Photo: Karen Scobie in Mountaineer by Ken Weitzman, whiteShow, 13th inspiraTO Festival.

                                       Photo: Karen Scobie in Mountaineer by Ken Weitzman, whiteShow, 13th inspiraTO Festival.


The inspiraTO Theatre Festival, Canada's largest ten-minute play festival takes place each year in late May / early June.  

Each show is an hour long with 6 ten-minute plays in each show. There are usually two shows happening at the same time - one in the Mainstage and the other in the Studio. You can usually catch two shows in an evening or see more during the Saturday performances.

With over 100 theatre artists and 30 production volunteers taking part each season there are so many ways to be involved: Act, direct, write a play, be part of the crew, or volunteer. Read below for details.

There are many ways to test drive your creativity and be part of inspiraTO:

Submit a ten-minute play. Deadline to submit: Nov. 20, 2018. Details here.

Be part of the Playwright’s Toolbox Program: Learn the art of crafting a ten-minute play and submit it to festival:  Sept. 6, 13, 20 and Oct. 18, 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Toronto). Deadline to apply: August 22.  Details here.

Be part of the Director’s Toolbox Program: Learn the craft of directing. Direct a play in the festival.  Weekend intensive: Jan. 11 -13.  Other key dates: May 21 (7 to 9 pm), June 3 (6:30 to 9:30 pm) plus rehearsal and tech times. Application and details posted in September. Details here.    

NEW: inspiraTO unhinged. Inspired by the Fringe festival, we at inspiraTO will be creating something similar: inspiraTO unhinged. One of the shows at next year’s festival will be based on a lottery system (6 individuals/theatre companies will be drawn), with 100% of the ticket sales going to the artists. Details here.

Call for guest directors posted in 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.  

If you wish to be part of inspiraTO’s Lead Team: contact: Erin O'Hanley, General Manager, for further information

Rehearsals are held in mid April to mid May

Production schedule starts May 21

Festival opens: May 30 and closes June 8, 2019

Be part of it all!