Call for submissions 2010 Toronto Festival of Clown

Call for submissions 2010 Toronto Festival of Clowns
From June 3rd to 6th, 2010, some of the World’s best Clown and Physical performers will take over 6 Noble Street, the beautiful Pia Bauman School of Creative Movement.

The Toronto Festival of Clowns aims to bring together clowns and physical theatre artists of all disciplines and backgrounds and provide a common space to showcase their work. 
Now entering its 5th year, the festival continues to encourage the risk and exploration of the clown, hosting new and established works that inspire and delight. 
Past festivals have hosted some of North America’s top clowns, including David Craig (Roseneath Theatre, Napalm the Magnificent), Eric Davis (Red Bastard), Michelle Smith and Dean Gilmour (Theatre Smith-Gilmour), Sue Morrison (Institute of Canadian Clowning), John Turner (Mump & Smoot), and Leah Cherniak (Theatre Columbus).
Call for performers
They are looking for 4 full-length productions with a maximum show length of 60 minutes.  All forms and styles of clowning and physical theatre are encouraged to apply – Red nose, mask, bouffon, character pieces, acrobatics, et al.  Please note that the festival is not tailored towards children.
How to Apply
Your application should include the following:
  1. Primary contact name, phone, snail and email addresses
  2. The title of your piece, playwright, genre and running time
  3. Performer/company names and bios
  4. Short description of piece/Letter of intent (maximum 3 pages)
  5. Photos are very important for us to have to get some visual sense of your show/what you’re working on.  Hard copies are great or digital files – send to [email protected]
  6. Video (optional)
  7. Technical or other special requirements (we may be able to accommodate these with enough notice)
  8. 2 cheques/money orders payable to Canada Clown:
    1. a non-refundable $25 CDN administration fee
    2. $150 production fee: This will ONLY be cashed if your show is accepted into the Festival – if your show is not accepted, the cheque will be destroyed

They must receive your application on or before Monday March 22nd, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. On or before April 5th you will be contacted regarding the status of your application.  Should your show be accepted, you will be notified at this time of performance dates and times.
NOTE:  If you withdraw from the festival after April 19th, you will lose 50% ($75) of your production fee.  If you withdraw from the festival less than one month prior to your performance date, your $150 production fee will not be refunded. 
To apply send your submission to:
Toronto Festival of Clowns
551 Concord Ave. #1
Toronto, ON, M6H 2R2
What you get:
  • 2 performance dates and times over the duration of the festival.
  • All performances in a newly renovated 115 seat theatre, with back stage access and a back cross
  • Basic festival lighting and sound capability
  • 2 lighting specials per company
  • A green room
  • Blanket festival publicity – the Festival has been featured in the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CBC, Andy Barrie in the morning, NOW Magazine and the Festival has also served as a scouting ground for Cirque du Soleil.
  • 75% percent of the ticket money sold for your show.  Single tickets will cost $10.   
NOTE:  You must PROVIDE YOUR OWN STAGE MANAGER for your production should you be accepted into the Festival.
If you have any questions please feel free to email:  [email protected]

The Holey Trinity of Festival Producers:
Dave McKay, Adam Lazarus, Sarah Buski

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