Event Category: Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: Paprika Festival 2020

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Deadline: September 30, 2019

We provide year-round theatre training and mentorship. At the end of the year, your original work is showcased in the week-long, fully-produced, uncensored Paprika Festival (May 25-31, 2020). Paprika Festival is free for all participants.

Programs begin in November 2019. The Festival will take place in the Aki Studio Theatre (Daniels Spectrum) in Regent Park, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.

We want to make this work for you (so that you can make your work!) Paprika is committed to accessibility. If you need assistance with your application in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us. We strive to be a barrier free organization and we want to make this as easy as possible for you! Paprika Festival is an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourages applications from Indigenous, culturally diverse applicants and any equity seeking group, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

A note on ages: At Paprika the core age group is 15-21 years for all programs excluding the Directors lab & Indigenous Program (15-30 years) and the Festival Administrators (21-25 years). We’re interested in making exceptions to this for younger people with a specific need for more advanced training and for older people who are new to the arts.

More information and how to apply

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Deadline: October 1, 2019

the8fest seeks your 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm or other small gauge film projects (such as loops and installations) for our 2020 festival being held January 24th to 26th, 2020. We encourage first time filmmakers, experimental artists, established filmmakers, and everyone who has an interest in small gauge film to apply!

You can find detailed submission information and submit your work using our Google form:

Feel free to reach out to the8fest@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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OMQ Winter 2020 – Weathering

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Deadline: October 31, 2019

The submission period for the Winter 2020 issue of Open Minds Quarterly: Explorations of life in a mad world. The theme is “weathering”, which can be taken as literally or symbolically as you want!

More information and how to apply

OMQ publishes submissions from anyone with lived experience of madness/mental health challenges/accessing mental health services, and who has experiences to share and a voice to be heard. We are seeking submissions that are insightful, intelligent, and creative, because we know that’s what those of us with lived experience are.

Your writing needn’t focus on madness/mental health if you are submitting poetry, fiction, or visual art; however, nonfiction, reviews, open letters, and research should relate specifically to experiences of madness or mental health challenges.

We recognize the ongoing discrimination and oppression many of our contributors face—because of colonization, racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, ageism, capitalism, etc.—and the ways these and other injustices impact people’s (un)wellness. We welcome people belonging to diverse communities to submit to OMQ, and we work to prioritize voices that are currently underrepresented. There is an optional space in the submission process to self-identify as belonging to any of these communities; however, as we understand some people may not feel comfortable or safe self-identifying, it is by no means mandatory. Any information you share with us on this subject will be kept strictly confidential.

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Deaf and Disability Arts Projects

Deadline: October 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

The program supports Ontario-based artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability, or ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations mandated to serve and led by artists and/or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. There are three categories:

  • Creation: to help cover the costs of research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work
  • Production: to help cover the costs of production and/or the creation of art works
  • Professional development: to help cover the costs of study/training; mentorship; internship/apprenticeship; and/or documentation of art work

More information and how to apply

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Dance Training Projects: Equity and Access

Deadline: October 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

The program supports dance training derived from traditional, classical and/or contemporary African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Indigenous dance forms, and Deaf and disability dance practices. There are two categories:

  • Dance companies: contribution to the artistic fees for their dancer training program(s)
  • Individual dance artists who are Deaf and/or have a disability: contribution to the artistic fees for their dance training

More information and how to apply

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Research Associate II Arts, Access, and Livelihoods

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Deadline: September 12, 2019

We are seeking a full-time (4 days/ week) Research Associate II to join our team to support research at the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. This position will play a key role in three connected research projects at the Centre related to experiences of access, livelihoods, and technology for people with disabilities in the arts sector.

This position will include working closely with Re•Vision Centre Academic Director, Carla Rice in developing and implementing these interconnected research projects; general responsibilities will include overseeing data collection, tracking, management, and storage, supporting the development and submission of ethics applications to the Guelph Research Ethics Board, liaising with the research teams to coordinate meetings, track communication flow, take notes, and support knowledge mobilization. They will also work with Dr. Eliza Chandler in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University on research activities specifically related to the Accessing the Arts project.

More information and how to apply

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2020 Fringe New Play Prize

Deadline: October 4, 2019

Applications for the 2020 Fringe New Play Prize are open.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the eighth year of the Fringe New Play Prize. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2020 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

More information and how to apply

The program offers:

  • Eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel
  • Some free creation and rehearsal space
  • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
  • A free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage, September 2020.

All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $5000 value: ($800 Fringe application fee + $1000 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion). The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

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Call for Applications: Artistic Co-Director

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Kickstart is seeking a new Artistic (Co)Director! This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading disability arts and culture organization as a key member of our team. As Artistic Co-Director, you will be working alongside our Administrative Co-Director, sharing leadership and support for both day to day operations and exciting big-picture aspects of the organization. For this Co-Director position, we are looking for an individual with the ability to lead the organization through its current schedule of events and responsibilities (3 years of program funding secured!), as well as help us to fulfill our vision as a major hub for disability arts and culture in British Columbia and beyond.

This is a part-time position; 20-24 hours per week.

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Open Call for Participants: Deep Collaboration for Music Theatre – Part 1

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Deadline: September 20, 2019

Here we go! 603 New Musicals is back and looking for new music theatre makers & artists in Toronto to participate in the first phase of a research-creation project exploring deep collaboration & successful radical vulnerability in collective creation! (Wow, that was a mouthful.) This opportunity is pay what you can.

Composers/lyricists/bookwriters/performers/musicians/artists are all welcome to apply, regardless of how much experience you have in your discipline(s). You do not have to come in with an idea or a project in progress, you will be creating from conception with the group. If you love learning from your peers, want to explore how you relate to collaborators, build healthier relationships with them and make more meaningful and fulfilling music theatre, we want your voice in the room.

More information and how to apply on Facebook

The program will include,

  • an initial gathering, approximately four hours long, to meet and get to know each other. There will be a lecture and a roundtable discussion.
  • a 24-hour process, which is when the group will put the discussions had several days earlier to practice and collectively develop a new 5-10 minute musical. The group may ask for prompts or creation guidelines from several types of categories, but they will not be given automatically. No member is required to stay awake for the full 24 hours – group members may go home, take naps, leave the space, etc. The 24-hour period will conclude with a performance for a limited audience.
  • a debrief session, held several days later, also approximately four hours long. We will discuss what happened, make further connections, learn from the process and decide how to move forward.

We are a team of d/Deaf/disabled/Mad artists and we centre members of the above groups in our leadership practices and while planning and executing our artistic projects. Please let us know if there is any additional info you need, you have any feedback for us, etc. We want to take everyone’s needs into account starting from the beginning of this process.

  • The facilitator is fluent in American Sign Language. We are unable to provide interpreters for this programming, but we are able to run the program in both English and ASL.
  • The physical space has 3 steps going up to the backyard and 8 steps going down at the entrance.
  • There is a cat that lives in the space, though it is possible to keep him in a separate room or find a cat-sitter for the sessions.
  • We will ask that our participants refrain from wearing scented products – we will provide non-scented products for those who require.

Contact us with any questions or other access needs you have, including extensions or alternate forms of submission!

Akiva Blaine is a Toronto-based disabled, Mad, queer theatre writer, dramaturg, educator, community builder and the Artistic Director of 603 New Musicals.

In his artistic and community work, Akiva explores themes of spirituality and religion, queer identity, disability, trauma, illness and recovery. To enhance the believability and complexity of his stories, he gravitates towards the deeply collaborative and co-created, immersive, site-specific, and all-encompassing theatrical experiences.

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