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January 20, 2023

Call for Submissions: Deaf Directors & Playwrights

The fourth year of the Or Festival, an annual 10 Minute Play Festival in Vancouver, will take place at The Jericho Arts Centre and be presented by Fabulist Theatre March 8-11, 2023. Each night, the festival will showcase eight 10-minute plays that are written, directed and acted by local Vancouver Artists.

This year, the festival wishes to more meaningfully engage with and support Deaf artists. They are seeking submissions from Deaf playwrights and directors, with the intent to hire a Deaf team to direct, dramaturge and perform these pieces at the Or Festival. They are currently seeking submissions and invite Deaf folks to submit for any of these roles here:


Submission Criteria

  1. The play must be 10 minutes in length or 5 pages.
  2. The play must be unproduced and original. 
  3. All d/Deaf playwrights must live in the Vancouver area from now until the end of the festival: March 8th– 11th, 2023.
  4. We welcome plays in any genre: clown, drama, musicals, everything. Surprise us!
  5. The set is bare bones, so we encourage writers to find imaginative ways to keep cast numbers and set pieces to a minimum. 
  6. You may submit more than one play.
  7. Send us your script as a video script in ASL or in PDF or DOC format. 
  8. For PDF or DOC scripts, please remove your name from all pages as our curators will read your play anonymously
  9. For video scripts in ASL, please send your video directly to submissions@orfestival.com or include a link to the video below. 
  10. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: Inquiries@OrFestival.com

Deadline: January 20th, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST.


In full transparency, please find below the resources we will have in place to support Deaf creators:

  • An ASL Interpreter will be hired for in-person or zoom meetings where hearing Or Festival representative(s) are present.
  • An ASL Interpreter will be present at auditions.
  • During show week, we will have an ASL interpreted performance on Sat, March 11th at 7:30pm. (All eight 10 minute shows will be interpreted).
  • We will conduct outreach and marketing to ensure that your community hears about the festival and will have an opportunity to attend the show.
  • We recognize that ASL interpretation and/or full communication in ASL does not support all d/Deaf people. We are happy to work with you to build the environment that supports you.
  • We will check in with the artists and team throughout the process, and will adjust our ways of working/supporting based on feedback received.