This occasional column highlights calls for artists and submissions for various programs and festivals.
Fringe takes flight
Applications for the 21st Toronto Fringe (July 1-12) are available online. This year's festival features 148 productions presented by international, national and local theatre and dance companies. Last year over 500 companies applied. Deadline is January 16.
Companies will be chosen at the annual Fringe lottery party January 27.
Also announced that night will be the winner of the juried 2009 New Play Contest, sponsored by Exclamation Foundation and macIDeas. First prize is a spot in the festival and a cash prize; the next two winners get cash prizes. Deadline is December 15 or the receipt of 80 applications.
For lottery applications and details on the New Play Contest, see fringetoronto.com.
And if the Fringe is closer than we think, so is SummerWorks (August 6-16). The juried SummerWorks fest is looking for national and local productions to fill its 40 slots.
Deadline is February 1. For details on the fest and to download an application, go to summerworks.ca.
Nightwood Theatre seeks women 18 to 29 to be part of its annual novice playwriting program, Write From The Hip.
The five-month program is a series of weekly workshops, mentoring and hands-on seminars in writing skills and professional play development aimed at young writers. No previous theatre experience is needed.
Deadline is January 15. For more info and application details, see nightwoodtheatre.net.
The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts is holding a contest to redesign the Dora Mavor Moore Award statue, given annually to recognize excellence in theatre, dance and opera.
The winning designer, chosen by a jury of performing and visual arts professionals, receives $2,000 and, of course, sees the winning design given to the recipients of next June's Dora Awards.
Deadline is January 12. For contest rules and how to submit entries, go to tapa.ca.