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The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) 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, NSTF 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 will open in May 2018. The 10 selected companies will be notified in July and announced in September. For more information, visit our Artist Opportunities page.
Perks of Next Stage Theatre Festival
- Artistic VIPs (including programmers) will be invited to attend the Festival to see artists’ work.
- A fun, community-filled festival experience during the winter months.
- Great networking opportunities.
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 ….
- The playwright, primary contact or company must have participated in a CAFF festival, though they are not required to apply with a prior Fringe production.
- There is no participation fee for successful candidates; however, please note that the Toronto Fringe will split box office revenues 70/30 with 70% going to the artist.
- New works, reworked projects, original adaptations and remounts are all eligible. Productions of work by notable playwrights or of “the classics” are not.
- The festival is juried by local theatre professionals.