Are you an Emerging Female Playwright?

“Nightwood is a fertile breeding ground for new female talent.” – Michele Landsberg, Toronto Star

Nightwood Theatre’s 12th annual emerging playwriting program, Write From the Hip is now accepting submissions from 18-29 year-old women looking to develop and write a full-length play. Write From the Hip is a series of workshops, mentoring and hands-on seminars in writing skills and professional play development specifically designed for emerging playwrights. Past mentors have included: D’bi Young, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Judith Thompson, Claudia Dey, Morwyn Brebner, Florence Gibson, Iris Turcott, Marjorie Chan and Lisa Codrington.

This year each participant will complete a full-length play over the course of a year. The play is then workshopped and staged in a public reading series. Write from the Hip will begin in April 2011 and runs until spring of 2012. Participants will meet bi-weekly (sessions on Monday nights from 6:30-9:30pm) for the first four months, and then have sessions throughout the year leading up to the final staged reading.

Nightwood Theatre has a long history of producing socially relevant, provocative theatre. Mentorship is a key component at Nightwood Theatre and one that provides a fundamental service to the community of young female artists pursuing careers in professional theatre. Our vision is to be a gateway for women in Canadian Theatre, propelling them to the top of their craft. Nightwood Theatre embraces cultural, racial and sexual diversity.



Participants are selected through submissions and personal interviews conducted by the program coordinators and Nightwood’s artistic director.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 3rd, 2010.


One Page cover letter briefly introducing yourself and your playwriting experience and outlining the play you would like to work on during Write from the Hip. The play must not have been produced before, and either be in the beginning stages of development or not yet written.

-5 pages MAX of an excerpt from one play, 12 point font. (preferably the play that you are proposing if possible.)

-Fill out Application form found on www.nightwoodtheatre.net under Write from the Hip

-Reading fee of $15 MUST be included in your application or your application will not be considered.




1. FIVE page writing sample (3 copies required)

2. ONE page cover letter (3 copies required)

3. Application form with one page resume (3 copies required)

4. $15 cheque/credit card made out to Nightwood Theatre



Anna Chatterton

Director of Youth Initiatives

Write From the Hip Submissions

Nightwood Theatre

55 Mill Street, Suite 301

Case Goods Warehouse, Building No. 74

Toronto ON M5A 3C4

For more info please check out our website at www.nightwoodtheatre.net or contact Anna Chatterton, Director of Youth Initiatives at anna@nightwoodtheatre.net


Reminder: Creators’ Reserve

REMINDER: Creators’ Reserve deadline!

SummerWorks has been chosen as a recommender for funding by the Ontario Arts Council under its Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program. As part of this program, individual professional artists and collectives can apply for funding directly to SummerWorks using an official OAC application. The program will support creators in the creation and development of new work.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday December 1, 2010

To see the list of other recommender organizations, OAC program guidelines and the OAC application form please follow this link: http://www.arts.on.ca/Page86.aspx

Please read through all of the program criteria specific to SummerWorks found below

SummerWorks Criteria and Procedure:

Artistic Criteria

– Artists in the early stages of their career.

– Artists interested in exploring untraditional and unique forms of theatrical investigation.

– Auteur-style artists, interested in risk and virtuosity.

– Socially relevant work.

Applications to the SummerWorks program must include the following

– 1-page proposal describing the project.

– Artist biography or Resume of key Artists.

– A sample of the work (this can be text, music, video, etc)

– Support Material (of applicant’s choice)

– 3 signed copies of the OAC application form – click here to download the application form


The Artistic Producer, Michael Rubenfeld and the Artistic Associate, Dan Daley, will shortlist the applicants. A decision regarding selection of artists and allocation of funds will be made. Artists may be contacted for more information and possibly a meeting regarding the project.

Submissions must be mailed to:

SummerWorks Theatre Festival

P.O. Box 12, Station C

Toronto, Ontario

M6J 3M7

Attn: Daniel Daley

Paprika Does Double Digits

Paprika Does Double Digits

10th Anniversary Celebration

November 28th

Watch the Trailer!

a collection of work from the past ten years, performed by current

participants, artists, alumni and friends of the Festival

Work by Performances by

Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman

Emily Sugerman

Anthony Furey

Andrew Lamb

Evan Vipond

Damien Atkins

Jonathan Blankenstein

Jajube Mandiela

Johnnie Walker

Judith Thompson

Kanika Ambrose

Julia Lederer

Rong Fu

Marjorie Chan

Rosamund Small

Morgan Norwich

Sara Farb

Susan Coyne

Veronica Tennant

…and many more!

Nina Arsenault: ‎”When I was 10 years old my best friend was a girl who turned out to be a boy. Now that’s hot.” Check out this link: http://ow.ly/31H43


Tarragon Theatre Mainspace

30 Bridgman Ave. (One block north of Dupont & Bathurst)

Reception at 7pm Performance at 8pm

For tickets, call the Tarragon Box Office at 416.531.1827



Hello again friends.

We are settling in comfortably at 1087 Queen West. We love our new space, and as a result, love you. We’re not sure why or how that happened, but it did … and if we’ve learned anything at SummerWorks it’s that when you’re in love, just roll with it.

It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year — that time when you know winter’s coming, and perhaps a few months of misery and despair. Christmas is creeping up, and if you thought your bank account was trim now, just wait until January 2nd. We here at SummerWorks have the perfect antidote to your upcoming winter woes:


Applications for the LOCAL SERIES are now online at http://www.summerworks.ca/2010/applications-local.php

Okay, on to some stuff.

This year’s Festival will take place from August 4-14th.

It’s no secret that often work from SummerWorks continues to see life beyond the festival. While this is a great delight for us, I assure that this is not our intention in our programming. We’re looking for work that is, first and foremost, relevant. The fact that the work moves beyond the festival is a testament to the continued relevance of the Festival and its participants.

Our audiences continue to grow, as does the quality of the work.

At SummerWorks, we’re looking for work that asks questions of both its audiences and also the art itself. We are interested in work that is bold in its questioning of the world we live in ; work that chooses to consciously delve into complexity — both in its questioning of our world and its theatrical imagination.

We believe that the notion of “theatre” can encapsulate all forms of performance, and thus we welcome and implore work from artists in all performance-based genres.


Please note that this year we are asking people to include an online APPLICATION FORM as well as the one included in your application package.

And with this, we invite you to apply for this year’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival, and look very much forward to reading your applications.