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FORWARD MARCH FESTIVAL ~ Stand in the Place Where You Live


As Theatre Direct sets our sights on reconnecting with our live audiences, our next edition of the FORWARD MARCH FESTIVAL ~ Stand in the Place Where You Live is an ode to where we have come from, the land we call home and how we come together. This season, four emerging artist companies will be commissioned to create brand new site-specific Theatre for Young Audiences pieces to be presented in-person at Earlscourt Park during the Festival.


Festival Dates: March 14-20, 2022 
Festival Location: Earlscourt Park, 1200 Lansdowne Ave., Toronto
Deadline for Submissions: Friday November 12, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST
Notification of Results: Wednesday November 17, 2021
Commission Fee: $10,000

Consider the following when dreaming up your site-specific creation:

What do you call home?
Is it a place, a feeling and/or a thing?

What does it mean to come together as a community?
How has our relationship with each other changed since the pandemic?

What is your relationship to this land?
How would you describe it? Is it through text, movement, sound, etc.?

2000 years ago, what did this land look like?
Who called it home? 

2000 years from now, what will this land look like?
Who will call it home? 
How will you leave this land after you are gone?

Find Inspiration from Earlscourt Park! Located at 1200 Lansdowne Avenue in Toronto, the park will be home to FORWARD MARCH FESTIVAL ~Stand In the Place Where You Live. We encourage artists to make a trip to the site and connect with any possible inspiration and to support your submission ideas and creation. 

As our festival planning marches on, we want to acknowledge what home means to us – especially when we are asking the same of you. Theatre Direct creates, performs and produces on the land of Tkaronto that was and still remains to be home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat. We strive to continue creating work that inspires hope for young people and creates community but we will never forget the lives lost and cultures and traditions taken from the original caretakers of this land. To us, home is a place for all and we will continue to do what we can to create space for everyone to join us in celebrating art, artists and the many vibrant and resilient communities that make up our home.


Read the detailed call for submissions.
To apply, please fill out the FORWARD MARCH submission form.

If you require any assistance in completing the submissions requirements or have any questions, please contact Associate Artistic Director Sehar Bhojani at sehar@theatredirect.ca.