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Applications for 2017 are now CLOSED. Read on to learn more about applying for the festival in the future.
UNO Fest is a curated festival of solo theatrical performance. We have an open application process, adjudicated in the fall.
You must submit a video of the full production you would like to bring to the festival.
The application fee is $35. If you are interested in applying, please read on for details on the process, deadlines, and FAQs. If you have questions, please contact us.
How to Apply
The festival has an online application process. Please read the following before applying.
APPLICATION RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday November 14, 2016, 5 PM (Pacific) – we must have your application and all of your support materials in hand by this time.
NOTIFICATION OF STATUS: by November 28, 2016
FESTIVAL DATES: May 17-27, 2017.
UNO is a curated festival. Some shows are invited directly, but we also accept productions through the open application process outlined below. We are interested only in recently performed, finished work, 45-90 minutes in length.
We are looking for fully-produced one-person shows, which are relatively “light” in their production requirements and can be performed in a tight festival repertory schedule (shows with big set installations or extraordinary technical needs may not be possible), and which have video documentation available that can be considered by the jury. International applications are welcome, but be advised that due to the cost of travel we may be limited in the number of international productions we can program, if any.
What to Expect
Successful applicants usually receive two or three scheduled performances in a fully outfitted venue of 50-170 seats (we choose), with full festival technical, promotion and box office support. A technical rehearsal will be scheduled with a professional technician, who will run your show. You are not required to bring a stage manager. We supply hotel accommodation and travel expenses for the performer. Performance fees are negotiated individually in advance of the festival, usually $400-600 CAD per performance, depending on venue and number of performances. Artists usually perform in either the first or second half of the festival.
Applicants must submit support materials with their completed application: either a DVD (region 1, if you are not in North America) of the full show, or a link to a streaming video of the full show. Trailers are not useful in the adjudication process. You may provide relevant support material (press clippings, photos, reviews, resume) to help the programmers make an informed decision. Do not send a script. Due to the volume of applications, the jury will not provide written or oral assessments of individual applications. DVDs and other materials will not be returned.
There is a non-refundable, $35 CAD application fee (GST included) which must be submitted at the time of application. Please submit only one application – if you have more than one show, we’d prefer you to select the one you’d most like to bring to the festival. You can pay online via Paypal when you apply, or mail us a cheque or money order if you are submitting your support materials by mail or courier.
We understand that there’s usually a great team behind a great solo show. However, if your solo show has a large production team who needs to come with you, live musicians, or you have to travel with your stage manager or director, it makes it less likely that we can invite you. We are also unable to accommodate shows that have set or tech requirements that cannot be struck or reinstalled on a festival repertory schedule. See the FAQs below more info.
DEADLINE: We must receive your application materials and DVD (or link) by 5 pm, Monday November 14, 2016 for it to be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. If your video (DVD or streaming) doesn’t work when we try it, we will not be able to consider your application.
FAQs – Please read before applying
How many shows do you program?
This year we plan to program 10-12 productions in total. A minimum of three of these will be selected through this application process. Additionally, we invite other shows where we are already familiar with the artist, the piece, or where we are supporting particular artists in the development of new work. This area of our programming is not open to applications.
How many people can be in my show?
Uno is a festival of one-person theatre. If someone watching you wouldn’t describe your piece as a solo performance or one-person show, you probably aren’t eligible.
My show is solo but needs a live musician / lighting designer / stage manager – can I apply?
You can, but if you are from out of town this can limit our ability to invite you, because of the additional travel expense. (If you want to bring someone along at your own expense and share a hotel room, let us know in your one-page summary.) We also can’t pay more than we would a single artist, so please keep this in mind.
What kind of shows are you looking for?
Live solo performance with a theatrical perspective: comedy, drama, theatre for young audiences, cabaret, musical theatre, physical theatre, puppetry, clown, spoken word, multimedia, storytelling and stand up.
We do not program concerts. Solo dance, suitable for a cross-over theatre audience, will be considered, but is not a priority for programming. Please note that Uno is not a dance festival, and we do not guarantee that dance will be programmed every year.
What kind of venues and equipment do you have? Do I need to bring a technician?
We use two venues for the festival – the Metro Studio (170 seats) and the Intrepid Theatre Club (50 seats). Change-over time between performances is limited, so if your show involves a permanent installation (ex. a full set) or cannot be performed with a festival lighting plot and a reasonable number of specials, we will probably not be able to accommodate you. All technical equipment and tech support are provided, including video projectors, screens, and festival sound and lighting. You may have a technical rehearsal of up to 4 hrs.
Do I do my own promotion?
Intrepid Theatre will be responsible for blanket promotion of the festival, including festival posters, program guide, press releases and arranging interviews with the media. If you have leftover posters or press kits from a previous engagement or festival run, we’re happy to distribute them.
Will you send my DVD/materials back?
No. Please make sure you have copies of your own, and check that the DVD you send us works – preferably by checking it on another computer after you burn it. We don’t have time to check DVDs in advance – if it doesn’t work when the jury gets to your application, your submission will not be considered.
Can I send a VHS tape instead of a DVD of my show? How about a live audition?
How about a web link to a full video?
If we can stream it, this is great – yes. But please don’t send anything we have to download.
My show is really great but I don’t have a video. Can I apply with a script?
The jury gives equal weight to the performance and the content of the show. If we can’t see you perform, you are at a huge disadvantage. Think about taping your show and applying next year. It doesn’t need to be professionally produced – we are used to watching archival DVDs, and as long as we can see and hear you, we can overlook fancy video production values. (Some of our favourite shows have had really, really terrible videos.)
I applied before but didn’t get in, can I apply again?
If the show you submitted has had further development since we saw it last, please – ie. it moved from a workshop production (which we saw last time) to a full production, we will consider it.
I was planning to tape my show later this year, can I apply and send the video later when I have it?
We need to confirm all artists by December 1 for a grant deadline, so late applications and materials cannot be considered.
If you have questions, please contact us.