SUMMERWORKS Performance Gallery


Launched in 2008, The Performance Gallery (Inside the Box) was one of SummerWorks many new initiatives. In its inaugural year, the gallery, which took place on the 2nd floor of the Gladstone hotel, featured an eclectic group of artist offering everything from short plays to dance to performance art to improvised concerts. This year we return to the Gladstone (Aug 6- 9 & Aug 13-16th) and are seeking site-specific but not necessarily site-themed pieces (7-10minutes) in all performance mediums. What would you do in a completely empty hotel room or the hallway in between? What is the importance of the audience to this piece? Does the risk and imagination stretch beyond the physical confinements?

SummerWorks 2009 is a juried theatre and arts festival of approximately 40 one-act plays, 8 concerts and multiple performance pieces, that runs for eleven days from August 6-16, 2009 in Toronto. We feature primarily new Canadian work, complemented by international premieres, new visions of contemporary Canadian plays and interpretations of classics. SummerWorks is a developmental festival, supporting new work that has a clear artistic vision and/or explores a specific aesthetic. We encourage risk, questions, and creative exploration while insisting on accessibility, integrity and professionalism. SummerWorks is the place where dedicated, professional artists are free to explore new territory and take artistic risks. We look to introduce professional artists from diverse communities and be inspired by our similarities and differences.

Please follow the guidelines below when putting together your proposal for the Performance Gallery. All applications should include:

1. Letter of Intent: Maximum 2 pages, giving an overview of your work, this project, where it is at in its development, what you plan to do, and how you plan to do it. What excites you about it? Please specify whether you are looking to perform for one night or the duration of the gallery.
2. Support Materials: (Optional) We will accept up to three pages of support material for you and your project. These can include resumes, short bios of key members in your team or letters of support from professional artists if the jury may be unfamiliar with your work. Please do not exceed the maximum of three pages.

• Your piece MUST be between 7-10minutes and be able to be performed several times a night in rotation with the other pieces.
• Occasionally the Gladstone hotel will require use of your room during the day, which will require you to completely strike your show for the duration of that time. Summerworks will not be responsible for the handling of your sets/props etc…should this be the case. We will however give you plenty of warning should this be required.
• Summerworks will provide each participating artist with an empty room on the second floor of the Gladstone hotel. Please keep in mind that these rooms are not sound proof and you may be affected by the various events occurring within the gallery or hotel itself.
• Summerworks will provide each participating artist with a small stipend for participating to be determined based on duration of participation.
• The Performance Gallery will have one stage manager to share amongst all artists so your piece must be mostly self-sufficient. However, there will be some volunteers on hand each evening to help out with the flow of the performance gallery as a whole.
• Each artist must comply with the rules set out by the Gladstone hotel in terms of room usage and damage (painting, hanging things on walls etc..)
• Participating companies are responsible for obtaining the relevant production rights for their shows and performers. If anyone in your company has a membership in a guild, union, or other professional association, you must acquire the necessary releases, or pay the required fees to the respective organization.

Submissions will be assessed based on artistic merit, clarity of vision, and balance with the other pieces selected.

The deadline for submissions is Friday April 3rd 2009 by 7:00 p.m. All submissions must be received or postmarked by this date.

Applications can be mailed to:
SummerWorks Theatre Festival
P.O. Box 12, Station C
Toronto, ON
M6J 3M

If you have any further questions with regards to your submission or about the Festival in general, please visit our website at or contact us by email at

Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award

The Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award 2009

Nomination Form

Download the nomination form and more information for the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award from the PACT website

Deadline for submissions is March 26, 2009


Toronto, February 17th, 2009 – The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2009 Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 26, 2009.

This $5000 Award was initiated in celebration of PACT’s 30th anniversary in 2006-2007 and named in honour of Mallory Gilbert, who was Tarragon Theatre’s General Manager for 34 years and one of the founders and Past President of PACT. Supported by the PACT Communications Centre (PCC) and by Tarragon Theatre, the annual Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award celebrates and recognizes outstanding leadership within the Canadian Theatre community.

