FUSE: THE NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is dedicated to the development of new original scripts and adaptations that have potential for production on the Theatre Calgary stage. We invite you to play a key role in the development process through free public reading presentations. Your feedback can have a dramatic effect on the creative direction of these new works. 

Plays developed through FUSE and premiered at Theatre Calgary include Timothy Findley’s The Wars, W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid, Beyond Eden, Lost – A Memoir, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, and Liberation Days. Come be a part of Theatre Calgary’s future!

Projects developed through FUSE 2017:

All FUSE play readings are free but seating is limited.


By Tara Beagan 

Friday May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
in the Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall, Arts Commons

Two grown sisters face off over a grand matriarch's deathbed. Together they confront one another, their own identities, and what will remain when their Mom leaves this world. A contemporary look at the significance of faith.


By Meg Braem

Friday May 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
in the Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall, Arts Commons

Set in 1865, the inventory of bodies used for dissection at Queen's Medical School has become limited, because the local penitentiary's inmates are not dying at a rate that can supply demand. When the cemetary caretaker's daughter catches a desperate first year medical student attempting to rob one of the graves she strikes a deal: she will supply material and discretion, if he teaches her anatomy.

The Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall is accessible via the staircase inside the stage door entrance off of 9th Avenue SE.


Script Submission Policy

We make every effort to stay informed about professional playwrights along with plays in production and development across the country. Script submissions are accepted from literary agents, literary managers, play-development centres, artistic directors and playwrights with work familiar to our artistic staff. We do not respond to unsolicited scripts.

To propose a script submission for production consideration or creative development, please send the following information:
•    A one-paragraph synopsis of the play
•    Background about its development or production to date
•    A cast breakdown
•    Bios of the playwright(s), and key creative collaborators (if applicable)
•    If available, a short excerpt from the script (10 pages max.)
•    Musical projects should also include a CD or online source for selected songs

If we are interested in further information, a full length script will be requested upon review of these materials.

Scripts and development proposals will not receive dramaturgical feedback.  Due to the high volume of scripts received and amount of activity during our production season, response time can take several months.

For all script submissions and play development inquiries, please contact Jenna Turk, Artistic Associate, at 403-294-7440 ext. 1342, or email.


Plays premiered at Theatre Calgary that were developed as part of FUSE:

Timothy Findley’s The Wars, adapted by Dennis Garnhum, FUSE 2006, 2007

Skydive by Kevin Kerr (revised production), FUSE 2008

W.O. Mitchell’s Jake & The Kid, by Conni Massing, FUSE 2007, 2008

Beyond Eden, by Bruce Ruddell, FUSE 2008

LOST – A Memoir, adapted for the stage by Cathy Ostlere and Dennis Garnhum, FUSE 2009, 2010

Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Janet Munsil, FUSE 2012

Liberation Days, by David van Belle, FUSE 2013, 2014