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Rehearsal of So, You're Stuck in an Underground Bunker, featuring Maëlys Wega, Janani Suthan, Matthew Yorke Gambhir, Meadow Agar, Catherine Mona. Photo: Youth Infringement Festival.

Youth Infringement Festival is back from May 3 to 6

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on April 29, 2022

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Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


The Youth Infringement Festival is back! The 2022 Festival marks 18 more successful mentorships in playwriting, directing, and stage management for Ottawa’s youth.

YIF is an open access performing arts festival for Ottawa youth aged 16 to 25 to develop and produce original work. It provides opportunities for artistic and personal growth through practical experience, collaboration, and mentorship. Each year, writers, directors, and stage managers under 25 are paired with a local professional theatre artist to support the creation of six original works.

Rehearsal Pictures from So, You're Stuck in an Underground Bunker, featuring Maëlys Wega, Janani Suthan, Matthew Yorke Gambhir, Meadow Agar, Catherine Mona

Rehearsal of So, You’re Stuck in an Underground Bunker, featuring Maëlys Wega, Janani Suthan, Matthew Yorke Gambhir, Meadow Agar, and Catherine Mona. Photo: Youth Infringement Festival.

The 2022 festival will include:

  • One Night Only, which follows the rising tension of an unexpected dinner party in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
  • Remake, a winding dream—or perhaps a nightmare—about a washed-up director trying to recapture the glory of his blockbuster.
  • Two Separate Goodbyes, a heartfelt exploration of grief and healing through the stories of two strangers.
  • Snap!, which mixes the classic card game with a whole lot of snappy humour to create the ultimate sports story of triumph and achievement!
  • So You’re Stuck In An Underground Bunker, a classic sitcom premise of roommates just trying to get along (also they’re the only people left alive after a nuclear war has destroyed the world).
  • Nuit, a devised piece inspired by over 60 written submissions blending dance, theatre, and recollections of hazy memories to piece together what exactly happened last night.
Rehearsal picture from Snap!, Featuring Luke McCaskill, Corri McRae, and Jordan Quayle, by Emily Mallett

Rehearsal of Snap! featuring Luke McCaskill, Corri McRae, and Jordan Quayle. Photo: Emily Mallett.

You can see the full festival lineup and performance dates on the YIF website.

Live theatre has been deeply missed throughout the past two years. Jake Nevins, one of YIF’s two festival producers, shared his excitement about the return to in-person programming:

“After some time away from the physical stage, we’re seeing some folks return with new ideas and expertise around technology and a real sense of the fun that coming together and creating can be. This will lead our artists to come together into new experiments, and I’m excited to see how they all pan out!”

We are also excited to see what this year’s festival brings and to see young creatives back on stage and sharing new stories. We hope we’ll see you there, too!


The Ottawa Youth Infringement Festival takes place May 3–6 at Arts Court Theatre. The festival alternates three shows each night with performances starting at 7pm, along with live musical performances and spoken word poetry by local young artists each night at 6:30pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-choose with suggested donations of $25 and are currently available for sale on the YIF website.

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