The Award includes a $1000 portion presented to a protégé chosen by the Award winner, underlining the importance of skills and knowledge transmission in leadership building. Mallory Gilbert, the Award’s namesake, is one of Canada’s most respected arts managers. In addition to her successful 34-year tenure at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, she has served on numerous local and national boards of directors and advisory boards. Ms. Gilbert served on PACT’s Board for 20 years (as PACT President 1989-1993), and she was the recipient of PACT Honourary Life Membership in 2005. By mentoring countless aspiring arts administrators during the course of her career, she has shaped the careers of many of Canada’s theatre leaders and encouraged the creation of exciting new theatre ventures.

The Panel

The 2009 Selection Panel for the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award is currently composed of Mallory Gilbert (Toronto, ON), former recipients Jenny Munday (Dorts Cove, NS) and Cherry Karpyshin (Winnipeg, NB), with further panelists to be announced. The Selection Panel will review all nominations and select one winner, judging nominations against the eligibility requirements. At its discretion, the Selection Panel may choose to grant no award or multiple awards in one year. All Selection Panel deliberations are strictly confidential. The award recipient will be named at the 2009 PACT Conference in Montreal, QC.


In an exceptional collaboration based on their deep appreciation for Mallory’s contribution to both organizations and their shared commitment to leadership in the theatre community, Tarragon Theatre and PACT Communications Centre have initiated the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award. Tarragon Theatre is sponsoring and helping to promote the award; PACT Communications Centre will administer the award and its selection process, and host the presentation ceremony at the PACT Conference each year.

The Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award was presented in 2008 to Cherry Karpyshin, General Manager of the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, MB. Hailed by those who have worked with her as a true optimist and tireless advocate of the arts, cherry Karpyshin has, in addition to her over twenty-five years working behind the scenes at the Prairie theatre Exchange, been a respected member and leader in numerous cultural organizations throughout Manitoba and Canada, and a mentor to emerging arts administratiors across the country.

The protégé selected by Cherry was Madonna Von Vonderen, Administrator at the Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre in Nova Scotia.

About PACT

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is a member-driven organization that serves as the collective voice of professional Canadian theatres. For the betterment of Canadian theatre, PACT provides leadership, national representation and a variety of programs and practical assistance to member companies, enabling members to do their own creative work. PACT celebrated 30 years of service in 2006-2007.

About PCC

The PACT Communications Centre (PCC) is the charitable branch of PACT that promotes public interest in theatre, advances knowledge and appreciation of theatre, and increases the accessibility of theatre and the performing arts in Canada by educational means such as online resources, books, magazines and other publications, as well as holding seminars and carrying out studies and research.

About Tarragon Theatre

Tarragon Theatre was founded in 1970, and is well known for its development, creation and production of new work. Major playwrights who have premiered their work at Tarragon include David French, Joan MacLeod, John Murrell, Michael Healey, Morris Panych, James Reaney, Jason Sherman, Morwyn Brebner, Judith Thompson, among many others. Over 150 works have premiered at Tarragon, which is located in mid-town Toronto and has two theatre production spaces and three rehearsal halls.


For any and all who have written a play that was in Sears.  And who hasn’t been in Sears if you were in theatre in high-school in Ontario?  I was.

I have the submission form if you want it, so send me an email at

For Immediate Release



Playwrights Canada Press, Sears Ontario Drama Festival and Carousel Players have combined resources to create a new one-act anthology of original Canadian plays written by students and/or teachers that appeared at the Sears Ontario Drama Festival. Writers whose work has been produced at one of the many district festivals of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival from 2000 to 2009 are invited to submit their scripts to be a part of this new one-act play anthology. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009. The final anthology will be available at Sears Ontario Drama Festival Provincial Showcase at Brantford’s Sanderson Centre from May 11-14, 2010.

