Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions

Common Ground Festival Dates

Performances: June 22 – 30, 2023
Tech Days: June 19 – 21, 2023

The Common Ground Festival is a place for emerging and small professional artists to present and develop the work that they are passionate about. Since our inception in 2014, we have been honoured to show Calgary the work of nearly 300 early career artists. In 2018 we partnered with the Pumphouse Theatres, a longtime supporter of emerging and small professional artists in Calgary, in order to provide the best stage for our artists.

We are now growing again as a festival to expand from not only emerging artists, indie-theatre and new works, but also more artistic disciplines. For this year’s festival we want to provide an artistically diverse and unique experience for our audience!

This includes what you would expect from as well as more dance, physical storytelling and non-traditional storytelling by emerging and small professional artists.

What we are looking for from submissions:

  • Theatrical physical storytellers: dancers, clowns, mimes, puppets, etc.
  • New works.
  • Anything you’ve ever wanted to perform but haven’t had a chance to yet.
  • Have an unfinished piece or just a very short show that you want to try in front of an audience? There will also be a cabaret for short versions of works either complete or in progress.

The Common Ground Festival is (and always will be) looking for innovative, experimental or original works that showcases authentic and creatively embodied stories. If you’ve got a thing, we’ve got a stage for you.

For more information and to fill out the application form, visit

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

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