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 feminist theatre company, Nightwood encourages applications from trans and cis women, Two-Spirit, non-binary folks and anyone who self-identifies as having experienced gender oppression. We will be prioritizing folks from the Deaf and disability communities and IBPOC women.

Program for: Professional theatre artists and ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents. Organizations are not eligible in this program. 
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 04, 2021 at 1 PM ET via Nova.

Artists are strongly encouraged to review the Ontario Arts Council detailed description with guidelines. Applications submitted directly to Nightwood are not eligible for consideration. Recommenders no longer notify applicants directly. All applicants will be notified by OAC through their Nova account.

Application and Support Materials (Must be completed via NOVA): 

  • Complete the submission questions in NOVA.
  • Submit your CV(s) in NOVA.
  • Upload your Support Material in NOVA: Maximum 10-page script sample OR 7 minute video/audio sample. Materials submitted beyond these limits may not be considered. 

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)

All applications will be assessed and recommended by the advisory committee and dollar amounts will be determined by the scope of the project. Requests can be for $1,000-$3,000, but projects will not be reviewed until our submission deadline. Please note that Nightwood traditionally recommends between $1,000 and $2,000.

This program is not intended to accommodate some kinds of activities that the OAC Theatre Projects program does, including workshops leading towards production, rehearsal, or production.  Please confirm all details directly on the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators page. 

To view a video (with ASL interpretation) of Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts discussing their priorities for the OAC RGTC please click here. 

For more information please contact Naz Afsahi at

Complete and submit an application in NOVA, OAC’s online grant application system. 

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