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Theatre Application, Guidelines, Terms & Conditions

Applications for the 2020 festival season are now closed. 

2020 Key Dates:

Application Process Opens:                October 25, 2019

Application Process Closes:                November 29, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Lottery Draw:                                         December 10, 2019 @ Noon

Dress Rehearsal Dates:                        July 28 & 29, 2020

Preview Performance Date:                July 29, 2020 (optional)

Festival Run Dates:                               July 30 – August 8, 2020

2020 Theatre Program Information

  • Saskatoon’s Fringe dates are July 30 – August 8, 2020, between Winnipeg’s Fringe Festival and Edmonton’s Fringe Festival. These dates include the August long weekend.
  • In 2020 we plan on having five indoor theatre venues, all within two blocks of the Nutrien Fringe Central box office.
  • Our selection process is via lottery. It is uncensored, non-juried, and open to all who apply.*
  • We return 100% of the box office revenue, after government taxes and administration fees, to the participating companies.
  • Our ticketing system features one price point for all regular pre-sale and rush tickets at festival 2020: $16.00. This pricing includes a $4 administration fee, 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and foreign artist tax (if applicable). We remit taxes due and GST to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on behalf of all artists and producers without exception. 
  • Saskatoon’s Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival allocates seven shows per company, with each show limited to 70 minutes in length.
  • After taxes and ticket fees, artists earned an average of $3,135 per company in Saskatoon in 2019.
  • Billeting services are provided to theatre companies at no cost based on available accommodations and proper notice.
  • *KidsFringe plays are required to meet criteria to ensure that the show is suitable for audiences of ages 4-8.

No Shared Actors Policy for Fringe 2020

As of Fringe 2018, we no longer allow theatre companies to share performers. Someone who is performing in one production may not perform in another.

This policy does not include stage-managing, directing, producing, etc. and does not apply to someone performing with one company and doing the above listed technical roles with another company.

Exemption for KidsFringe: Companies applying for a regular Fringe play and a KidsFringe play are exempt from the No Shared Actors Policy.

Effective August 15, 2017 and in place for Fringe 2018 onward.

Theatre Artist Categories & Waitlist Details

We will have spaces for up to 28 theatre companies in the following categories:

  • Please note– if a category is not filled, we reserve the right to adjust the intake process at our discretion.
    • International
    • National
    • Provincial
    • Diverse Voices**
    • Kids Fringe

When all theatre slots are filled we will maintain a waitlist, which requires a $75 non-refundable payment for registration purposes.

**This is a new category, that we are very excited about, but it is dependent on the success of our funding applications.  The results of which will not be known until December 10, 2019.  Should you wish to be considered for the program, you must be a resident of Saskatchewan. Please be sure to read on for more information.

 The Diverse Voices Program is born out of recognition of a need to foster diversity on Canadian Fringe Festival stages and it seeks to enhance representation and opportunities for those who self-identify as a member of 25th Street’s priority groups which includes: Artists of Colour, Immigrants or Refugee Artists, and Indigenous Artists (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit).

 Through the creation of the Diverse Voices Program three of our performance spaces at the 2020 Nutrien Fringe Festival will be for those who self-identify as a member of 25th Street’s priority groups. 

 Those who are selected to participate in the Diverse Voices Program through the lottery system will receive:

  • 20 Hours of committed professional mentorship (participation is mandatory)
  • Seven performance slots and one dress rehearsal at one of our featured theatre venues (technical equipment included)
  • The services of an IATSE technician for their dress rehearsal and show run throughout the Festival
  • Administrative support, including one-on-one meetings with the Theatre Festival Director, and Technical Director (participation is mandatory)

Please note: If you are selected to participate in the Diverse Voices Program, the registration fee will be waived.  There is no fee to apply.

KidsFringe Criteria

Each year, the Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival presents a KidsConnect program that is designed to allow children to have a positive theatre experience.

In the KidsConnect program, the majority of attendees are ages 4-8. As such, we are obliged to ensure that the content of these plays is suitable for young audiences. Our criteria for gauging the appropriateness of any play submitted to the KidsFringe category is as follows:

  • The play must be approximately 45 minutes in length.
  • The topic/subject matter of the play must be suitable for young children (e.g. gratuitous violence or sexual content).

Application Payment

Once we receive your application, we will contact you with online payment options.***

The application fee is $75 (non-refundable) and must be paid within 24 hours of submitting your application to be considered for the 2020 lottery.

Once payment has been received, you will be fully registered as a part of our 2020 Theatre Festival Lottery. Good luck!

***If you are applying to participate in The Diverse Voices Program, the application fee will be waived.

Registration Payment & CAFF Lottery Information

Once accepted, lottery approved companies will be contacted with online payment options. The registration fee must be paid within 72 hours in order to confirm your space.****

The 2020 registration fee is $685. Should you need to withdraw from the Festival, your fee will be refunded (minus a $85 refund administration fee) IF we are able to fill your space with another artist from our wait list.  All registration fees are non-refundable after March 31, 2020.

****If you are selected to participate in the Diverse Voices Program, the registration fee will be waived.


Please reach out if you have any questions.

E: info (@) 25thstreettheatre.org

T: 306.664.2239