Call for Submissions (Edmonton): RISER Office Hours and Deadline

This Friday is the deadline for Edmonton artists to submit for RISER in collaboration with Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS) and Why Not Theatre! Four selected projects will receive production support, mentorship, and assistance from our Senior Partners – Edmonton Fringe Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and Azimuth Theatre – in debuting a new production in 2022.

Tuesday at 6:00pm, join Beth Dart and Mac Brock from CGAS for RISER Edmonton Office Hours. They’ll share more details about RISER and take your questions in advance of Friday’s deadline!

Learn more and sign up for Office Hours: https://forms.gle/TAcC7YC27ULDpWJo8

ABOUT RISER:

RISER Edmonton is designed for project-based individual artists or collectives. Prior independent producing experience is an asset, but not a must. There is no specific age range. The terms “emerging” or “emerged” do not apply. We’re interested in collaborating with artists who don’t have administrative infrastructure or consistent access to production at established venues. In the spirit of this shared resource model, participants in RISER Edmonton must be generous, flexible, collaborative, and​ curious​, as well as willing to share​ and​ work in new ways​.

RISER will provide selected artists with:

  • 3 weeks of rehearsal space;
  • Shared Lighting Designer, Production Manager/Technical Director, Publicist, and Technicians, selected and paid for by RISER Edmonton;
  • ​2-3 eight-hour days of tech time in the performance space (schedule and hours TBD);
  • 6-10 public performances in the Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns over a two-week time frame;
  • Box office and Front of House support;
  • 100% of net Box Office revenues; and
  • Ongoing and project specific mentoring, assistance, and consultation with Common Ground Arts Society and Why Not Theatre artistic and administrative staff in all areas of producing at individual & group meetings.

Applications close April 16. See more details about eligibility and assessment online here: https://commongroundarts.ca/riser/apply/

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Fantasy Picnic – The Complete Rites & Rituals of Spring Awakening

Mile Zero Dance

Call For Proposals: Fantasy Picnic – The Complete Rites & Rituals of Spring Awakening.

Evacuation minus extraction plus exaltation minus exsanguination plus.
Submissions due by May 7.

Guest curator Mikiki collaborates with Mile Zero Dance in inviting you to consider and submit a project for our upcoming June 12 event;

Some considerations and concerns to be addressed may be included from the following list.

List A:

  • OFF WITH HER HEAD and/or CAKES!
  • Weighted Blanket Bingo
  • Our Fruits of Your Labour
  • Viscosity Drift
  • Entomycolonospology
  • Flowerchitechture
  • Ice Ladders/Ice Lattice/I Say Latrice
  • Summertime Pre-Public Fines Fitness
  • Small Scale Solstice SoloSensuality Seminar
  • Birdsong Breaks Barrier

Please submit proposal for online dance/moving image/performance project to be presented live or if necessary pre-recorded.

Interactivity possible and encouraged, political is inherent.

Artists living with chronic health conditions including LongCovid, HIV, HepC; LGBTQIA2S+; artists living with disabilities; Indigenous artists; Black, POC and racialized artists, artists without citizenship status, Mad & psychiatric survivor artists, and artists living at or below the poverty line strongly encouraged to apply.

Artist fee of $500 for each artist or artist group.

Please include:

  • Written description 500-1500 words
  • Technical rider
  • Artist statement (200 words or less)
  • Bio (200 words or less)
  • Relevant images/video, specifically if the work has been presented before.

Submissions due by May 7.

All interested applicants may apply via google form.

Call for Submissions (National): Grand Acts of Great Hope – NAC English Theatre

NAC English Theatre invites proposals for our next round of Grand Acts of Theatre, entitled Grand Acts of Great Hope. With the original iteration of Grand Acts, commissioned companies were invited to create a short, large-scale public outdoor work that brought artists and audiences together for a brief,impactful moment of theatre, full of beauty and meaning, prompted by the call to create a work that “speaks to our times.” For this new iteration, we invite companies from across the country to propose their own Grand Act; this time with the artistic prompt to create a piece that offers audiences a hope for the future; your own, Canada’s or the world’s. A maximum of four selected companies or collectives will receive funds (up to $60,000) to produce and film the works in their own communities, with the short videos then delivered to the NAC to be promoted nationally and internationally on the NAC’s website and social media channels, and potentially screened at the NAC.

