Theatre Performers Outside

Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT) is looking for proposal submissions for a curated, outdoor performance series in the summer of 2021 between July 2 and September 15.

Surrey Civic Theatres facilities are currently closed and events and rentals at the Main Stage and Studio Theatre in the Surrey Arts Centre, and Centre Stage in City Hall have been cancelled until further notice. No new bookings for 2021 are being taken at this time. In the meantime, check out our Digital Stage for performing arts presentations you can enjoy from home. Pre-booked recording sessions are also available for community arts organizations. 

Summer Programming Artist Call

Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT) is looking for proposal submissions for a curated, outdoor performance series in the summer of 2021 between July 2 and September 15. Indigenous, equity seeking and racialized artists, artists from traditional and non-traditional practices, and established and emerging artists are encouraged to submit project proposals. 

  • Submissions from interested artists and performing arts organizations accepted until April 6. Selected artists will be notified by the end of April 2021. 
  • Artists and organizations will receive a fee for service, up to $5,000 depending on the scope/size of the project.
  • This submission process is open to both professional and community performing artists and performing arts organizations. 
  • For more information on how to participate, review our Expression of Interest Call for Summer Outdoor Programming.

Proposal Categories

SCT is looking for proposals geared towards adults, families, children, and seniors for three categories: 

Staged Performances

The City of Surrey will provide a basic outdoor stage/playing area and offer the opportunity to perform on that stage. SCT will consider applications for presentations including, but not limited to plays, concerts, dance, comedy, or cross-genre performances that could be performed on a basic outdoor stage/playing area. 


The City of Surrey will provide an outdoor space for micro performances of 5-15 minutes with 1-3 performers. Small, pre-registered audience groups will move through the location from performance to performance. Types of presentations that could be considered include roving performers, pop-up performances, other site-specific works. Proposals for busking will not be accepted for this program.

Self-Directed Performing Arts Based Activities

These are activities that do not require an audience to gather and could include audio walks, pod plays, performances accessible by QR codes scanned from signage, scavenger hunts or geocaching inspired activities. 

Live presentations with audiences for this series will be possible only if gathering restrictions have been eased and all activities can take place in compliance with COVID-19 Public Health orders and guidelines. The SCT Digital Stage may provide alternative delivery of projects appropriate for a virtual platform in the event restrictions are still in place or health orders change.