Eligibility Criteria

ALL production registrations MUST be submitted AT LEAST one (1) month prior to the Opening performance in Montreal.i

Professional Theatre

To be eligible for consideration, a production must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be produced by a PACT or Independent theatre company, where:
  • a PACT Company is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) whose registered production engages artists under CAEA’s Canadian Theatre Agreement – or the equivalent Francophone associations;
  • an Independent Company is primarily comprised of theatre professionals who intend to or already make theatre their career. Additionally, two thirds (2/3rds) of the performing, creative, and production personnel must fulfill the following conditions:
    • be engaged under an Equity form of contract OR receive guaranteed payment for both rehearsal and performance;
    • be full members of a relevant professional theatre artists’ association (e.g. CAEA, UDA, ACTRA, ADC, APASQ, IATSE) OR have completed a recognized professional theatre training program;
  1. Be produced by (or co-producedii with) a Montreal-based company; iii
  2. Be performed in English, or primarily in English;
  3. Be performed within the award season (Sept 1 – August 31);
  4. Be performed for at least nine (9) public performances over two (2) consecutive weekends in Montreal.

i  “Montreal” includes Greater Montreal and the Eastern Townships.
ii  In the case of co-productions, the first performance need not be in Montreal.
iii  Companies must be registered and operate in the greater Montreal area, e.g. present an NEQ (Quebec enterprise number) or the Montreal home address of the principal artistic company member.

Consideration for new text (original or adaptation) or translation
To be considered as a new text, adaptation or translation, a professional production must ALSO:

  1. be a world premiere;
  2. a) be written, adapted or translated by a Montreal writer or translator;
    b) be commissioned by a Montreal-based company;

Productions NOT Eligible:

    • Workshops, excerpts, or showcases
    • Training productions
    • Festival productions (including off-festivals)
    • Improvised plays
    • Productions presented as part of a Montreal company season, where the presenting company’s creative or producing involvement is negligible
    • Productions remounted or revived within five (5) years of the originally registered production
    • Touring productions iv

iv “Touring” denotes productions originating outside of Montreal, where Montreal is a stop on a multi-city tour, and where the development or creative process of the production has negligible ties to the Montreal community.
Exceptions may be made for school touring productions, provided there are more than 9 performances over two weeks that are accessible to the jury. The METAC determines eligibility for school touring productions on a case-by-case basis.

Community Theatre

A Community Theatre production is one produced by an organisation that is not and does not intend to become professional.

To be eligible for consideration, Community Theatre productions must be performed in English, or primarily in English, and have a minimum of six (6) performances over two (2) weekends.

A specially assembled Community Jury selects one (1) outstanding production to honour each year.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The METAs embraces an open and inclusive environment, and encourages respectful behaviour that affirms the dignity of all individuals. The METAs further recognizes our shared responsibility for vigilance in creating and maintaining this safe environment. Companies registered for METAs consideration must adhere to the principles outlined in the METAs Anti-Harassment Policy. Failure to comply may result in the cancellation of the company’s registration(s), rendering their production(s) ineligible for METAs consideration.

Rulings on Eligibility

Requests for clarification of uncertain eligibility must be submitted to the METAC at least six (6) weeks prior to the Opening performance. The METAC has final ruling on eligibility.

Register Online

Click here to register your production.


For answers to questions about the Eligibility Criteria, please consult our FAQs page.

Rules and Regulations are subject to change.

UPDATED: December 20, 2017