The Northerners-in-Residence Program – Submission Requirements
Pat the Dog is now accepting submissions to its inaugural Northerners-in-Residence Program

The Northerners-in-Residence Program – Submission Requirements

Pat the Dog is now accepting submissions to its inaugural Northerners-in-Residence Program

What we’re offering…

  • A 6-month intensive for theatre creators interested in developing a new theatrical work
  • Ongoing, one-on-one dramaturgical support from residency facilitator, Caitie Graham, for the duration of the residency (November 2023 – April 2024)
  • Monthly group meetings wherein residents convene to share works-in-progress, and discuss topics important to their artwork and the professional development of the group
  • Intimate artist-talks with invited guest speakers, and crossover programming with the Northerners’ Creation Unit
  • The opportunity for a full in-person workshop and presentation of works-in-progress with professional actors at Playsmelter in May 2024 in Sudbury
  • An honorarium

We’re looking for applicants who are…

  • Passionate about their project, and dedicated to its development
  • Prepared to spend a substantial amount of time between meetings to writing/creating, and meeting mutually agreed-upon deadlines with the facilitator.
  • Available to attend all one-on-one dramaturgy sessions, and group meetings with fellow residents (app. 5hr commitment/month). Scheduling will remain flexible to participants’ availability, on weekday evenings and/or weekends.
  • Currently based in Northern Ontario

All activities prior to PlaySmelter will take place virtually over Zoom.

Submission Requirements:

Click here to complete our submission form, where you will be asked to upload the following. Please include your full name in the title of ALL uploaded documents.

A Resume (PDF)

  • Please include any relevant experience related to your work as a playwright/theatre artist

A Letter of Interest (max 1pg, PDF) that includes…

  • A brief introduction of who you are and why you’re applying to the Northerners-in-Residence Program; where you’re at in your journey as a theatre creator, and what you hope to gain from this experience at this juncture.
  • A brief description of the project you’d like to work on during the residency.

Answers to the following questions;

  • Why are you working on this project?
  • What’s exciting about this project? What’s challenging about this project?
  • How is your audience considered in the creation of this work? Or, what impact do you hope to have on your audience?

A creative work sample; PDF (10pg max) OR Video (5min max)

  • We are looking for creative work samples that best reflect your current/previous work as a theatre creator. Samples can either be from the project you intend to develop over the residency, or from previous work(s).
  • You may submit the sample either as a PDF or short video.
  • If you choose to send us a video, we ask that you submit it to us as an UNLISTED YouTube video link. For more information on how to do this, click here.

If you feel an alternative submission method is required, please contact

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Wednesday October 25th @ 11:59pm ET

All applicants will be contacted upon receipt of their submission, and again in early November regarding the status of their application.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to a short digital interview prior to acceptance. For any questions, please reach Caitie at