Artist Opportunities

What are you waiting for? Make some art!

Toronto Fringe offers a variety of opportunities to connect your art with an audience. Please read on for our various programs and festivals that accept applications yearly. If you have any questions, please contact us and we would be happy to guide you through the process.

Phone: 416-966-1062
Email: general@fringetoronto.com

June

24 Hour Playwriting Contest *Updated deadline

What it is: Sponsored by Centennial College, this contest challenges writers to create a new play in 24 hours. The winner receives a cash prize and a staged reading of their piece on the final day of the festival.
Accepting applications: June 5th - June 30th
Who it’s for: Writers of all ages and experience levels.
Cost to apply: $28.25 reading fee.
Terms & Conditions: Reading fees are non-refundable. No registrations will be accepted past June 30th at 11:59pm. All registrants must pay their reading fee before June 30th at 11:59pm. Prompts and details on how to submit your play will be distributed on July 5th at 1pm at POSTSCRIPT, the Fringe patio at Dundas and Bathurst. 
Applications: Are open! Please fill out the form below by midnight on June 30th.

How it works:
• On Thursday July 5th at 1pm registered participants will meet at POSTSCRIPT (The Fringe Patio) which is located at Scadding Court,Dundas and Bathurst, and receive 4 elements that will be the basis for the 24 hour playwriting contest
• Participants have 24 hours to write a new play and must incorporate the 4 elements and then submit for adjudication
• A team of jurors will read the scripts and vote on the winner

The Winning Playwright receives:
• $250 Cash Prize
• A staged reading with a professional director and actors at the Tarragon Solo Room on the on July 15th at 9:15 PM

Applications are now open
• Applications are open to register to participate in the 2018 24 hour playwriting contest. Applications will remain open until June 30th at 11:59PM. The fee to participate is $28.25 (HST included)
• We will accept up to 80 applicants on a first come first serve basis

Rules and Regulations
• The four play elements will be announced on July 5th at 1pm at POSTSCRIPT and then sent in an email shortly after. Participants are encouraged to meet in person to receive the elements. 
• Scripts must be submitted electronically within 24 hours as a word doc (.doc) or PDF to: outreach@fringetoronto.com with YOUR NAME – 24 Hour Script Submission as the subject line
• If you are unable to attend the contest launch you will receive the elements in an email no later than 2pm.
• Everyone is welcome to participate (except contest jurors)
• One entry per person is permitted
• Plays are to be written by a single playwright, excluding partnerships or collectives
• Musicals and dance pieces are not accepted
• All plays must have a reading time of no more than 45 min and no less than 15 minutes
• All plays are judged blindly by the jury, the playwrights name must not be written anywhere on the document. Instead please submit a separate document with the title of the play, playwrights name and contact information (email and phone).
• All scripts must include page numbers and formatted to be readable
• The winner will be contacted by phone on Wednesday July 11th 2018 and the winning playwrights name will be announced on our website

Next Stage Theatre Festival 2019 Application

What it is: The Next Stage Theatre Festival is the premiere winter theatre event in the city. It takes place every January at the Factory Theatre. This year, Next Stage will run from Jan 9 - 20, 2019.

Who it’s for: Anyone with a connection to Fringe who is looking to take their work to the next level.

Cost to apply: A $36 reading fee.

Terms & Conditions: 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.

Applications: Are now closed.

Deadline: Tuesday, June 5

October

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

What it is: Micro-grants from the Ontario Arts Council that Toronto Fringe is responsible for allocating.
Accepting applications: October 2 - November 1, 2017
Who it’s for:  We are interested in supporting unique, innovative, and unexpected methods of storytelling. We will consider artists and artist collaborations using any range of creative processes (script writing or otherwise) in the development of new theatre or dance. 
Cost to apply: Free
Terms & Conditions: Please include in your application:

1. The OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators Application form (found here on the OAC’s website) (as one document)
2. One document (either .pdf or .docx) that includes:

  • A two page artistic statement that details the intentions and creative goals of the project. Please clearly indicate in this artistic statement the amount of funding you are requesting.
  • A basic budget for the project (max 1 page)
  • A basic timeline for the project (max 1 page)
  • Bios and/or CVs for core artists or company members
  • A script sample of the project you are applying with OR a synopsis of what you intend the project to become (max 10 pages – doesn’t have to be the first ten pages)

This program does not fund: creation of non-theatre work (eg. film, radio, TV, fiction, poetry, etc.), workshop costs, or productions. The activities for which you are requesting funding: cannot start before the recommender theatre's deadline; cannot finish before you receive your grant results, up to six weeks after the recommender theatre's deadline; and must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results.