We invite you to submit a proposal for something broad-thinking and exciting, something that places art at the forefront of a hopeful vision for the future. Movement, image, music, design, technology and minimal text are all welcome. Surprise us with your imagination and invention! Make something that your community will talk about for years to come.

Selections will be curated by NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Co-Curator Sherry Yoon.

Submission Guidelines

Local events will be funded up to a maximum $50,000, depending on the budget required. A financial supplement of up to $10,000 will be made available for the creation of the video (filming and postproduction).

The NAC encourages you to consider creating a training opportunity for an emerging artist within your project. Additional funding can be made available for this position, up to $1,500.

The NAC intends to make the videos accessible with tools such as ASL interpretation and captioning. We encourage you to likewise consider accessibility in the execution of your live event. Any spoken text (in
any language) will be captioned in both official languages, as per the NAC’s Official Languages Policy.

Ideally the piece engages with your community and your local environment in a unique way. The event must be free to attend and accommodate a live, physically-distanced audience, in accordance with your local health regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

Any professional Canadian theatre or performance company or collective is eligible to submit a proposal.

Key dates

  • Submission Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern
  • Selected companies will be notified by Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.
  • Local performances must take place no later than Sunday, July 11, 2021.
  • Final videos must be delivered to the NAC no later than Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

Please click here for the submission form.
Please direct any questions regarding your submission to [email protected]

MORE INFO AND FAQS

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Progressive Artist Award – Mile Zero Dance

Mile Zero Dance


The MZD Progressive Artist Award recognizes the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways. Award recipients will be chosen by a local panel of adjudicators.

The recipient will receive a $1,000 cash prize, announced at the MZD REELING: Dance on Screen Festival, May 14-28 2021. This biennial award is made possible by a gift from private donors in celebration of Mile Zero Dance’s 30th anniversary.

Guidelines for Eligibility

Artists of all ages, communities, cultural backgrounds, and artistic discipline and approaches are encouraged to apply.

Recipients for this award must:

  • Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per year)
  • Be involved in the Edmonton Arts Community in a professional capacity and have a body of work (in any discipline) that displays innovative, progressive, or political intent and/or results. Areas of focus may include: community health, social equity or change, colonialism/reconciliation, dis/ability, accessibility, race, gender, sexuality, and environmental or educational issues

Evaluation Criteria

Each nomination submission is evaluated based on the nominee’s:

  • Body of work;
  • Engagement with broader ideas, theories, politics, and aesthetic issues relevant to the Edmonton region; and
  • Impact of work, artistically and aesthetically, and within their community and Edmonton’s art ecology.

Deadline to submit a nomination is May 1 at 5 PM MST

How to Nominate

Apply with a one-page letter that identifies how the artist has engaged with larger issues, including specific examples of how the applicant has met the eligibility criteria, and a list of recent works. Self nominations require two references.

Apply to [email protected].
Direct questions to Tyler Sherard at [email protected] or 780.424.1573

Call for Submissions (Calgary): Jane’s Walk Calgary – Alberta Theatre Projects

Alberta Theatre Projects is looking to create a theatre experience that explores community through augmented reality!

We are looking to produce a short innovative play to be featured during the annual Jane’s Walk Weekend in May 2021.

Project Description:

We are soliciting proposals for projects that use augmented or virtual reality to provide audience members with a theatrical experience while connecting with their community.

Augmented reality is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities.

We are seeking proposals that would give audiences an interactive, theatrical way to experience their community while staying socially distant!

