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National Theatre of Namibia (NTN)

Open call for theatre-makers and artists: submissions for NTN Theatre Season

OPENED:                  20 May 2020

CLOSING DATE:     20 July, 00H00. 

The National Theatre of Namibia annually and openly calls for theatre-makers and artists to submit their works to be produced by the theatre. The NTN invites storytellers, writers, directors, choreographers, performers, designers and interdisciplinary artists to submit innovative and brilliant works for upcoming seasons.

The NTN seeks powerful works, that bring forth refreshing narratives for audiences from different walks of life. Innovative stories that have something critical to say about the world we occupy today are encouraged.

Submissions are annually open for the following programs:

  1. NEW MAKERS’ PROGRAM (For new theatre-makers)
  2. OUTREACH PROGRAM (For applied and community theatre work)
  3. CO-PRODUCTION PROGRAM (For works to be co-produced with the NTN)
  4. MAIN PROGRAM (For diverse works by professional theatre-makers)
  5. LIVE ART PROGRAM (For experimental and performative/ digital works)





Artistic development is key to the vision of the NTN, hence the support for new stories and the development of new artists is important for the longevity of the theatre. The New Makers Program aims to develop the future generation of storytellers and artists in Namibia. This program includes a mentorship opportunity to support successful candidates.

  • Applicable to newcomer storytellers / playwrights / directors / choreographers / theatre devisors only
  • Applicants must be over 18+ years of age
  • Works must be new and original (not previously published or staged/realized), or
  • Concepts for productions/works (not previously published or staged/realized)
  • Successful candidates will be expected to direct/ choreograph/ devise/ create their productions under the guidance of an experienced mentor
  • Previous ‘Theatre Zone’ directors are not eligible (Namibian context)


The Outreach Program comprises community-based and applied works, with the direct aim to address social issues through theatre methods for public audiences from various communities.  The NTN seeks to support works of skilled theatre-makers that create performative works for the wellbeing of communities.

  • Applicable to experienced storytellers / writers / directors / choreographers / performance artists/ theatre devisors over 18+ years of age
  • Works can be original or sourced.
  • For this program, a detailed project description is required. This includes:
        1. Objectives
        2. Planned Activities
        3. Timeline
        4. Expected Results and Benefits
  • Proposals that touch on crucial social issues will be prioritized.


The Co-Production Program is open to emerging and professional artists to co-produce works and productions with the NTN. This program is partially funded.

  • Applicable to playwrights /directors /choreographers /theatre devisors who are (1) in the early stages of their career, or (2) already established and have created/ produced at least 2 theatrical productions before.
  • Applicants must be 18+ years of age
  • Both original and sourced works are applicable
  • For this program, a detailed project description is required. This includes:
        1. Objectives
        2. Planned Activities
        3. Timeline
        4. Expected Results and Benefits
  • Additional funding is encouraged for this program
  • Previous ‘Theatre Zone’ directors are eligible (Namibian context)


The Main Program features world-class works (small to big scaled) produced for the NTN stage and/or beyond.  Productions are either new, adaptations or sourced.  The main aim is to allow opportunities for local audiences to be exposed to diverse and internationally recognized stories by professional artists.

  • Applicants must be 18+ years of age
  • Applicable to experienced and established theatre makers (4+ years with a proven track record)
  • Applicants should submit a script, text or proposals for concepts
  • Original as well as sourced works in any genre are applicable
  • In the case of concept proposals: submissions must include details of vision, motivation, approach, context and details of collaborators.
  • For this program, a detailed project description is required. This includes:
        1. Objectives
        2. Planned Activities
        3. Timeline
        4. Expected Results and Benefits
  • Full details of copyright ownership and performance licences are critical
  • Works can be small to big scaled.



The Live Art Program creates opportunities for newcomer, emerging and professional artists to engage in experimental, dynamic and/or interdisciplinary approaches to performance art, digital art and various processes. The program provides space and resources to allow artists and creatives to realize their vision.   Applicable to newcomer, emerging and professional artists.

