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

October

The Adams Prize

Formerly called the Paul O'Sullivan Award 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.

Who it’s for: Permanent residents of Canada who have written a new musical that has not been previously produced.

Applications Due: October 19, 2018

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 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. It is understood that the musical will be subject to revisions/dramaturgical changes in the usual course of continued development.
  6. 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.
  7. The winner will be annouced at the Fringe Lottery Party in December 2018.

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 see this page, not the jury)
  5. $32 entry fee including HST, paid by credit card through the online application form. (*Non-Sufficient Funds: If fee is returned the applicant will be informed and have 24 hours to pay the $32 as well as any service fees incurred.)

How to Apply: The online application form will be available here on September 18, 2019.

New Play Contest

What it is: This is a contest for playwrights that guarantees the winner a free spot in the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as a bursary for first, second, and third place. In 2018, the New Play Contest was sponsored by the Aubrey and Marla Dan Charitable Foundation.

Who it’s for: Anyone with a new play that has not been previously produced.

Applications Due: October 19, 2018

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. Playwrights who enter the New Play Contest may also enter the Fringe lottery.
  8. The winner must produce the play that was submitted to the New Play Contest for the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival.
  9. 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.
  10. The winner must provide a short post-festival report on the contest, production, and festival experience.
  11. The winning plays will be announced at the 2019 Fringe Festival Lottery Party in December 2018.

Application Materials:

  1. Completed script with all pages numbered. As the jury process is anonymous, please ensure that the author's name is not on the script.
  2. $30 entry fee including HST, paid by credit card through the online application 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)

How to apply: The online application form will be available here on September 18, 2019.

November

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

What it is: Micro-grants from the Ontario Arts Council that Toronto Fringe is responsible for allocating.

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.

Applications due: November 5, 2018

Cost to apply: free

Terms & Conditions:

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.

Application Materials:

  1. An 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 (max 2 pages)
  2. A basic budget for the project (max 1 page)
  3. A basic timeline for the project (max 1 page)
  4. Bios and/or CVs for core artists or company members
  5. A script sample of the project you are applying with OR a synopsis of what you intend the project to become (max 10 pages – does not have to be the first ten pages)

How to Apply: 

*New this year!* All Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators must be submitted through Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova.

You will be asked to provide:

  • basic information about your project
  • answers to specific application questions
  • the name of the recommender you are applying to (in this case, the Toronto Fringe)
  • the application materials we require (as listed above), uploaded as ONE pdf file

Complete instructions on how to fill out the application will be provided in Nova. For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide or the information page on the OAC website.

2019 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.

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.

Applications due: Monday, November 19 at 11:59pm.

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:

  • The Company Name, Primary Contact, and Secondary Contact cannot be changed once submitted.
  • The Primary and Secondary contacts of a company cannot be the Primary and Secondary contacts for a second company.
  • 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.
  • If the Primary Contact cannot continue with a production, we reserve the right to withdraw it from the Festival.
  • 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.
  • 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 permissions 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 one of the following lottery categories that apply to you/your show:

  • Ontario 45-60 Minutes
  • Ontario 75-90 Minutes
  • National 45-60 Minutes
  • National 75-90 Minutes
  • International 45-60 Minutes
  • International 75-90 Minutes
  • Dance
  • Teen (specifically for youth between 13-18 years old)
  • KidsFest (specifically for kids between 2-12 years old)
  • Culturally Diverse Artists Project (CDAP) (*see more information below)
  • Accessible (*see more information below)

Please note, site specific shows are not selected by lottery. Applications for site specific shows are assessed and accepted on a first come, first served basis until all slots are filled. For more information, please see below.

Successful applicants to each lottery category will be drawn for the 2019 Toronto Fringe in December 2018. The National and International categories will be streamed on Facebook Live. All other categories will be drawn during the Fringe 2019 Lottery Party, date and time to be announced. 

How to Apply: Instructions on how to apply to the 2019 lottery will be posted here on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 

2019 Toronto Fringe Festival Culturally Diverse Artist Project (CDAP) Lottery Category

What it is: A program to encourage participation by culturally diverse artists in the Toronto Fringe Festival.

