Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Festival Director: Laura Nanni

Rhubarb invites artists into a critic-free environment where bold, thought-provoking and boundary-pushing works can thrive. Over two weeks, hundreds of artists from Toronto and beyond transform Buddies into a hotbed of creativity and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance and music with adventure-loving audiences.

We are currently seeking proposals for our upcoming festival (February 20 – March 3, 2013)
Visit for Application Form & Guidelines

Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional and artistic support. In addition to an honorarium, festival artists also receive an unlimited artist pass, allowing them to attend all special events and see work for free by local, national and international artists in our programme.


DEADLINE: 5PM, Friday September 7, 2012
Rhubarb seeks proposals for new, not previously produced performances (30 minutes or less). Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging artists working in the areas of theatre, performance art, dance, music, interdisciplinary and hybrid forms. Of particular interest are projects, approaches and ideas that are new territory for the artist and the medium.


ONE-TO-ONE PERFORMANCE – DEADLINE: 5PM Friday September 7, 2012
Rhubarb seeks proposals for short works crafted for one performance and one audience member at a time. Building on the success of last year, The One-To-One Performance Series returns to The 519 Church Street Community Centre, with performances taking place throughout the building and around the site. Of particular interest are projects investigating sensory experience, ritual in performance and everyday life and audience as the co-author/ participant.

MOBILE WORKS – DEADLINE: 5PM Friday September 7, 2012
Reaching 10,000+ viewers annually in public spaces across Toronto, Rhubarb invites a new round of proposals for performances that move through the city and converge at Buddies (12 Alexander Street, Toronto). Performance interventions, audio led experiences, performances that intersect public and private space, flash mobs, etc. that eventually end at Buddies are encouraged. Participatory projects and online performances that are developed in the lead up to Rhubarb and culminate in another form of presentation at Buddies are also welcome. The proposal should take into consideration not only the festival audiences but also the general public, unsuspecting and accidental audiences who may stumble upon or intersect with the work.

Please see the Submission Guidelines and Application Form at for more information.

Established in 1979, the Rhubarb Festival is produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and is Canada’s longest-running festival of new performance offering Toronto fresh, live encounters with contemporary theatre, performance art, dance and music. For over three decades, Rhubarb has encouraged established artists to take new risks and emerging artists to explore the possibilities of performance in a supportive space. Every year, hundreds of local and international artists descend on Buddies to share new ideas in performance creation with adventure-loving audiences. Many Rhubarb shows have gone on to be further developed and presented in Toronto, across Canada and internationally.

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a professional Canadian theatre company dedicated to the development and presentation of queer theatre. Over the past 30-something years, it has evolved from a small production company into the largest facility-based queer theatre company in the world. The theatre sits in the heart of downtown, adjacent to Toronto’s Gay Village, and its primary constituencies are the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities, and an urban alternative theatre-loving audience, both LGBT and straight. In addition to being a theatre, Buddies is a popular gay nightclub with weekly late-night events occurring year-round.

For further information please contact:
Laura Nanni, or 416-975-9130 x58

Buddies is also accepting applications for Rhubarb Festival Interns.
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