New Play Development

We donā€™t like to brag... but since 2006 weā€™ve developed over 100 new Canadian works. So a little bragging is allowed, right?

In all seriousness, a core tenet of our mission is to showcase the development of new Canadian works. To do this, we created the New Play Development Fund.


plays &Ā musicals developed

About the Fund

Established in 2006, the New Play Development Fund supports the creation of new plays and musicals.

The Fund covers the extensive costs associated with creation of new works. Including:

  • Commissioning

    We commission new works from phenomenal Canadian playwrights.

  • Development

    We provide dramaturgical support, ā€˜cause writing can be a challenging, lonely process. Not with us. šŸ˜Š

  • Workshopping

    We hire actors to read through and workshop all of the plays.

How is the Fund funded?

Funding is derived from the generous donations of our patrons and sponsors, as well as our reading series, Authors on Stage, created and curated by BookLore.

Authors on Stage at Theatre Orangeville

In Development

Hereā€™s a sneak peek of plays that weā€™re currently developing. šŸ‘€

  • It's Only A Shadow

    It's Only A Shadow

    by John Daniel

  • Leaving Marjorie Bliss

    Leaving Marjorie Bliss

    by John Spurway

  • Dead Right

    Dead Right

    by Kate Barris and David Schatzky


Weā€™d list the 100+ shows, but weā€™ll spare you the scrolling. Hereā€™s a snapshot with a few highlights! šŸ“ø

  •  Neil Foster and Erin MacKinnon in The Rules of Playing Risk by Kristen Da SIlva

    The Rules of Playing Risk

    by Kristen Da Silva

  • David Rosser and Stephen Sparks in John Spurway's The Third Life of Eddie Mann

    The Third Life of Eddie Mann

    by John Spurway

  • Leisa Way in Across the Pond at Theatre Orangeville. Photo by Sharyn Ayliffe.

    Early Morning Rain

    by Leisa Way

  • Robin Schisler and Jeffrey Wetsch in Off the Grid at Theatre Orangeville. Photo by Sharyn Ayliffe.

    Off the Grid

    by John Spurway

  • Kristen Da Silva and Jeff Hanson in Where You Are at Theatre Orangeville. Photo by Sharyn Ayliffe.

    Where You Are

    by Kristen Da Silva

  • Norm Foster and David Nairn in Jonas and Barry

    Jonas and Barry in the Home

    by Norm Foster

  • Set of Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life at Theatre Orangeville.

    Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life

    by Trevor Cole

  • Emily Lukasik, Alex Ugolini, Loretta Bailey, and Laura Larson in Little Women at Theatre Orangeville. Photo by Sharyn Ayliffe.

    Little Women

    Book by Nancy Early
    Music &Ā Lyrics by Jim Betts

  • Trevor Patt as the Last Christmas Turkey

    The Last Christmas Turkey

    Book by Dan Needles
    Music & Lyrics by Clive Vanderburgh

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If you have a script youā€™d like to submit, please fill out the form below.

While we appreciate your submission, we will be unable to respond unless weā€™re interested in moving forward. We cannot guarantee feedback or further development.

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