Apply for the 2019 Next Stage Theatre Festival

The Next Stage Theatre Festival is an indie theatre festival run by Toronto Fringe. Established in 2008, this festival has spent the last decade showcasing Fringe artists and taking their work to the next level. In the first 10 years of the festival, Next Stage shows were nominated for 25 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and NSTF artists have become major players in the Canadian culture scene. The Next Stage Theatre Festival runs every January at Factory Theatre. Tickets are $10-15. Join us at our heated Steam Whistle Beer Tent!

Video by Jeremy Mimnagh.
Shows featured in video: MANICPIXIEDREAM GIRLS, The Death of Mrs. Gandhi and the Beginning of New Physics, Clique Claque.

Applications for the 2019 Next Stage Theatre Festival are now OPEN!

For step-by-step instructions on how to apply on, visit our Artist Opportunities page.

The Next Stage Theatre Festival is the premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe, Next Stage is a platform for artists to take groundbreaking work to the next level – and a gathering place for discerning culture lovers in the city. It takes place every January at the Factory Theatre.

This year we are opening up the criteria to allow companies and artists to apply who may not have been a primary contact with a CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals) show. We are definitely still welcoming applications from people who have been involved in Fringe, in any capacity, and can demonstrate their connection to Fringe as well as those who may have had a similar producing background. We are also keen to know why you think the Next Stage Theatre Festival would be a good fit for your show. You can apply with a previous Fringe show, or you can submit a new piece.

Next Stage will run from Jan 9-20, 2019

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 5.


Perks of Next Stage Theatre Festival

The Next Stage Theatre Festival was created to give promising Fringe artists development opportunities beyond the summer festival, supporting the evolution of their work and helping them reach broader audiences. The Fringe helps Next Stage artists deal with the challenges of mounting an independent production by offering financial, production, marketing, and technical support. We welcome proposals from emerging and mid-career artists.

Interested in applying in the future? A few things to note ….