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October 17, 2022 - December 2, 2022

Ottawa Fringe Open Doors Mentorship Program

Hosted by Ottawa Fringe Festival

Ottawa Fringe is opening up its doors as an ally by offering artistic mentorship opportunities for producers who self-identify with any of the organization’s Priority Groups:

-Artists of Colour -Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities -Immigrant and Refugee Artists -Indigenous Artists – First Nations, Metis, Inuit -Queer and Trans Artists

Diversity is a fact. We want to ensure that the voices and stories we share on our stages reflect Ottawa’s vibrant and diverse communities.

WHAT THE MENTORSHIP OFFERS: -A dedicated 60-min performance slot in the 2023 Ottawa Fringe Festival; -Waived festival fees; -20 hours of committed professional mentorship, from January-June, 2023; -Each producer will receive $500 towards production costs. -Producers will receive administrative support, including one-on-one meetings with the Fringe’s Executive Director, Marketing Officer, and Technical Director in the lead up to the festival; -Access to rehearsal space in Arts Court

LOTTERY The Fringe Festival is not curated. Staying true to the spirit of the Fringe, applicants to the Open Doors Mentorship will be put into a draw and names will be pulled at random during the Fringe’s annual Lottery Party on Monday, December 5, 2022, at Arts Court.


  • You self-identify with at least one of Fringe’s Priority Groups
  • You live in the Ottawa region
  • You are available to perform during the 2023 Ottawa Fringe Festival (June 15-25)
  • You have never produced a show in the Ottawa Fringe Festival in the past (you may have participated in some other facet; i.e. actor, stage manager)
  • You are expected to attend all Fringe workshops leading up to the festival (free of charge)

Deadline to apply is Friday, December 2nd at 11:59 pm. Late applications cannot be considered.

There is no cost to apply to the Open Doors Mentorship

Note: In addition to the Open Doors lottery, you may also apply to the general Festival lottery but will be expected to pay the $25.00 application fee


A plain text version of the application is available on the website. Any other accommodation requests can be sent to director@ottawafringe.com and we will do our best to fulfill requests.

The Ottawa Fringe remains committed to inclusive, accessible theatre, and supporting our community– which includes both artists and patrons – in a multitude of ways. Our priority is to create and nurture spaces where artists have equitable access to expression and our continued dedication to ensuring every story is told.

While this may look and sound and feel different to each individual, the Fringe is committed to upholding our values of inclusivity, integrity, and accessibility by building spaces where our community can gather together in safety and experience theatre and art shows fully.

Accessibility is a commitment and a practice to expand theatre so that everyone can create, share, and experience all that theatre has to offer. It is a reminder for us all to treat each other with respect and requires us to think of others in relation to ourselves. It provides actionable and meaningful steps we can take to ensure every person in our community feels welcome and has an equitable opportunity to experience every show at the Festival.

These steps allow us to open up our theatres and our shows so that our stories can reach every heart and speak to every soul. Our stories. Our community is a shared, participatory space – not just for some, but for everyone. This is, and will remain, a priority for the Ottawa Fringe.

Access statement: ottawafringe.com/access

In the interim, all access questions/comments/concerns can be directed to our Executive Director, Alain Richer at director@ottawafringe.com


Ottawa Fringe Festival

2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2, Canada

Phone number: 613-232-6162

Email: info@ottawafringe.com

The Ottawa Fringe Festival provides all performing artists, both emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their work – regardless of content, form or style – and makes the Festival as affordable and accessible as possible to the members of the community. The Ottawa Fringe Festival’s mission is to empower audiences and to encourage artists to take risks, pursue their visions and develop their skills.