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Call for Emerging Artists

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Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

We are calling for early-career artists of all disciplines to apply! The festival runs June 10 to 13, 2020.

IGNITE! returns this year with its cornerstone arts series at the Pumphouse Theatre (and beyond) in Calgary and is calling for all emerging artists and their projects, creations, and ideas!

What is the IGNITE! Festival?

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring and presenting early career artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

What are the arts series?

Theatre, dance, improvisation, provocation, interdisciplinary, club/cabaret, and visual.

Find detailed information on the Sage Theatre website, visit

Who can apply?

The IGNITE! Festival Theatre Series is geared towards early career theatre artists—non-union artists under the age of 30 or within three years of graduating post-secondary who are pursuing a professional career in their arts practice. (If you are outside of these criteria but still hungry to apply, please get in touch to allow us to have a conversation around your application. Email us at

IGNITE! accepts applications from artists of all disciplines and backgrounds.

IGNITE! heartily encourages artists of underrepresented or marginalized communities to apply. It is committed to making space for and valuing projects that create meaningful and plentiful opportunities for diverse voices and storytelling, including those of artists of colour, First Nations, LGTBQA+, and other under-represented groups in the arts.

What does IGNITE! look for in an application?

Although each performance series is evaluated slightly differently and by different curators, here’s our core philosophy:

We’re looking for projects or scripts or ideas that have a spark, a risk, a challenge, a leap of faith, or maybe a first-or-second try, that the festival can provide the artist(s) with a meaningful platform to develop, explore, understand or progress, both in their artistic exploration and professional development.

We’re looking for applications that we can best serve with our resources at this stage in their development.

What does IGNITE! offer selected artists and projects?

  • Two to three public performances.
  • Some production support and budget.
  • Rehearsal space.
  • Mentorship
  • An IGNITE! Festival artist pass (to all shows after public ticket sales).
  • Invitations to IGNITE! networking and community events.
  • A small honorarium.

Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020

For more information or to apply, visit

Any questions?

If you are interested in applying but the application process creates a barrier, please contact us via phone 403.264.7243 or email

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