National Creation Fund

Dream. Connect. Create.

We fund risk

The National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund makes investments of up to 2 million dollars a year in the development of 9 to 11 compelling new creations in the performing arts. Fuelled entirely by donors, the Fund offers Canadian artists room to realize creative dreams.

The Fund provides the necessary time, space and resources to make inspiring and impactful work.  We invest in creation.

"... it is really helping the Ottawa-based National Arts Centre live up to that “national” in its name."  

J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

Projects must be led by Canadian creators
and meet the following criteria:

  • Are artistically ambitious and compelling
  • Have a strong artistic team and committed producing and presenting partners
  • Are likely to have a national or international impact

Our Season

  1. Presented by Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Nov 14 - Dec 13, 2023 Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Montreal)
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  2. Presented by NAC English Theatre
    Prison Dancer Citadel Theatre
    Nov 24 - Dec 2, 2023 Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa)
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  3. Presented by Brussels Major Events
    Jusqu’à ce qu’on meure Transthéâtre
    Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2023 Brussels, Belgium
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  4. Presented by Danse Danse
    Assembly Hall Kidd Pivot
    Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2023 Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts (Montréal)
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  5. Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
    In My Body Crazy Smooth
    Dec 2 2023 Partridge Hall (St. Catharines)
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  6. Presented by the Rose Brampton
    In My Body Crazy Smooth
    Dec 5 2023 Rose Brampton
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  7. Presented by Canadian Stage
    Assembly Hall Kidd Pivot
    Dec 6 - Dec 9, 2023 Bluma Appel Theatre (Toronto)
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  8. Presented by Conseil des arts de Montréal
    Sky Dancers A’nó:wara Dance Theatre
    Dec 7 2023 Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto (Montréal)
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  9. Presented by Le Diamant
    Assembly Hall Kidd Pivot
    Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2023 Le Diamant (Québec)
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  10. Presented by the Grand Theatre
    The Invisible - Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare Catalyst Theatre
    Jan 16 - Feb 3, 2024 Spriet Stage (London)
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  11. Presented by The Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts and One Yellow Rabbit
    The Storyville Mosquito Kid Koala
    Jan 17 - Jan 19, 2024 Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University (Calgary)
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  12. Presented by Odyscène
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Jan 18 2024 Théâtre Lionel-Groulx (Sainte-Thérèse)
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  13. Presented by Albert-Rrousseau Hall
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Jan 23 2024 Albert-Rrousseau Hall (Québec)
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  14. Presented by Centre des arts de Shawinigan
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Jan 26 2024 Philippe-Filion du Centre des arts (Shawinigan)
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  15. Presented by SPEC du Haut-Richelieu
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Feb 3 2024 Théâtre des Deux Rives (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)
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  16. Presented by Diffusion Saguenay
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Feb 8 2024 Théâtre C (Chicoutimmi)
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  17. Presented by Le Palace de Granby
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Feb 11 2024 Le Palace de Granby (Granby)
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  18. Presented by Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Feb 13 2024 Salle Maurice-O'Bready (Sherbrooke)
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  19. Presented by Canadian Stage
    Universal Child Care Quote Unquote Collective
    Feb 13 - Feb 25, 2024 Berkeley Street Theatre (Toronto)
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  20. Presented by Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Feb 18 2024 Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault (Saint-Jérôme)
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  21. Presented by Société de développement culturel de Terrebonne (SODECT)
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Feb 20 2024 Salle Desjardins (Terrebonne)
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  22. Presented by Montréal en lumiére
    The Storyville Mosquito Kid Koala
    Feb 29 - Mar 1, 2024 Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts (Montreal)
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  23. Presented by Le Carré 150
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Mar 13 2024 Salle Les-frères-Lemaire (Victoriaville)
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  24. Presented by Lincoln Center
    The Storyville Mosquito Kid Koala
    Mar 14 - Mar 15, 2024 Alice Tully Hall (New York)
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  25. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Mar 15 2024 Culture Trois-Rivières (Trois-Rivières)
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  26. Presented by Centre culturel Desjardins
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Mar 16 2024 Centre culturel Desjardins (Joliette)
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  27. Presented by Théâtre Hector-Charland
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Mar 19 2024 Théâtre Hector-Charland (L'Assomption)
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  28. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Mar 20 2024 Le Carré 150 (Victoriaville)
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  29. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Mar 22 2024 Théâtre des Deux-Rives (St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu)
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  30. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Mar 28 2024 Théâtre Hector-Charland (L'Assomption)
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  31. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Apr 2 2024 Centre Culturel de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke)
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  32. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Apr 4 2024 Théâtre des Muses (Laval)
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  33. Presented by Canadian Stage
    Searching for Eastman wind in the leaves collective
    Apr 4 - Apr 7, 2024 Berkeley Street Theatre (Toronto)
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  34. Presented by Danse Danse
    Symphonie de cœurs RD Créations
    Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2024 Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts (Montreal)
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  35. Presented by [co]motion
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Apr 5 2024 Salle André-Mathieu (Laval)
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  36. Presented by Théâtre de la Ville
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Apr 10 2024 Salle Pratt & Whitney Canada (Longueuil)
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  37. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Apr 16 2024 Centre des arts de Baie Comeau (Baie-Comeau)
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  38. Presented by Danse Danse
    Murmuration Le Patin Libre
    Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2024 Mont-Royal Arena (Montreal)
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  39. Presented by Théâtre La Licorne
    La traversée du siècle A collaboration with seven Montreal theatres
    Apr 20 2024 Théâtre La Licorne
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  40. Presented by Culture 3R
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Apr 23 - Apr 24, 2024 J.-Antonio-Thompson (Trois-Rivières)
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  41. Rhapsodie Sylvain Émard Danse
    Apr 25 2024 Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil)
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  42. Presented by Salle Odyssée
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Apr 26 - Apr 27, 2024 Salle Odyssée (Gatineau)
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  43. Presented by Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville
    Projet Polytechnique Porte Parole
    Apr 30 2024 Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville
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  44. Presented by Shakespeare International Festival
    Jusqu’à ce qu’on meure Transthéâtre
    May 16 - May 26, 2024 Craiova, Romania
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  45. Presented by Théâtre de Quat’Sous
    La traversée du siècle A collaboration with seven Montreal theatres
    May 25 2024 Théâtre de Quat’Sous
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  46. Presented by NAC Dance
    Symphonie de cœurs RD Créations
    May 30 2024 Southam Hall (Ottawa)
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  47. Presented by Théâtre du Rideau Vert
    La traversée du siècle A collaboration with seven Montreal theatres
    Jun 8 2024 Théâtre du Rideau Vert
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  48. Presented by the Canadian Opera Company
    Aportia Chryptych: A Black Opera for Portia White Canadian Opera Company
    Jun 14 - Jun 16, 2024 Canadian Opera Company Theatre (Toronto)
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  49. Presented by Théâtre Duceppe
    La traversée du siècle A collaboration with seven Montreal theatres
    Jun 15 2024 Théâtre Duceppe
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  50. Presented by FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
    Kimiko’s Pearl Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
    Jun 22 - Jun 23, 2024 Partridge Hall (St. Catharines)
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  51. Presented by Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
    La traversée du siècle A collaboration with seven Montreal theatres
    Jun 29 2024 Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
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  52. Presented by La Strada
    Jusqu’à ce qu’on meure Transthéâtre
    Jul 30 - Aug 4, 2024 Graz, Austria
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  53. Presented by Cultura Nova
    Jusqu’à ce qu’on meure Transthéâtre
    Aug 24 - Aug 31, 2024 Heerlen, Netherlands
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