  • Both previously and new works in any genre and discipline are applicable
  • Works can be small to big scaled.
  • Works are not limited to being staged/installed at the NTN premises.
  • A concise proposal including the vision, motivation and context of proposed work, is mandatory for submissions for this program.
  • Furthermore, a detailed project description is required. This includes:
        1. Objectives
        2. Planned Activities
        3. Timeline
        4. Expected Results and Benefits

For more information please email  submit@ntn.org.na or call +264 (0) 61 374 416.

Closing date for submission is 20 July, 00H00.

Download the application form here.


Q: Is the call-out only for Namibian theatre-makers and artists?

A: No. We are open to theatre-makers and artists from the SADC region, continent and beyond. Collaborations are open to theatre-makers and artists from all over the world. However, all submitted productions must include a Namibian(s) as part of the head creative team.

Q: What is the timeline of the theatre season?

A: The timeline for the upcoming NTN Theatre Season in August-July of each year. All successful candidates will be secured to stage/actualize their works during this period.

Q: Is there an age requirement for applicants?

A: The minimum age requirement for applicants is 18 years of age.  There is no maximum age requirement.

Q: Is the call-out only for scripts?

A: No, it is also open to concepts. The call-out is also open to works to be submitted in a text by various theatre-makers. This must come with a concise proposal including the description of your vision, motivation, project outline, budget, details of collaborators, approaches, etc.

Q: What is expected for the submissions?

A:  All application forms (to be submitted via email to submit@ntn.org.na  to be accompanied by:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Resume of Applicant and Creatives
  3. Production budget
  4. Complete script/text, or
  5. Concise proposal for a production concept (incl. format, project outline, techniques, collaborations, etc.)
  6. Project Description
  7. Full details of intellectual property owner(s) / copyright owners and/or performance license conditions
  8. x1 signed reference letter from relevant individuals and/or institutions
  9. Portfolio of previous work with proof (e.g. videos / photos/ posters/ links)

All emailed, posted and hand submitted submissions must be submitted by the deadline

Applications are opened 1st week of May, annually.

Q: What exactly will be the role of the NTN?

A: The NTN will feature as the producer, and will provide management of the production under the Production Department of the theatre.

Q: Who will be the owner of the intellectual property?

A: All intellectual property belongs to the creators of the works. The NTN through a signed, agreement, will have rights to further distribute the works through different materials (e.g. DVDs and photos) across different platforms after the production period.

Full details of the copyright owners and public performance licenses are required for all submissions.

Q: Is the callout only for works to be performed in English?

A: No. We are open to works that cater to the different languages spoken in Namibia.

Q: In what format should the text and proposals be submitted?

A: It should be a ‘Word” or “PDF”. Online applications are opened during the 1st week of May, annually.

Q: How long should scripts and texts be?

A: In terms of plays, scripts should ideally be no less than 25 pages. Concept proposals should be as concise as possible.

Q: Is the theatre only limiting applications for scripts?

A: No. The NTN is open to play concepts and proposals for interdisciplinary works as well. Proposals for concept should be clear.

Q: Are there specific restrictions that I should be aware of?

A: Preference will be given to fresh, innovative and new content that is critical and significant to Namibia and Africa. All approved submissions have to comply with NTN’s rates.

Q: Will the work have to be showcased at the NTN only?

A: As the producer, the NTN seeks to showcase works in spaces suitable for the various works. Venues will not be restricted to the NTN stage only.  To suit the artistic vision, the work may be presented in the ideal space, if resources allow.

Q: What happens to my application once submitted?

A: Your application will be assigned a registration number and be reviewed by a committee by an independent panel of evaluators, and a shortlist will be developed. You will then be notified via email, should your application be successful.

Q: How will submissions be evaluated? 

A: Your submission will be evaluated for any missing information. Should it contain all the required information, it will be evaluated by a committee appointed by the NTN. Criteria such as artistic merit (excluding newcomers), vision and suitability of the material, will be considered. A shortlist will be developed and followed by a thorough analysis of the submissions. Shortlist candidates are informed by 31 August annually.

Q: What if I am not selected?

A: If your application is unsuccessful, you will be informed via email.

Q: Are there any payments for the application?

A: No. There are no payment processes for the applications.

Q: Do I pay for production costs?

A: The National Theatre of Namibia will feature as a producer for the selected works. The theatre is open to co-productions (co-produced) works as well.