New Play Development

New Incubator Project

Brian Linds in Reverberations

The New Incubator Project aims to mentor local independent theatre companies and/or individual artists over a two-year period, as they explore new pieces of theatre.

Participating companies or individuals in the New Incubator Project will be provided with one week of rehearsal space/year. Timing for the use of this rehearsal space will be dependent upon the Belfry’s schedule.

Mentorship is provided by Belfry staff as requested.  IBPoC artists are encouraged to apply.

Creators’ Circle

The Creators’ Circle was launched as a way of nurturing a group of writers. Meeting once a month, it is facilitated by Kevin Kerr (playwriting professor at UVic and Governor General’s Award-winning playwright). The Circle is a means by which writers can share their work-in-progress, and receive feedback.

The cohort is currently composed of members of the New Incubator Project.

Melissa Taylor’s position (Assistant Dramaturg with mentor Kevin Kerr) is funded by RBC Emerging Artist Project.

The Creators’ Circle is supported by


IGNITE! is creative initiative that pairs artists in our community—with an awareness of artistic, gender and ethnic diversity.

These artists are provided with initial “seed money” in the hope that their ideas will spark off each other—and ignite a new artistic exploration. 

IGNITE! a pilot project, initiated in the spring of 2020.

Tower Residencies

The Tower Residency program provides access for writers in the community to use the Belfry Bell Tower as a writing studio. Writers are scheduled into the tower based on availability.

Interested artists should contact us regarding availability at:

Subject line:  Tower Residency

Script Submissions

Submission Guidelines (Please include the following):

  • > scripts accepted from Canadian artists only
  • > your name, contact information and a one-page resume
  • > a one-page brief synopsis
  • > a description of the play’s previous development/workshop/production history,
  • > a cast breakdown
  • > Please attach the first two scenes of your play (not the whole document).

We receive many script submissions every year and it sometimes takes us several months to read them. We are not always able to provide dramaturgical feedback.

Email –

Subject line:  Script Submission

or mail to:

Michael Shamata
Artistic Director
Belfry Theatre
1291 Gladstone Avenue
Victoria, BC  V8T 1G5