The Very Useful Theatre Company is now accepting play submissions for the 8th annual Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays (NIFOAP) to be held Sept 5-8 2024 at the Old Town Hall Auditorium, 460 Botsford Street, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

Playwrights can enter one act play scripts via the submissions page on the website at or send directly by email to

Playwrights choosing to email directly without filling out the website form should include the following information with their submission:

  • Name of Playwright submitting the play
  • Title of the One Act Play
  • Playwright’s e-mail address
  • Playwright’s phone number
  • Playwright’s home address
  • Include a brief (2-4 sentences) description of the play
  • The number of actors needed (Indicate if there are specific casting requirements or if doubling actors is acceptable)
  • Solo Plays are accepted
  • Plays must be no more than 45 minutes in length
  • List any props special to your play
  • Indicate if your play has been published and where
  • Indicate if this will be a world premiere (first time performed on stage)
  • Include if any royalty costs for one performance required and dollar amount
  • Indicate if willing to have production live-streamed / video presented online if chosen
  • Agree to provide head shot image and small bio for online / playbill use if chosen


What We Are Looking For

All one act plays will be accepted however preferred are plays that have run times of between 20 – 45 minutes. Note: Please avoid entering 10 minute plays as this is not a 10 minute play festival.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec 1 2023 – January 31 2024.

For more information please visit the website or contact through


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Regional Municipality of York Team Building Event

Date: December 5, 2023

Venue: Nobleton Lakes Golf Course

Time: During the day, exact time TBD

# of Participants: Approximately 100 

Project Goals:  The Regional Municipality of York is looking to hire an artist to design and facilitate a tile wall art piece which will be decorated collaboratively with staff. Approximately 100 Regional Municipality of York staff members will each paint a tile to make a unique piece of art to be added to an entire design on the wall of our affordable housing building. The wall space is approximately 60×80”. 

The goal of the activity is to have team building where all staff would paint a tile to complete the full wall design (mosaic, etc.). 

Additional Details: Tile and paint will be provided to participants by the Regional Municipality of York with input from the artist. The Artist’s honourarium will be negotiated directly between the Artist and the Regional Municipality of York.

Contact: Cheryl McCarthy –

Call for Submissions: Environments

Public Art Project and Art Exhibition

Opening Reception & Curator Talk: Wednesday January 17, 2024, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Boynton House Art Space

Richmond Green, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, ON

Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Admission Free

Contact Information:

Environments is a community artist project culminating in a curated art exhibition. York Region is one of the most diverse areas in Canada, with a long history of migration and settlement. We welcome participants, volunteers and art exhibition submissions of original artworks related but not limited to the following topics: land, conservation, Greenbelt, loss, hope, the perception of development, and urban sprawl.

Intended to showcase the culturally rich and artistically diverse vibrant art of the region, the exhibition limits submission to emerging and professional artists who reside or work in York Region. Artworks can include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, textiles and mixed media.

Add your Submission Artwork/Details to this Google Form.

Submit your Artwork by: December 11, 2023 (11:55 pm EST)

Artwork Drop off: January 15, 2024 from 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Artwork Pick up: January 21, 2024  from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. 

*** Artwork must be picked up by the above deadline.***


Christos Damianos is an independent curator, artist, and educator working between Toronto (Ontario) and Athens (Greece). He is also engaged with various art groups and not-for-profit organizations promoting Arts and Culture. He has participated in several community art projects in the Greater Toronto Area and abroad. He holds an Honors BFA from Western University, BEd and a Masters from Niagara University. 

Open Casting Call for Shadowpath Theatre

Shadowpath theatre seeks like minded creatives in 2023.Shadowpath Theatre is a professional theatre company located in York Region that delivers the performing arts in new ways for underserved communities. For more info click here.