Submission Policy

RCA Theatre has updated its Submission Policy and Guidelines, and the Programming Committee Structure.

There will be three deadlines for submission per year, after which The Programming Committee will be tasked to meet and review submissions and the progress of ongoing play development within the company.

RCA Theatre Submission Deadlines:

There are 3 submission deadlines every year:

  • April 15
  • September 15
  • December 15

If the deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline will fall on the next business day.

The next submission deadline is:

September 15, 2017

There are four Submission categories:

  • AN IDEA: This submission can be a letter from an established artist, or theatre company, expressing an idea for script development. It can be a germ of an idea or a fully developed outline. Investment in the idea will be determined by the artist(s) involved and the creative innovation of the project. If accepted this can be considered a commission.
  • A DRAFT: This submission is for support from RCA Theatre for a performance or a series of performances in the Second Space
    • This submission is to produce an original work in development that needs to be observed in front of an audience in order to get the piece to the next phase of development. The Significant Other Series can also be used to produce a scripted work that is not suitable as an RCA Theatre Mainstage production.
    • Under the SOS, RCA Theatre invests $5000 (or and agreed upon amount) toward the production, as well as some administrative assistance.
    • SOS can be produced in the Second Space or Main theatre, and will be determined during discussions between the artist(s) and RCAT.
    • Split of the Box Office will be determined by investment by both parties.
  • A SCRIPT: This series is reserved for fully developed scripts produced with a full creative team and are usually produced for the Main theatre. Mainstage encompasses Theatre for Young Audiences as well as theatre for general populace. More often than not these productions/scripts have already been in development with RCAT for some time.

Where possible Submissions should include:

  • the projects artistic objectives;
  • names of the members of the company;
  • biographical material;
  • history of development to date;
  • other means of support for this production
  • type of programming the project is looking for
  • any other relevant material about the project

Please note that RCA Theatre Company’s mandate is to provide resources and a supportive environment for the production and promotion of theatre in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and specifically St. John’s, with a primary focus on the creation, development and advancement of the performing arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.

To submit your script:

Electronic Submissions

Send to:
Subject Line: RCAT Submission

Please Include:
Telephone number
Mailing address
Email address
Your reasons for applying
All documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Photos must be jpegs.


Mail or Hand-Delivered Submissions:

To submit by mail (or deliver by hand between 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday):

c/o RCA Theatre Company
9am – 5pm, M-F
3 Victoria Street
St. John’s NL A1C 3V2

If you have any questions contact Nicole Rousseau at or Laura Huckle at for more information.

RCA Theatre Company offices are located in Haymarket Square, Suite 207, 709-753-4537


Resource Centre For the Arts is committed to gender equity and inclusion and encourages submissions from Indigenous and diverse cultural communities and also welcomes submissions from artists of colour, deaf artists and disability-identified artists as well as those who identify with the LGTBQ2+ community.