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Toronto: Applications for the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival are now open

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Applications to the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival are now open.

In 2020 we will be returning to the Factory Theatre from January 8-19th and we are looking for submissions to the Main Stage Series and the Studio Stage Series. The distinction between these two spaces has already been organically happening at Next Stage over the last few years, and we’ve decided to be clearer about what each space can offer to the artists, the audience and the industry we will be inviting.


The Main Stage Series will feature fully realized productions. These will be pieces ready to be picked up for the ‘next stage’ by other companies or venues, to showcase writers, directors and actors. These pieces will be open to an audience and to the industry.


For the Studio Stage Series, we are looking for work that is still in development, seeking feedback, perhaps involving Q&As with the audience. These productions are ready to be seen by audiences and industry alike, but also have elements that may still be in development. 


We are looking for experienced producers, and as of last year you no longer have to have been a main producer at a CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals) Fringe in order to be eligible. But we would like to know your relationship to Fringe or similar producing work and why you think Next Stage is the best place for your work.

As always we are looking for new works but are also interested in reworked projects, original adaptations and remounts but productions of work by notable playwrights or of the ‘classics’ are not eligible.


To apply to the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival, go to If you are a first-time applicant, you will be prompted to set up an account. Once you are logged in, click on “Festivals” in the top left corner. You can narrow the festivals that appear by changing the country to Canada, then scroll down until you find Next Stage Theatre Festival 2020. Click “Apply." Select “I’m creating a new event," and enter the show title.

You can begin an application and save it without submitting it right away. To return to your application to continue editing it, follow the steps above until you click “Apply." Select “My event is already in Eventotron” and enter or choose the title of the project you had previously started.

The form is now open on Eventotron and the deadline to apply will be June 3rd.

The 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival will run January 8 - 19, 2020 at the Factory Theatre.