Toronto’s fu-GEN Looking for Submissions


The Kitchen, in its thirteenth year, is fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company’s play development program. Over the course of its life the Kitchen has been home to the voices of Canada’s premiere Asian Canadian theatrical voices, both emerging and established. We have seen over 70 artists through this program since its inception in 2003.

fu-GEN is now accepting submissions to Kitchen XIII. This year we are celebrating the voice of women in the Asian Canadian theatrical Canon. The Kitchen will be facilitated by Mel Hague, Company Dramaturge at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Obsidian Theatre Company and the Director of the Rhubarb Festival.

We are looking for individuals who are:

  • Women* Theatre Creators or Playwrights
  • Self-identify as Pan Pacific Asian or Asian Canadian
  • Are interested in working in a structured and intensive play development environment

*fu-GEN welcomes applications from all women, including trans and cis/non-trans women

Professional experience with playwriting is not required. The Kitchen meets twice a month, each session is approximately 3 hours long. Artists should be able to commit to 6 hours a month of in-studio sessions in addition to self-guided work at home.

Please send an application by email to, with the subject heading “Kitchen XIII“ byFriday October 9th at Midnight.

Please format your application as one .pdf document.

Application Requirements

  • A Letter of Intent (Why do you want to be in a play development group? Do you have a specific project you’re interested in working on? Why is fu-GEN the place that you want to develop your work with?)
  • Resume or Bio (please include relevant arts, performance, theatre, writing experience)
  • A writing sample (max of 10 pages). Your writing sample should be for live performance; a scene, monologue, or performance text is preferred (no screenplays).



  • Residency runs from November 1st to August 31st (10 months)
  • 175 hours of development time in our renovated rehearsal space (approx. value: $2,250)
  • Access to music stands, chairs, folding tables, internet, printer and some admin support including photocopying


  • Only individuals or groups without artistic homes are eligible to apply
  • All performance disciplines (Music, Dance, Theatre, Technicians, Stage Management) are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must submit with a specific project in mind that they would like to work on over the course of the residency

Please refer to the Resident Artist Application Guidelines below for your submission.

Please send an application by email ONLY to, with the subject heading “Residency Submission“ by Friday October 9th at Midnight.

Please format your application as one .pdf document.

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Guidelines for 2015-2016 Resident Artist/Company

We aim to support vitality in the arts by selecting one group or individual to become resident artists with fu-GEN. As Resident Artist, you will have access to our resources, including up to 175 hours of our rehearsal space. fu-GEN’s rehearsal space is equipped with full-sized dance mirrors, curtains, a ROSCO dance floor, a couch, and a kitchenette area. The successful applicant will also have access to music stands, chairs, folding tables and some admin support including photocopying.

It is our aim to nurture the creative process while respecting the individual needs of different artists. We are looking for groups or individuals willing to build a successful partnership to promote a sustainable, healthy arts community. Please note that we also welcome submissions from Stage Management artists who can articulate a need for these resources.
To apply, please send a letter of intent (maximum 2 pages) letting us know what you (or your group) and your project is all about. We want to know how you will utilize your time in the space, and what makes us the best fit for you.

Please include in your letter:

  • a statement of intent
  • a description of the nature of your work
  • how you would use your time in the space
  • your mission or mandate statement, if applicable

Please note that as per our mandate, pan-Asian Pacific artists and artists of colour will be given first priority.


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