New Play Development

Recommender Grants for Theatre

a program of the Ontario Arts Council

The Recommender Grant (formerly known as the Theatre Creators’ Reserve) is a grant to support the development of theatre works by Ontario artists.

Carousel Players is a Recommender in the area of Theatre for Young Audiences and reviews submissions annually.

Artists interested in applying should visit the Program Webpage and make an application through the NOVA portal, noting Carousel Players as their recommender of choice.


Carousel Players contributes to new play development of theatre for young audiences, providing dramaturgical support for playwrights and workshop opportunities at every stage of the development process. Carousel creates opportunities for world premieres of new scripts by Canadian playwrights, and tours those productions regionally, provincially and nationally, assisting in disseminating new works.

We involve set, costume, sound and other designers early in the process through workshops in advance of production, to allow for conception and realization of designs and the integration of design in the development of scripts. Our process fosters collaboration within creative teams and honors the work of all artists, technicians, and production staff who work on a piece together.

Playwrights interested in working with Carousel Players are encouraged to send a copy of their script through the submission form to the right. The Artistic Director will review these submissions. Please be aware that responses to submissions may be delayed due to the demands of the production cycle.