Call for Submissions: Theatre Creators’ Reserve, Shaw Festival Theatre

The Shaw Festival Theatre is a recommender for the OAC’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program.  The deadline to apply is January 16, 2015.

All plays submitted must be set within the mandate period (1856-1950) or create a link between the present and the past – otherwise, no other style or content restrictions apply.


In selecting grant recipients, we are looking for proposals that engage in the world of the Shaw Festival’s mandate. We are interested in plays that are challenging, subversive and political – plays “à la Shaw”. We are open to the needs and variety of approaches that each individual creator or collective may have and to projects that are in all stages of development. Equal consideration will be given to: creators from diverse communities; new ideas and plays presented to us by playwrights who have had an association with the theatre; creators who are new to the Shaw Festival or creators emerging on the theatrical scene.

Support Material
Along with 3 signed copies of the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Grant application, please submit:

  • A cover letter
  • If the project is in the planning stages, a maximum two-page description of the proposed project including a brief description, timeline, development path
  • If the project is in development, a script, writing sample, or any other relevant support materials that best illustrate the proposed project ie. DVD, CD, music samples etc.

Please submit your applications to:

Joanna Falck, Literary Manager
The Shaw Festival
10 Queen’s Parade, Box 774
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
L0S 1J0

For program details and the application form please visit the Ontario Arts Council’s website (http://www.arts.on.ca/page86.aspx).

If you have questions about the Shaw Festival’s guidelines, you can email

playdevelopment@shawfest.com