Fresh Meat: DIY Theatre Fest Call for Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Fresh Meat 6 (October 2017)


About Fresh Meat:
Dubbed Ottawa's freshest theatre festival, Fresh Meat is an artistic playground that gives local theatre creators a unique opportunity to test new ideas in front of an audience. Each year, 10 Ottawa theatre makers are invited to create and perform a brand new 20-minute performance piece at our DIY Theatre Fest in October. We look for ideas that are original and innovative, and that test the traditional boundaries of theatre. No idea is too out there and no idea is too simple; what matters is the artist’s passion for and dedication to their own project.

Founded in 2012, Fresh Meat has housed over 50 20-minute world premieres and paid out more than $20,000 to local creators in direct exchange for their work. By giving artists a place to experiment, Fresh Meat plays a key role in the steady stream of exciting new work being created in Ottawa. Seedlings planted at Fresh Meat have grown into full length productions and have been produced at undercurrents, The NAC, Fringes across Canada, and more. Others live out their three night run at Fresh Meat and are never seen or heard of again. Both are equally valuable outcomes when creating from a place of experimentation and play.

Fresh Meat supports and showcases a diverse group of local artists each year by providing an accessible platform on which to create and perform new, innovative short works. The festival brings together local artists of all backgrounds, theatrical practices, and levels of emergence, and makes space for the lived experiences of all Canadians. 

Fresh Meat is committed to inclusive programming that reflects the breath, depth, and intricacies of Ottawa’s unique cultural makeup. We encourage submissions from artists who identify as members of under-represented communities, a concept we leave open for those artists to self-define, as we strive to create a truly inclusive environment.

What you get:                                                   

  • Three 20-minute performance slots over one weekend in October (12-14 or 19-21)
  • A performance SM and ASM
  • Blanket festival marketing
  • A performance fee TBD

To apply:

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