Party for the Player

New Theatre of Ottawa is throwing a party to support our tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare. The party starts at 7:30pm on April 6 at Cube Gallery. Dish Catering is preparing the food and it will be fantastic! There will be a pie throwing event with celebrities taking one for the company (that’s a secret for now but we’ll let you know who soon)! Plus much more! Don’t miss this great event to help us get to Edinburgh with The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite here’s the link

See you there!

New Theatre of Ottawa
 Now Accepting Submissions
The 3rd Annual
 Extremely Short New Play Festival


Sharpen your pencils! It’s that time again! NTO is now accepting short play submissions for the Third Annual Extremely Short New Play Festival. Submissions have to be less than 10 minutes (less is ok!), they must tell a story (whatever that means to you), have less than four characters on stage at the same time and have simple set and props requirements… and that’s about it!

Send your submissions to
as either a Word or PDF attachment. To help keep our sanity there’s a limit of two plays per author. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2014. At the end of September the selected plays will be announced. The Festival is at the Arts Court Theatre from November 19th to December 1st, 2014 (we added an extra day). For more information send us an email.




Another Great Festival Season comes to a close

Thank you to all the playwrights, creative team, cast and most importantly Festival attendees for another great year. If you haven’t seen them on our Facebook page, here are a few reviews:

Jamie Portman – Capital Critics’ Circle

Patrick Langston – Capital Critics’ Circle

Barbara Popel and Brian Carroll – Apartment 613

Kevin Reid – The Visitorium

Jennifer Cavanagh – Sandy Hill Seen

We announce the plays for the 2013 Extremely Short New Play Festival!

Without any further delay…

Here are the plays for the 2013 edition of The Extremely Short New Play Festival
(in no particular order):

Alice by Karen Balcome

Seeing by Laurie Fyffe

Denial by Stephanie Turple

Terminal Journey by Jessica Anderson

There’s More to the Picture by Tim Ginley

Book of Daniel by Lawrence Aronovitch

Out of Gas by Keith Davidson

Top Job by Wynn Quon

Loyal Opposition by Caitlin Corbett

Coach of the Year by Pierre Brault

Congratulations to all the authors! I’m proud to announce that we have secured funding from The Canada Council for the Arts, The City of Ottawa and The Community Foundation of Ottawa and we preview October 30th with the opening the next night on October 31, Halloween! The run goes until November 10th at The Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave in Ottawa. I am thrilled at the quality and diversity of the writing that was selected and I’m eager to get to work! See you there!

NTO Wins Two 2012 Capital Critics’ Circle Awards

New Theatre of Ottawa is proud to announce that it has won two 2012 Capital Critics’ Circle Awards. The Award for Best Director went to John Koensgen for “The Extremely Short Play Festival” by 10 authors and “The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare” by Brian K. Stewart. The Award for Best Male Actor went to Greg Kramer for his outstanding work in “The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare”. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the playwrights, our stage manager Jim Fritz and all of the cast, designers and crews involved.