Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators


This year we’re recommending the following 12 artists/collectives:

Yolanda Bonnell’s My Sister’s Rage

Jenn Forgie’s Seven Pieces

Nigel Irwin’s Redface

Brittany Johnston’s Spin the Arrow: A Late Night Special

Matthew MacKenzie’s Curse of the Pathological Palaeontologists

Tyler Pennock’s Stargazers

Joelle Peters’ Niish

Jeremy Proulx’s Fallen Feathers

PJ Prudat’s Nimihko (My Blood) or the story of the Alone-Hole

Smith Purdy’s Pouin

Ty Sloane’s Liminal

James Dallas Smith’s Crossroads

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators (formerly known as Theatre Creators’ Reserve) assists Ontario-based professional theatre creators, individuals and collectives, by funding them to develop new work.

Native Earth accepts submissions from emerging and established theatre and multidisciplinary creators who are residents of Ontario. This program provides funding for artists to create new work, and does not fund creation of non-theatre work, workshop costs, or productions.

Native Earth prioritizes the funding of Indigenous artists and culturally diverse artists.

Artists are strongly encouraged to review the Ontario Arts Council detailed description with guidelines.  Please note the following significant changes:

  • Applications must be submitted through Nova, OAC’s online grant application system.
  • All applicants will be notified by OAC through their Nova account.

Native Earth traditionally recommended grants between $1,000 and $2,000. Only one submission per individual/collective will be accepted.

As always, we ask those involved with the company to consider the seven traditional values: Courage, Generosity, Tolerance, Strength of Character, Patience, Humility and Wisdom.

If you have any questions, please email