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Call for Commission Proposals from Black and Indigenous Artists Working in Music, Dance, and Theatre (Nightswimming Theatre)

“We are living in a world where white supremacy is the “norm” – where Black and Indigenous lives are stolen from their families due to violence, racial injustice and systemic racism. We won’t and can’t continue to let this happen.

As a company that is devoted to commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance, we believe that stories, and the artists who tell them, can change the world. We recognize and are committed to changing the systems of oppression that obstruct access for and impede the advancement of Black, Indigenous and people of colour.

This is why we’ve chosen to commission a Black and/or Indigenous artist to create a full-length work.

We invite proposals for the creation of a new performance work. Nightswimming will work with the commissioned artist to design a process to develop it in full collaboration and with a focus on ensuring that the commissioned artist is empowered to work how they wish, with whom they want, and in the ways that are essential to its creation. Because Nightswimming does not self-produce the works we commission, we devote all of our time and resources to supporting the unique creation process of each new work. We commit to establishing, in consultation with each artist, partnerships with producers to ensure each work reaches the audiences you want to impact.

What Nightswimming can offer

  • A custom designed creation and development process from inception to premiere, free from the pressure of production deadlines
  • An interdisciplinary environment in which we welcome projects in theatre, dance, music and forms that cross over and integrate those disciplines
  • On-going dramaturgical support designed for and in collaboration with the creator
  • A commitment to long-term creative relationships
  • Access to a community of artists whose work we support dramaturgically on every level
  • Opportunities for readings, workshops and/or studio sessions to develop your work with other artistic collaborators including but not limited to performers, designers, or musicians
  • $20,000 commission fee

Who can apply?

  • Creators who self-identity as Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis)
  • Artists creating in any performance discipline including but not limited to: music, dance, and theatre
  • Emerging, mid-career, and established creators
  • Artists who are currently a Canadian resident

What we’re looking for in your proposal

  • Ideas that embrace exploration and aim to achieve something you’ve never attempted before
  • Projects that could not happen in any other scenario; it might be a dream project that you never thought someone would support; or a large scale piece that is generally considered beyond the means of most organizations; or content that other organizations would not stand behind; or a piece that you don’t know how to make but are driven to create
  • Exploration of dramatic forms and interdisciplinary approaches that stretch dramaturgical boundaries; we are particularly interested in ideas that integrate performance and music, including vocal music, and acknowledge the audience as an active participant in the event
  • A commitment to long-term creation processes and collaboration
  • We are asking for the idea you’ve always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity to pursue. Rather than seeking works-in-progress and drafts of existing projects, we are seeking ideas for a new work that you can develop from the very beginning of the process.

We strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous folx who also identify as LGBTQ2S+ or persons with a disability.”

For more information, please read the full Call for Proposals here: https://linktr.ee/nightswimmingth

-from Nightswimming Theatre

Video: The Ripple Effect/Effet d’écho – 4th Line Theatre

“The #RippleEffect is the Ontario Arts Council’s series of short videos exploring how, beyond their intrinsic qualities, publicly funded arts activities add value in communities across Ontario. To learn more, visit: www.arts.on.ca/ArtsAddValue.

Every summer, the outdoor theatre company, 4th Line Theatre brings history to life and tourists to Peterborough and the Kawarthas. 4th Line’s focus on community stories is part of what makes their work unique – and part of why the Ontario Arts Council has supported its work from the beginning. “When other granting bodies struggled to understand our work, the Ontario Arts Council was a real cheerleader,” explains Blackwell. “Right from the beginning, it was our community-based nature that the Ontario Arts Council ‘got’ and supported. It’s a really big reason why we’re about to go into our 28th season.” Read the full story here.


#Effetd’écho du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario est une série de courtes vidéos qui explorent comment, au-delà de leurs qualités intrinsèques, les activités artistiques financées par les fonds publics ajoutent de la valeur dans les collectivités de l’Ontario. Apprenez-en plus : www.arts.on.ca/lapportdelart

Chaque été, la compagnie de théâtre en plein air 4th Line Theatre fait revivre l’histoire pour le bonheur des touristes de la région de Peterborough et des Kawarthas. Une des raisons qui caractérisent le travail de 4th Line, c’est l’accent que la compagnie met sur la communauté – et c’est aussi une des raisons pour lesquelles le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario a soutenu son travail depuis le début. « Alors que d’autres bailleurs de fonds avaient de la peine à comprendre ce que nous faisions, le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario ne cessait de nous encourager, explique Blackwell. Dès le début, il a compris et a soutenu notre nature communautaire. Si nous sommes sur le point d’entamer notre 28e saison, c’est en grande partie grâce à ça. » Apprenez-en plus.”