The successful proposal will be developed with ATP and will be featured during the annual Jane’s Walk weekend May 7-9, 2021.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Performances will be approximately 20 mins in length.
  • The play must fit into the values of Jane’s Walk. We walk our cities to honour and activate the ideas of Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walk is a community-based approach to city building that uses walking tours to make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play.
  • Emphasis on projects that utilize elements of augmented reality.
  • The Play will require audiences to get out into their community for a walk, in order to experience the work.
  • This work will be made available to the public and is intended for all audiences. As such, obscene, indecent and profane content will be prohibited.
  • The piece must be accessible through a virtual medium.
  • Due to current health and safety restrictions we will not consider any proposals that require artists to gather in person with audience members. See details about COVID Safety considerations below.

Alberta Theatre Projects is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. We believe in equity and inclusion and strongly encourage submissions from all artists regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, and experience. This opportunity is open to professional theatre companies and emerging groups, non-professional community-based groups, performers, storytellers, etc, with some experience creating and producing performances. Artists must be local!

Artists Responsibilities

The Artist(s) will be responsible for producing the piece in its entirety, this includes but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Development of the script
  • Directing
  • Casting
  • Props, costumes or scenic requirements

ATP Support

A $1000 Honorarium will be awarded to the successful proposal
ATP will provide technical and financial support of:

  • Video Recording
  • Audio Recording
  • Uploading the presentation online
  • Distribution of the materials online.
  • Marketing and promotion of your work, in conjunction with Jane’s Walk Calgary and Calgary Foundation

Timeline:

April 4- Submissions Due
April 7- Successful proposal notified of approval.
April 7-30- Development
May 3-5- Recording and Uploading
May 6- Troubleshooting
May 7, 8 & 9- Jane’s Walk, performance available for community to access.

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COVID 19 Protocols and Health and Safety

The performances will be subject to the AHS Covid-19 public health measures.
Review the most up to date measures here

  • Due to current health and safety restrictions we will not consider any proposals that require artists to gather in person with audience members.
  • Any recording and rehearsing will follow ATP COVID protocols.
  • Current public health measures restrict rehearsal and recording to a maximum of 10 people, thus proposals exceeding 7 artists will not be considered.

All artists engaged on this projects will be required to review and sign off on ATP’s Covid 19 safety protocols. Any recording and rehearsing must follow these protocols.

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APPLY NOW:

Application are due Sunday April 4th, 2021 11:59PM MST.

To apply please complete the application form here:

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ABOUT JANE’S WALK

What is Jane’s Walk? Jane’s Walk Calgary has been an initiative of Calgary Foundation since 2008, as part of Jane’s Walk International.

They are free, locally-led walking tours inspired by legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is a walking conversation. Walks can focus on almost any aspect of a neighbourhood, and on almost any topic you can think of. Walks can be serious or funny, informative or exploratory; they can look at the history of a place, or at what’s happening there right now. Anyone can lead a walk–because everyone is an expert on the place where they live!

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She saw cities as ecosystems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. With a keen eye for detail, she wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization. At the core of her work and thinking was the need to get out and walk your city and observe how people, through their actions and interactions, create communities with a strong sense of belonging.

Jane’s Walk Calgary is organized by the Calgary Foundation. Details here: Jane’s Walk Calgary.
This project is made possible with the support of the Calgary Foundation

Call for Submissions (Calgary): IGNITE! 2021 Now Accepting Project Proposals

2021 Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists. June 16-19, 2021 Streaming Online. Call for artists and projects. Many disciplines represented. Go to sagetheatre.com.

The IGNITE! Festival is accepting project proposals and scripts as part of the Performance Series, as well as looking for individual emerging theatre and performance artists who can be matched with these proposals.

Deadline to apply is midnight, April 9, 2021.

We are looking for 10-minute original works, either created for the festival or as an excerpt from a longer work. We will pair scripts/project proposals with other applicant directors and designers, to allow for a collective audition process.

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring and presenting early career artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

Projects by IBPOC artists, artists who identify as living with a disability, LGBQTIA2S+, and artists who identify as being part of a minority are specifically encouraged.

