Call for Submissions: Original Work for 4.48 Pyschosis, Necessary Angel Theatre

Call For Submissions
Necessary Angel Theatre, one of Canada’s most acclaimed independent producers of original and provocative theatre, is seeking proposals for original work in support of its upcoming production of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane. Deadline: January 11, 2013.

Necessary Angel will curate a series of original, multi-disciplinary works reflecting on the artist’s relationship with depression. We are seeking work that excavates depression from the perspectives of contemporaries, outsiders and insiders alike. We welcome and are encouraging proposal submissions from visual, literary, dance and spoken word artists.

Selected submissions will be eligible for financial prizes ranging from $250 – $1000, inclusion in promotional materials, and curated through the performance run of February 11 – 23 at venues selected by Necessary Angel. Winning submissions will also be considered for inclusion in an original, bound publication investigating the subject matter of depression.

About the Production
4.48 Psychosis weaves the imaginative with the unimaginable, presenting audiences with a glimpse behind the veil of severe clinical depression. Freeform in both its treatment and casting, the play has garnered acclaim for its stark, sometimes disturbing authenticity. Every inch of Kane’s scarred consciousness lays bare in Psychosis, a cragged landscape where viewers are compelled to confront the convention and reality of depression.

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Submission Guidelines

• All submitted artwork/literature must be original work owned/managed entirely by the submitting artist/s.
• All submissions must be accompanied by an artist’s statement outlining how the material informs/progresses the subjects of madness and depression.
• All submissions should be delivered via email to
• Preliminary literary submissions should be no more than one page in length (excluding artist’s statement)
• Preliminary video submissions should be no more than 3 minutes in length and less than 10MB
• Preliminary visual arts submissions should be low-resolution JPEG’s no more 1000 px wide or 1MB in file size.

About Necessary Angel
Founded in 1978 and based in Toronto, Canada, Necessary Angel has been an influential and original presence on the national and international theatre scene for over 30 years. Having produced more than 50 productions, including 30 world premieres and 10 North American premieres, the company is considered to be one of English Canada’s most important original creation and touring organizations. Necessary Angel tours its work to prominent theatres and festivals across Canada and internationally. The company’s plays have been nominated for and have won numerous Governor General’s Awards for Drama, Chalmers Awards for Outstanding New Play, and countless Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Over the years, Necessary Angel has welcomed the participation of outstanding literary icons, including Michael Ondaatje and Timothy Findley, while also developing new work with some of Canada’s leading playwrights, including Daniel MacIvor, John Mighton, Colleen Murphy, Jason Sherman, Colleen Wagner and David Young, whose works have become acclaimed on stages around the globe.


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