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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 Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators
Projects Recommended by Canadian Stage, 2019

This year we received a record-breaking 105 submissions for this program, almost triple the amount received in previous years. Canadian Stage was generously given $11,000 to allocate to our recommended projects.

The selection committee consisted of Dramaturg Birgit Schreyer Duarte and Dramaturgy Intern Colette Habel, and the final selection was confirmed by Artistic Director Brendan Healy.

Susanna Fournier (PARADIGM Productions), Ghosts of my House
Awarded $3,500

Susanna's writing is genre-mashing, non-narrative, interdisciplinary, and inspired by feminist critical theory. This grant will fund Susanna's writing period as she develops a draft of her new play, Ghosts of my House, which extrapolates content from Aeschylus' “The Oresteia” into a non-linear exploration of mother-daughter relationships, inter-generational rage, and female/familial violence. In instances of male violence that specifically targets women, Susanna asks: where does the societal rage women feel go? What happens if women take out their rage instead of internalizing it? Can our culture really handle seeing an angry woman?

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Ross Manson (Volcano) and Kiki Katese, The Book of Life
Awarded $2,500

The Book of Life is the first collaboration between Canadian experimental theatre maker Ross Manson and Rwandan playwright, director, and actor Kiki Katese. For years Kiki has worked with Rwandans to write letters to their dead, accessing direct and honest expression from a society reconstructing itself after genocide. These letters are the basis for The Book of Life, which will contain Kiki's writing, visual art, music, and the letters themselves. This grant will assist Ross and Kiki in funding the creation of the show in Kigali where it will open in April 2019, the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

More Info on Ross Manson | More Info on Kiki Katese

Ngozi Paul, The First Time - A Documentary Play
Awarded $2,000

The First Time is a multi-platform project centering on women's first sexual experiences and exploring women's relationship with sex from culture to culture and generation to generation. With verbatim text intertwined with poetic offerings, music, and movement, The First Time… offers an inclusive perspective on female sexuality. With this funding Ngozi will be continuing the development of the script by working with a team of storytellers, a dramaturg, and composers; as well as with community organizations to ensure the process is safe and holistic for all involved.

Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu (IFT), Motherland
Awarded $3,000

Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu is a Kenyan-born, Toronto-based experimental theatre creator, director, and Artistic Director of IFT (It's a Freedom Thing) Theatre. Her work explores the politics of power, culture, and history, sheds light on marginalized communities and voices, and wrestles with theatrical form. Motherland is a fantastical fashion show experiment infusing elements of opera, theatre, and movement. Inspired by the phenomenon of international adoption from Africa, Motherland uncovers the myths, realities, and imagined histories of the unseen African women who consider giving up their child to the West for a "better life". This project is the second in a trilogy of experimental theatre projects exploring the African encounter with the "other\", co-created with African Canadian poet/playwright Motion.

More Info on IFT | More Info on Motion