Grants to Theatre Artists: Individual Creation, Artists-in-Residency, Playwriting Residency and Professional Development
15 April and 15 September
If these dates fall on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
The Grants to Theatre Artists program provides support to individual Canadian professional theatre artists of all cultures. There are four components to the program: Individual Creation, Artist-in-Residency, Playwriting Residency, and Professional Development.
These grants allow artists to devote a specific period of time for the individual creation of new work, for terms as artist-in-residence (for administrators, playwrights, designers, directors or other creative artists), for terms of playwriting residencies, and for projects of professional development. Residencies, both for playwriting and artist-in-residencies, are undertaken with theatre companies that receive support from the Theatre Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Support for playwrights is available through all four components. A playwright wanting to pursue the independent creation of a new work applies through the Individual Creation component of the program. A playwright wanting to spend time in residency with a company to observe and participate in general theatre practice applies through the Artist-in-Residency component. A playwright wanting to pursue a specific project of individual creation in a working partnership arrangement with a theatre company applies through the Playwriting Residency component. A playwright wanting to pursue a program of advanced training (such as graduate studies in playwriting at universities or theatre schools) applies to the Professional Development component.
In general, submissions for Individual Creation request subsistence for the time needed to create new work, plus research and travel costs (if applicable). Submissions for the Artist-in-Residency and the Playwriting Residency components usually involve subsistence costs for the term of the residency. In addition to subsistence costs for the term of the project, applications to the Professional Development component may include costs for travel, research and tuition related to the program of work.
This program is open to Aboriginal artists and artists of diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.
To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Applicants must be professional theatre artists or arts professionals. The Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone who:
- has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and
- is committed to devoting more time to his or her artistic activity, if possible financially, and
- has a history of public presentation.
Playwrights must have had at least one work produced professionally on stage or published professionally. Other theatre artists must have practised with professional companies or independent professional productions for at least two years.
Scriptwriters who wish to write a stage play must have had at least one dramatic work produced professionally on radio, television or film.
Composers must have written music for at least one professional theatre production.
In order to be eligible as a host company for both the Artist-in-Residency and Playwriting Residency components, a theatre company must receive either Operating Grant support from the Theatre Section of the Canada Council for the Arts or must have received at least one Production Project Grant in the preceding three years.
For Professional Development applications, candidates applying for programs of work that involve graduate studies at a university or advanced training at a theatre school must have practised with professional companies or in independent professional productions for at least five years.
Grant amounts range from $3,000 to $20,000, in increments of $1,000.
Robert Allen, Nancy Guertin or Bruce Sinclair
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613 566-4414, ext. 4186