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“We believe a great theatre experience inspires, entertains, transforms and nourishes the human spirit.”

Circa’s programme is the life-blood of our theatre. The Circa Council is responsible for all programming decisions and reads a large number of plays each year in order to settle on a programme which strives to match our vision.

Circa Theatre welcomes submissions from professional theatre practitioners and companies for the Circa Theatre programme.

What are we looking for?

Circa’s annual programme is a mixture of classics and new work from New Zealand and across the globe.  We programme a wide-ranging selection of work including drama, comedy, dance, musical theatre, children’s theatre and an annual Pantomime.  Circa is dedicated to the development, creation and presentation of new New Zealand work, including Māori and Pacifika work.  Circa aims to programme 18 months to 2 years in advance.

We are now calling for submissions to the 2018 programme

Applications will be accepted by email to until Monday 15th May 2017.

You must include a completed Circa Submission Form (download: Submissions 2017 PDF OR Submissions 2017 word along with the script as well as any relevant supporting materials.  (For devised projects please include a project outline).

If the Council are interested in your project, they may invite you to pitch; this year’s Pitch Presentation Day will take place at Circa on Saturday 17 June 2017.

Things to note:

  •  Circa accepts proposals from professional theatre practitioners and companies
  • Please make sure to indicate if the project is for Circa One OR Circa Two
  • There are a limited numbers of slots available in Circa One in 2018
  • Seasons are usually 4 weeks long (Circa Two seasons can often be shorter)
  • Limited funding is available, priority will go to new work
  • The majority of shows at Circa are presented on a risk-share basis so priority will be given to productions that suit this (eg small cast, economical set design etc)
  • Circa Council may decide to hold a second pitch day if necessary
  • Circa Council may approach directors outside of the pitching process
  • Circa Council may choose to programme projects that have been pitched previously
  • Applications received after the closing date may not be considered for 2018

How does Circa Theatre work?

One of Circa Theatre’s main aims is to offer ongoing professional opportunities for theatre practitioners working in Wellington. Most productions at Circa Theatre are produced as a Single Venture Partnership (SVP), with the theatre practitioners involved in the production signing up to share the risk and rewards for their show. The SVP is formed at the start of the rehearsal process and an agreement is made between the participating theatre practitioners as to how the profits will be split. At the end of the run and after booking fees and GST have been accounted for, 70% of the box office take for each show is directed back to the corresponding SVP.  Out of this the SVP pays for their production costs and share the balance based on the pre-agreed split.  30% then goes to Circa to cover royalty payments (10%) and administrative costs (building costs, front of house, admin and marketing). If there are no royalty payments to be made, the split is 80-20.

If agreed, Circa will support the production by covering production costs during rehearsals and production. The pay out is made at the end of the run once all bills are accounted for. Some funding may be available from the Theatre Artists Charitable Trust for funding support during the rehearsal period for the artists involved. If required, this should be indicated on the initial submission.  Priority is given to new productions however, some funding may be available to support shows being re-mounted.

Directors should note that at Circa their role often includes elements of producing as well. Circa provides general support for marketing however, each SVP must have a designated publicist as part of their team.  Circa’s Technical Manager is available in an advisory capacity, each co-op must provide their own designers, technicians and operators.