Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Volcano’s 2019 deadline for Recommender applications is December 2, 2019.

Volcano is thrilled to yet again be one of the companies participating in this third-party recommender program.

The OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators assists theatre creators to develop new work. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, theatre creators apply to theatre companies designated as recommenders for the program (a maximum of ten applications per year). These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.

Our Priorities

Through the Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators, Volcano hopes to help foster the next wave in Toronto Performance. Volcano selects companies and/or artists that show a strong fit with our company, mandate, and artistic vision – an alignment that we hope will push the form in directions we believe in. For the most part, we prioritize projects that somehow fuse traditions (cultural, theatrical, disciplinary, etc), that are politically and/or intellectually provocative, and that look to reinvent live performance in accessible yet surprising ways.

To all prospective applicants: Volcano gets to recommend only $12K of funds, and we are usually overwhelmed with quality applicants. Live performance lives in Toronto, and throughout Canada, because of you, and the striving so amply demonstrated in the proposals you craft. Whatever we decide to recommend is immaterial to this. It is simply an exciting time in our theatre, with nowhere near enough money to fund all of the vision. So no matter what the result is here, if you can, keep going. We wish you the best.

We prioritize projects that combine disciplines, bridge cultures and theatrical traditions, are politically and/or intellectually provocative, and look to reinvent the theatrical experiment.

Submission Instructions

You will be asked to submit the following items:

  • C.V. (mandatory)

  • Project description



Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova.

What’s New

Applications are now submitted to recommenders through Nova.

Recommenders no longer notify applicants. All applicants are notified by OAC through their Nova account.

The number of applications that an applicant may submit in a program year has been capped at ten.

The program was previously known as Theatre Creators’ Reserve.

Eligible applicants

  • Professional theatre artists who are residents of Ontario with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

  • Ad hoc groups/collectives composed of a majority of Ontario residents

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.