on your terms  


100% of the ticket sales going to the artists

NEW: inspiraTO unhinged  


The inspiraTO Festival, Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival, now in it’s 14th season, showcases over 100 theatre artists in late May. This year’s festival is from May 30 to June 8, 2019. This year’s theme: Outcast. There are four shows (6 ten-minute plays in each show).

inspiraTO Unhinged: full creative control

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.

Unleash your power to create. On your terms.

Who can apply?

The 2019 inspiraTO Unhinged Lottery is open to anyone* who want to create theatre magic (some restrictions apply – see below). Six individuals/theatre companies will be selected at our Lottery Party in the mid-January.

Companies/individuals are splitting the revenues amongst themselves. They also have the power of five other companies to market their show.

Applications due: Monday, January 10, 2019 by 11:59pm Cost to apply: Application fee of $20 Lottery winners: $150 production fee per theatre co/individual Lottery drawn: Wed. Jan 16, 8:00 pm, 2019

Key dates:

Lottery Winner’s Meeting: January 30, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30 pm – production details Rehearsals times flexible (April/May) Load-in Production Meeting: May 24, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Tech: May 25 – 29 (held on weekends and weeknights), each individual/theatre co. will receive two techs and a dress (tech times shared at Winner’s Meeting on Jan. 30) Performances: May 30 - June 8: Schedule of shows shared at the Winner’s Meeting Awards Ceremony: June 8, 2019, 9 pm (not mandatory but encouraged to attend)


The individuals/companies will have 9-10 performances at Alumnae’s Studio Theatre (70 seats), now fully air conditioned and be part of inspiraTO’s Unhinged blackShow. The order of their performances will be determined closer to festival opening.

The six individuals/companies will share 100% of the box office revenue^ (split 6 ways) for their show (regardless of how many members are participating for each company).

^A nominal online service fee will be deducted from tickets sales.

*Terms & Conditions:

OPEN TO: Any Canadian citizen, over 18 years of age, and is able to attend all the key dates in person (see key dates above).

Anyone who has submitted a play in the festival, or won the inspiraTO Playwriting Contest or is directing, acting in the festival or part of Director’s Toolbox Program can also apply and participate in the Unhinged show.

Members of CAEA or ACTRA cannot participate in the festival or the Unhinged lottery.

You may not submit more than one application to the Unhinged.

Please note the following:

The individual/Company Name and Primary Contact cannot be changed once submitted. The Primary contact cannot be the Primary contact for a second or subsequent company in the lottery.

If an individual/company submits more than one application then all relevant applications will be removed from the lottery, and no refund will be given for the lottery application fee.

If the Primary Contact cannot continue with a production, we reserve the right to withdraw it from the Festival. Companies are not allowed to sell or transfer their spot to another company. If we find that they have, both companies will be removed from the Festival and will forfeit 100% of their fees.

Permission: If your piece is not an original work, your company must secure the necessary performance rights, or permissions from the author to perform in Unhinged.

Time Limits: All Unhinged performances start on time and cannot run past 10 minutes. Successful applicants to lottery will be drawn at the 2019 inspiraTO Unhinged Lottery on January 16 and will be shared online live. Results will also be posted on the website by January 20, 2019.

Theatre inspiraTO has the right to nullify any agreement with an individual or theatre company that do not abide by the rules and stipulations of the festival. No refunds or transfers allowed.


Fill in the form HERE. The fee must be paid at the time of application.

Lottery results will be announced on Wed. Jan. 16, 2019.

May good fortune be on your side!