What I loved was the diversity of ideas explored and the diversity and number of actors involved. - Susan Allen.

inspiraTO's 14th Season

We had 877 play submissions for this season’s inspiraTO Playwriting Contest! We’ll be announcing the winners shortly.

Unleash your power to create. On your terms.

NEW: inspiraTO Unhinged: full creative control Deadline to participate: Jan. 10, 2019

This season one of the shows will be Unhinged: Six individuals or theatre companies will be drawn using a lottery system, with 100% of the ticket sales going to the artist. Each individual/company will create a ten-minute play and address the upcoming theme: Outcast. They will have full creative control of their piece: from writing, casting and directing. Unhinged. Details here.

Call for guest directors posted in mid-January 2019. Details here.

Open call for auditions posted in February 2019 (auditions held in March). Details here.

30 production crew and volunteer opportunities: Ongoing. Details here.  



Over 100 theatre artists and 30 production volunteers taking part each season. There are so many ways to be involved.


Presenting the 2018 inspiraTO Festival actors and supporting crew — the joy of live theatre!

Thank you to all those who made inspiraTO a worthwhile experience.

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I had no idea that such an art form was ripe for both artist and audience members.
It is an art form whose time has come.
— Ydessa Hendeles

Theatre inspiraTO, the producers of the inspiraTO Festival, Canada's largest ten-minute play festival, is entering its 14th year. Each season, playwrights from around the globe submit a ten-minute play based on a theme. The inspiraTO Festival is held in Toronto in late May/early June and provides over 100 theatre artists an opportunity to participate, network, learn and grow their craft.