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Call for Submissions - RBC Emerging Artist Program

Director Development Residency: An opportunity for two artists per season to explore strategies and approaches to contemporary performance practice, production, and administration. Application Details

Company in Residence: A residency designed to offer encouragement, professional development opportunities, and resources for a Toronto-based company in their early years. Application Details

Script and Project Submissions

Canadian Stage does not accept unsolicited script submissions. However, we are always happy to hear about exciting new work in the making that fits our mandate, and we welcome playwrights and theatre creators who want to introduce themselves to Canadian Stage. If your play or project has an upcoming reading, workshop presentation or full production, please send an invitation (including a brief statement about why your work might be well suited for Canadian Stage's programming) to Birgit Schreyer Duarte at birgit@canadianstage.com, and we will try our best to have one of our artistic team members see it.

OAC RGTC Recommendations for 2017-2018

This past cycle, Canadian Stage was delighted to recommend 4 projects for the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators. Upcoming deadlines will be announced in September for the 2018-19 cycle.

David Di Giovanni and Amanda Cordner – Bodies Electric
To develop Body So Fluorescent, an outrageous one-hour solo show, into a larger-cast and larger-scale play called Bodies Electric.

“It will be comprised of first-person stories that surround the events of one night at bar, where the dance-floor is the contemporary playground of racial and sexual politics…We intend to bring the audience into the dizzying political climate we live in, where race, gender, sexuality and class are consistently intersecting in complicated ways as we ask difficult questions about Blackness, otherness, and oppression.”

The Hendrix Collective – Her name is Jo
This is first and foremost a story about a woman inside the belly of a giant whale.

“This piece offers us the opportunity to engage in conversations we feel are pertinent such as; the place of women and specifically mothers in society, the generational difference in prioritizing self-fulfillment, the importance of duty in different cultures… and many more conversations we have yet to uncover.”

Rimah Jabr – Broken Shapes
Broken Shapes is a research into how place/space influences our minds and feelings.

“I decided to start with the place where I now live: how the numbered Treaties, walls, fences, borders, buildings, new cities, influence Indigenous people’s mentality. From this research I would connect to the history of settlements...specifically Hebron in Palestine… From my experience living in the West Bank, this kind of architecture has an indirect influence on the ways we think, behave, plan, and how we dream.”

Unspun Theatre – Lost and Found
Lost and Found is an adaptation of an interview between the writer Lawrence Weschler and his daughter Sara, which was featured on a This American Life episode called The Borrowers.

“We are always looking for ways to use performance as a tool for expressing wonder. Children are so connected to their smallness in a world that is so very big and phenomenal…We are creating a story through which we can ask questions about how children adapt – along with questions about how we all cope with loss and change.”