Articles News

Call for Submissions: Loud & Queer Cabaret

Recommend by Trevor Corkum

A few years back, a friend sent me a call for something called the Loud & Queer Cabaret, then part of Edmonton’s Exposure Festival of the Arts.

Loud & Queer is part of the longest-running queer arts showcase of its kind in Western Canada, a celebration of queer arts from a group of inspired, and inspiring artists.

During the Cabaret, all manner of creations—plays, books, poetry, monologues, blog rants, music, opera, dance, or some hybrid—get adapted for stage by a group of committed actors for a loud and queer staged reading.

My piece, a short story called “5’9, 135, 6c, br bl,” was accepted to the Cabaret and adapted by Guys in Disguise and Workshop West for reading during the Festival in Edmonton. While I wasn’t able to attend the reading, I had great feedback about the performance and was super impressed by the professionalism, spirit and energy of everyone involved in the Cabaret. The story—about a young queer man in Vancouver, on the eve of an exhilarating hook-up with an older man—went on to be published in Plenitude and anthologized in Friend. Follow. Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline (Enfield & Wizenty, 2013). Since that time, I’ve met up with the actor who adapted the piece, Ryan Cunningham, and we’re now working together to adapt the piece into a short film.

All this to say Loud & Queer is the perfect opportunity for queer artists and writers around the country to submit their work for this year’s Cabaret. You never know what might happen.

–Trevor Corkum






Guys In Disguise, Fringe Theatre Adventures and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre are now accepting submissions for the 2014 edition of the all-new Annual Loud & Queer Cabaret!

We want to see your plays, books, poetry, monologues, blog rants, or any other piece of writing or performance or music or opera or dance you are working on for possible inclusion in this year’s showcase of Queer culture.

Send us your work before October 15, 2014, for your chance to be part of the longest-running Queer arts showcase of its kind in Western Canada. Work can be in any form – we will adapt it for the stage. Writing is presented by our amazing L&Q players in a staged reading format.

This year’s event is being produced by Guys In Disguise, Fringe Theatre Adventures and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and takes place November 7 & 8 at Fringe Theatre Adventures.

We are looking forward to reading your work!

Please send all submissions or proposals to

For more information, visit