Opportunities for Artists and Playwrights

Introducing Yourself To Tarragon

Tarragon Theatre has an almost fifty-year history of developing new Canadian plays. At any given time, we have plays that are just beginning, plays in their mid-life in workshops, and plays in production. We are always seeking out exceptional theatre artists – playwrights, directors, actors, designers and dramaturgs – and we offer a variety of opportunities at the theatre.

See below to find out more information about specific programs we offer to playwrights/creators and actors.

If you’ve checked out our programs and still have questions, or would like more general information please contact  patronservices@tarragontheatre.com

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Visual Artists

Now Accepting Applications for our Lobby Galley!


Tarragon Theatre is looking for visual art work to display in our lobby gallery to accompany the run of Cockroach by Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho).

From Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award-winning playwright, Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho), Cockroach is a coming-of-age play about the stories we tell ourselves to comfort, to survive, to resist, to overcome, and to be.

A cockroach smoking catnip. A bard lamenting over immortality. A boy stuck in a sticky situation. Three splinters caught in a collision of language, longing, and lobsters (who sometimes burst, and who sometimes burp).

Tarragon’s lobby gallery is equipped with a STAS picture hanging rail system and able to accommodate 10 – 20 wall hanging works, depending on size. Works must be under 40 pounds each. 

Artists are invited to submit anything from a single work to be shown alongside others to a series for the entire space.

Work will be available for public viewing from September 13 – October 9, 2022. 

Installation will take place the week of September 5.

Artists are welcome to price their work. Tarragon Theatre will assist with potential sales by connecting interested buyers with the artist. 

To apply please submit:

  • Max 1 page artist statement and bio
  • 1-3 images of each work you are applying with

Please submit documents in a single email in pdf and/or jpeg format to education@tarragontheatre.com

Application deadline: Sunday, August 28 at midnight.

All applicants will be notified by September 2.

Due to the nature of the show we will be prioritizing work from Hong Kong, Asian, and Queer artists. 

Selections will be made by a curatorial committee of Tarragon staff and artists.

Accessibility: Please note that while Tarragon Theatre is an accessible building, one of the exhibition spaces is located in the stairwell up 13 stairs. The space can be seen from the accessible stairwell landing for installation.

For more information on accessibility, the lobby gallery, or the application please contact Tarragon’s Education and Community Engagement Manager, Heather, at education@tarragontheatre.com


Playwrights & Theatre Creators

Tarragon Theatre offers a host of play development programs to support playwrights, theatre creators and their plays, and is always on the lookout for new voices and new work. While Tarragon does not accept unsolicited script submissions, we welcome contact from interested playwrights and theatre creators.

If you wish to introduce yourself and your ideas to Tarragon, please contact Myekah Payne at AAD@tarragontheatre.com


If you are presenting your play, either as a reading or a full production, feel free to invite a member of artistic staff to a performance. Please include a brief introduction of yourself and your company, as well as a synopsis of your play and a complete list of reading/performance dates (if applicable).

If you are looking for funding and support for your work as a playwright, Tarragon Theatre provides several opportunities. Please click on the links below for more information.

If you want to learn more about playwriting, you can check out courses we offer to playwrights, dramaturgs, directors and actors as part of Tarragon’s Centre for Theatre Creation. We also offer youth and student programs for playwrights, directors and actors.

See below to find out more information about specific programs.


Pitch and Share for Directors & Designers


This year Tarragon Theatre is accepting submissions from creators, directors and designers who are interested in introducing themselves and their work to us.

Submissions are open!


Urjo Kareda Residency Grant For an Emerging Theatre Artist


Each year, residents participate in a 20 week residency which takes place over 10 months. The applicant must be/become a resident in the Greater Toronto Area for the duration of the proposed program (travel stipend is available). 

Applications are now closed for the 2021/22 Residency. 

The Bulmash-Siegel New Creation Development Award

The Bulmash Siegel New Creation Development Award has been established to support an artist in the creation of a new contemporary Canadian work in collaboration with Tarragon Theatre for a period of up to 15 weeks.

This $7000 grant is made possible by the support of the Bulmash Siegel Foundation.

Applications are now closed

RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize

Tarragon Theatre and the RBC Foundation are pleased to support the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes for new artists.

Since 2008, this program has received submissions from every corner of the country. To qualify for the prize, a playwright must be emerging, which is defined as someone with less than five years of professional playwriting experience.

Each year, Tarragon solicits nominations for the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize from select artistic directors across the country, then assembles a reading committee to determine the prize winner during the summer. The jury of nominators changes every competition, and will be announced along with the winner each year. The theatre does not accept unsolicited nominations for this award.

We’re pleased to announce the 2021/2022 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize has been awarded to Kalale Dalton-Lutale.

The winner receives an $8000 prize, a year’s worth of dramaturgical support from Tarragon Theatre’s artistic staff, and a public reading during the theatre’s annual Play Reading Series.


General Call Auditions

We encourage submissions from artists of all backgrounds, lived experiences, ages and gender identities.

All actors will be asked to prepare:
– One Canadian contemporary monologue
– One piece of their choosing that may demonstrate an additional skill. (EX. singing, dancing, spoken word, original creation, another contrasting monologue)

There will be the ability to play music from a device (Bluetooth speaker), however there will be no instruments or accompanist provided.

All actors selected for an audition will have a maximum of five minutes to perform their piece(s).

Tarragon Theatre will be seeing CAEA and non-CAEA actors by appointment only. Our General Auditions for 2022 have been rescheduled to February 15th – 18th.

Please indicate your CAEA and/or other affiliation status and include a brief cover letter in the body of your e-mail submission, also make sure to attach your headshot and resume.

Only those selected for appointments will be contacted.

Agents please submit each client in a separate e-mail.
Please consult with your clients before submitting.

Submissions are now closed