Every year in June, Sage Theatre presents the IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists – a multi-disciplinary, 4-day festival of emerging art and artists. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s beautiful! With about 100 artists programmed each year, IGNITE! is a fantastic development, networking, and presentation opportunity for Calgary’s artists. The 2021 festival runs June 16 – 19, 2021.

Visit sagetheatre.com and follow the links to learn more and submit your work!

 

Call for Nominations (Edmonton): The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is seeking nominations for Board Members

The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is seeking nominations for Board Members to begin terms in June 2021. There are seven (7) board positions to be filled, for a term of three (3) years.

The EAC is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life through activities that are guided by  Connections & Exchanges: A Ten-Year Plan To Transform Arts and Heritage In Edmonton.

Potential Board Members should believe in EAC’s mission, and be prepared to commit their time and engagement in the governance work of the Board, including its committees.

The EAC, via its full range of activities, strives to reflect the demographic diversity of the City of Edmonton. Therefore, we encourage the nomination of individuals from a variety of artistic disciplines, cultural communities, Indigenous heritages, orientations, genders, ages, and abilities.

The deadline for nominations is April 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM MST.

Nomination Process:

Any full member (voting member) of the Edmonton Arts Council Society may nominate a full or associate member-in-good-standing (voting or non-voting member). All nominations must also be seconded by a full member. Members are unable to self-nominate to serve on the Board.

Interested candidates will be reviewed and possibly interviewed by the EAC’s Governance and Nominations Committee. The goal of the committee is to ensure that the Board’s membership is refreshed with appropriate skills and abilities, representing a variety of artistic and cultural points of view consistent with the ambitions, aims, and actions outlined in Connections & Exchanges. 

Following on recommendations from the Governance and Nominations committee, the Board may present a preferred slate of candidates to the membership, for election or appointment at the AGM on June 14, 2021.

To send a nomination, please email the Nomination form to [email protected] with the subject: Nomination.

For expressions of interest, or seek more information about this call, please contact  [email protected]  or call 780-424-2787. 

Call for Artists (Edmonton): Tune to A – 2022 Expanse Festival

Carly Neis and Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks. Photo by Janice Saxon.

TUNE TO A is coming to Azimuth Theatre‘s 2022 Expanse Festival, and the creative team is seeking expressions of interests from artists who want to develop their accessibility toolkit as an apprentice, assistant, or lead artist! Early- and mid-career designers, directors, stage managers, producers, and any behind-the-scenes artists are encouraged to submit.

Roles will be developed in collaboration with selected applicants for our Summer 2021 workshop and/or our early 2022 production process. We want to build the right opportunities for the right people, and are committed to paying appropriate rates based on the various professional association guidelines like Equity’s Indie DOT or the Associated Designers of Canada’s fee templates.

Click to submit: https://forms.gle/NhdhGvFLJXpXrXLB9
Deadline: April 1 (applicants will be contacted no later than April 22).
Questions? Reach out at [email protected].

Applications will be reviewed by co-creators Carly Neis, Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks, and Cameron Kneteman, as well as Patricia Cerra (director) and Mac Brock (producer).

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ABOUT TUNE TO A:

Tune to A is a play for young audiences about seeing past others’ limitations to illuminate their potential developed by Carly Neis, Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks, and Cameron Kneteman. The story was inspired by Carly’s real life experiences of growing up with cerebral palsy and her experiences in the theatre community. Ava, the central character, is a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy and a love of music. After a series of attempting to play several instruments, Ava’s contribution to the class is dismissed by her band teacher. With the encouragement of an ally and the confidence to use her voice, Ava’s true talent is revealed at a time when it counts most.

 

Call for Submissions (Fort McMurray): Stage Manager Mentorship Opportunity – Theatre; Just Because

 

Theatre; Just Because’s mentorship program aims to give artists hands-on experience in Stage Management. We are looking for aspiring theatre artists of all experience levels. Mentees may be emerging or more experienced artists who want to learn about Stage Management and working in theatre. The TJB mentorship program aims to develop our local artists and the overall theatre community in Wood Buffalo / ᓂᐢᑕᐋᐧᔮᐤ / nistawâyâw .

