Apply for OUTstages

The OUTstages Residency program is currently accepting applications, due February 15, 2021. You can sign up to receive email updates when future OUTstages applications go live.  

OUTstages Theatre Festival, Intrepid Theatre’s newest festival, is a celebration of theatre, of queer culture, and of possibilities. It brings together fearless queer artists and stories with eager audiences from this diverse island and abroad, seeking to be engaged, challenged and shown one hell of a good time at the theatre. Read below for details on what the application processes have looked like in past years for reference.

Important Dates


General Information

OUTstages 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 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.

What to Expect

Successful applicants receive one or two scheduled performances in a fully outfitted venue of 50-150 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 $400-750 CAD per performance, depending on venue and number of performances.

Application Guidelines

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. 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, $37 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 show. However, if your 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 midnight, June 30, 2019 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 3-4 main stage productions and a few ancillary events/parties/performances/play readings.

How many people can be in my show?

We are looking for solo or small cast shows, the number of people needed to travel for your show affects our ability to program your show.

What kind of shows are you looking for?

Live performance with a theatrical perspective and a queer view:  comedy, drama, theatre for young audiences, cabaret, musical theatre, physical theatre, puppetry, clown, spoken word, multimedia, storytelling and stand up. The festival will present work that deals with a uniquely, but broad queer perspective: queer issues and themes, sexuality, gender, feminism, queer activism, and sexual identity.

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 (150 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 August for a grant deadline, so late applications and materials cannot be considered.

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