-crédit: Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Video: The Ripple Effect/Effet d’écho – Workman Arts

“The #RippleEffect is the Ontario Arts Council’s series of short videos exploring how, beyond their intrinsic qualities, publicly funded arts activities add value in communities across Ontario. To learn more, visit: www.arts.on.ca/ArtsAddValue.

For more than 30 years, Workman Arts has been empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges by providing a refuge for creative exploration and the chance to become active in a vibrant artistic community. Through their three decades of experience, the organization knows first-hand how both of these play an integral role in facilitating recovery and maintaining health.” Read the full story here.


#Effetd’écho du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario est une série de courtes vidéos qui explorent comment, au-delà de leurs qualités intrinsèques, les activités artistiques financées par les fonds publics ajoutent de la valeur dans les collectivités de l’Ontario. Apprenez-en plus : www.arts.on.ca/lapportdelart

Depuis plus de 30 ans, Workman Arts donne aux personnes qui ont des problèmes de santé mentale et de dépendance la possibilité de surmonter leurs difficultés en leur offrant un refuge où elles peuvent explorer leur créativité et trouver leur place dans une communauté artistique dynamique. Grâce à ses trois décennies d’expérience, l’organisme sait de première main à quel point ces deux éléments jouent un rôle essentiel dans le rétablissement et le maintien de la santé.” Apprenez-en plus.

-crédit: Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Made in Exile: Theatre & Storytelling Program (youth-led community arts initiative, Toronto)

About the Program

Made in Exile’s Theatre and Storytelling is a free community theatre program for Tibetan youth (29 years old and under) to explore stories of Tibetans in the diaspora. Participants will get the opportunity to:

  • gain knowledge and exposure to theatre through workshops led by local guest artists
  • work towards creating their own performance piece
  • get the opportunity to perform and share their work with their family and friends
  • attend a field trip to see a local play with fellow participants

རེ་བ་Aspiration

The program is dedicated to honouring the unique experiences accumulated by Tibetans navigating life in exile. As a creative outlet for Tibetan youth, community theatre helps young Tibetans express their feelings, thoughts and aspirations, while also affirming Tibetan spirit and community. Oral storytelling and performance has always been a strong aspect of Tibetan culture; Made in Exile is a space for Tibetan youth to renew our cultural treasures as they work through the complexities of being the exile generation.

Commitment

The program will have 12 sessions, each 3 hours long that will happen during the span of 2.5 months. In addition there will be a dress rehearsal and final performance. The first 8 sessions will be the workshop phase with local guest artists, the next 4 sessions after that will be the creation phase and the last two sessions will be dedicated to rehearsal and final showing of pieces created in the program. After the program is done, the whole team will go out to see a local play in Toronto to celebrate the hard work of all the participants.

For more information or questions please contact Rinchen Dolma at madeinexiletheatre[at]gmail.com.

This project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s – Youth Opportunities Fund.”

APPLY NOW!

-from Made in Exile

Forum Theatre Workshops (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

Forum Theatre 101 Introductory Workshop

“Forum Theatre is an interactive & participatory style of theatre designed to address social issues and inspire actionable change.

In this intensive all-levels workshop led by award winning Forum Theatre artist Simon Malbogat, participants will learn how this social justice-based theatre style can be used to spark community dialogue and empower grassroots advocacy.

Artists will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation, and audience engagement.

Community organizers, social workers, and educators will learn how they can use Forum Theatre in their everyday practice to initiate vital conversations, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.

Date + Time: Saturday February 8th, 2020, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: 157 Carlton St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $130.00+HST (-20% CAEA; 50% Student/Underwaged)
Prerequisites: None!

Register here: https://forms.gle/b1BkLdme35VZ4WTq6 “

Forum Theatre Playwriting Workshop

“Facilitated by Mixed Company Associate Artist Luciano Iogna, this one-day workshop will take participants through the entire process of Forum Theatre script development.

Participants will learn how to use theatre games and techniques as research tools, how to ask explorative yet respectful questions, how to develop oppressive and oppressed characters, and how to care for the community knowledge which informs Forum Theatre script development.