The selected mentee will be paired with Zachary Barrett, established Stage Manager, throughout the production of Purge in 2021. This is a volunteer position.

During the program, the Mentee will gain:

  • An understanding of the management and operational workings of a theatre production
  • Leadership and interpersonal management skills

A proficiency with management tools and software required for:

  • Scheduling
  • Script organization and analysis
  • Departmental communication
  • Cast and Crew tracking and communication
  • Show calling and management

The Stage Manager Mentee will:

  • Meet with Stage Manager outside rehearsals once a week
  • Participate in rehearsals
  • Participate in production meetings
  • Participate in the technical process
  • Participate in performances
  • Post-show exit interview

Please note: this is not a job, but a learning opportunity. The amount of involvement of the mentorship will be determined by the mentor. Preference will be given to first-time applicants. Mentees must be at least 16 years old by the start of their mentorship.

Application

Submit your application to [email protected], containing the following:

  • Resume outlining your artistic experience (if you have none, please list applicable experiences). Examples of an artistic resume can be found here
  • Personal letter introducing yourself and touching on why you are interested in the mentorship program (approximately 500-800 words)
  • Contact information

Deadline

This call closes on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 at 4 PM. Late submissions will not be considered.

Contact

For more information on our mentorship program please email Samson Nand, Company Manager at [email protected].

 

Call for Submissions (Alberta): Apply to Join the Education Minister’s Youth Council

Junior and senior high school students can have their voices heard by applying to join the Education Minister’s Youth Council.

About 40 students from across Alberta will be selected for the 2021-22 Minister’s Youth Council, giving them a unique opportunity to provide direct input to the minister reflecting their diverse interests, backgrounds and perspectives on education issues. Students can apply on the Alberta Education student engagement page by March 24.

While facing the challenges of COVID-19, the current youth council has done outstanding work and provided important perspectives to me — on the pandemic, mental health, technology and so much more. Student voices are critical to our education system, and I can’t wait to meet the young Albertans on next year’s council.” ~ Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education


Council members serve a 10-month term starting in September and ending in June 2022, and meet with the Minister of Education and Alberta Education staff in three weekend conferences. They will also have opportunities to interact with fellow council members outside of meetings. COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken as required, which may mean virtual meetings.

Youth council members will:

  • share their perspectives with the minister
  • build positive working relationships
  • work with each other and Alberta Education staff to provide input on education initiatives
  • participate in leadership opportunities, such as identifying goals and supporting one another to achieve them

Applicants should be in junior and senior high school and be between the ages of 14 and 19 as of Sept. 1, 2021. Up to eight of the 40 students selected can be returning council members.

Apply to be on the 2021-22 Minister’s Youth Council.

Announcment (Edmonton): RISER Coming to Edmonton – Common Ground Arts Society & Why Not Theatre

Common Ground Arts Society (CGAS) is thrilled to announce a partnership with Toronto’s Why Not Theatre to launch RISER Edmonton as part of the 2022 Edmonton Theatre season.

With generous support from the Government of Canada and the RBC Foundation, Why Not Theatre is embarking on a national expansion of RISER, starting in Edmonton in February 2022.

RISER Edmonton will support the development and production of four new Edmonton-based projects each year, with participants receiving enough in-kind resources to help reduce their costs of production by one third, on average. In addition, artists undergo a year-long mentorship and training program with a focus on developing producing skills.

Originally developed by Why Not Theatre in 2014, RISER was created to address challenges in producing independent theatre. RISER connects senior leadership from the theatre community with underserved artists to maximize existing infrastructures, share resources and risk, help build new audiences, and support a commitment to create and innovate.

