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The De Colores Festival
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Annual De Colores Festival of New Works by Latin-Canadian Playwrights


The De Colores Festival of New Works is a playwright’s unit/festival, which focuses exclusively on the development of Latin American playwrights in Canada. The yearlong unit provides the chosen playwrights with access to professional dramaturges, actors, and directors. The writers receive one-on-one developmental and dramaturgical support throughout the year for works in progress, which culminates in a public presentation of the work (as it is at the moment of the reading).


Festival dramaturges are Stephen Colella (company Dramaturge at YPT) and Erica Kopyto (company Dramaturge for Nightwood Theatre).


Submit a play!


Alameda Theatre Company invites submissions from established and emerging playwrights for our Annual playwright's festival and unit. Currently we are seeking submissions for the 2014 DE COLORES FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS.


Scripts selected for the 2014 De Colores Festival of New Works will receive dramaturgical support and a closed workshop period that will culminate in a staged reading in October 2014. Work in the festival will automatically be short-listed for production in our upcoming seasons.


Deadline for submissions: JANUARY 30, 2014
Selected playwrights will be contacted in early 2014.



1. Scripts must be, original, un-produced works. They can be full length plays (120 minutes +), works-in-progress or ideas. Projects that are not yet realized must be accompanied by writing samples (max. 20 pages).
2. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
3. We will NOT accept more than one submission per playwright.
4. All themes are encouraged. Plays need not have specific Latin American themes or characters, but playwrights must be of Latin American origin, as the goal with this festival is to develop Latin American voices in Canada. (Even if you do not speak any Spanish, if you identify yourself as Latin American, Hispanic, Latino, or a mix of these, we encourage your submission.)
5. Cast size should preferably be no more than for 5 actors.
6. All plays must be in English OR translated into English before the start of the festival. Please note that we provide translation services, if absolutely necessary.
7. Please include a one-page synopsis with the theme, plot, and length of play, character breakdowns and any doubling possibilities.
8. Please also include a title page, with playwright's name, name of play and contact information.
9. Submissions must be in hard copy only (emails will NOT be accepted), typed or word-processed, one-sided, loose page and minimum 11-point font on white paper. All pages must be numbered with the title of the play on each page.
10. Please do not submit original copies. If you wish to have your scripts returned, please include a SASE with the correct postage.


Please note: Playwrights whose scripts are selected are encouraged to attend the festival in October. A small honorarium will be provided to writers, however travel to the workshops & festival is the responsibility of the artist.


Where to Submit


Please send submissions by mail to:
Alameda Theatre Company
RE: De Colores Festival of New Works
Wychwood Barns
601 Christie St., Suite 255
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 4C7, Canada


Upcoming Festival

2013 De Colores Festival of New Works
October 16 - 18, 2012
Theatre Direct Studio, Wychwood Arts Barns, 601 Christie (at St. Clair W.)


The 2013 Playwrights:
Bruce Gibbons, PARADISE RED
Jefferson Guzman, SOLAZ


<< Click here for complete information about the 2013 De Colores Playwrights >>


Past Festivals

2012 De Colores Festival of New Works
José Arias, ARRESTED
Alejandro Valbuena, CAMILA'S BONES


2011 De Colores Festival of New Works
Martha Chaves, STAYING ALIVE
Gilda Monreal, AYELEN


2010 De Colores Festival of New Works
October 7 & 8, 2010
Martha Chaves, STAYING ALIVE
Amaranta Leyva, THE INTRUDER
Marilo Nuñez, SANGRE: REDUX
Juan Carlos Velis, FURTHER BEYOND


2009 De Colores Festival of New Works
April 24 & 25, 2009
Michelle Amaya-Torres, MY SECRET ROMEO
Emma Ari Beltran & Catherine Hernandez, COYOTE
Victor Gomez, LIZARD BOY
Amaranta Leyva, THE INTRUDER


2008 De Colores Festival of New Works
May 25 & 26, 2008
Victor Gomez, LIZARD BOY
Jefferson Guzman, SOPHIE & LEO
Carmen Aguirre, BLUE BOX*
(*developed in association with Nightswimming)


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