IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

About the IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

June 5-8, 2024

IGNITE! is a  multi-disciplinary, 4-day festival of emerging art and artists. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s beautiful! With 100 artists programmed each year, IGNITE! is a fantastic development, networking, and presentation opportunity for Calgary’s artists. 

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting early-career artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

IGNITE! Open Call

Deadline: March 9, 11:59 pm

We are committed to supporting work from diverse voices, including race, gender, class, ability, and more.

Call for Projects

We’d love to see your projects in the festival!

We are interested in projects in the following areas:

  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Some combination of the above!

The work does not need to be complete at the time of application! We are interested in supporting the development process.

Call for Artists

We’d love to see you in the festival! This is where you’ll apply as an artist without a specific project. We’ll try to pair you with projects through auditions or general artist matchmaking! We are interested in artists in the following areas:

  • Theatre –
    • Actor
    • Designer
    • Director
    • Dramaturge
    • Technician
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Interdisciplinary 
  • Comedy
  • (Some combination of the above!)

If you are finding any barriers to your application, but would still like to apply, please contact us at [email protected]

Support IGNITE!

Supporting Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists through sponsorship, donation, or volunteering is an invaluable investment in nurturing the next generation of artistic talent. Together, these forms of support empower emerging artists.


By contributing to this vibrant platform, sponsors not only foster creativity and innovation but also play a pivotal role in promoting diversity and inclusivity within the arts community.

Custom opportunities are available for monetary and in-kind sponsorships.

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Making a donation provides crucial financial support, enabling the festival to thrive and provide opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their work.

As a charitable organization, Sage Theatre provides tax receipts for eligible donations. 

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Lend us your time and skills, enriching the festival experience for participants and audiences alike. 

We have a variety of positions available. Whether you would like to support the festival planning or have a role during the festival – we have a role for you! 


Cantata: Rumors of my Crazy, Useless Life

By Clem Martini
Directed by Jason Mehmel

A co-production with Sage Theatre

Martin discovers his mother’s health and cognitive abilities deteriorating while supporting his brother living with mental illness. Facing emotional and medical problems that feel almost unsolvable, Martin negotiates the delicate framework of caregiving in situations that are both heart-rending and darkly comic. In a symphony of overlapping perspectives, this award-winning play opens a window into the lives of a family going through the hidden, high-stakes struggles of elder care and mental illness.

Outstanding New Play – Calgary Theatre Critic Awards

WINNER Theatre BC Playwriting Competition

“A devastatingly beautiful account… Cantata is a master class in writing, direction, and acting.” – Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun