In addition to our season, we support the local theatre community with direct funding toward the development, creation, and production of theatre. These funds apply to stand alone productions during a season, as well as the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.
Below are the four streams of funding available to artists. An artist may apply and be awarded funding from multiple streams in the same year.
Westbury Family Fringe Theatre Award
This annual award will provide one local artist, group, or company with $25,000 in support towards the creation of a new work to be presented as part of the Fringe Theatre Spotlight program in the following season
The award is given annually and includes $5,000 cash, a theatre venue for the rehearsal and run of the show, technicians, and more!
This award honours Drs. Robert & Marilyn Westbury, who have provided a lifetime of leadership and generosity towards theatre arts. This award is funded through a legacy endowment, ensuring artist have the resources to create new and exciting theatre for generations to come.Learn More
Nordic & Cloutier Family Innovation Award
This annual award will provide one local artist, group, or company with up to $2,500 in funding towards professional development, training, innovation, and/or special project development. The Innovation Award is dedicated to the John Cloutier family and their locally owned family business, Nordic, for their advocacy and investment in theatre arts. In the last 15 years the Cloutier family has generously supported more than 500 performances by 100 artists. This award honours their incredible commitment to the ingenuity and creativity thriving in our community, and will ensure artists have the resources they need to keep Edmonton on the forefront of the theatre arts.
Mowat Diversity Award
The Mowat Diversity Award re-imagines the landscape of theatre by creating an opportunity to enrich the diversity of the artists and their stories on stage.
Through the Mowat Diversity Award we have dedicated one lottery spot to support equity-seeking artists – providing them a venue spot, technicians, lighting, sound equipment, box office support, marketing, public relations and advertising in support of their show, plus a $500 cash prize, mentorship facilitated by the Fringe Theatre Artistic Director, and reimbursement of their Festival application fee in full.
The Equity Lottery is given annually to one local and one local and/or national equity-seeking artist who applies to participate in the Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival.
Fringe Theatre Spotlight Program
Each year we collectively award artists more than $20,000 in resources and space so they can fully explore and execute their creative vision. Two to three companies are selected annually to produce their show at the ATB Financial Arts Barns as part of our program.
The average project receives $7,000 in in-kind support, such as venue, technicians, marketing, and box office.
Applications are accepted year-round.Learn More
Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival Lottery
Our Fringe Festival brings more than 250 shows to stages every August. We provide nearly $1 million in support to approximately 130 of those shows each year, an average of $8,000 per show.
As an unjuried and uncensored Festival, support is awarded through an annual lottery. There are a variety of streams for which an artist may choose to apply to take part in the lottery. Indoor lottery winners receive venue, technicians, box office support, marketing, and more! Outdoor lottery winners receive staging, technicians, and marketing.
P.S. Artists may also participate in the Fringe Festival by applying as a Bring Your Own Venue artist.