Who can apply?

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.

The 2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival is now accepting applications from any artist who has participated in at least one Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). Returning for its 11th season in January 2018, Next Stage (NSTF) showcases the work of ten up-and-coming Fringe artists, all staged at the Factory Theatre. Helping you remember the warm, summer days of July in January, Next Stage brings you 12 exciting days of theatre! With over 7,500 people attending the festival and over $89,000 in box office revenue returned to our 10 companies (2017 numbers), the Next Stage is here to help your production propel to the next level!

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? A few things to note ….

Applications are now open and will close Monday, June 5, 2017 at 5pm. More information please call 416-966-1062, or email general@fringetoronto.com

To apply

Please visit our new applications portal, Eventotron, and click on Festivals. Select Next Stage. Review the information and then log in (or create a new log in). Once you have logged in the application form will be visible to you.

Applications requirements:

  1. The online form. (Select Festivals).
  2. One PDF including the following, which you will upload via the online form:
    Section A – A complete script or detailed description for non-text based productions.
    Section B – Artist Statement: (eg, consider your vision for the piece, why you want to produce at Next Stage and what you hope to achieve from being in the Festival).
    Section C – Biographies of participating artists and key personnel.
    Section D – Additional support materials (video, photographs, designs, etc.) Please direct us to links or hosting sites where we can view them without downloading.