Playwrights @ TAG Festival

playwrights @ TAGPlaywrights @ TAG is a fun filled non-competitive festival providing members with the chance to experience and enjoy the thrill and agony of writing a script and see it performed for an audience.

No prior experience is necessary just a desire to write!

No prizes or adjudication will occur. All in fun!

This will be our fourth installment of Playwrights @ TAG.For some background… a few of the plays from the Playwrights @TAG Festival have gone on to perform in other festivals: The Liverpool International Theatre Festival, the Boardmore Theatre Festival and the Halifax Fringe Festival.

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at writing or have an idea for a story and want to see it on stage, don’t hesitate. Give it a try!

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline December 31st 2018
Draft of Completed Script February 4th 2019
Auditions & Rehearsals To Be Determined
Production Dates April 25, 26 and 27, 2019

How to Submit:

WHEN: December 31, 2018

HOW:Submit a PDF or word document to Angela Butler by email at and or Esther VanGorder by email at

Submissions Must Include:

  • The theme of your play. For example: a comedy based on the challenges communicating with government, or serious drama dealing with financial stress etc.
  • A brief description of the key challenge in the play. For example: dealing with a failing cell phone during an emergency, or a deadline that has very serious consequences if not met etc.
  • A description of the character(s) involved.
  • An outline of a setting. For example: outside in a park or living room of parent's house.
  • f you happen to already have a suitable script please submit a copy.

Guidelines For Submissions:

  • Must be an original work, never performed on stage and practical for a stage presentation at Theatre Arts Guild
  • No previous writing experience required.
  • TAG membership is the only prerequisite.

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  • Collaborators that wish to enter should not exceed two writers.
  • Maximum run time is 30 MINUTES. (This is mandatory!)
  • Keep characters to a maximum of 4 (doubling is okay).
  • Technical lights and sound MUST be basic.
  • Set pieces MUST be few and simple. NO LARGE SET CHANGES.
  • There will be THREE performances; April 25, 26 and 27, 2019

The Selection Process:

  • Producers of Playwrights @TAG will select three (3) plays from the submissions. Just like auditioning for a role in a play, you must be prepared to submit but not necessarily be chosen for production. 
  • Playwrights may participate in the production process including the directing role if they so wish or provide a Director of their choice. 
  • Auditions can be held if so desired by directors or each chosen play can be pre-cast by their team. 


For more information, Contact Angela Butler, Executive Producer at or Esther VanGorder, Artistic Director at

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