RISER relies on a community of Senior Partners to support a new generation of artists. Senior Partners are a diverse group of established theatre organizations that contribute resources, mentorship, and support to RISER artists. By pooling these underutilized resources, RISER Edmonton will be able to support more artists with existing infrastructure. CGAS enthusiastically welcomes Azimuth Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and Edmonton Fringe Theatre as RISER Edmonton’s inaugural Senior Partners.

RISER brings together artists and Senior Partners who are generous, flexible, curious, and willing to share and work in new ways. The heart of RISER is building relationships to create an interdependent theatre ecosystem, where the success of one is the success of many. With RISER, we move from independent to interdependent.

“RISER Edmonton is an inspiringly collaborative approach to theatre creation that will ensure emerging artists are well supported in the development of new work, while providing meaningful connection to senior leadership in our community,” says CGAS Artistic Producer Beth Dart. “It’s a win-win for everyone: we share the risk, we resource the next generation of theatre artists, we invest in the future of Canadian theatre, and we close the mentorship gap that exists in those in-between years when artists need the most support to transition from emerging to established.”

“RISER is by design entirely collaborative,” says Why Not Theatre Founder & Co-Artistic Director Ravi Jain. “We were able to develop and refine RISER in Toronto with the help of a community of Senior Partners and a talented roster of artists. Since the model has been such a successful platform in supporting underserved artists in Toronto, we wanted to bring it to other major city centres across Canada to support more artists all across the country. We’re excited and humbled to start this journey in Edmonton, a city brimming with more theatre artists per capita than any city in Canada. We couldn’t be more grateful to both the RBC Foundation and the Government of Canada in helping us to share this vision and impact change on a national level.”

“Now that I’m producing on my own, I feel upheld. I feel way more confident with the simple tasks. I gained a lot of those skills with my time in RISER,” says RISER 18 artist daniel jelani ellis. “RISER gave me a platform to take more risks as a director, in terms of working in a form that is unconventional and working with artists from different disciplines,” says RISER 17 artist Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. “Producing on your own is a lot harder,” says RISER 17 artist Justin Miller.

COMMON GROUND ARTS SOCIETY & WHY NOT THEATRE present
RISER Edmonton
A Collaborative Producing Model Created by Why Not Theatre
Applications Now Open!
https://commongroundarts.ca/riser/
Deadline to Apply: April 16, 2021

About Common Ground Arts Society:

Common Ground Arts Society is a tiny but mighty arts org getting it done on passion and grit. We radically invite artists of all disciplines at all stages of their career to wildly experiment with process and craft. We believe in people and process over product: come as you are; create from where you’re at; learn, fail, try again, fail better; tend to your whole self; share art, share kindness, share in community. Mentorship and learning are at the core of everything we do: we’re still learning, we’ll never stop learning, and we want to share in this learning with you.

As the producers of Found Festival, Edmonton’s only found space arts festival, CGAS brings art out of galleries, theatres, and concert halls and directly into the community. We curate creative collisions between audiences and artists. We instigate curious happenings. We foster dialogue about space, place, sense of belonging, and all the meaningful moments between.

For more information, visit: commongroundarts.ca || commongroundarts.ca/riser

About Why Not Theatre:

Good isn’t good enough. At Why Not Theatre, we’re out for better.

We shake up the status quo to make the world we want to see. A world where everyone can achieve their full potential. We question everything. Rethink how stories are told. And who gets to tell them. We believe in art. It’s how we make change.

We MAKE great work that takes chances, and tours all over the world. We SHARE everything we have, because more artists mean more stories. We PROVOKE change because we believe art should be for everyone.

We push boundaries, build community, and find new ways. We represent Toronto, at home and on the world stage.

Founded in 2007, we are growing rapidly, led by Ravi Jain, Kelly Read, and Miriam Fernandes.

Since 2014, RISER has since engaged 300 artists, in support of 30 new Canadian productions which have gone on to 100 international engagements, reach 25,000+ audiences, and receive 50+ awards and nominations. Two-thirds of all RISER shows (including Quote Unquote Collective’s Mouthpiece, Motion’s Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape, and Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua) have gone on to have a future life after their RISER debuts.

