Notice to Playwrights & Theatre Creators:

Submissions Now Open
OAC Theatre Creators’ Reserve

b current is one of the companies participating in the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program at the Ontario Arts Council. The program assists Ontario-based professional individual creators, and informal collectives of creators, by funding them to create work. This third party assistance program allows our company to recommend outright grants to artists; while the final decisions and disbursement of grant funds are made by the OAC Theatre Office.

b current is inviting submissions to the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program for the 2016 – 2017 season. Available grant funds range from $1000 to $5000 per application, and we generally consider and recommend between the $1000 minimum and a $3500 maximum. Writers/creators looking to, or in the process of generating stage scripts or developing production ideas can submit proposals between now and Friday, November 11, 2016. All recommendations will be made by Friday, December 23, 2016.

About the company:
b current is a not-for-profit arts company, which primarily presents and supports performance works from the Canadian and international Black Diasporic Communities, as well as innovative artists of other culturally diverse communities. Our Toronto-based company focuses on nurturing growth in emerging artists, developing and presenting artistic activities for young peoples, and contributing significantly to the breadth of Black arts traditions which feed our communities.

Please note that our focus with the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program is developing new or adapted performance ideas by Black and other People of Colour rooted in content and cultural traditions alternative to Eurocentric Western practices. The company is especially supportive of young & emerging artists, creators who are new to developing works for theatre or professional performance, as well as dance and theatre forms which are lyrical, poetic, multidisciplinary, devised and/or physical. b current will likely recommend creators whose work ideas and process support our company’s artistic mandate.

When applying to b current for funding through the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program please include:
a cover letter/creation proposal
play/creation synopsis
creation timeline
funding request details/breakdown
creation artists’ short biographies, or resumes (maximum 2 pages each)
*script in-progress OR outline/description of the proposed project along with *script sample from a past project.
*We highly recommend dance/physical performance based works include video of beginnings of work on the proposed project or of past work.

Completed applications/proposals should be sent by email by 5pm on Friday, November 11, 2016 to: [email protected]
Please include “TCR submission fall 2016”
and the name of your play idea/script in the subject line of the email i.e. “TCR submission fall 2016 – MyPlay”.
We will periodically check for received submissions between now and the deadline, if confirmation of receiving your application is not sent within 30 days of submitting it or one week after the deadline (whichever is sooner), please follow up with another email or phone call to ensure it went to the correct inbox.
If you are unable to submit your application via email, please contact us several weeks prior to the deadline by phone: 416-533-1500.

The confidentiality of all creators, applications, and support materials will be kept.

To check your eligibility, Council guidelines, or get more info/contacts and application forms please go to the OAC website:, email [email protected] or write/call:

Ontario Arts Council
Theatre Office
700-121 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

For more background on b current visit our site:

For questions about b current or our submission requirements, email [email protected] (include “TCR Q” in the subject line), allow 30 days for a response.