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About Ergo Pink Fest 2019


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Ergo Arts Theatre is happy to announce its 2nd annual Ergo Pink Fest (a four-day festival in March 2019, showcasing the works of female identifying and gender non-binary playwrights). This is a juried event of one-act plays that pass the Bechdel-Wallace test (modified to include female identifying and non-binary characters). The Festival will feature new submissions to be juried by a panel of theatre artists, as well as unproduced or underproduced works from female and non-binary identifying playwrights across Canada.

WHAT we are looking for

Ergo Arts Theatre is looking for One-Act Plays about female identifying and gender non-binary individuals. Plays must include the following criteria: 

  • Must be an original work

  • Must be written by a Canadian female identifying or non-binary identifying playwright

  • Must pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test:

    1. The work must feature at least two women (modified to include any female identifying and gender non-binary individuals),

    2. who talk to each other,

    3. about something other than a man

  • Must run between 50-60 minutes. (approx. 45-60 pages)

  • Must be able to be read/performed by no more than 5 actors

If your piece is selected,  you will be led through a development period leading up to the festival, as well as a workshop and rehearsal period with professional dramaturges, actors and directors, that will culminate in a staged reading of your work in the festival. These readings will take place March 28-31, 2019.

What you need to apply

Your application must include:

  1. Application form HERE

  2. Script Sample (20 pages max)

  3. A $15 application fee

Deadline for Submissions:  October 31, 2018

Notification Date: January 2019

Only one submission per candidate please

Please note:

Ergo Arts Theatre and Ergo Pink Fest welcomes participants from all over Canada. The festival will cover the costs of 3 sessions with a professional dramaturge (for any out-of-town artists, these sessions can be done remotely through video conference call); an initial read-through of the play with the dramaturge, a professional director and actors; 3 workshop days with the director and actors; and 1 staged reading for a public audience in a Toronto theatre. It is highly recommended for playwrights to be in Toronto for the read-through, workshops and staged readings. At this point, unfortunately, there is no funding for transportation or accommodation subsidies for out-of-town artists. All applicants residing outside of the GTA will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Toronto and their meals and accommodation during the dramaturgy, workshop and duration of the festival.