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Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators Submissions 2020

Deadline: November 6, 2020 @ 1PM EST

Studio 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.

All 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.

The Nova application is a standardized form which will permit you to submit a resume and writing sample. You will also have the opportunity to answer some questions regarding your work in progress. We are interested in learning about you, your idea and how you hope it will affect audiences. Use these questions to let us know what your project is all about and why it should be of interest to us.

Questions regarding Studio 180’s priorities and involvement in the program can be directed 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 18, 2020.

2019/20 recommendations

The projects that earned our recommendation in 2019/20 were:

Lauren Brotman – her room
Rachel Ganz – Kibbitz
Amanda Lin 林美珠 – Between a Wok and a Hot Pot
Rachel Mutombo – 6×10
Sarena Parmar – The Untitled Witch Project
Ali Joy Richardson – Dad
Julie Tepperman – Man Up!

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.