August 18th - 23rd, 2020

*Currently, Superior Theatre Festival is moving forward with our plans for this year's Festival. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, if we need to postpone - submissions chosen this year will be programmed next year*


Superior Theatre Festival is a professional multi-disciplinary arts festival that officially launched in Thunder Bay, Ontario on  August 4th - August 7th 2016.  In the last four years, Superior Theatre Festival has contributed in meaningful ways to the communities in Northwestern Ontario by showcasing local, regional, National and International artists in a variety of theatrical options, providing workshops and post-show discussions and mentoring a Young Company. It is very important to STF that we share learning between artists from Thunder Bay and those that call other parts of Canada their home to create an opportunity for growth in artistic practices and shared understandings.  


In our second year (2017), we introduced our Indie Stream showcasing local and regional talent:

A Family Story


One for Norma

Golf Lessons

In Memory of Dane Gerrous

The Moose’s Ransom



Scratchlings by Mothlight 

The Angies

Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack

What is the Indie Stream?

Superior Theatre Festival is interested in submissions of New Work from artists that call Thunder Bay and surrounding area their home or re-imagined work (providing you can prove you have the rights to produce the work).  This is a curated multi-disciplinary arts festival that hopes to showcase theatre, dance, music, storytelling, poetry, cabaret, digital arts, puppetry, clowning, film, installations and performance art.  We want to celebrate all the creativity and imagination in our region.  STF also encourages collaborations between artistic companies and non-traditional collaborations between dissimilar organizations.

Delivery/Submission Date

All applications must be submitted by email only.  Please email your completed application to

All submissions must be sent by May 1, 2020 by 12 midnight.


Project Proposal

2 page application form submitted with your proposal

2 page maximum Project Proposal:

  • Provide a description of the project 

  • Provide an explanation about how presenting at STF will forward the development of the piece and/or benefit the artist 

  • Provide an explanation of the current development of the work and your goals for its presentation

  • Add an explanation of the physical, spatial or technical requirements for the project


STF is interested in why this project excites you and why you chose to submit this project in 2020.  Applications are curated based on artistic merit, clarity of vision and fit with the rest of the Festival. You may be contacted to discuss your application further, prior to final selections.

Additional Support Material (will not be returned)

  • A complete script.  If the piece has not yet been written, a synopsis and character description must be included. 

  • For non-text-based work, a description of the project or video from past projects may be submitted

  • Up to 5 images 

  • Biographies and history of confirmed project collaborators


Entrance Fee (If successful, will be due upon acceptance of a spot in the Festival)

  • $100.00 + HST for performances 60 minutes in length

  • $50.00 + HST for performances 30 minutes or less


Cheques should be made out to Superior Theatre Festival.  Please include the title of your project in the memo line.

All money should be sent to:

Superior Theatre Festival - Indie Stream

2161 Amethyst Ave

Shuniah, ON., P7A 0A8

Superior Theatre Festival Presentation Resources:

  • Selected projects will be featured at a to be determined location, dependent on the work submitted

  • Performance guarantee of 70% of box-office revenue

  • Venue equipped with festival lighting and sound and movable seating

  • Venue technician and technical support from Festival Staff

  • Festival advertising and marketing including website, poster, and press releases

  • Advance and at-door box office services

  • Front of House services

  • Artistic and producing support

  • Storage will be limited but provided at the venue 

  • An opportunity to rehearse in the performance space for a limited block of time prior to first performance

Details for Participating Companies/Artists:

  • STF operates under CAEA “Festival Policy.”  Superior Theatre Festival is an approved festival under Canadian Actors’ Equity Association’s Festival Policy. It is the Producer’s responsibility to liaise with Equity and pay the necessary insurance fees if they plan to engage Equity members as part of their piece. The Festival Policy is available to download on Equity’s website -

  • Length of work: 10 - 60 minutes max, work will be considered at multiple stages of process

  • Shorter projects (30 minutes and under) will be curated with other projects 30 minutes and under.  This will provide the opportunity for companies to cultivate new audience members and to maximize venue capacity

  • Companies/Artists that are accepted are responsible for casting, contracting, finding their own rehearsal space, production planning and actualization of their project

