Theatre Creators Reserve Grant

The following information is for artists applying for the Theatre Creators Reserve Grant through the Ontario Arts Council. Only artists currently residing in Ontario are eligible. For more information about how to apply, please go to the Ontario Arts Council website.

In selecting grant recipients, we are looking for proposals that engage in the world of the Shaw Festival’s mandate. We are interested in plays that are challenging, subversive and political – plays “à la Shaw”. We are open to the needs and variety of approaches that each individual creator or collective may have and to projects that are in all stages of development. Equal consideration will be given to: creators from diverse communities; new ideas and plays presented to us by playwrights who have had an association with the theatre; creators who are new to the Shaw Festival or creators emerging on the theatrical scene.

All plays submitted must be set within the mandate period (1856-1950) or create a link between the present and the past – otherwise, no other style or content restrictions apply.


Along with 3 signed copies of the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Grant application, please submit:

  • • A cover letter
  • • If the project is in the planning stages, a maximum three-page description of the proposed project
  • • If the project is in development, a script (a 10-page sample) or any other relevant support materials that best illustrate the proposed project ie. DVD, CD, music samples etc.

We will determine grant amounts based on our interest in the project and the needs determined by the project proposals. The deadline to submit is January 9, 2017. Mail must be postmarked on or before that date..

Please submit your applications to:
Joanna Falck, Literary Manager
The Shaw Festival
10 Queen`s Parade, Box 774
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
L0S 1J0

NEW THIS YEAR – you can submit your application by email. You must include a signed copy of the application with your emailed submission. Please send only ONE attachment so your signed application form, letter and project description are all one file with your name as the file name. Applications can be sent to

Questions? Contact Joanna Falck at