Call for Playwrights

Call for submissions to TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices new play development program

Nanaimo, BC – Theatre One’s Emerging Voices is now accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 season.  Emerging Voices, now in its 16th year, is a series of workshops and staged readings of three new, original Canadian plays by local and regional playwrights. Participating playwrights benefit from dramaturgical support before, during and after the workshops, have the opportunity to engage with professional artists during the day-long CAEA workshop and see their plays read before live audiences that evening, receiving valuable feedback from actors and patrons.

Interested playwrights are invited to submit scripts to TheatreOne’s Artistic Associate, Nicolle Nattrass at: [email protected]. To meet eligibility criteria, the scripts must be new, Canadian plays by local and regional (BC) playwrights that have not received a production. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, plays with small casts will be given preference during this time.

New scripts will be selected by August 15, 2020 for the 16th season, but further submissions are always welcome. There is no fee for submitting or for taking part. 

Emerging Voices supports the Equity in Theatre Initiative, Playwrights Guild of Canada which promotes gender equality and diversity in theatre.

Invitation: TheatreBC Indigenous Initiatives Committee

BC Drama Association Society (TheatreBC) honours and respects Indigenous Peoples in this place we call Canada, in whose traditional territories we all live and work, as well as create and play. We are committed to learning about, supporting and including Indigenous perspectives in our organization and on our stages.

We welcome community theatre lovers who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) to join us and form an Indigenous Initiatives Committee. We envision this team as an advisory committee to TheatreBC, providing us with important cultural context and insights so that we may better serve our Indigenous members and see greater Indigenous representation and storytelling at our festivals and among our member clubs
Please review the application process pdf and submit request to the TBC Board.

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Canadian Playwriting Competition 2020

Calling all Playwrights!

Our Annual Playwriting Competition is seeking submissions from all Canadian authors.



Theatre BC has been a parent organization for community theatre across the province since 1932. It annually hosts Mainstage—a competition amongst community theatre companies each July. Mainstage is the largest provincial theatre festival of its kind in Canada.

The Canadian Playwriting Competition is open to original scripts of drama or comedy, either full-length or one-act. Deadline for entry is December 31 annually. Independent jurors will decide upon winners in each category with a prize of $1,000 awarded for the chosen full-length, $750 for the one-act, and $500 for a script of special merit. In addition, one of the three winning plays may be chosen to be workshopped at Theatre BC’s Mainstage festival in July. This choice will be made at the discretion of the judges.

There are three rounds of judging and writers will be notified of the results of each round. All scripts successfully passing to the next round will receive brief notes from the judges. Finalists will be notified when the jury process is complete in May. Winners will be notified and will also be celebrated at our Annual Provincial Theatre Festival “Mainstage” Awards Ceremony (July).


Theatre BC’s 2019 Playwriting Competition Results

Theatre BC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Canadian Playwriting Competition. Congratulations go out to:

Scott Douglas, (Winnipeg, MB) whose play, Forgive/Forget , was chosen as the winner in the Full-length category, with a prize of $1000

Molly Read, (Toronto, ON), whose play, Carpool, was chosen as the winner in the One-Act category, with a prize of $750

Zahida Rahemtulla, (Burnaby, BC), whose play, The Frontliners, was chosen as the winner of the Special Merit category, with a prize of $500.

The judges also awarded an Honourable Mention to Linda A. Carson and Suzanne Ristic (New Westminster, BC), for their play Driving Me Crazy.

Theatre BC Reduces 2020 Club Membership Dues

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellations of Regional Zone Drama Festivals this year, the Theatre BC board has reduced club membership fees to a flat rate of $72.80 for all member clubs, new and renewals. The TBC board stresses our role as advocates for community theatre throughout the province, and that we represent both individuals and community theatre clubs.

Theatre BC continues planning for our 2021 series of regional festivals, and plans to hold Mainstage 2021 in Port Alberni as it did in 2019, and as was originally scheduled for this summer.

Resources for the art sector

On March 26, 2020, Business/Arts along with Global Public Affairs held a special webinar with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage to learn what measures the government is taking to assist the art sector. Global Public Affairs received an overwhelming response to the webinar and they plan on hosting more in the near future to assist this sector through this unprecedented time.

While the Minister could not answer all of the questions posed, his team provided some resources which may be of help. Theatre BC is sharing these links for your information:

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:

Canadian Heritage’s FAQs :

Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs:

Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet:

Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting.

Order Of The Provincial Health Officer – Gatherings And Events
(Pursuant to Sections 30, 31, 32 and 39 (3) Public Health Act, S.B.C. 2008)
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