Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.


Multi-Platform Open Call

Oct 27, 2021

A Message about Crow's Theatre's Multi-Platform Open Call

We are aware of, and appreciate, the feedback circulating about our current Multi-Platform open call. We are listening to the concerns raised about the submission release form and, after review, we agree there are issues of inconsistency, ambiguity, and overreach.   

Our aim for the inaugural Multi-Platform open call last year was to generate more opportunity for creators across multiple platforms. Moving to screen-based mediums has presented new legal challenges for us and our partners, and we sincerely apologize for any undue stress our open call has caused.  

It was not ever our desire to claim ownership over submitted material, or to in any way use the material without a negotiated contract with the creator. However, we see and understand how the document suggests this. We acknowledge the problem and we are rectifying it.  

Any artist who has signed the original submission release form will be contacted and offered the option to replace their original signed release with an updated, creator-friendly version. The new release, once signed, will replace and supersede the original release. We will also make ourselves available to address any remaining concerns of creators about the submission release or the legal status of their work. 

If you wish to speak with someone about your submission, please email submissions@crowstheatre.com with your contact information, and we will get right back to you.





Crow’s Theatre’s Announces
2nd Annual Nationwide
Multi-Platform Open Call


Presenting Sponsor – TD Ready Commitment 

Toronto (September 28, 2021) Crow’s Theatre is excited to announce that submissions are now open for our 2nd annual nationwide Multi-Platform open call. The Multi-Platform open call is open to storytellers, artists, and creators working across multiple platforms and genres.

We are inviting submissions at varying stages of development under the following categories:

  1. Theatre
  2. Television – On-Going, Limited, Scripted, Unscripted, or Documentary
  3. Feature-Length Film – Scripted or Documentary
  4. Podcasts and Audio-Based Projects

We are committed to inclusive storytelling and at least 50% of the individuals chosen through the Multi-Platform open call will be drawn from IBPOC communities, with additional priority placed on creators representing other equity-seeking groups. 

The nationwide Multi-Platform open call is available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have reached the age of majority in their residing province. 

At this stage, we are requesting a brief letter of interest only, plus CV/resume/creation history, along with the completed application form and submission release form. 

All applications will be reviewed by the Crow’s Theatre artistic team. We may contact artists for more information when required. Shortlisted projects and artists who move on to stage two will be contacted via email for a meeting. Selected projects will be supported through commissions, developmental, presentational, and/or optioning arrangements with Crow’s Theatre. These terms will be agreed to in conjunction with the artist, tailored to how we can best support the project. 

Artists MUST own all global copyrights for any projects submitted.  

All applications will be assessed on the following criteria: 

  • Quality of project
  • Clarity of proposal, and the correlation of the project to its desired medium
  • Cultural and/or commercial potential
  • Potential to stand out in the current landscape
  • Potential for Crow’s Theatre to significantly contribute to the development of the project

To submit, please read the details regarding eligibility, and follow the instructions, carefully.
Any incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified for further review. 



Application Materials  

1. Letter of Interest (1-page MAX)  
Please outline your idea and synopsis. Why do you want to tell this story? Why is it important? Discuss the bigger ideas of your project. Where relevant, tell us about the form, tone, genre and/or style of your project. Please include where in the project’s development life-cycle the work is at, and any collaborators, that have, are, or will work on the project.  

2. CV / Resume, bio, or creation history  

3. Submission Release form (LINK) 


Online Form 

• Fill out and submit the online application form found here.   
• In the form, you will be requested to upload all application materials as ONE.pdf titled “Firstname Lastname – Project Title” or “Collectivename – Project Title.”  
• The Submission Release form is to be uploaded as a separate document titled “Project Title – Release form” 

Project Categories and Eligibility: 


We are presently accepting applications for theatre projects at a first draft stage, and beyond. We will be requesting artistic materials at the second stage of the process. We are always interested in partnering with other companies and organizations. If the project already has partners involved, be sure to include them.

Television – On-Going, Limited, Scripted, Unscripted, or Documentary

Television projects must have some writing completed in order to be eligible. This can include script drafts, treatments, bibles, episode outlines, etc. At the second stage of the process, we will be requesting these materials. If there are creative or business partners involved, please indicate that this is the case. If you are proposing a screen adaptation of an existing play, please be prepared to submit a treatment for the adaptation in the second stage of the process.

Feature-Length Film – Scripted or Documentary

In order to be eligible, film projects must have advanced to complete treatments or complete script-drafts. We will be requesting these materials at the second stage of the process. If you are proposing a screen adaptation of an existing play, please be prepared to submit a treatment for the adaptation in the second stage of the process.

Podcasts and Audio-Based Projects

We are accepting applications at all levels of development. If you have a great idea, we would love to hear about it. If you have already done work in this medium, we would love to hear about it – along with your challenges and successes thus far. Why do you choose this medium to tell your story? 

Applications open: September 28, 2021 
Application Deadline: November 14, 2021 @ 11:59pm  

Please send any questions to submissions@crowstheatre.com. 


CROW’S THEATRE ignites passionate and enduring engagement between our audiences and artists by creating, producing, and promoting unforgettable theatre that examines and illuminates the pivotal narratives of our times. Founded in 1983, Crow’s Theatre has premiered over 50 new, daring, Canadian works, including the multiple-award-winning production of Brad Fraser’s Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love; John Mighton’s A Short History of Night, James O’Reilly’s Time After Time: The Chet Baker Project, Lee MacDougall’s High Life, Annabel Soutar’s The Watershed, Kristen Thomson’s The Wedding Party, Julius Caesar and Tartuffe with Groundling Theatre Company, The Flick with Outside the March, and Emil Sher’s adaptation of Ian Brown’s The Boy in the Moon.


Crow’s Theatre reserves the right to change all timelines and procedures without notice or explanation if it is deemed necessary or if it will better serve the application and review process. Crow’s Theatre is not responsible for any troubleshooting and other problems that may go wrong during the electronic application process. The artist is responsible for making sure all application materials have been received in full by the Crow’s Theatre artistic team before the deadline. Crow’s Theatre has sole discretion to determine eligibility and reserves the right to change eligibility requirements at any time. Crow’s Theatre also reserves the right to allocate funds as Crow’s Theatre sees fit. Selected artists understand that an option or development agreement must first be signed with Crow’s Theatre before any funds will be distributed.