Gay Play Day 2017

Gay Play Day LGBTQ theatre festival is now accepting submissions from playwrights and/or directors for our sixth annual festival at Toronto's Alumnae Theatre on September 29 & 30th, 2017.

Gay Play Day is a festival of short plays written by LGBTQ writers about the LGBTQ experience.

Submission Guidelines -
  • Each playwright and/or director may submit only one script - send us your best!
  • We are only accepting electronic submissions in Word format.
  • We are looking for short plays that run between 10 and 25 minutes in length.
  • The title page should include the playwright's name, the character list and a brief synopsis of the play.
  • The title page must also include the company's contact name (if different from playwright), address, phone number and email address.
  • Plays should contain no more than 4 characters.
  • Technical requirements should be fairly simple. Your set should also be minimal. We are interested in your stories, not your scenery or special effects.
  • If selected, each company is responsible to cast and rehearse their own play.
  • A tech person will be provided by Gay Play Day for the tech rehearsal and performances.
Companies are not offered any financial compensation for their involvement in Gay Play Day, however the festival is a great format to showcase your creative talents. (An honorarium MAY be offered to groups involved in the festival if funds permit.)

Gay Play Day is a non-Equity venture and has no association with Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

Please send script submissions to

Our deadline for submissions is June 20th. Applicants will be notified of inclusion in the festival by June 25th. We look forward to reading your script submissions!

Gay Play Day 2016

Gay Play Day is a festival of short plays written by LGBTQ playwrights and their allies.

2016 was our 5th anniversary festival! We were thrilled to be back at our original home; the Studio at Toronto's Alumnae Theatre.

Gay Play Day 2016 happened September 30th and October 1st at 8pm, with a 3pm matinee of Solo Shows on October 1st.

Our line-up for Gay Play Day 2016 was as follows:

Friday & Saturday at 8pm -

LiLL written by Tina McCulloch, directed by Shannon McDonough

Peter and Donald written and directed by Philip Cairns

Committed To Maybe written by Megan Hutton, directed by Deb Maybury

You Love Me, Right? written by Daniel Carter, directed by Kelly Richmond and Daniel Carter

If  written and directed by Laura Piccinin

Don't Press Pause written and directed by Lynn Rafferty

Saturday at 3pm -

PYRO by Rex Emerson Jackson

Futch/Bemme written by Kira Meyers-Guiden, directed by Kait Alexander

Misfit conceived and directed by Darren Stewart-Jones

Gay Play Day 2015

Gay Play Day is an annual festival of theatre by LGBTQ playwrights. 2015 was our 4th annual festival!

Our venue for 2015 was Fraser Studios at 76 Stafford Street in Toronto.

Gay Play Day 2015 featured 8 short plays by novice, emerging and established playwrights with one thing in common - the LGBTQ experience.

Our line-up for 2015, in no particular order, was as follows:

The ___ Wedding - Written & directed by Josh Downing

Homosexually Correct - Written & directed by Mark Keller

Save The Date - Written by Caity-Shea Violette  Directed by Josh Downing

Homeschool Dropout - Written and performed by Adam Bryan

Stranger Night - Written and directed by Philip Cairns

Say The Words - Written by Tina McCulloch  Directed by PJ Hammond

Invisible - Written by Johnny Salib

The Book of Daniel - Written by Lawrence Aronovitch  Directed by Brian Waters

Thanks to everyone involved for a great festival!


Gay Play Day 2014

Gay Play Day is a festival of theatre by playwrights from the LGBTQ community (and their allies).

We celebrated our third annual festival at the Alumnae Theatre on September 26 and 27th, 2014.

Our line-up for 2014 was as follows:

Word Play by Nick May and Jess Bryson

I'm With AIDS by Warren Wagner 

What Ida Said by Philip Cairns and David Bateman

Euchred by Megan Hutton

Pee & Qs by Josh Downing

All 5 plays appeared at each performance.

2014 saw our first trans participant appear on stage as part of the festival.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @gayplayday for info on Gay Play Day 2015.

Gay Play Day 2013

Gay Play Day is a festival of plays by LGBTTQ playwrights. For our second annual festival, we were back at The Alumnae Theatre studio space in Toronto on September 27 & 28, 2013. The festival featured plays by emerging playwrights from Toronto and surrounding areas.

Our 2013 festival line-up was as follows:

September 27 & 28 @ 8pm -

Sherlock & Watson: Behind Closed Doors - Written and Directed by Darren Stewart-Jones

Let’s Spend Our Lives Together, Maybe - Written by Tina McCulloch, Directed by PJ Hammond

Couples - Written and Directed by Bruce Harrott 

Men In Kilts - Written by Niall O’Reilly, Directed by Nicholas Banks 

Hush  - Written by Megan Hutton, Directed by Katie Messina

The Rice Queen of Cabbagetown (excerpt) - Written by Charles Hayter, Directed by Lise Maher
NEW FOR 2013! We also presented a matinee of solo shows on September 28 @ 3pm -

Hossam and Joel - Written and Performed by Lorenzo Pagnotta 
Obscuring Jude - Written by Dorianne Emmerton, performed by Katie Sly

Why I’m Not A Star - Written and Performed by Philip Cairns

Faery Tale Confidential - Written and Performed by Marcy Rogers

Thanks to all for a great festival! See you in 2014!

Gay Play Day 2012

Gay Play Day is an annual festival of LGBT theatre. Our inaugural year at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto was a great success. Many thanks to all of the writers, directors and performers!

Our line-up for 2012 included:

Intervention - Written & Directed by Bruce Harrott

Ramblings of a Middle Aged Drag Queen - Written & Directed by Darren Stewart-Jones

The Object of Her Attraction - Written by Tina McCulloch  Directed by PJ Hammond

Stupid Bitch - Written & Directed by Durango Miller

We also featured a staged reading of Hamilton Bus Stop, a new one act play by award-winning queer playwright Sky Gilbert, starring Nick Green & Elley-Ray Hennessy.

"I will accept anything in the theatre . . . provided it amuses or moves me." - Noel Coward.