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Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators Submissions

Deadline: November 9, 2018

Ontario Arts CouncilStudio 180 Theatre has once again been invited to be a third party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program. We’re seeking submissions from playwrights and collectives developing work that engages audiences and invites them to become part of an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas of social relevance. Submissions may range from new, unexplored ideas to scripts further along in the development process, but in each case the funding priority will be to “buy time” for writers and artists to pursue, hone and explore projects that function as more than mere entertainment. Our focus is to support text based proposals that reinforce Studio 180’s commitment to provocative and insightful explorations of contemporary social and political issues.

Grant requests may range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $3,000. Studio 180 reserves the right to recommend artists for funding at a lesser amount than requested.

OAC is moving recommender programs to a fully online process. Artists will submit applications to recommenders through Nova, OAC’s online application and grants management system. Applications outside of Nova will not be accepted. Some exceptions may be possible based on OAC’s Inclusive Application Process Policy.

Learn more about past recipients here.

Submission guidelines

All submissions to Studio 180 must include the following:

  • A project description, including a synopsis of the piece (or the concept), the work’s history of development, a description of what the playwright or collective hopes to achieve creatively in the next phase of development and how they hope the work in question will affect audiences. (Maximum 3 pages)
  • Resumés of the playwright or members of the collective.
  • If available, a script sample. If the work in question is in the idea phase and no draft currently exists, include a sample of past work of a similar nature/style. (Maximum 6 pages)
  • If the playwright or collective is new to the writing process and does not have a sample of written/published material, explain what inspired you to pursue this new form of expression and what it is about this particular idea that merits exploration.

Please observe the stated page limits and know that full scripts will not be considered as part of the evaluation process.

Address questions regarding Studio 180 and our submission policies to Mark McGrinder at tcr@studio180theatre.com. Questions regarding the NOVA system should be directed to the Ontario Arts Council.


For program guidelines and further information about the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program, please visit the Ontario Arts Council site.

All applicants will be notified of results via the NOVA system no later than December 21, 2018.

2017/18 recommendations

The projects that earned our recommendation in 2017/18 were:

Isad Etemadi-Shad, We Are Not The Others
Yolanda Bonnell, White Girls in Moccasins
Bilal Baig, blue eyes killed him without blinking
Sunny Drake, CHILD-ISH
Sam Kalilieh, Palestineman
Broadleaf Theatre (Kevin Matthew Wong & Mirka Loiselle), The Chemical Valley Project
Andrea Scott, Controlled Damage
Natasha Greenblatt & Rimah Jabr, Two Birds One Stone

Find out more about past recipients here.

Our deepest gratitude to the Ontario Arts Council for making this program possible and for allowing us to be a part of it once again. We look forward to adding to our list of worthy recipients and to discovering more of what Ontario’s theatre creators have to offer.