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Seeking Expressions of Interest from Playwrights
Something From Nothing Workshop -
Submissions accepted until May 15, 2021
Last year, in response to having to reinvent our summer season due to Covid, we created the Something From Nothing new play workshop. What started as an impromptu solution to keeping our summer artists busy became one of our favorite projects of the year. Our intrepid guest playwright and our summer artists met on the first day of rehearsals with no preconception of what they were about to create other than it would be “something from nothing”. Several collaborative sessions, rehearsals and script drafts later, a new 50 minute comedy, The Grand To Do, was born, presented and celebrated in an enhanced staged reading format as the opening production of our revised summer festival.
Now we are planning Something From Nothing – Season 2 and are inviting playwrights to submit their expression of interest. We are seeking a playwright up for some fun and the challenge of working collaboratively off the cuff in a short turn around timeframe, and, of course, open to creating something from nothing.
Currently, the only consideration offered is the opportunity to create and write in a virtual workshop environment with an ensemble of professionally trained emerging theatre artists and the production of the first public presentation in a staged reading format. Additional compensation to support reasonable travel expenses to attend the premiere performance may also be included.
“For a playwright, there’s only one drawback when you work with the great people at Theatre on the Ridge in creating something from nothing. It’s the fact that you can’t do it all the time. Eventually, you have to go back to writing alone at your desk. Having a cast and a director and a stage manager in the room as you write is at least twice as rewarding as you can imagine it to be. And at least twice as much fun. It’s creative collaboration at its best. Don’t pass it up.”
Peter Paylor – Something From Nothing guest playwright, 2020
Interested playwrights are invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and project details. Please include a resume, a short statement describing your writing style and areas of interest as well as a short list of produced work, if available. Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2021.
Call for Submissions
Port Perry Snapshots Festival - Short Playwriting Competition
featuring the work of visual artist, Carol Matsuyama
Submissions accepted until June 15, 2021
2021 marks the sesquicentennial celebration of the settler incorporation of Port Perry and Theatre on the Ridge is recognizing this event by inviting playwrights within and outside Port Perry, Scugog Township and Durham Region to submit to the Port Perry Snapshots Short Play Festival.
Port Perry Snapshots is a playwriting competition celebrating the moments that can define a single life and/or life in a small Ontario town. Such moments are the subject matter of three paintings by Scugog visual artist, Carol Matsuyama – Reflection, Bingo Ladies and Doris Shoes. Each painting captures a snapshot of a genuine moment in Port Perry and provides the inspiration for a series of new original short plays to be performed later this year.
Playwrights may submit one short play per painting to a maximum of three plays in total, adhering to the entry criteria and conditions in the application details, such as length and cast size specifications. A short list of plays will be created from the total number of entries submitted and this short list will receive additional workshop opportunities with Theatre on the Ridge before the Port Perry Snapshots Festival performances. The final slate of winning entries will be selected from the short list and will be performed by Theatre on the Ridge in either a live or virtual presentation and a cash prize will be given for one outstanding entry per painting.
Port Perry Snapshots Festival is scheduled take place in the summer or fall of 2021; however, due to ongoing changing pandemic circumstances and restrictions, the specific performance details, including dates and venue, are yet to be finalized.
The Port Perry Snapshots competition is open to writers of diverse communities, including Indigenous and people of colour, and diverse gender identifications.
Submissions will be accepted until end of day June 15, 2021.
Entry fee is $20 per play. Payable here.
Full submission details and application form available here.
Call for BIPOC Playwright
for New Work Commission
to be presented in 2022
Submissions accepted until June 30, 2021
Theatre on the Ridge is pleased to announce that we will be 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, with support for securing additional funding also possible.
Interested playwrights may contact us at email@example.com for full project details and information, and to request an entry package, which will be ready in early May.
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.