  • Artists involved in the Festival will receive discounted rates for all performances, events and workshops during the 5 day Festival

  • Notice of withdrawal from the Festival must be made in writing to

  • No other presentations of the project may take place within 60 days prior to STF (July 29-August 2nd, 2020), unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by the Festival. Please inform us immediately of any additional presentation opportunities

  • While we are sympathetic to the natural evolution of a project, if your production differs significantly from your application either in content or production personnel, STF reserves the right to rescind your invitation. Please inform us immediately of any changes to the project



Please direct any questions about the above criteria to Donna Marie Baratta, Artistic and Managing Director,

Thank You for your interest! We look forward to reading your submission.


What is a North Shore Indie Stream Reader? 

- a seasoned artist that gives feedback to the artists who submit work

-they  make recommendations about applicant submissions to the STF Creative Team


Indie Stream Reader

Evan is the Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company, a company that has contributed to Toronto's musical theatre ecology with two site-responsive hits: Kiss of the Spider Woman and Sunday in the Park with George.  Evan is also the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Directors Lab North, a sister program to the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, of which he is an alum and now partnered with Luminato Festival. He is the Co-Founder of the World Wide Lab, an International Directors collective. With that company, he has co-directed/created festivals in New York, Italy, Greece and Taiwan. In Germany he’s co-created/directed several immersive, site-specific pieces. Highlights include We are the Play, for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin Bound and My Berlin with Sisyphos Der Flugelefant and I am Invisible with Bluespots Productions in Augsburg. In New York, he's worked with Fundamental Theatre Projects, Irondale, Fordham University and the New York City Centre Encores Series.

In Canada, Evan has directed for Musical Stage Company, Angelwalk, Impact Festival, Theatre Aquarius Studio Series, Summerworks, Fringe, Next Stage and more. His plays include Aftershock and Strange Mary Strange (Best of Summerworks - Now Magazine), The Murmuration of Starlings and Unstuck (Frank Theatre Company). His short film Bagged, aired on the CBC, WIFT, DC Shorts and NSI. He has co-produced Homebody/Kabul (Mercury Theatre, Dora Nomination), Pterodactyls (Shakti Ent.), Talk Sixty To Me and a tour of Shirley Valentine.

Evan trained at York University, Sheridan College and has his Professional Training Certificate in Theatre of the Oppressed from London, England where he studied with Augusto Boal. He is a member of the Chicago Directors Lab, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Tarragon Playwright’s Unit and an Associate Member of SDC. He was also a resident artist at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. He’s been nominated for a Dora Award, the John Hirsch Directing Prize, Tom Hendry Award, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize, two Broadway World Awards and was a finalist for the Charles Abbott Directing Fellowship with the SDCF. 

He currently divides his time between Toronto and Houston, where he’s worked with Houston Grand Opera and spent the last 6 years at Theatre Under the Stars, directing, acting as Artistic Assistant and is Head of Acting for the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. His work has been published in Germany, Canada and the USA and most recently his book, The Directors Lab was published by Playwrights Canada Press.


Indie Stream Reader

ESTHER JUN originally trained as an actor in NYC and completed her directing degree at Drama Centre London in 2006. She was the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre from 2016-18. She was part of the 2020 & 2016 Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at The Stratford Festival, and was the 2015 Neil Munro Intern Director at the Shaw Festival. She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Directors Lab North (

Selected Credits: Planet Munsch (GBTS); Pal Joey (Talk is Free); The Promised Land (Soulpepper); The Omnibus Bill (Counterpoint Players); The Gamblers (Talk is Free); Theory (Tarragon); The Private Life Cabaret (Theatre ARTaud); Girls Like That (Tarragon); Amadeus (Talk is Free); The Last Wife (The Belfrey, GCTC); Tales from Folks-Laos & Mongolia (Soulpepper); Rococo (Shaw Festival); And Now, The End (Ante Up); Bremen Rock City (Song Trolley); Cowboy Mouth (Heart In Hand); Yellow Face (Hart House), Trout Stanley (Heart in Hand) Fear & Misery of the Third Reich (DeusXM), First Hand Woman (Fire Up Productions).


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