The Plain Site Theatre Festival, founded and curated by Alex Rioux in partnership with Black Box Productions and Solo Chicken, is proud to return once again to the St. Thomas University campus in November 2022.  The Plain Site Theatre Festival is New Brunswick’s premier 2SLGBTQIA+ theatre festival dedicated to promoting queer focused storytelling and visibility by providing emerging artists and students a safer space to develop their craft under the guidance of established 2SLGBTQIA+ artists.
4th Annual Plain Site Theatre Festival
Although we just wrapped up our 3rd Annual Fest in March 2022, delayed from 2021 because of Covid 19,  we have decided to move back to our usual Fall slot for the 4th Annual, which we’ll call ‘2022 Part 2 Electric Boogaloo’.  Double the Plain Site, double the fun!  And so we are thrilled to announce the 4th Annual Plain Site Theatre Festival, CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.
As the festival grows it is always so heartwarming to see new connections being formed between students and community members. With this in mind, the theme for this year’s playwriting contest will be the question ‘How do we make connections?’ A community cannot thrive without strong connections and so we encourage playwrights to reflect on how we build strong connections with others as the catalyst for this year’s submissions.
  • Submission Deadline:  July 15, 2022 (Midnight)
  • Submissions will only be accepted from artists attending a secondary or post-secondary institution in New Brunswick and who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+.
  • Submissions should respond to the prompt. ‘How do we build connections?’, and are encouraged to explore what this question means to them.
  • Scripts must have a running time of between 10-20 minutes.
  • Scripts must contain no more than 2 actors. (Monologues are welcome)
  • Playwrights must be available to work on their script with a dramaturg between August and September 2022.
  • A maximum of 4 plays will be selected for the festival.
*The Plain Site Festival reserves the right to award fewer than the maximum number of plays allotted should jury members feel that the quality of submissions does not meet a minimum standard or that the festival would not be able to stage certain submitted scripts for logistical, financial, or legal reasons.
**The Plain Site Theatre Festival acknowledges that for 2SLGBTQIA+ students, public presentation of their identities may put them in a position of risk. Writers and performers are featured on social media posts and may be featured in related promotion of the festival (ie, press releases, featured in articles in news publications, etc) If you are not comfortable having a public presence with the festival please reach out with your situation so that we can best accommodate you while keeping your safety in mind. We are dedicated to creating safer spaces for participating artists and we want to be as flexible as possible with our participants]
  • Professional dramaturgy of their play
  • A workshop reading at the November 2022 4th Annual Plain Site Festival
  • A full production at the 2023 Festival
Please submit the following information through email by the July 15, 2022 deadline:
  • Cover sheet indicating the following: Playwrights Name, Pronouns, Full Contact Information, Title of Play
  • Copy of the Script
  • Documents should be in .doc, .docx or.pdf format
  • Please email scripts to Festival Director, Alex Rioux at pstfdirector@gmail.com
Plain Site Festival Media Contacts
– Festival Director – Alex Rioux – pstfdirector@gmail.com