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Call for Submissions (National): 2022 Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work Lunchbox Theatre

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Call for Submissions (National): 2022 Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work Lunchbox Theatre

Lunchbox Theatre 2022 Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work - Call for Submissions

Lunchbox Theatre invites playwrights to submit one-act plays (45-60 minutes) for consideration for the 35th Annual Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work.

Lunchbox Theatre presents one-act plays with a focus on celebrating human stories—creating engaging theatre that is accessible, inclusive, affordable and sustainable. W e are committed to representing diverse voices and encourage playwrights of all backgrounds to submit. We acknowledge that Lunchbox has a history of programming a majority of white playwrights, and we are committed to continuing to build a more inclusive future. We are eager to hear from IBPOC creators.

Stage One submissions must include a solid, workshop-ready draft of a script that could be suitable for an eventual production at Lunchbox Theatre. Scripts must be able to be performed by 1 to 4 performers (including live musicians for musicals.) While selection to participate in Stage One does not guarantee a future production, please note that certain complex technical requirements and excessive use of foul language or nudity may limit a project’s viability at Lunchbox. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
familiarize themselves with our mandate and recent programming to ensure their submission is appropriate.

For our 2022 Stage One Festival, we particularly invite submissions of scripts that reflect
one or more of the following themes:

  • Indigenous perspectives
  • joyful explorations of identity
  • hopeful looks at the future
  • the climate crisis, particularly stories that positively imagine ways forward
  • connection across lines of difference
  •  … and of course: comedies, love stories and plays for the winter holidays

All chosen playwrights receive a weeklong workshop including dramaturgical support, with a professional director and actors, followed by a public reading. Successful applicants will receive a $1,000 development fee: $600 during the workshop process and $400 upon receipt of the post-workshop draft. Stage One will take place in March and April, 2022. Funding dependent, up to eight plays will be chosen for development.

Successful applicants must be available to attend the full schedule of workshops and reading. Consideration of the playwright’s availability is given when scheduling the workshops. Depending on Covid-19 provincial and city restrictions, the workshops will happen over Zoom if we are unable to gather in person.


  • Submissions are open to all permanent residents of Canada who have been
    residents of the country for a minimum of 12 months
  • Scripts that have been professionally produced are not eligible
    Script Submission process
  • All submissions must be in hard copy only by December 1, 2021
    • Lunchbox Theatre is committed to accessibility. If submitting a hard copy
      presents a major hurdle to entering the festival, then please e-mail
      Bronwyn by November 15, 2021 with a request to submit electronically.

All submissions should include

  • Playwright’s resume
  • History of any development the play has received thus far
  • 100 word synopsis of the play
  • Minimum 25 pages of the script being submitted; a full script is preferred

If the playwright chooses, you may include your pronouns and information about
how you self-identify. This information will not be shared publicly or used to
assess your application.

Please submit applications in hard copy form to:
Stage One Submissions
Lunchbox Theatre
410 131 9 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1K1

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Artistic Director,
Bronwyn Steinberg at

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