Theatre Wakefield Call for Submissions of Original Play Scripts

NEW WORKS – an ongoing project by Theatre Wakefield

TW has been particularly active in development of new theatre works to support writing talent and provide quality local content for its theatre productions. TW began in 2002 as an amateur theatre company staging plays by local playwright Scott Hébert-Daly. In 2004 TW received its first grant from Patrimoine Canadian Heritage to develop and produce Cabaret Civil - a bilingual play by three local youth about the contentious Summit of the America’s (North American Free Trade Act) meetings in Quebec City.
In 2010 TW issued its first formal call for “new works.” Submissions were reviewed and the best were selected for participation in a professional dramaturgy process. This resulted in a weekend of four staged readings in 2010 – these included Dreamwalker by Chelsea artist Ian Tamblyn (which became TW’s main stage production in 2011) and Epiphany by 2017 Siminovitch Theatre Prize winner Nadia Ross.
In 2012, another two new works were selected, dramaturged and presented as staged readings for the Piggyback Fringe Festival. Again, one of them, True To Life by Farrellton artists John Hardie, was chosen as Theatre Wakefield’s main stage production in 2013.
The 2015/16 New Works process resulted in another new script by John Hardie which will be our main stage production in the fall of 2017. The first scenes of the runner-up scripts were read by the authors in our Scene One event in November 2016.
Theatre Wakefield is inviting Outaouais and National Capital Region writers to submit new scripts for consideration. The scripts will go through the process of review and feedback by our dramaturge, Peter James Haworth, and selected script(s) will then be workshopped with professional actors, members of the Wakefield Players, other writers and theatre resource persons.
There are no parameters given. It can be a solo piece, a two-hander or something for a small or a large cast. It can be a short play, a 1-hour one act play or a full length piece. Drama, comedy or musical. Feel free.

If there is a large number of submissions, the first 12 scripts received will be chosen, though preference will be given to scripts that have not been produced.

Send your script in PDF format to:

The overall goal is to develop and nurture local and regional writing talent and to build a resource pool for original and new plays that other theatres may also want to take on.
A full-length piece could end up as the Wakefield Players’ fall or spring production.
A 1-hour piece is perfect for our Ta Da! Festival format (September 8 to 10) or in 2018. 
Or you can take it on the Fringe circuit. 
A short piece can be part of an evening of entertainment.

Deadline to declare intention to submit with script received by: April 8, 2017

If approved:
Deadline for 1st draft April 8
Feedback from dramaturge by May 1
Submission of 2nd draft June 1
Feedback from dramaturge(s) and pick of final 2 by July 1
Workshop weekend (2 half-day workshops for
the two chosen plays) July 29/30 (TBC)

Ta Da! Festival (Sept 2018)
There will be a dramatic reading by the Wakefield Players for workshopped plays deemed to be ready for a ‘performance’.

For more information about Ta Da! Festival contact Kerstin at