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What is the Open Doors Mentorship?

Ottawa Fringe is opening up its doors as an ally by offering artistic mentorship opportunities for producers who self-identify with any of the organization’s Priority Groups:

  • Artists of Colour
  • Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities
  • Immigrant and Refugee Artists
  • Indigenous Artists – First Nations, Metis, Inuit
  • Queer and Trans Artists

Diversity is a fact. We want to ensure that the voices and stories we share on our stages reflect Ottawa’s vibrant and diverse communities.

What the Mentorship Offers:

  • A dedicated 60-min performance slot in the 2023 Ottawa Fringe Festival;
  • Waived festival fees;
  • Committed professional mentorship, from January-June, 2023;
  • Each producer will receive $500 towards production costs.
  • Producers will receive administrative support, including one-on-one meetings with the Fringe’s Executive Director, Marketing Officer, and Technical Director in the lead up to the festival;
  • Access to rehearsal space in Arts Court


The Fringe Festival is not curated. Staying true to the spirit of the Fringe, applicants to the Open Doors Mentorship will be put into a draw and names will be pulled at random during the Fringe’s annual Lottery Party on Monday, December 5, 2022, at Arts Court.


Please read our Access Note before applying to the lottery. You can read it by clicking here.

Conditions to Apply

  • You self-identify with at least one of Fringe’s Priority Groups
  • You live in the Ottawa region
  • You are available to perform during the 2023 Ottawa Fringe Festival (June 15-25)
  • You have never produced a show in the Ottawa Fringe Festival in the past (you may have participated in some other facet; i.e. actor, stage manager)
  • You are expected to attend all Fringe workshops leading up to the festival (free of charge)

Deadline to apply is Friday, December 2nd at 11:59 pm. Late applications cannot be considered.

There is no cost to apply to the Open Doors Mentorship

Note: In addition to the Open Doors lottery, you may also apply to the general Festival lottery but will be expected to pay the $25.00 application fee

Questions? Contact:

Alain Richer, Executive Director
613.232.6162 x101
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 100
Ottawa ON, K1N 6E2

the 2023 lottery has now closed.