Call For Emerging Artists


Broadway Rose Theatre Company (“Broadway Rose”) is seeking submissions from emerging artists around the Portland-metro area, for “Falling Slowly,” an art exhibition to accompany our upcoming production of Once, which runs October 3 – 27, 2019.

Once is a musical based on the 2007 film of the same name by John Carney following the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who connect over their shared passion for music on the streets of Dublin. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, accentuated by the inviting, emotional score that earned an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award, and a Tony Award. Featuring all of the original songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning ‘Falling Slowly,’ this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all.

“Falling Slowly” invites artists to explore the themes of interpersonal connection, finding strength and beauty in difference, and the power of music to bring people together. Artists should feel inspired to use this theme as an opportunity to reflect on the world around them and within them. Literal depictions of the Once script should be avoided.

Our goal is to share the diverse voices and perspectives of our community, and to support emerging artists and the stories they seek to tell. As such, there is no fee for submitting your work for consideration, and no commission taken off of the sales of works.

Please send inquiries and applications to

Application deadline: September 6
Selection by: September 13
Artworks dropped off: September 25 – 27, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening night reception: October 4, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Artworks picked up October 28 – 29, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Broadway Rose is Oregon’s premier musical theatre company. Under the artistic direction of Sharon Maroney, Broadway Rose has been producing professional musical theatre in the Portland area since 1992, enriching the region’s cultural life and increasing opportunities for Oregonians to participate in the arts. Broadway Rose is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to keeping live theatre affordable and making its productions accessible to all members of the community.


Broadway Rose believes that diversity brings a vital richness and depth to the stories it presents on its stages and that theatre should not just entertain, but expose audiences to new experiences and expand their worldview. It is committed to its work in improving its equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts and fostering an environment where all people are welcome.

In pursuit of this, Broadway Rose does not tolerate discrimination based on race, ethnicity, age, ability, economic standing, agender/gender identity or expression, sexual or romantic orientation, language, immigrant status, or religion. It hopes to use its art as an opportunity to appreciate both the similarities and differences between communities for the beauty they add to the world.

You are welcome here.