RISER is made possible through the generous support of RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, the Government of Canada, and a network of Senior Partners. RISER Toronto Senior Partners include: Aluna Theatre, bluemouth inc., Factory Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre, Luminato Festival, Modern Times Stage Company, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre, Roseneath Theatre, Shaw Festival, The Theatre Centre, and Theatre Passe Muraille. The first three years of RISER were made possible by Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program.

For more information, visit: whynot.theatre|| whynot.theatre/work/riser/

Call for Submissions (National): Explore & Create and Digital Now Programs – Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is ready to invest $116.5 million in Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19, which was announced in the last federal government economic statement. The time has come to submit your projects.

The Council is investing this one-time additional funding in its Explore and Create program and the Digital Now initiative.

The Research and Creation and Concept to Realization components of the Explore and Create program provide increased support for a wide range of research, creation, conception, and production activities. The investment will benefit artists, arts groups, and arts organizations. The guidelines and eligibility remain unchanged.

Deadlines: April 8 & October 6

Digital Now provides groups, collectives, and arts organizations with grants to develop, create, adapt, produce, promote, disseminate, and optimize their digital artistic content or hybrid activities that combine digital and in-person dissemination.

Deadlines: March 31 & April 28

The Canada Council for the Arts is undertaking these initiatives to stimulate job creation, research, creativity, and innovation. The investments will serve as a springboard for sector recovery and strengthen the digital scene that’s taking shape right now.

Today, we are sending out a call to the entire sector—we cannot wait to discover your projects!

canadacouncil.ca

Call for Submissions (Alberta): The 2021 Alberta Playwriting Competition

The Alberta Playwriting Competition, presented by the Alberta Playwrights’ Network in association with Theatre Alberta, is the longest running provincial playwriting competition and offers the largest cash prize of any playwriting contest in Canada.

The competition recognizes the most outstanding un-produced Alberta play with a $5000 Grand Prize. It is open to all playwrights who reside in Alberta, whether they are members of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network or not.

A secondary prize (Novitiate Prize) may be awarded at the jury’s discretion to recognize the work of an un-produced playwright. There is no cash with the Novitiate Prize, but APN offers playwright and play development for the recipient. Celebrating its 55th consecutive year, the Alberta Playwriting Competition (presented in association with Theatre Alberta) is now open for submissions.

Call for Submissions (Fort McMurray): Screenwriter for Buffys 2021

artscouncilwb.ca/opportunities-calls

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Following the success of 2020, this year’s showcase continues to be a cinematic experience, which will include pre-recorded elements to be broadcast online on October 16, 2021.

Arts Council aims to hire a screenwriter to write a narrative to support this year’s theme: Midnight in Technicolor. See last year’s Buffys presentation here: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

Artists will be responsible for writing a screenplay that will be filmed as part of this year’s Buffys presentation.

  • Screenplay will weave together characters in a narrative that includes the following elements:
  • Characters must introduce the announcement of 14 award categories.
  • Characters must introduce up to 6 performances in a way that incorporates them into the main storyline.
  • Screenplay must take place in a limited number of imagined settings/location(s) that are feasible for hired set designer to build at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Narrative must support this year’s theme of Midnight in Technicolor.
  • Screenplay must not exceed 30 minutes in length (with other elements—such as speeches, award presentations, performances—total length should approximate 1 hr and 45 minutes).
  • Screenwriter will collaborate with Set Designer in creating an environment that is feasible to build.
  • A first working draft of the screenplay must be submitted to the Programs Manager by May 1, 2021.
  • This will be used to audition and hire performers, as well as to begin set design considerations.
  • A final edit of the screenplay must be submitted by July 31, 2021.
  • Hired screenwriter will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal.
  • Hired screenwriter will be expected to attend regular Creative Team meetings to ensure that a cohesive vision is maintained for this year’s awards showcase. These meetings will occur monthly, and may increase in frequency closer to the final event.
  • Artists will realize this year’s vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, set designers, graphic designers, project managers, performers and nominated artists/artist groups.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

