Script Submissions


GCTC prioritizes submissions from Canadian playwrights and/or playwrights residing in Canada. 

What we produce:
GCTC produces a subscription season of six full-length plays in English for adult audiences.  Our mandate is to produce theatre that "provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world."

Please do not e-mail scripts without consulting GCTC. Any script that is received without consultation will be returned, deleted or recycled. 

Script Submission Guidelines

Please note: GCTC provides an option to submit your work anonymously. See below for details.

Please contact GCTC’s Artist Liaison, Catherine Ballachey, prior to sending scripts for consideration. She will pass your proposal on to Artistic Director Eric Coates.  If the proposal is of interest, the playwright will be invited to send the script. Please include the following:

  • A short synopsis and up to ten (10) pages of the script
  • Information about the development or production history of your play
  • A cast breakdown
  • Your full mailing address, phone number and e-mail. 

Please indicate clearly if you wish your proposal to be submitted anonymously. The Artist Liaison will remove all personal information and development/production background before the proposal is forwarded to the Artistic Director.

Proposals can be emailed to:
Catherine Ballachey, Artist Liaison

by Canada Post:
Catherine Ballachey, Artist Liaison
300-1227 Wellington St. West
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 0G7

How we respond:
We will send an e-mail indicating that we have received your script proposal and let you know whether or not we wish to read the script for consideration. We do not provide dramaturgical feedback unless a script is accepted for further development or production.
Due to the high volume of submissions, the Artistic Director accepts scripts according to available reading time. We thank you for your patience.

General Audition Notice

The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is holding general auditions for the upcoming 2018/19 season. General auditions will take place in Ottawa on Sunday January 21 and Monday January 22, 2018 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

GCTC operates according the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA), annually presenting a subscription season of six productions. General audition priority will be given to artists whose work is unfamiliar to the artistic director. GCTC promotes an environment of equity, inclusion and diversity. Artists from under-represented communities are encouraged to apply for a general audition time. All artists are invited to remove measurements and physical features from the resumé.

Please note: GCTC’s 2018/19 programming will be announced in March 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only successful candidates will be contacted to arrange an audition. Please do not call the theatre to confirm receipt of package.

Artists who have been working regularly in Ottawa and whose work is known to the company are urged to send a letter of interest and updated headshot and resumé for our casting files.


To be considered for an audition, please submit a cover letter and ONE (1) PDF file that includes both an updated headshot and resumé, and save the file using your name as the file name. (ie: Smith.Jane.pdf). 

Please send email submissions to to the attention of Catherine Ballachey, Artist Liaison. If necessary, you may instead submit a hardcopy of your headshot and resumé to the mailing address below.

Audition dates: Sunday January 21 and Monday January 22, 2018

Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Deadline for submissions: Friday December 15, 2017 @ 5:00pm, Eastern Time


Mailing Address:

Great Canadian Theatre Company

Attention: Catherine Ballachey, Artist Liaison
300-1227 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 0G7