Cannonball Submissions

Want to be a part of the Cannonball Festival?

Welcome to our Cannonball Information Page. This page contains exactly 61% what you need to know about putting your play in CYPT’s Annual Cannonball Festival! The other 39% can be explained to you at our upcoming information meeting on Sunday August 18 at 7pm at The Birds and Stone Studio (1703 1st Street NW).


What is Cannonball?

Cannonball is a festival of youth-driven theatre now entering its fifth year at Calgary Young People’s Theatre. It is a completely free opportunity for youth artists to create the theatre they want to make! Each year, several one act plays are chosen to be part of this festival, which usually takes place over one week in May. In 2020, for the first time, the festival will take place over TWO, count ’em, TWO WEEKS!

Each show selected is allowed to audition for actors, and is provided a small budget to be used on design elements. Our team will coach you through the process of writing, directing, designing, and stage managing, so no experience is necessary!

Who can submit to Cannonball?

Any youth can submit to direct, write, design, stage manage, act, or work backstage. Directors are welcome to submit new plays by youth playwrights, or existing works if the performance rights are available. If you have more questions about obtaining rights, please attend our meeting on Sunday the 18th!

The definition of youth is a bit flexible, but our focus is on youth. We’ll consider applications from artists under the age of 19, and will sometimes consider applications from recent graduates. We have had youth directors and playwrights as young as 13 and as old as 19 present their work in the festival. Applicants over the age of 19 are encouraged to submit to Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival!

When is the submission deadline?

Submissions for the 2020 Cannonball Festival are due August 31, 2019.

What should I include in my submission?

Well that’s a fabulous question. To answer that, please read this short guide to submitting for Cannonball.