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5 x 25 Call For Proposals

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Are you a playwright, choreographer, composer or performance creator?

Were you born in 1995?

Then we want you.

5×25 is an unprecedented national competition launching the careers of emerging playwrights, composers, choreographers and creators who were born in the year that Nighswimmming was founded: 1995. It’s a 5-year creative project started in 2015, in which we seek out proposals from artists born in 1995, then commission one annually until 2020.

Last year our call for proposals was answered with great enthusiasm by strong candidates from across the country, and Montreal-based Rhiannon Collett was selected for our first commission. Rhiannon is now working on her theatre piece Wasp in collaboration with Nightswimming.

Being chosen to be the first artist in the 5×25 initiative has been a huge honour. To have Nightswimming’s support as such a young artist has provided me with the opportunity to take risks, to ask questions, to explore, and to fully integrate my playwriting practice into my life. – Rhiannon Collett

Don’t forget to visit FiveByTwentyFive.ca, the interactive social site conceived by Jeff Ho.


Nightswimming’s 5×25 is open to writers, choreographers, composers, designers and activists who love performance and have an idea and a project they want to create. We’re open to anything that happens in a space with an audience.

APPLICATION – A single PDF document (maximum 4 pages) or a single YouTube video (maximum 5 minutes) answering the following questions, in this order:

1) Describe Your Project

  • What ideas, issues or questions are you exploring and what excites you about them?
  • (If there is one) what is the story you want to tell?
  • Why do you want to make this artistic work and how do you imagine creating it?
  • What do you want to achieve by putting your ideas in front of an audience?

2) About You

  • Give us a quick bio, including your other artistic interests
  • A description of any past relevant experience, paid or un-paid.

3) A copy or scan of government-issued photo identification, showing your year of birth.


Applications will be accepted by email only. Please email applications to leslie@nightswimmingtheatre.com by 5 pm (EST) on November 15, 2016.

We welcome applicants and projects from across Canada, in all performance disciplines and all languages. We welcome and encourage applications from LGBTQ* artists, artists of colour, women and Indigenous/First Nations artists. Need a different way to send your ideas in? Let us know.

For more information, or if you have questions about applying, contact us at 416.504.3898.
We look forward to reading your application.


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We’re pleased to acknowledge that 5×25 has been supported in part through “The Collaborations – at Canada’s National Arts Centre”. Find out more about The Collaborations here.

“Nightswimming keeps thinking about work in new ways and 5×25 is no exception. Next generation creatives are ready to engage and this project is an exciting way to access and support the voices of under twenty five year olds telling tales out of school.”

– Sarah Garton Stanley, Associate Artistic Director, English Theatre

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