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Forward March Festival

Spark the Future!

Poster Design by Toko Hosoya
Festival: April 12 – 16, 2021
Submission Deadline: Sunday February 7, 2021 @ 11:59 pm

Theatre Direct wants you to show us the future, now. Four emerging artists or companies who dare to dive into the unknown will be commissioned to create a new work that sparks the future of performance and reminds kids that the show must go on–even if it’s online! Creations should be between 20 to 30 minutes in length and be designed with young people between 6 and 12 years old in mind. For this festival, we are not seeking “Zoom plays,” but instead, we invite you to take a risk and experiment with another artistic platform and/or medium that you wish to explore.

Consider the following prompts when dreaming up your creation: 

Imagine the future five, ten, or 15 000 years from now. 

How do we learn? 
What do schools look like? What about homework?
How do we play together?
What are our favourite games? Is tag still a thing?
How do we create? 
What does theatre look like? Are there new art forms?
How do we live together? 
How have cities changed? What about the countryside? 
How do we shop? 
What’s happened to main streets? 
What is the state of the environment?
What animals live alongside us? Or do they even exist?

Commissioned artists or companies will receive a $1,000 fee to support the creation of their work. Pieces will be presented in the afternoon to our March Break Camp participants and an invited public audience and include a Q&A with the children followed by a panel discussion for artists. Commissioned artists and companies are required to attend all five afternoons of the festival and should be available for the morning and afternoon of their performance day.

To apply, complete and submit the following Form.

Key Dates and Details: 

Festival Dates: April 12 – 16, 2021
Festival Location: Online
Submission Deadline: Sunday February 7, 2021 @ 11:59 pm
Notification of Result: Wednesday February 10, 2021
Commission Deadline: Wednesday March 10, 2021
Commission Fee: $1,000.00
Commission Requirements: To create a 20- to 30-minute performance for young audiences ages 6 to 12 that explores a digital platform (not Zoom).
Commission Prompt: Spark the future!

*Please note, we believe Emerging Artists to be: Anyone who self-identifies as an emerging artist no matter their age, who finds themselves early in their artistic practice.

If you require any assistance with accessibility including access to the internet or a device, or if you have any questions, please contact Associate Artistic Director, Sehar Bhojani, at sehar@theatredirect.ca.