Applications: Are now closed. Check back next fall for 2018-2019 applications.

New Play Contest

What it is: This is a contest for playwrights that guarantees the winner a free spot in the Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as provides a bursary of $2000. Second prize receives $250, and third prize receives $100. Sponsored by the Aubrey and Marla Dan Charitable Foundation.
Accepting applications: October 2 - November 2, 2017. Winner will be annouced at the Fringe Lottery Party on December 1, 2017.
Who it’s for: Anyone with a new play that has not been previously produced.
Cost to apply: $30 reading fee.
Terms & Conditions:

  1. Open to all playwrights/writers who are permanent residents of Canada.
  2. Only one entry per playwright is permitted.
  3. All entries must be original, unproduced plays. Plays that have been workshopped are eligible.
  4. Plays must be submitted in English.
  5. The playwright may have received funding to create or workshop this play.
  6. All plays must have a performance time of 90 minutes or less.
  7. Each play can be submitted as a PDF or Word document.  As the jury process is anonymous, PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE AUTHOR'S NAME IS NOT ON THE SCRIPT.
  8. Pages must be numbered.
  9. The entry fee is $30 including HST and can be paid through the online form. (*Non-Sufficient Funds: If fee is returned the applicant will be informed and have 24 hours to pay the $30 as well as any service fees incurred)
  10. Playwrights who enter the New Play Contest may also enter the Fringe lottery.
  11. The winner must produce the play that was submitted to the New Play Contest for the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival.
  12. The winning production will also be required to recognize the Toronto Fringe on all their marketing materials (program, posters, brochures, press release, website, etc). Specific details of this recognition to follow.
  13. The winner must provide a short post-festival report on the contest, production and festival experience.
  14. The winning plays will be announced at the Fringe Festival Lottery Party, on Dec. 1, 2017. Call 416-966-1062, or email general@fringetoronto.com for additional information.

Applications: Are now closed. Please check back in Fall 2018 for next year's application.

Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre

What it is: Sponsored by the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts, this is a contest for composers/playwrights that guarantees the winner a free spot in the Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as provides a bursary of $3,500.
Accepting applications: October 2 - November 2, 2017
Who it’s for: Permanent residents of Canada who have written a new musical that has not been previously produced.
Cost to apply: $32 reading fee.
Terms & Conditions:

  1. Open to all playwrights/composers who are permanent residents of Canada.
  2. All entries must be original, unproduced musicals. Musicals that have been workshopped are eligible.
  3. All Musicals must have a performance time of 90 minutes or less.
  4. Playwrights/Composers who enter the contest may also enter the Fringe lottery.
  5. The winner must produce the musical that was submitted to the contest in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. It is understood that the musical will be subject to revisions/dramaturgical changes in the usual course of continued development.

Application Materials:

  1. Complete script with tracks - please include all links in the body of your script.
  2. Proof of Rights.
  3. Estimated Running Time
  4. Production History (150 word limit) & Writer Bios (Only Fringe staff sees this page- not the readers)
  5. $32 entry fee including HST and can be paid through the online form. (*Non-Sufficient Funds: If fee is returned the applicant will be informed and have 24 hours to pay the $30 as well as any service fees incurred.)

Applications: Are now closed. Please check back in Fall 2018 for next year's application.

