Presented by Rumble

CALL FOR SUBMISSION Symbiotic: Untrue Stories Live

Submissions due August 4th, 2023

New Creations Series

Application form found here

Key Dates

Submission Deadline: August 4th
Selection Announcement: August 14th
Artist Publicity Package Deadline: August 28th
Cue Sheets/Prompt Script Deadline: September 13th
Tech/Dress: September 20th & 21st [Evening]
Event Date: September 22nd & 23rd [Evening]
Post Mortem via Zoom: October 3rd


*Outdoor Event Location: Progress Lab – 1422 Williams Street, Vancouver [Tented]
*Artists must be available for Tech/Dress and the Event.


Event Details

Rumble is accepting submissions for its first Cabaret of the 2023-2024 season. Join us in building a tent outdoors to house a night in which we share stories old, new, fiction and true.

Following up on the success of the quintuple of seasonal celebrations (Liminal Magic, Lupercalia, Ostara, Harvest Moon, 4 Cardinal Points) we are pleased to invite submissions on the theme “Symbiotic.”

“A symbiotic relationship denotes any type of an interaction between two biological organisms of varying species; be it mutualistic, commensalistic, or parasitic.”
We encourage creative interpretations.

Tented Event Location: Progress Lab Parking Lot, 1422 William Street
Stage Set Up: Thrust Stage   or   In The Round   [Players Choice]

Tech Offers:

  • Tech/Dress Rehearsal September 20th & 21st 
  • Technicians to operate any technical needs
  • Amplified Sound and Playback
  • Basic Projection 
  • Basic RGB Lighting – Wash
  • Rehearsal/development Space subject to availability

Tech Limitation:

  • Environmental Light & Sound Pollution 

Call Details

We strongly encourage works including:
Creative Fiction
Futurism and Afrofuturism
Storytelling and Fable
Underrepresented and Experimental Forms of Storytelling
Multidisciplinary work
Multilingual work
Work fusing genres 

Additionally, we will be accepting submissions of short digital works and installations. We encourage creative interpretations. Selected digital or installation pieces will receive a presentation fee as appropriate (up to $500) and featured in the Garage Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants whose project draws on or shares traditional knowledge must be able to verify adequate permissions to share this story in public. 

We strive to make our events accessible to all artists, including D/deaf artists, artists with lived experiences of disability, neurodivergent artists and artists on the mental health spectrum; and will endeavour to meet the access needs of our selected artists. We especially encourage submissions from QTIBPOC. 

How it works::

  1. We select story concepts submitted by you.
  2. Selected Artists write a piece (maximum 12 minutes)
  3. Pieces will be performed by the writer or another artist, as you see fit. 
  4. We will provide an additional fee/resources for a collaborative artist, as appropriate.
  5. Important: This all happens LIVE, IN PERSON, OUTDOORS 
  6. Note: You can submit existing work, so long as you have appropriate rights for performance.

Selected Applicants will receive:
Presentation Fee ($1000)
Collaborating Artist Fee as appropriate (up to $500) 


Submission Details

  1. Tell us who you are: What is your cultural/artistic background 
  2. What do you want to create/do? Why this story? Why now? 
  3. Is there a collaborating artist you will be working with? If so, what is their role? 
  4. Send us something to get to know your artistry better:

This could be:
-Past writing
-Video or audio of you performing/your work being performed
-Audio recording of you reading something you care about

Please include any access needs you may have. If a written submission is not accessible to you, we will accept applications in the format of a voice recording or video submission.


How to Submit: 

Please fill out the following form: 

Or submit ONE pdf with the information to Artistic Producer Tricia Trinh at 

For further information: or email
We will be in touch with selected applicants by August 14th 2023.