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.

Applications due: Monday, November 19 at 11:59pm.

Cost to apply: There is no cost to apply.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The CDAP lottery is one of the Toronto Fringe Festival's lottery categories. For more information about the Fringe and the lottery process, please see above.
  • 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.

How to Apply: Instructions on how to apply to the 2019 CDAP lottery will be posted here on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

2019 Toronto Fringe Festival 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.

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.

Applications due: Monday, November 19 at 11:59pm.

Cost to apply: There is no cost to apply.

Terms and Conditions: 

  • The Accessible Lottery is open to Deaf Artists, Hard of hearing artists, sick artists, mad artists &/or artists with a disability. It is one of the Toronto Fringe Festival's lottery categories. For more information about the Fringe and the lottery process, please see above.
  • 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.

 

How to Apply: Instructions on how to apply to the 2019 Accessible lottery will be posted here on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

 

2019 Toronto Fringe Festival Site-Specific Application

What it is: The Toronto Fringe Festival’s site-specific performances take place in non-traditional venues. We consider venues beyond the downtown core catchment area, into neighbourhoods across the City of Toronto.

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.

Application Deadline: Site-specific shows are accepted into the festival on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted as of October 2, 2018 and will remain open until all slots are filled. 

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:

  • The Company Name, Primary Contact and Secondary Contact cannot be changed once submitted.
  • The Primary and Secondary contacts of a company cannot be the Primary and Secondary contacts for a second company.
  • 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.
  • If the Primary Contact cannot continue with a production, we reserve the right to withdraw it from the Festival.
  • 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.
  • 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 a 90 minute running time limit.

Rules for acceptable site-specific venue locations:

  • Site-specific shows will be accepted from within the standard Fringe catchment area (south of Dupont Avenue, north of King Street, east of Dovercourt Avenue, and west of University Avenue) as well as from any neighbourhood within the Toronto city limits! Example neighbourhoods are the Danforth, North York, Roncesvalles, Leslieville, Regent Park, etc.
  • Venues must be physically accessible and safe to the general public. Proposed venues may require a visit by Fringe staff before they are approved. 

How to Apply: Instructions on how to apply as a site-specific show for the 2019 Toronto Fringe will be posted here on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

April

Installations and Activations for Fringe Patio

The Toronto Fringe will be 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, as well as 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.

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.

More information about these calls will be posted closer to the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. 

June

24 Hour Playwriting Contest

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.

Who it’s for: Writers of all ages and experience levels.

Applications due: to be announced closed to the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Cost to apply: $28.25 reading fee.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Reading fees are non-refundable.
  • No registrations will be accepted past the determined deadline.
  • All registrants must pay their reading fee on or before the determed deadline.
  • Prompts and details on how to submit your play will be distributed closer to the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. 
  • Up to 80 applicants will be accepted to participate on a first come, first served basis.
  • Plays are to be written by a single playwright, excluding partnerships or collectives.
  • One entry per person is permitted.
  • 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.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate (except contest jurors). If you require any accomodations to participate in the contest, please email outreach@fringetoronto.com.

How it Works:

  • Registered participants will be given the specific writing prompts and details at a time and date to be determined closer to the festival.
  • After receiving these prompts, the participants have 24 hours to write a new play and must incorporate the specific elements into the script they submit for adjudication.
  • 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. They must include page numbers and be formatted to be readable.
  • As 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).
  • A team of jurors will read the scripts and select a winner. 
  • The winning playwright will receive a cash prize and a staged reading during the Toronto Fringe Festival with a professional director and actors.

How to Apply: Instructions on how to apply to the 2019 contest will be posted here in the spring of 2019.

Next Stage Theatre Festival 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.

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

Applications due: June 2019 for the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival

Cost to apply: A $36 reading fee.

Terms & Conditions: Any company or artist with a connection to the Toronto Fringe or a Fringe festival with the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) are elegible to apply. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their connection to the Fringe, and who can prove their sucessful producing background. Tell us 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 submit a new piece.

How to Apply: Instructions on how to apply for the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival will be posted here in the spring of 2019.