2018 Toronto Fringe Festival Lottery

What it is: The Toronto Fringe Festival is Ontario’s largest theatre festival, showcasing over 150 shows each July in over 30 venues in the downtown core.
Accepting applications: October 2 - November 3, 2017
Who it’s for: Anyone and everyone! No matter who you are, the Fringe is for you. All festival participants are selected by lottery every November at our Lottery Party.
Cost to apply: Application fee of $29 + participation fee of $750 (only if drawn)
Terms & Conditions:

  • You may not submit more than one application to the Fringe. Please note the following rules:
  1. The Company Name, Primary Contact and Secondary Contact cannot be changed once submitted.
  2. The Primary and Secondary contacts of a company cannot be the Primary and Secondary contacts for a second company.
  3. If an individual/company submits more than one application, ALL relevant applications will be removed from the lottery, and no refund will be given for the lottery application fee.
  4. If the Primary Contact cannot continue with a production, we reserve the right to withdraw it from the Festival.
  5. Companies are not allowed to sell or transfer their spot to another company. If we find that they have, both companies will be removed from The Festival and will forfeit 100% of their fees.
  6. Participants are encouraged to apply for the CDAP lottery (if elegible) and the Accessible lottery (if eligible) in addition to the main Fringe lottery.
  • Permission: If your piece is not an original work, your company must secure the necessary performance rights, or permission from the author to perform in The Fringe.
  • Unions/Associations: Participants must pay the appropriate fees and obtain the necessary releases from their union/association, and should be prepared to provide us with proof of permissions in writing if necessary. The CAEA Festival Policy is currently available for most companies at the Toronto Fringe and Equity members should contact their rep to find out more.
  • Time Limits: All Fringe performances start on time and cannot run past their 60 or 90 minute running time limit (FringeKids can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes). With 45 minutes between performances (15 minutes to strike a show, 15 minutes to set up the next show, and 15 minutes for audience seating), timing is key.
  • You can apply for any of the following categories that apply to you/your show: 
  1. Ontario 45-60 Minutes
  2. Ontario 75-90 Minutes
  3. National 45-60 Minutes
  4. National 75-90 Minutes
  5. International 45-60 Minutes
  6. International 75-90 Minutes
  7. Dance (from anywhere)
  8. Fringe KidsFest
  9. Culturally Diverse Artists Project (CDAP) (*see more information below)
  10. Accessible (*see more information below)
  11. Site-Specific (*see more information below)

Applications: are now closed. Applications for the 2019 Fringe Lottery will open in the fall of 2018. See below for how to apply for a Site-Specific show in the 2018 Fringe.

Accessible Lottery Category

What it is: A program to encourage participation in the Toronto Fringe Festival by artists who self-identify as an artist with a disability.
Accepting applications: October 2, 2017 – November 3, 2017.
Who it’s for: The project goal is to increase representation of Deaf artists, hard of hearing artists, sick artists, mad artists and/or any artists with a disability at the Toronto Fringe. According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, defining disability is a complex, evolving matter. The term “disability” covers a broad range and degree of conditions. A disability may have been present at birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time.
Cost to apply: There is no cost to apply.
Terms and Conditions: 

  • The Fringe 2018 Accessible Lottery is open to Deaf Artists, Hard of hearing artists, sick artists, mad artists &/or artists with a disability.
  • There is no geographical limitation for company members in this category
  • Show run-time must be between 45 and 90 minutes
  • There is no additional fee associated with applying for the Accessibility Lottery.
  • Participants are also welcome to apply for the main Fringe lottery and the CDAP lottery (if eligible) in addition to the Accessible lottery.

Watch the videos below for a video describing the Accessible Lottery in ASL, audio described, and captioned.

 

 

Applications: are now closed. Applications for the 2019 Fringe will open in the fall of 2018.

Culturally Diverse Artist Project (CDAP)

What it is: A program to encourage participation by culturally diverse artists in the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Accepting applications: October 2, 2017 – November 3, 2017.
Who it’s for: CDAP is only available to artists who self-identify as culturally diverse and who have not produced in the Toronto Fringe Festival before.
Cost to apply: There is no cost to apply.
Terms and Conditions: 

  • As per the Ontario Arts Council, culturally diverse refers to people of colour based on the Government of Canada’s definition of “visible minorities,” which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.
  • Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit applicants are also welcome and encouraged to apply for CDAP.
  • There is no geographical limitation for company members in this category
  • Show run-time must be between 45 and 90 minutes
  • There is no additional application fee associated with CDAP.
  • Participants are also welcome to apply for the main Fringe lottery and the Accessible lottery (if eligible) in addition to the CDAP lottery.

