetry: The integration of puppetry into theatre productions; the
creation of new forms of puppetry and new theatrical uses of puppetry.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Audio/Visual
Deadline(s)
  • November 2, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Ann Powell
Puppetmongers Theatre
Toronto
416-538-6210
ann@puppetmongers.com
Accepting applications
Roseneath Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Theatre for Young Audiences and OAC Priority Groups
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • December 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Andrew Lamb
Roseneath Theatre
Toronto
416-686-5199 ext. 222
andrew@roseneath.ca
Not accepting applications
Soulpepper
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Ambitious works that speak to the diversity of modern-day Canada, and to diverse artists and audiences, written by emerging or mid-career playwrights, will be prioritized.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • October 19, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Guillermo Verdecchia
Soulpepper
Toronto
416-203-6264
literary@soulpepper.ca
Accepting applications
Studio 180
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Provocative and insightful text based, narrative explorations of contemporary social and political issues.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 6, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Mark McGrinder
Studio 180 Theatre
Toronto
416-962-1800
mark@studio180theatre.com
Accepting applications
Sudbury Theatre Centre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Stories should have a Northern Ontario focus or be written by a Northern Ontario playwright.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
John McHenry
Sudbury Theatre Centre
Sudbury
705-674-8381 ext. 28
director@sudburytheatre.ca
Accepting applications
Suitcase in Point
Specialization
None
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Priorities
New collaborative processes, multi-media, satire and the work of regional, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ++ artists.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • January 11, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Deanna Jones
Suitcase in Point
St. Catharines
289-477-1025
deanna@suitcaseinpoint.com
Not accepting applications
Talk is Free Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Supporting emerging book writers of musicals
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • October 2, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
​Arkady Spivak
Talk Is Free Theatre
Barrie
705-792-1949
arkady@tift.ca
Accepting applications
Tangled Art + Disability
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Victoria Warner
Tangled Art + Disability
Toronto
647-725-5064
victoria@tangledarts.org
Accepting applications
Tarragon Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We're interested in work that investigates who we are within local and global contexts from a diversity of voices and points of view.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • December 1, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Richard Rose
Tarragon Theatre
Toronto
647-2241234
richard@tarragontheatre.com
Accepting applications
The Musical Stage Company
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Musical theatre works only. Priority is given to projects written by teams, where music is integral to the emotional journey of the characters.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
  • Audio/Visual
Deadline(s)
  • December 14, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Ray Hogg
The Musical Stage Company
Toronto
416-927-7880 ext. 232
ray@musicalstagecompany.com
Accepting applications
Theatre Direct
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Theatre Direct is seeking applications from emerging artists devising form-breaking work for TYA - including, but not limited to, work that is site-specific, immersive, participatory and/or involves the use of interactive digital media. 
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • November 30, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Lisa Marie DiLiberto
Theatre Direct
Toronto
416-537-4191
RGTC@theatredirect.ca
Accepting applications
Theatre Gargantua
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Theatre Gargantua supports creation of original contemporary works of multidisciplinary theatre, physical theatre, and/or new processes of theatre creation.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Jacquie Thomas
Theatre Gargantua
Toronto
416-260-4660
jacquie@theatregargantua.ca
Accepting applications
Theatre Passe Muraille
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Artists of colour, Indigenous artists, Deaf artists, artists with disabilities and queer artists (which includes trans, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary) creating with alternative points of view or processes.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 2, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Indrit Kasapi
Theatre Passe Muraille
Toronto
416 504 8988 extension 2144
indritk@passemuraille.on.ca
Accepting applications
Theatre Smith Gilmour
Specialization
None
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Priorities
To assist theatre artists to create new work that reflects our cultural diversity, explores collaborative creation, and investigates the human condition with a unique theatricality.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 9, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Adriano Sobretodo Jr.
Theatre Smith-Gilmour
Toronto
n/a
submissions@theatresmithgilmour.com
Not accepting applications
Thousand Islands Playhouse
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Priority will be given to work of BIPOC artists and/or work by artists in Eastern Ontario and/or work that explores the history and themes relevant to our regional communities.  
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • September 30, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Sophia Fabiilli
Thousand Islands Playhouse
Gananoque
416 432 8706
sophia@1000islandsplayhouse.com
Accepting applications
Toronto Fringe Festival
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Unique, innovative, and unexpected methods of storytelling. Artists/artist collaborations using any range of creative processes (script writing or otherwise) in the development of new, previously unproduced theatre.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 06, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Laura Paduch
Toronto Fringe
Toronto
416-966-1062
general@fringetoronto.com
Accepting applications
Tottering Biped Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Priorities are projects which are headed by *BIPOC artists only* and have the following: 1) Hamilton/Burlington area artists/intended audiences; 2) social-justice oriented; 3) represents some kind of collaboration between individuals, groups, and/or artistic disciplines.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Trevor Copp
Tottering Biped Theatre
Burlington
905-630-9665
artisticdirector@totteringbiped.ca
Accepting applications
Volcano Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We prioritize projects that are digital, or a hybrid of digital/analogue. We are interested in work that fosters new explorations of VR, AR, or any online or broadcast media. We are particularly interested in explorations of gaming/gamification. We hope to solicit submissions that, despite, or even because of their digital nature, provide audiences with a feeling that their viewing – or experience of the work – is consequential to its outcome. 
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
Deadline(s)
  • November 26, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Ross Manson
Volcano Theatre
Toronto
416-538-4436
ross@volcano.ca
Accepting applications
Why Not Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Artists who need to engage a senior mentor (local, national, international) in order to assist in the development and creation of a new work.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • January 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Kira Allen
Why Not Theatre
Toronto
647-948-9615
kira@whynot.theatre
Accepting applications
Workman Arts
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Projects by creator(s) with lived experience of mental health/addiction; content/subject matter explores mental health/addiction in a sophisticated and artistically grounded way; may be multidisciplinary.
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 30, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Cara Spooner
Workman Arts
Toronto
416-583-4339 ext. 4
cara_spooner@workmanarts.com
Accepting applications
Young Peoples Theatre
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Theatre for young audiences/culturally diverse work
Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)
  • Script Sample
Deadline(s)
  • November 16, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Stephen Colella
Young People's Theatre
Toronto
416-363-5131 ext. 222
scolella@youngpeoplestheatre.org