“It’s inspiring to see the many student written shows that are showcased each year at Sears and this new anthology will help to celebrate the talents of student and teachers who are part of our festival,” said Wayne Fairhead, Executive Director of Sears Ontario Drama Festival. “Jane Gardner, General Manager of Carousel Players and I will assemble a selection panel team, coordinate the submission process and make final selections. Writers will be advised by September 30, 2009 if their one-act play has been accepted for publication.” The collection will include a minimum of 6 one-act plays anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes in length that will be published and distributed by Playwrights Canada Press.

What began as a little “Drama Fiesta” with three plays in 1946 has evolved into one of the longest running cultural traditions in Canada and one of the largest student festivals in the world. Annually the Sears Ontario Drama Festival attracts the participation of approximately 12,000 students and their teachers, representing more than 300 schools across Ontario. Alumni of the Festival are now
contributing members of the Canadian work- force in many professions. Some former “grads” in the performing arts include Yanna McIntosh, David Cronenberg, Franco Boni, Sky Gilbert, Margot Kidder, Rachel McAdams, Helen Shaver, Sonja Smits and R.H.Thomson.


  • Scripts must be one-act plays in English or French and 15 minutes to 50 minutes in length.
  • The Work must include a minimum of 2 characters.
  • Submitted material should be suitable for adults and/or high school students.
  • The one-act play must have been produced at one of the district festivals of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival anytime between 2000 to 2009.
  • Only submissions that include a completed submission form with production history of the play will be considered. This includes the names of the playwright and director, the school that produced the play, the year and the location of the district festival where the play was originally produced and the name of the staff advisor. If you can provide a copy of the original program with names of the artistic team, actors and volunteers, please send with your submission.


  • Please submit 4 copies of script. There are no entry fees.
  • Complete one copy of the submission form with production history as noted above and include your complete mailing address, including email address if one is available. Only one copy of this form is required.
  • Complete scripts must be typewritten or word-processed and printed on 8 ½” x 11″ paper. Pages should be numbered sequentially.
  • If you wish your one-act play returned should it not be accepted for publication, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage attached.
  • If you wish acknowledgement that your one-act play has been received, send a stamped, self-addressed postcard, which will be mailed back to you once the one-act play is received.
  • Deliver or mail your submission to the address below before May 1, 2009. Do not submit your script electronically or by fax.
  • Submit one-act plays to: Jane Gardner, 210 Vine Street, St. Catharines, ON L2M 4S8



April 2 – 5, 2009, Toronto, ON…PCC Toronto asks the question “What has changed?”.  The Images Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Small Wooden Shoe, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, The Theatre Centre, Dancemakers, and SummerWorks Festival come together in April to host the 11th meeting of the Performance Creation Canada Network.

What Has Changed?

There is a lot of talk about change right now, from Obama to our own political scrimmage. Politically, economically, environmentally and culturally, there’s been a lot going on since the last time PCC came to Toronto three years ago. We are interested in looking at what has changed, what hasn’t, and how these changes (or lack thereof) are manifesting in the way art is made locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

The elections in October 2008 brought together the arts community with other like-minded communities in a way that has never been seen before in our history. For the first time, culture was on the agenda. Part of the question of What Has Changed is to find out what difference that groundswell had in terms of uniting Canada’s diverse performance community – geographically, culturally and across disciplines. What kind of diversity existed in 2004 at the first PCC and how have things changed since then?

Performance Creation Canada (PCC) is a nationwide network dedicated to the nourishment, management and study of performance creation in Canada, and the ecology in which it flourishes. The meeting is aimed at creating a discussion between artists in dance, theatre, music, film, and visual arts who are interested in the well being of Canadian performance creation. The conference is designed to open conversation, and open minds.

The PCC Toronto Networking Event will be hosted/presented in conjunction with The Images Festival, Small Wooden Shoe’s production of Dedicated to the Revolutions, Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage/Images co-presentation of Make Me Stop Smoking by Rabih Mroué and The Theatre Centre’s presentation of Territoires Féminins by Marie-Claude Rodrigue. Discounted tickets will be made available to conference participants.

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