Applications: are now closed. Applications for the 2019 Fringe will open in the fall of 2018.

2018 Toronto Fringe Site-Specifics Application

What it is: The Toronto Fringe Festival’s site-specific performances will take place in 30 venues across Toronto this summer. This year, we will consider venues beyond the downtown core catchment area, into neighbourhoods across Toronto. 
Accepting applications: October 24 – once all spots are filled
Who it’s for: Artists intending to create a show outside of Toronto Fringe’s main venues. Artists interested in bringing the Toronto Fringe to their community. Artists able to access their own venue and ensure accessibility for patrons with mobility needs.
Cost to apply: Once you have submitted your application we will review it. If approved, you must secure your venue and pay a participation fee. Only then will your event be considered part of the festival.
Fees are based on the total number of seats available across your entire run:

  • 299 seats or less: $551
  • 300-479 seats: $651
  • 480+ seats: $751

Terms and Conditions:

You may not submit more than one application to the Fringe - including the lottery and site-specific categories. Please note the following rules:

  1. The Company Name, Primary Contact and Secondary Contact cannot be changed once submitted.
  2. The Primary and Secondary contacts of a company cannot be the Primary and Secondary contacts for a second company.
  3. If an individual/company submits more than one application, ALL relevant applications will be removed from the consideration, and no refund will be given for the lottery application fee.
  4. If the Primary Contact cannot continue with a production, we reserve the right to withdraw it from the Festival.
  5. Companies are not allowed to sell or transfer their spot to another company. If we find that they have, both companies will be removed from The Festival and will forfeit 100% of their fees.
  6. Permission: If your piece is not an original work, your company must secure the necessary performance rights, or permission from the author to perform in The Fringe.
  7. Unions/Associations: Participants must pay the appropriate fees and obtain the necessary releases from their union/association, and should be prepared to provide us with proof of permissions in writing if necessary. The CAEA Festival Policy is currently available for most companies at the Toronto Fringe and Equity members should contact their rep to find out more.
  8. Time Limits: All Fringe performances start on time and cannot run past a 90 minute running time limit.

Rules for acceptable site-specific venue locations:

  • 20 site-specific shows will be accepted from within the standard Fringe catchment area (as in past years). These site-specifics must be south of Dupont Avenue, north of King Street, east of Dovercourt Avenue, and west of University Avenue.
  • 10 site-specific shows will be accepted from any neighbourhood within the Toronto city limits! Example neighbourhoods are the Danforth, North York, Roncesvalles, Leslieville, Regent Park, etc. 

Applications: Open on October 24, 2017 on Eventotron. See below for step-by-step instructions:

We recommend having all crucial details (Company Name, Primary and Secondary Contact, and Lottery Category) confirmed before you begin the application. You do not need a show title to enter the Lottery (but please enter TBC with your company name in the field). We also advise not clicking back or forward on your browser as your answers will be lost.

  1. Go to eventotron.com and register for an account.
  2. Once you are registered and logged in to Eventotron, you will see a listing of festivals at the top of the home page. Click on the Toronto Fringe Festival.
  3. You are now at the Toronto Fringe 2018 Application form. Read through the instructions and lottery details at the top of the page. If you already have a project in Eventotron, perhaps from an application to Toronto Fringe 2017/Next Stage or a different festival, please choose "Apply with an existing event", otherwise choose "Create a new event" where you will enter a title for your project then click Next. You can input “TBC with your company name” if you do not have a title.
  4. The application form will now be opened fully and your name will appear as “Primary Admin Contact.” You will now you will be asked to submit a “Secondary Admin Contact.”Click the text box, enter the contact’s email address. then click “Add Contact.” You will now input your secondary contact’s First and Last Name, as well as their phone number. The Secondary Contact may not be changed once your application is submitted. Please double check this info before clicking “Save.”
  5. You will now be asked to submit a “Company Name,” which will be credited as the Producing Company in the Fringe Program and printing materials. This name cannot be changed once your application is submitted.
  6. Now under Application Type, select Site-Specific. You will only be charged for the Site-Specific Category if your application is approved.
  7. All shows must now enter their proposed venue and venue address.
  8. Artists are asked the elucidate their booking and confirmation plan for their given venue, and to include names and contact information of relevant contacts.
  9. Applicants are now asked to justify the production in relation to the chosen space, and to explain how the space will be used.
  10. Applicants will need to describe the audience experience of the show.
  11. Applicants will need to enter show length, show capacity, and the desired number of performances and performance time(s) of the show.
  12. Finally, applicants will need to check a box to certify that their venue is accessible at the bottom of the application. Please ensure that your venue has accessible entrances, alternatives to stairs, and accessible restrooms.

