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Call for Submissions (Calgary): Downstage Seeks Submissions For Programming

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Call for Submissions (Calgary): Downstage Seeks Submissions For Programming



Downstage is welcoming submissions for programming the 2020/2021 season in Motel Theatre, a flexible 50 seat black-box performance venue located at Arts Commons, 225 8th Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB.

Emerging and established artists and performing arts companies working in all disciplines who are interested in showcasing their work in Motel Theatre are invited to submit proposals for consideration. We are primarily seeking proposals for one or two week time slots, though longer projects will also be considered where possible. Upon the successful scheduling of a proposal, artists/companies will be contacted to arrange more specific details of the tenancy. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all available dates are filled. Scheduling of projects will begin June 2020 and we anticipate availability to become limited very quickly.

For charitable organizations and/or theatre groups, the weekly rate for Motel Theatre is $1030 for the first week and $790 for additional weeks in the same booking, plus applicable ticket fees. For all other rentals, the weekly rate is $1550 for the first week and $1310 for additional weeks in the same booking, plus applicable ticket fees. The usage fee reflects the inclusion of a 25% weekly subsidy provided by Downstage, reducing the cost from the weekly fee set by Arts Commons.

Please note: For the 2020/2021 season, a weekly booking runs Monday to Sunday.

Interested artists/companies are asked to submit a one page project proposal including:
– a description the work to be presented
– the artists involved
– three choices for the ideal presentation dates
– why Motel Theatre is the venue of choice for the project.

Please submit proposals as a PDF to Downstage Production Manager Jessie Potter at We will confirm receipt of your proposals via email; if you do not receive a confirmation from Downstage within a week of your submission please contact us again.

At present, available weeks are as follows:
Oct 5-Oct 11 Nov 23-Nov 29 May 31-Jun 6 Jul 19-Jul 25
Oct 12-Oct 18 Nov 30-Dec 6 Jun 7-Jun 13 Jul 26-Aug 1
Oct 19-Oct 25 Dec 7-Dec 13 Jun 14-Jun 20 Aug 2-Aug 8
Oct 26-Nov 1 Dec 14-Dec 20 Jun 21-Jun 27 Aug 9-Aug 15
Nov 2-Nov 8 Apr 19-Apr 25 Jun 28-Jul 4 Aug 16-Aug 22
Nov 9-Nov 15 May 17-May 23 Jul 5-Jul 11 Aug 23-Aug 29
Nov 16-Nov 22 May 24-May 30 Jul 12-Jul 18

Don’t see you ideal dates? Let us know! More weeks coming available soon.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reading your submission.

Theatre Alberta does not necessarily endorse the organizations and/or individuals submitting Classified listings on our site. It is the responsibility of each patron using the Theatre Alberta Classifieds to research the integrity of the organizations who submit listings to which they are applying/responding and to verify specific information, especially pertaining to the job/audition listings and youth listings.

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