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October 1, 2021

Call for BIPOC Playwright for New Work Commission

Theatre on the Ridge is commissioning a new theatre work by a BIPOC playwright to be inspired by the story of Port Perry’s first black resident, Samuel Stout, who arrived in the community in 1866. The story opens up avenues of exploration on the writing and erasure of history, interracial marriage, white privilege, and the face of racism of small town in Ontario.    In conjunction with play development, a series of interactive audience and community engagement workshops will be presented with a focus on both the theatre creation process and related local black history and diversity programming. The project will culminate in the first formal presentation of the new play in the fall of 2022.

This project is open to BIPOC playwrights writing and living in Ontario. A play development commission of $5,000 is available for the selected playwright through the Ontario Culture Days Creatives in Residence program, with support for securing additional funding also possible.

September 2021 Update: Additional funds are now available to support a one week first draft workshop before March 31, 2021, including in person and video documentation. Made possible through the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now progam. 

Submissions accepted until October, 2021


Theatre 3x60/Theatre on the Ridge is committed to diversity and inclusion in our hiring and recruitment practices, and encourage applications from culturally diverse persons, Indigenous persons, deaf persons, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. We welcome applications from persons with disabilities to the extent possible with the physical spaces of our venues, current resources and requirements of the positions available.