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August 19, 2022 - September 9, 2022

Call for Expressions of Interest: The Rhubarb Festival

Hosted by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2023 Rhubarb Festival, Canada’s longest running festival of new and experimental performance.  The format of the ‘festival’, at its core, condenses time and experience, allowing for temporary communities to manifest. Over a short period of time, artists and audiences enter into a relationship with each other. Conversation is at the heart of this.  As such, this year’s selection process, too, will be grounded in conversation. While the written application outlined below will provide us with context about your practice, we are considering it as merely an entry point to the whole process. We will do our best to meet with and be in conversation with as many applicants as possible. For this reason, we encourage you to apply earlier rather than later. Conversations with artists will be scheduled as applications are received. Selections will be made by Festival Director Clayton Lee. We want to work directly with Festival artists to nurture and help grow their artistic impulses, therefore you do not need to apply with a fully formed idea or project. Instead, for the initial application, we want to focus on you and your practice. The subsequent conversation will be an opportunity to imagine what the project may be. 


If you have any questions about the Festival or your application, prefer alternate methods of submission (different languages, recorded video/audio, etc.) or need support to complete your application, please contact: Clayton Lee, Festival Director clayton@buddiesinbadtimes.com 


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1B4, Canada

Phone number: 416-975-8555

Email: info@buddiesinbadtimes.com

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is Toronto’s leading destination for artistically rigorous alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives. In its 40-year history Buddies has welcomed over one million people into its home in the heart of Toronto’s queer village and has premiered nearly 1,000 new works for the stage, making it the largest and longest-running queer theatre company in the world.