Please watch last year’s broadcast to familiarize yourself with the sequence of a typical Buffys showcase, before submitting your proposal: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk

  • All submissions must be emailed to Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected]
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Screenwriter Proposal — [Your or Your Company’s Name]”
  • All submissions must be emailed as one (1) compiled PDF, including the following information:
    • Your name, contact phone number and home/company address.
    • Artistic statement — the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work.
    • A summary of previous creative experiences which highlight the expertise you bring to this project.
    • A summary of your proposed narrative for this year’s Buffys presentation, including character descriptions and a detailed summary of plot. Ensure that this is in line with the requirements outlined under “About the Commission” above.
    • Excerpts from 2 screenplays that you have written in the past (max 4 pages each).
    • A suggested budget, including the following (and any additional) line-items: prep time, creative team meetings, writing time. (This will serve as your Fee for Service).
  • Please familiarize yourself with the format of last year’s script here: Midnight Steampunk – Script with units.

FEE

We ask artists to present their Fee for Service to us as part of their PDF submission (see above).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12PM on March 22, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Artists may be invited to interview. Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by March 26, 2021.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.

 

Call for Submissions (Fort McMurray): Set Designer for Buffys 2021

artscouncilwb.ca/opportunities-call

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Following the success of 2020, this year’s showcase continues to be a cinematic experience, which will include pre-recorded elements to be broadcast online on October 16, 2021.

Arts Council aims to hire a set designer to design and build an environment to support this year’s theme: Midnight in Technicolor. See last year’s Buffys presentation here: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

Set Designer will be responsible for building a set inspired by this year’s theme, Midnight in Technicolor, to support the filming of the 2020 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards broadcast.

  • Hired Set Designer will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal.
  • Set Designer and screenwriter will collaborate together to ensure that the set matches the narrative.
  • A rough set rendering will be due to the Programs Manager on May 1, 2021.
  • A final rendering of the set must be submitted to the Programs Manager by July 31, 2021.
  • Hired Set Designer will be expected to attend regular Creative Team meetings to ensure that a cohesive vision is maintained for this year’s awards showcase. These meetings will occur monthly, and may increase in frequency closer to the final event.
  • Artists will realize this year’s vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, set designers, graphic designers, project managers, performers and nominated artists/artist groups.
  • Set designer will build the set in the venue with the support of up to 10 ACWB volunteers.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

ABOUT THE VENUE

The 2021 Buffys presentation will be filmed inside the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts blackbox theatre.

  • You will have access to 56 SC90 stage platforms to use towards your design. The dimensions of each platform 6’6” by 3’3”. There are 56 x 14” legs, 184 x 28” legs, 56 x 42” legs, 56 x 26” legs, and 32 x 70” legs. Please see link for example: SC90 Platform
  • You will also have access to 16 step units, with which to assemble stairs. Each step affixes to the edge of a staging platform and is 7” high at the step, and is 48” wide. A 3D image of an example can be found here labelled as “Step Unit.”
  • You will also have access to Pipe and Drape.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

  • Please watch last year’s broadcast to familiarize yourself with the set of a typical Buffys showcase, before submitting your proposal: Buffys 2020: Midnight Steampunk.
  • All submissions must be emailed to Programs Manager, Luay Eljamal, at [email protected].
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Set Design Proposal — [Your or Your Company’s Name].”
  • All submissions must be emailed as one (1) compiled PDF, including the following information:
    • Your name, contact phone number and home/company address.
    • Artistic statement — the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work.
    • A summary of previous creative experiences which highlight the expertise you bring to this project.
    • Set renderings and images from exactly three (3) past design projects.
    • A suggested budget, including the following (and any additional) line-items: prep time, creative team meetings, creation of design, travel, transportation of materials, set build, and potential materials cost. (This will serve as your Fee for Service).

FEE

We ask artists to present their Fee for Service to us as part of their PDF submission (see above).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12 PM on March 22, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Artists may be invited to interview. Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by March 26, 2021.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.