Calls for Artists: Next Stage

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2023 NEXT STAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

Thank you to all who applied.

ABOUT THE 2023 NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL 

The 2023 Next Stage Theatre Festival will present a curated program of independent theatre and performing artists chosen by the Next Stage Selection Committee. The 16th annual festival will take place October 18-29, 2023.
 
The selection committee commits to reserving at least 50% of production spots for artists who are Indigenous, Black, or Persons of Colour. In late 2020 The Toronto Fringe underwent an EDI Audit conducted by Where You Are Consulting. Implementing this 50% minimum guarantee is a step to directly address some of the imbalances and gaps that exist in the demographics reflected on Fringe and Canada’s stages. 


WHO ARE NEXT STAGE ARTISTS 

FUNDING FOR YOUR PRODUCTION

All selected companies will have the opportunity to apply for two rounds of grant cycles for OAC and TAC.  We highly recommend that selected companies use this extended timeline to their advantage. The selection committee timeline is planned to be able to send offers to applicants by the week of July 18, 2022 at the latest. We advise you to not wait until then to begin to prepare a grant application, and collect required materials in the meantime. 
 
OAC DEADLINES (applicant must be resident of Ontario) 
Theatre Projects: https://www.arts.on.ca/grants/theatre-projects  
* August 3, 2022 (funding can be used within 2 years of receiving grant results) 
* February 2023 **NOTE: 2023 deadlines have not been announced yet, refer back to the OAC website regularly for more info. 
 
Dance Projects: https://www.arts.on.ca/grants/dance-projects  
* October 6, 2022 (funding can be used within 2 years of receiving grant results) 
* March 2023 **NOTE: 2023 deadlines have not been announced yet, refer back to the OAC website regularly for more info. 
 
Media Artists Creation Projects https://www.arts.on.ca/grants/media-artists-creation-projects  
* October 18, 2022 (funding can be used within 2 years of receiving grant results) 
* April 2023 **NOTE: 2023 deadlines have not been announced yet, refer back to the OAC website regularly for more info. 

Find out more about grants offered by OAC here: https://www.arts.on.ca/grants/activity/creating-and-presenting  

TAC DEADLINES (Applicant must be resident of Toronto) 
Theatre Projects: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/tac-grants/theatre/project-grants  
* August 2, 2022 (funding can be used within 2 years of receiving grant results) 
* February 2023 **NOTE: 2023 deadlines have not been announced yet, refer back to the TAC website regularly for more info. 
Dance Projects: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/tac-grants/dance/project-grants  
* August 2, 2022 (funding can be used within 2 years of receiving grant results) 
* February 2023 **NOTE: 2023 deadlines have not been announced yet, refer back to the TAC website regularly for more info. 
 
Find out about more grants offered by TAC here: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/discover-tac-grants/tac-grants
 

HOW TO APPLY  

Applications closed on May 27, 2022. Thank you to all who applied.

ADJUDICATION PROCESS 

A 5-member committee will review all applications and select the series of productions. The committee is comprised of selected practicing artists and/or arts professionals that are recognized as artistic leaders by our sector, with a view to be representative of Toronto’s arts community and striving to contribute to fostering the ongoing diversity of the independent performing arts sector. 
 
Submissions will be assessed for: 

 Round 1: All submissions in each series will be divided into 5 groups randomly, with each submission read by at least two committee members in round 1. Each committee member will be assigned a group of submissions to review and score in the assessment categories before meeting to discuss all applications. This discussion session allows each member to propose the submissions they have scored highest that will advance to the second round. Discussing the applications as a group gives a more rounded understanding of the work and provides the opportunity to reconsider their initial scores. 

Round 2: All submissions in this round will be read by all five committee members and independently evaluated before meeting to discuss them all together. The committee will select productions that strongly align with the festival’s criteria, and which form a series that is diverse in creators, genres and artistic vision. In this stage, we are considering the work as it will be situated within the entire festival, and striving to showcase the depth and breadth of work in the sector and representing as many genres, disciplines, subject matters, and creative voices as possible. Historically the festival has programmed at least one musical, one dance piece, as well as theatre, solo storytelling, improv, comedy, and everything in between.  

TIMELINE 

Recommended deadline to apply: Friday May 13, 2022 
Final deadline to apply: Tuesday May 17, 2022 by 11:59PM ET 
Selected productions will be informed by the week of July 18 at the latest.
2023 Next Stage Festival: October 18-29, 2023 

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