Nightwood Theatre is proud to participate in the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program (formerly known as Theatre Creators’ Reserve). As a third party recommender, we are able to allocate funds based on the merit of project and subject to final approval at the council level. As a recommender, Nightwood accepts applications from women creators (our definition expressly includes trans women and those with women-lived experiences), prioritizing folks from the Deaf and disability communities, BIPOC women and next generation creators.

Submissions for the 2019 OAC’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators Program

Program for: Individuals and Collectives

Purpose: To assist theatre creators to develop new work.

Eligibility: The program assists Ontario-based professional theatre creators, and informal collectives of creators, by funding them to create work. This is a third-party recommender program.

Deadline: November 27, 2019 at 1 PM

Artists are strongly encouraged to review the Ontario Arts Council detailed description with guidelines. 

Please note the following significant changes:

*Applications must now be submitted to recommenders through Nova, OAC’s online grant application system.
*Recommenders no longer notify applicants directly. All applicants will be notified by OAC through their Nova account.

Submission Requirements

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova. Alongside the submission questions, you are required to submit a CV(s) and Script Sample (maximum 10 pages).

Criteria we consider when selecting playwrights/creators:

  • Playwright’s/Creator’s craft
  • Interest in content, plot, themes
  • Clarity of artistic goals
  • Potential of project
  • Innovation and diversity in storytelling (both stylistic and/or cultural)

Please note all applications will be assessed and recommended by the advisory and dollar amounts will be determined by the scope of the project. Requests can be for $1000-$5000, but projects will not be reviewed until our submission deadline. 

Please note: this program is not intended to accommodate some kinds of activities that the OAC Theatre Projects program does, including production, workshops leading towards production, or rehearsal.

For more information please contact Naz Afsahi at

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