Writers and creators with previous Forum Theatre knowledge or experience will use their heightened understandings of important social topics as a basis for scripting targeted, impactful, and uniquely interactive theatrical plays and scenarios which address various types of oppressive conflict.

Date + Time: Saturday February 15th, 2020, 9:30AM-5:30PM
Location: 157 Carlton St, Toronto, ON
Cost: $150.00+HST (-20% CAEA; 50% Student/Underwaged)
Prerequisites: Previous Forum Theatre knowledge or experience (if you’re new to Forum, be sure to also register for our Forum Theatre 101 workshop on February 8th — and receive a discount bundle price of $250.00 for both workshops!)

Register here: https://forms.gle/DimciwUocCUgonH77 “

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Join the Scarborough Youth Playwrights Hub!

“Have you always wanted to join a theatre group? Test out your writing skills? Try something exciting and new? Join the Youth Playwrights Hub!

The Youth Playwrights Hub is BACK! We, once again, are partnering with Tarragon Theatre to offer free play creation opportunities to youth living in Scarborough! Sign up for nine free playwriting workshops hosted at Scarborough Arts from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday nights from January 9 – March 12th, 2020. This program is open to any and all youth currently attending high school in Scarborough. 

Each participant will work toward developing their own short play that will be shared with the public this spring! These sessions will be co-facilitated by Caitie Graham and Charles Marco Diokno Manzo. 

To be a part of this FREE writing hub all we ask is for you to fill out this quick Google Form, including a short writing submission. (If the nature of this application process is a barrier to applying, please contact education[at]tarragontheatre.com to discuss the possibility of alternative forms of application.)”

For more information, please visit: http://scarborougharts.com/youth-playwrights-hub-2020/

-from Scarborough Arts
Read Scarborough Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshop: Rainbow of Desire Applied Theatre (Mixed Company Theatre & Scarborough Civic Library)

“What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Mixed Company Theatre’s Artistic Director Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, artists, educators and community leaders will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their experiences onstage and in social and personal settings.

This workshop is made possible by the Toronto Arts Council’s Artist In The Library Program.

Scarborough Civic Centre Library
Tuesday November 26th, 2019 from 2pm-4pm
There is limited space available in this free workshop, so reserve your spot by clicking here!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Cahoots Theatre: Hilot Means Healer

A CAHOOTS THEATRE PRODUCTION
in association with b current performing arts

October 5 – 27, 2019
BMO Incubator, Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W, Toronto

Set in Manila, during World War II, and drawn from the long tradition of Philippine folklore, legends, and Indigenous spirituality, HILOT weaves the tangible with the intangible to tell a story of unexpected bonds formed during cataclysmic change. Written by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, and directed by Jasmine Chen, this interdisciplinary story explores the social and political consequences of war and occupation in the Philippines and its impact through generations.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.cahoots.ca/shows/hilot

-from Cahoots Theatre

July Workshop with Mixed Company Theatre: Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop!

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our July workshop for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop (2 Days, July 19th & 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What is Forum Theatre?

This intensive all-levels workshop led by award-winning artist Simon Malbogat is a hands-on introduction to Forum Theatre, a style of theatre rooted in anti-oppression principles. This workshop explores how theatre facilitates community engagement, addresses social justice issues, sparks community dialogue and bring about grassroots advocacy.

Artists will explore how forum theatre techniques of community participation, intervention and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation and audience engagement.

Community Organizers, Social Workers & Educators will learn they can use Forum Theatre in their everyday practice to initiate vital conversations, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.

Questions? Contact: communications[at]mixedcompanytheatre.com

For more information, please visit: http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged. Bursaries also available upon request!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Round Table Discussion: Making a Living in Theatre (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

“Are you new to the world of theatre? Just graduated? Feeling a little lost? Or have you worked in the industry for years and are looking to share and hear common experiences? Every year, we hold a series of panels, workshops and discussions. Next on the docket, we are hosting a round table discussion all about, “Making a Living in Theatre.”

We have brought together professionals who not only work in the theatre industry, but who have found success in their respective fields. In the round-table, you will sit among professionals and newbies alike and discuss the theatre industry. You will have opportunities to ask your own questions and have them answered by people who have experienced exactly what you are working towards, all while sharing a common love of theatre.

Please email production[at]sarasvati.ca to RSVP your spot! Tickets are not required but space is limited. Entry to the discussion is based on a “Pay-What-You-Choose” donation upon arrival at the event. The discussion will take place in room 2T05 on the second floor of the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film.”

-from Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map