2019/2020 Season

2-Spirit Cabaret Call for Submissions

in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Native Earth and Buddies partner once again to bring back another exciting evening of the 2-Spirit Cabaret as part of Weesageechak Begins to Dance 32. A celebration of the strength, beauty, and talent of queer and 2-Spirit Indigenous people, the Cabaret features music, dance, drag, performance art, spoken word, poetry and comedy curated by award-winning 2-Spirit theatre artist Michaela Washburn.

Sold-out for three years in a row, the fourth edition of the Cabaret will be held on Saturday November 16, 2019 at The Chamber, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Please submit a one-page Letter of Interest describing your proposed performance piece (5-10 minutes in length) and connection to 2-Spirit and/or queer / trans experience or identity.

Please also include with your submission:

  • Name, Address, Phone number, Email address;
  • High resolution headshot in JPG, PNG or EPS format;
  • 100 word bio;
  • Your Indigenous identity and/or Nation;
  • A writing sample (up to 5 pages) or video (up to 5 minutes) for the proposed piece.

About: The 32nd annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival is a celebration of new works and works in development produced by Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Each November, Native Earth selects dance, theatre and interdisciplinary works reflecting Indigenous performing arts in Canada and internationally, and provide development support and a workshop production during the two-week festival. In order for a submission to be eligible, the primary artist(s) must identify as Indigenous.

Learn more about the 2-Spirit Cabaret here, and Weesageechak festival here.

Please submit your Letter of Interest and the required support material by mail or email:

Native Earth Performing Arts
#250 – 585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON
M5A 2B7
[email protected]

For questions related to the 2-Spirit Cabaret submission process, please call 416-531-1402.

Click here to download the PDF.

See 2-Spirit Cabaret 2018 Line-Up

Photos by Dahlia Katz

See 2-Spirit Cabaret 2017 Line-Up

Photos by Jake Jamieson

See 2-Spirit Cabaret 2016 Line-Up

Photos by Connie Tsang

Native Earth and Buddies

Header image features Michaela Washburn, photo by Tanja Tiziana