Here's the first in an occasional feature highlighting calls for artists and submissions for various programs and festivals.
Nightwood Theatre is looking for six women from across the country to be involved in its annual upcoming play development program.
The six, either emerging or established writers, receive dramaturgical support over the course of the year and work with directors and actors. The eight-month program culminates in a week-long festival of public staged readings.
Submissions should include a full script or work in progress; and a project description including synopsis, plan for development and what you hope to achieve in Groundswell and in working with Nightwood.
Those admitted to the program must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. They'll work independently on their play and have dramaturgical sessions as needed. Two playwright retreats will also be part of the program. Attendance for out-of-province playwrights is optional.
Submissions must be by regular mail (no fax or e-mail). Send to Nightwood Theatre, Groundswell Festival, 301-55 Mill Street, Case Goods Warehouse, Bldg 74, Toronto M5A 3C4.
For more info, contact Kelly Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is October 15.
Any New Ideas?
The Alumnae Theatre's juried festival of new plays runs next March as part of the company's season.
Submitted works can be in any genre or style and run from five to 45 minutes. However, a full-length script may be submitted with the understanding that only part of it will be performed.
You can also submit a proposal that includes a detailed outline/synopsis of the project, a description of the creation process, a schedule of completion and any part of the project that's already finished.
Submissions should not have been performed other than as a workshop presentation, and should have limited technical requirements; the festival's focus is on script development.
Writer/creators can submit no more than two projects for consideration. Deliver or mail four copies of the script or proposal to New Ideas Festival, Call For Script Submissions, Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto M5A 2W6.
For other submission details see alumnaetheatre.com. Deadline is September 15.
Cooking Fire sizzles
The Cooking Fire fest, celebrating theatre, food and public space, has its sixth annual outing at Dufferin Grove Park next June.
Organizers are seeking small, artist-run troupes or indie artists who create original and ambitious outdoor theatre that uses physical theatre, mask, clown, street theatre, mask or storytelling. The focus is on new site-specific works created for the festival as well as those adapted for the park.
You can submit in three categories: a 15-to-20-minute work for family audiences, a 30-to-40-minute show that engages adults with its thematic or thoughtful elements or a 5-to-10-minute work to close the evening.
Send submissions to Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, 9 Northern Place, Toronto M6K 2V1 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
For more info and details of application, write to the above e-mail address. Deadline is October 1.
Count on De Colores
Alameda Theatre's second annual fest of works by Latin-Canadian playwrights runs next April, and organizers have put out a call for interested writers.
Selected scripts receive dramaturgical support and a workshop period before next spring's readings. Submitted works must be original and previously unproduced. Full-length plays, works-in-progress or ideas to be developed are all eligible. (If the latter, supply writing samples for adjudication.)
Applicants must be citizens or landed immigrants and be of Latin American origin, though their plays need not have specific Latin American themes or characters. Scripts must be in English or translated into English before the start of the fest.
Send scripts to 2009 De Colores Festival, Alameda Theatre Company, 392 Winona Drive, Toronto M6C 3T5.
For other application rules, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-428-7638. Deadline is September 30.