Play Development – Call for Submissions


The Foster Festival is seeking submissions for play development with the commitment to introducing new Canadian playwrights to Foster Festival audiences during our 2024 season.

  • We will workshop three (3) new Canadian works which focus on the Festival’s mandate of “humour with heart”
  • Each play will be developed in conjunction with Norm Foster and the Foster Festival Artistic Producing Staff
  • Artistic Producing Staff includes Artistic Producer Emily Oriold & Artistic Associate Jamie Williams
  • The three (3) selected plays will receive a public reading during our Fostered Playwrights Festival in early 2024
  • One (1) of the three (3) new plays will then be chosen for a full production to be included in the fall of our 2024 Season


We are interested in full length, two-act plays that read in and around the two-hour mark that may or may not touch upon relevant social issues. Apart from these broad parameters we encourage voices of diverse backgrounds, culture, gender, and sexual orientation as is reflected in our community of the greater Niagara Region and Canada as a whole.

We are accepting submissions from both established and emerging writers.


  • Please submit your play + a letter introducing yourself and your work to [email protected]
  • Please include your name + Play Development in the subject line.
  • Deadline: May 31, 2023


Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural hiring statement: The Foster Festival encourages submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds regardless of race, colour, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It is important to The Foster Festival that we continue our efforts and dedication to welcome representation from a wide range of backgrounds and are making new commitments to diversify personnel throughout the entire organization. The Foster Festival is committed to creating an inviting workspace which promotes a sustainable career in the arts for BIPOC and marginalized arts workers in our administrative offices, our design team, our creative team, and our backstage/technical positions.