Festivals of New Plays and Independent Theatre

There are many opportunities in Ontario for artists and audiences interested in theatre festivals.

We also have separate listings of:

 

Frost Bites Festival

www.hamiltonfringe.ca/frost-bites-festival
February 15 to 18, 2018
Hamilton
Winter site-specific theatre festival. Hosted by the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

 

Groundswell

www.nightwoodtheatre.net
September 25 to 30, 2017
Toronto
Annual showcase of works-in-progress by women writers, hosted by Nightwood Theatre.

 

The IMPACT Theatre Festival

www.mtspace.ca
September 26 to October 1, 2017
Waterloo
IMPACT: "international multicultural platform for alternative contemporary theatre."  Biannual.  Hosted by The MT Space.

 

InspiraTO Theatre Festival

www.theatreinspirato.ca
2018 - TBA
Toronto
Canada's largest ten-minute play Festival.

 

Juvenis Festival

www.juvenisfestival.ca
2018 - TBA
Kingston
A youth arts festival for young people between the ages of 13 and 30.

 

New Ideas Festival

www.alumnaetheatre.com
March 7 to 25, 2018
Toronto
Annual festival featuring new scripts, hosted by Alumnae Theatre.

 

Next Stage Festival

www.fringetoronto.com/next-stage-festival
2018 - TBA
Toronto
Presents the work of “Fringe” artists who are ready to make the leap into the big time and move beyond the summer production model.

 

Paprika Festival

www.paprikafestival.com
May 14 to 20, 2018
Toronto
Toronto’s only free theatre festival celebrating the work of young and emerging artists, primarily those who are 21 and under.

 

Pot Luck Festival

www.fu-gen.org
2018 - TBA
Toronto

Annual festival, dedicated to Asian-Canadian artists, hosted by fu-GEN Theatre Company.

 

Rhubarb Festival

www.buddiesinbadtimes.com

February 14 to 25, 2018
Toronto
Annual festival, Canada's oldest new works Festival, hosted by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

 

SummerWorks Festival

www.summerworks.ca
August 3 to 13, 2017
Toronto
Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art.

 

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

www.torontosketchfest.com
2018 - TBA
Toronto
Annual festival presenting live scripted comedy.

 

Undercurrents

www.undercurrentsfestival.ca
February 7 to 17, 2018
Ottawa
Annual festival of new independent work, hosted by Great Canadian Theatre Company.

 

WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years

www.weefestival.ca
2018 - TBA
Toronto
Biannual festival for children 0-6 and their grown-ups, hosted by Theatre Direct.

 

Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival Of New Works

www.nativeearth.ca
2017 - TBA
Toronto
Annual festival showcasing and developing new works for Aboriginal theatre and dance, hosted by Native Earth Performing Arts.

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