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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 pre-production workshops to allow for conception and realization of designs. These concepts and designs are then integrated with the script through the development process. This fosters collaboration with creative professionals and honours the work of all artists, technicians, and production staff who collaboratively work on a piece.

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.

New Play Development History

Plays Workshopped at Carousel Players between 2007 and 2020

* = produced and toured by Carousel Players

A Forest in My Room [playwright: Thomas Morgan Jones]*

Boom [playwright: Julie Salverson]

Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures [playwright: Mark Crawford]*

Fare Play [playwright: Yvette Nolan]

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin [playwright: Jessica Carmichael]*

Here to Hear [playwrights: Linda A. Carson & Cathy Nosaty]*

Lost and Found [playwright: Cole Lewis]

Mouse in my House [playwright:  Carrie Costello]*

Nithy and the Unsolvable Case [playwrights: Matthew Gorman & Arlin Dixon]

Peg & the Yeti [playwright: Monica Dufault]*

Rez Road [playwright: Falen Johnson]

Saving Lonesome George [playwright: Gail Bowen]*

Spelling 2-5-5 [playwright: Jennifer Overton]*

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito [playwright: Tomson Highway]*

The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh [playwright: Chris Craddock]*

The Power of Harriet T! [playwright: Michael Miller]*

The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee [playwright: Daniel Karasik]*

This Will Be Excellent [playwright: Jordi Mand]*

Tick [playwright: Matthew Mackenzie]*

Velveteen Rabbit [playwrights: Jocelyn Adema, Lena Maripuu, Reanne Spitzer & Annie Tuma]

Virginia Wolf [playwrights: Cole Lewis & Clelia Scala]

Water Under the Bridge [playwrights: Michaela Washburn & Carrie Costello]*

Water Wonder [playwright: Cheryl McNamara]*

What Katy Did [playwright: Kate Hewlett]

Whole World [playwright: Sean Dixon]*