What is the Open Doors Mentorship?

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.

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
  • Disabled Artists
  • Indigenous Artists
  • QTBIPOC Artists

What the Mentorship Offers:

  • A dedicated 60-min performance slot in the Ottawa Fringe Festival;
  • Waived festival fees;
  • Professional mentorship, from January-June, leading up to the festival;
  • 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, Access Coordinator, 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.

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 2024 Ottawa Fringe Festival (June 13-23)
  • 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 Tuesday, December 5 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