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4th Annual Multi-Platform Playwrights Open Call

Oct 24, 2023



Crow’s Theatre is excited to announce that applications are now open for the fourth annual nationwide Multi-Platform Playwright Submission Call. 

Originally launched as the Multi-Platform Open Call, this initiative was created to foster the development of digital theatrical projects during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With theatres and audiences returning to live performance, we are focusing this year’s submission call on live theatrical works.  

This year, we are seeking project submissions from playwrights, storytellers, theatre creators, and writers of new works for the stage which have not received a public production. Works previously presented in a Fringe festival setting are welcome to apply. 

The selected projects will receive support from Crow's Theatre across various essential aspects of the development process, which include (but are not limited to): commission, development activities, workshops, and residencies. Furthermore, we welcome completed but unproduced plays that are seeking production or further developmental support. The specific nature of this support will be tailored to address the unique needs of each project and will be determined through ongoing discussions between Crow's Theatre and potential candidates. 

The Multi-Platform Playwright Submission Call is committed to the commissioning of works from equity-seeking artists, including racialized individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, from a Community of Colour, in addition to artists who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+, Disabled, and newcomer Canadians.   

Please send an email to multiplatform@crowstheatre.com.

In your email, please introduce yourself, attach a CV/resume, and outline your project in no more than 200 words. Applications are limited to two (2) project outlines max. Select artists will be contacted for a general interview in which further project details will be discussed. Artists MUST own all global copyrights for any projects submitted.  

Submissions Open: October 24, 2023 
Submissions Deadline: November 30, 2023 @ 11:59pm  

If you have any barriers which might preclude you from submitting an inquiry online, or have questions about the submission call, please email Crow’s Theatre Associate Artistic Director, Paolo Santalucia at paolo@crowstheare.com.   

For 40 years, Crow’s Theatre has been a leading force in the Canadian theatre landscape, recognized for provocative and award-winning theatre works that premieres in Toronto and are often followed by national and international tours. Resonating with Toronto’s civic, community, and cultural milieux, Crow’s Theatre adapts and evolves with the social, economic, and cultural environment of the city. Crow’s Theatre is distinguished as a preeminent cultural destination for its far-reaching imagination, ideas, exchanges, diversity, and grassroots belief that the arts are essential to healthy and thriving communities. 

In 2017, Crow’s Theatre moved into its first permanent home, the purpose-built Streetcar Crowsnest at the corner of Carlaw Avenue and Dundas Street in Toronto’s east end. Since opening the building with Kristen Thomson’s smash-hit The Wedding Party, Crow’s Theatre has produced many notable productions, including Emil Sher’s adaptation of Ian Brown’s The Boy in the Moon, Julius Caesar with Groundling Theatre Company, Annie Baker’s The Flick with Outside the March, Dave Malloy’s haunted song cycle Ghost Quartet, George F. Walker’s Orphans for the Czar, Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and the world premiere of Michael Healey’s The Master Plan. 

Crow’s Theatre reserves the right to change all timelines if it will better serve the application and review process. The artist is responsible for ensuring all their application materials have been submitted before the deadline. 

All application materials will be handled with privacy, being available only to the Crow’s Theatre artistic team for the single purpose of this open call. No materials or information will ever be published or shared publicly or privately.