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Multi-Platform Open Call 2022

Oct 25, 2022

Crow’s Theatre’s Announces 

3rdAnnual Nationwide 

Multi-Platform Open Call 


Presenting Sponsor –TDReady Commitment

Toronto (October 26, 2022) Crow’s Theatre is excited to announce that submissions are now open for our NationwideMulti-Platform Open Call.

Now in its third year, the Multi-Platform Open Call was created in response to the pandemic’s impact on the live performance sector. It was originally devised to support theatre artists whose work intersected with digital mediums by providing them with commission, development, presentation or production opportunities at a time when our venues were shuttered.  

This year, we are refocusing the program on expanding our pipeline of plays and theatrical works for commission, development, and production at Crow’s Theatre.

We are currently seeking plays and live performance-based works including fictional and non-fictional works, adaptations, and pieces that intersect with digital mediums (i.e., podcasts, and other digital platforms as a means of development, part of the work itself, or part of their dissemination strategy). Projects do not need to intersect with digital platforms or technologies; a play is fine!  

Support for selected projects may include, but is not limited to: creation/commission, workshop/development, and/or potential presentation or production. The specific nature of these supports will be tailored to each project’s unique needs and will be informed through dialogue between Crow’s Theatre and the prospective candidates.  

The Multi-Platform Open Call is not a fund or a grant, but a way to open doors to creators at all stages of their careers who wish their work to be considered for development or future production at Crow’s Theatre.  

The Multi-Platform Open Call is open to playwrights, storytellers, artists, and creators working across multiple platforms and genres. 

We are currently inviting artists to submit indications of interest, and do not require any samples of work to be submitted at this time. Decisions to move onto the second stage of the process will be based on the project description, the artist’s past work, and Crow’s Theatre’s own curatorial priorities. 


Simply introduce yourself and outline your project in 150 words maximum, in an email to multiplatform@crowstheatre.com. Please be sure to include your CV/resume as well. No other details are required at this time.

Select artists will then be contacted for a general interview in which further project details will be discussed. 

Applications Open October 26, 2022.
Application DeadlineNovember30, 2022@ 11:59pm.

If any barriers exist for you which might preclude you from submitting an inquiry online, please let us know and we will endeavour to work with you to find a solution. 

If you have any questions, please email Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Intern, Paolo Santalucia at paolo@crowstheare.com.   


For more almost 40 years, Crow’s Theatre has been a leading force in the Canadian theatre landscape, recognized for provocative and award-winning new theatre work that has toured nationally and internationally. Led by Artistic and General Director Chris Abraham and Executive Director Sherrie Johnson, 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.   

In 2017, Crow’s Theatre moved into our 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, and a new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Our home at Streetcar Crowsnest comprises four venues for cultural programming and community events: Guloien Theatre (200 seats), Studio Theatre (80 seats), Nada Ristich Studio-Gallery (80 seats) located at 1210 Dundas Street East, and our Lobby Bar. We also have a full-service restaurant that features 60 seats indoors and 75 seats on the outdoor patio. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technical and specialized theatrical equipment, full-streaming and digital-event capabilities, and artistic and administrative offices. Crow’s Theatre is distinguished as a preeminent cultural destination for its far-reaching imagination, exchange of ideas, diversity, and grassroots belief that the arts are essential to healthy and thriving communities. 


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 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, development agreement, or any other form of agreement must first be negotiated and signed with Crow’s Theatre before any funds will be distributed.  

While all declarations of interest, including 150 word project descriptions and submitted CV/resumes, will be handled by Crow’s Theatre’s artistic and administrative team for the single purpose of this open call, Crow’s Theatre cannot guarantee the confidentiality of this process. We offer this disclaimer to be transparent with artists about what guarantees we can and cannot offer, and with the context that we have limited the amount of information to be included with their declaration of interest.