Final Reminders:

  • Should the Fringe discover that your venue is not fully accessible or that application information is falsified, the Toronto Fringe reserves the right to reject your application.
  • Once paid, site-specific participation fees are non-refundable.
  • Please note that for our 30th anniversary celebration, in addition to the regular 20 site specific slots in the Fringe catchment area, we are also accepting proposals for satellite shows across Toronto.
  • Example neighbourhoods include: The Danforth, North York, Queen East, Queen West, Chinatown, Little India, Roncesvalles etc.
  • Accessibility via public transit will be a factor in considering site-specific applications that are beyond our regular catchment area.

 

 

April

Call for Installations for Fringe Patio 2018

The Toronto Fringe is accepting proposals from visual/installation/durational artists with ideas for unique outdoor installations to beautify the Fringe Patio and enhance the patron experience in the space, during the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival (July 4-15).

The Fringe Patio is located in the parking lot and hockey rink of the Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West, at Dundas and Bathurst). It is Toronto’s largest pop-up patio and sees thousands of visitors through the space. Programming includes free events, live music, local food vendors, and a licenced bar.

Installations will be installed by the artist(s) before the start of the festival (July 4), remain up throughout the festival, and taken down by the artist(s) after the Fringe Patio closes on the final day of the festival (July 15). Installations must be weather proof, and secure enough to remain in good condition for the full 12 days without harming or endangering patrons.

Artists are encouraged to visit the site before applying, in order to understand the demands of the space, and to propose ideas that incorporate elements that already exist (ie. the chain-link fence around the hockey rink, nearby trees, gates, concrete, etc.).

A small honourarium will be awarded to successful applicants.

EXAMPLES OF INSTALLATIONS FOR INSPIRATION: hanging objects above walkways, chain-link fence art, installations that patrons can contribute to and change throughout the festival, temporary art on pavement/concrete/bricks, etc.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are now closed.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 16, 2018 by 11:00pm

CONTACT: For any questions, please contact Outreach Coordinator Julia Vodarek Hunter at outreach@fringetoronto.com or 416-966-1062

Download this call for applications here.

Call for Activations for Fringe Patio 2018

The Toronto Fringe is accepting proposals from artists, performers, musicians, collectives, and more with ideas for interactive activations for patrons to enjoy and take part in at the Fringe Patio during the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival (July 4-15).

The Fringe Patio is located in the parking lot and hockey rink of the Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West, at Dundas and Bathurst). It is Toronto’s largest pop-up patio and sees thousands of visitors through the space. Programming includes free events, live music, local food vendors, and a licenced bar.

Activations will be created, set up, and run by the artist(s) during scheduled times throughout the 12 days of the festival. These activations should be accessible to all patrons who are interested in participating. No fees can be charged for participating in an activation, but artists are encouraged to ask participants for donations after their experience. Activations can be one-on-one experiences, group activities, and/or drop-in.

Any and all ideas will be considered! We welcome very creative, unique engagements for our patrons to experience at the Fringe Patio. Think outside the box, and pitch us!

EXAMPLES OF ACTIVATIONS FROM 2017: tarot card reading, body painting, one-on-one performance art pieces, henna, close-up magic.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are now closed. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 16, 2018 by 11:00pm

CONTACT: For any questions, please contact Outreach Coordinator Julia Vodarek Hunter at outreach@fringetoronto.com or 416-966-1062

Download this call for applications here.