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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Writing or Creating a New Play?
The Great Canadian Theatre Company is once again inviting theatre artists and collectives to submit an application to the Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program.

 Deadline for applications: December 2, 2016.

1. What is the OAC’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program?
The Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program is a third-party recommender program that provides theatre project grants to professional artists and collectives based in the province of Ontario.

2. What are the grants for?
The program is meant to deliver money to playwrights/creators to “buy time” to work on new creation. Although artists who receive funding are under no obligation to GCTC, the program is meant to encourage relationships between theatre companies and creators. The program aims to reflect the range of artistic practices in the theatre community and to support excellence, regional activity, cultural diversity and Aboriginal identity.

3. What does the program fund?
Professional theatre artists or informal collectives based in the province of Ontario.

4. What doesn’t it fund?

·         Organizations, whether incorporated or not.

·         Production or workshop costs (but if the proposed piece is created collectively through a devised process, those costs are considered eligible).

·         Work completed before receiving notification from GCTC.

·         Equipment costs such as computers or printers.

·         Professional expenses such as translation and dramaturgy.

·         Creation of non-theatre work.

·         Applicants who have outstanding reports for previously awarded OAC grants.


5. What are GCTC’s priorities?
GCTC will give priority to applications from playwrights and collectives based in, or who originate from, Ottawa and the National Capital Region. Applicants must be residents of Ontario. GCTC will assess the applications on the basis of artistic quality. We will also give priority to work that reflects GCTC’s mandate for theatre “that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world”.
 

6. How much can I apply for?

Artists can request a minimum of $1000 and a maximum of $5000.

HOW TO APPLY

Email Submissions (PREFERRED):

·         A scanned and signed OAC application form

·         An artistic statement and detailed project description, including a timeline and work plan (maximum three pages)

·         A simple budget/description of how the requested funding will be spent

·         Bio(s) or resumes(s) for the playwright (and major collaborators, if applicable)

·         A script sample or draft (if the work is devised, applicants must include a synopsis and detailed process description that will be used to create the work)

·         If applicants are unable to include a script sample or draft they may send additional optional support material that illustrates their work: script (maximum 20 pages), video, photos, letters of support, etc.

Please send all materials in a single PDF file to Catherine Ballachey at artistliaison@gctc.ca on or before the deadline: Friday, December 2 at 11:59 pm EST. Email submissions not sent in this format will not be considered. If you are sending an email submission do NOT sent a hardcopy submission as well. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

Hardcopy submissions:

If you are unable to submit by email, prepare the following hardcopies to send to GCTC by mail:
 

·         Three (3) copies of a completed and signed OAC application form, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope

·         An artistic statement and detailed project description, including a timeline and work plan (maximum three pages)

·         A simple budget/description of how the requested funding will be spent

·         Bio(s) or resumes(s) for the playwright (and major collaborators, if applicable)

·         A script sample or draft (if the work is devised, applicants must include a synopsis and detailed process description that will be used to create the work)

·         If applicants are unable to include a script sample or draft they may send additional optional support material that illustrates their work: script (maximum 20 pages), video, photos, letters of support, etc.

·         If you are sending a hardcopy submission do NOT sent an email submission as well. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

Deadline: Friday December 2. Applications postmarked or time stamped later than Friday, December 2 at 11:59pm EST will not be accepted.

Please address your application or inquiries to:
Catherine Ballachey, Artist Liaison
Great Canadian Theatre Company
Theatre Creators' Reserve Program
300-1227 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 0G7

If you are sending a hardcopy submission, please do NOT send an email submission as well.

Application guidelines and information about the TCR program can be found on the OAC website: http://www.arts.on.ca/page86.aspx

Results will be sent by email by the end of December 2016. 


Playwrights' Network

For more than 40 years, GCTC has presented and supported the creation of new Canadian plays. But with a renewed strategic focus to put more artists on our stages, we're challenged to be able to continue to significantly fund and support new play development at the same time. We also know that many theatre companies across the country face the same challenge. So what can we do about it?

We know there are active and engaged theatre companies across the country whose focus is primarily NPD, and that you're are doing a remarkable job championing great Canadian work. We also realize that we can do a better job of introducing these playwrights to you, share details about their work and play a bigger part in bridging the gap.

For that reason, we would like to introduce you to the members of the GCTC’s 2016 Playwrights’ Network, each of whom are making an impact on the theatre scene here in the nation's capital:

Karen Balcome
Rebecca Benson
Pierre Brault
Sean Devine
Jacqui du Toit
Kim Kilpatrick
Alanis King
Mishka Lavigne
Gabrielle Lazarovitz
Amanda Lewis
Lisa L'Heureux
Geoff McBride
Jessica Ruano
Bronwyn Steinberg
Darrah Teitel
Kristina Watt
David Whiteley
Sarah Waisvisz

They meet monthly to develop their scripts, support each other in their creation process, and discuss topics that are important to them and the Ottawa theatre scene.

To receive periodic updates about our Playwrights Network, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.


For more information about the Playwrights' Network, please contact:

Catherine Ballachey
Artist Liaison
artistliaison@gctc.ca
613-236-5192 x 239