2017 Toronto Festival of Clowns – Call for submissions

The 12th Annual  Toronto Festival of Clowns
Call for Submissions: Full-Length and Micro-Plays


From May 31 to June 4, 2017, the world’s best Clown and Physical Theatre performers will take over Toronto’s Historic Factory Theatre.


The Toronto Festival of Clowns brings together clowns and physical theatre artists of all disciplines and backgrounds and provides a common space to showcase their work.  Now entering our 12th year, the festival is growing as we continue to encourage the risk and exploration of the clown, hosting new and established works that inspire and delight.

Past festivals have hosted top practitioners from Canada, the USA and Europe, including Ravi Jain, Amy Lee and Heather Marie Annis (Morro and Jasp), John Turner (Mump and Smoot), David Craig (Napalm the Magnificent), Deanna Fleysher (Butt Kapinski), Eric Davis (Red Bastard), Adam Paolozza, Keystone Theatre, Helen Donnelly, Mark Andrada, Chris Gibbs, Melissa D’Agostino, The Naked Empire Bouffon, Jan Henderson, Anand Rajaram, Rachelle Elie, Allan Turner, Leah Cherniak, Christel Bartelse, Jeff Krahn, Theatre Smith Gilmour, Christian Laurin, Sandra Battaglini, Jeff Kraun, Phil Luzi, Rick Roberts, Mysterion the Mind Reader… to name but a few.


Currently, we are looking for Full-Length productions with a maximum show length of 60 minutes AND 15-minute Micro-Plays to be a part of our Triple-Bill-Series.  All forms and styles of clowning and physical theatre are encouraged to apply – Red nose, mask, bouffon, character pieces, burlesque, acrobatics, puppetry, et al.   Please note that the festival is designed for adult audiences and does not feature children’s shows.


Fill out the application here.  If you have questions or problems with the form, contact festival@torontoclown.com

Extended to Friday March 17th at 6:00 p.m.
On or before March 31st  you will be contacted regarding your application status.

3 performance over the duration of the festival
3 hour tech time scheduled the week of the festival
Full-Length Shows will play in the Theatre Mainspace (200 seat capacity) and Micro-Plays will play in the Studio Theatre (100 seat capacity)
Basic festival lighting and sound capability
2 lighting specials per company
One tech operator
A green room
Blanket festival publicity
90% percent of the ticket money sold for your show.  Single tickets are $15.
Note that you must provide your own stage manager
If you have any questions please feel free to email:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Festival Producers,
Dave McKay and Rebecca Black