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The Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award - Call for Applications

Toronto, July 18, 2019 - The Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award - Call for Applications

About the Award

To celebrate the too short life of Ellen Ross Stuart (Nel), the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award was created in 2017 to "Open Doors" by empowering young writers to actively engage in their craft in association with Tarragon Theatre, the Blyth Festival, and Hart House Theatre.

Over the course of a two-year period, the recipients of the award will work closely with our partner theatres to create a script that will be showcased in workshop form at the Tarragon Theatre in May 2021.

The prize awards each recipient a total of $9,000 over three intervals to support the development of their work, in addition to funding the culminating workshop.


  • Are you between 21 and 30 years of age
  • Have had your plays performed in a post-secondary institution, community theatre, theatre festival or playwright’s unit
  • Have completed appropriate training at a post-secondary level
  • Have an exciting idea that will engage an audience of your peers in their 20’s

The purpose of this award is to connect artists with professional contacts and is therefore not designed for people who have pre-existing work/working relationships with PACT companies.

Application Guidelines and Forms can be found at:
Ontario Arts Foundation

For further information please contact:
Autumn Smith
General Manager

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