Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre proudly present:


According to a national study, in the Canadian theatre industry women account for 33% of the artistic directors, 34% of the working directors, and 27% of the produced playwrights. Recent surveys indicate that production rates for women playwrights are regressing rather than improving over time, resulting in a trickledown effect that is negatively impacting on the sector as a whole.

As a response to the underrepresentation of women in theatre, the Advance Theatre series will showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights over five days during the Vancouver Fringe Festival, kicking off in September of 2015.

If you are chosen to participate in the Advance Theatre series, Ruby Slippers Theatre and the Fringe will cover the costs of your technical rehearsal, promotion, theatrical venue on Granville Island, and artists’ fees for a public staged reading of your new play during the Fringe Festival!

Please send your full script submissions to by February 15, 2015.

One submission per person please. Successful candidates will be notified by May 15, 2015. This is a curated process. Priority will be given to cultural diversity and women playwrights and directors living and working in British Columbia.