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 9 to 12, 2017
Hamilton
Winter theatre festival. Hosted by the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

 

Groundswell Unplugged

www.nightwoodtheatre.net
2017 - TBA
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
June 1 to 10, 2017
Toronto
Canada's largest ten-minute play Festival.

 

Juvenis Festival

www.juvenisfestival.ca
April 30 to 7, 2017
Kingston
A youth arts festival for young people between the ages of 13 and 30.

 

New Ideas Festival

www.alumnaetheatre.com
March 8 to 26, 2017
Toronto
Annual festival featuring new scripts, hosted by Alumnae Theatre.

 

Next Stage Festival

www.fringetoronto.com/next-stage-festival
January 4 to 14, 2017
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 22 to 28, 2017
Toronto
Toronto’s only free theatre festival celebrating the work of young and emerging artists, primarily those who are 21 and under.

 

Rhubarb Festival

www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
February 15 to 26, 2017
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
March 1 to 12, 2017
Toronto
Annual festival presenting live scripted comedy.

 

Undercurrents

www.undercurrentsfestival.ca
February 8 to 18, 2017
Ottawa
Annual festival of new independent work, hosted by Great Canadian Theatre Company.

 

Walk the Walk: Festival of Asian Canadian Women
Pot Luck Festival

www.fu-gen.org
2017 - TBA
Toronto
Annual festival, dedicated to Asian-Canadian artists, hosted by fu-GEN 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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