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Territorial Tales

Territorial Tales is a creative launching pad for young storytellers (ages 14-21) and emerging artists to share their experiences of displacement, migration and settlement through the development of short theatrical works.

In partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), Sketch and Kids Up Front and presented as part of Canada’s 150, this new youth engagement project will grant 3 young creators the opportunity develop a new work this Spring under the mentorship of Canadian Stage, culminating in a final staging at the 35th anniversary of Shakespeare in High Park in August 2017. Selected participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with emerging directors and young performers to bring their projects to life.




Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Company in Residence

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Company in Residence. Submissions for the program are now closed.

Canadian Stage RBC
Emerging Artist Program:
Director Development Residency

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Director Development Residency. Submissions for the program are now closed.

Script and Project Submissions

We are sorry, but Canadian Stage does not accept unsolicited script submissions at the moment.
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 Theatre Creators Reserve Grants

Submissions for the 2017 Creators' Reserve Program are now closed. Please visit this site again in the fall of 2017 for information on the next round of applications.

As a recommender in OAC's Theatre Creators' Reserve program, Canadian Stage received a total of 37 submissions this year and had a total of $9000 to allocate through OAC.

Johnnie Walker (Toronto, ON) was awarded $3000 for the continued development of his play "Shove It Down My Throat", a work inspired by the true story of Luke O’Donovan, a young queer man from Atlanta, Georgia, currently serving a ten-year sentence after being charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. This is the second time that Canadian Stage has supported this project by a TCR recommendation (first in 2014).

Cathy Elliott (Cookstown, ON) was awarded $3000 to put towards "Starlight Tours", a project that she will be developing with musician/lyricist Leslie Arden. Cathy Elliott is a multi-disciplinary Mi’kmaq artist, best known for her Yukon musical "Fireweeds". Based on the true story of Neil Stonechild, an indigenous Canadian teenager who froze to death due to police negligence, this new musical drama will explore clashing cultures while celebrating the strength and resilience of two young women, one Cree and one White.

Hannah Briggs (Guelph, ON), working as part of the young all-female collective Sonderlust, was awarded $3000 to start developing "This Place I Call Home", a multi-disciplinary exploration of the idea of "home" and what it means to a diverse group of women. This ambitious piece will use interviews with women from the Kitchener-Waterloo community as inspiration for a site-specific, immersive show that will make the connection between the physical space that we occupy and the psychological space that we create for ourselves.