The only program in the country solely devoted to the creation of original queer performance works.

Through this program, Buddies commissions and develops queer work. Resident artists may include writers, theatre collectives, directors, performance artists, choreographers and other inter-disciplinary artists. Projects undertaken in residence can be new plays, explorations of existing texts, non-text-based performance, and everything in between. Resident artists are offered space in the building, dramaturgical support from the Company Dramaturge and Artistic Director, technical support, opportunities to present the work to a general public as it develops, access to the Buddies’ network of contacts and partners, and any other artistic and administrative support that is appropriate to a piece’s development.

Artists in Residence

Bruce Gibbons Fell + Cocodrilo Triste

The Communist Manifesto for Children

The Communist Manifesto for Children is a new dark comedy, written in Spanish and English, which explores class, conscience, language and power. Set in South America in the 1950s, four children of different backgrounds discover The Communist Manifesto, and as they play and act out passages from the book, they go through introspective journeys, treason, betrayal, and a love triangle amidst the threat of a deadly scorpion on the loose.

Cocodrilo Triste Theatre Collective, helmed by playwright Bruce Gibbons Fell, is all about pop culture, dark comedy and the world’s history of oppression, through a queer Latin American lens.

Jenna Harris


What does it mean to fight for what you want? Mine is a play about love, loss, and the lives of two women as they navigate each other to try to save their relationship.

Mine was a finalist for The Safe Words New Canadian Play Award (2014) and first premiered at the Next Stage Theatre Festival (2015). Mine has continued its development through a Playwright in Residence grant from the Canada Council for the Arts (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2016-17 season).

Jenna is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts theatre conservatory program in New York City. She is an actor, writer/creator, arts educator and dancer, and is the Founder and Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre. 

Johnnie Walker + Pandemic Theatre

Shove It Down My Throat

On New Year’s Eve 2013, Luke O’Donovan was involved in a physical altercation with five other men in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, he’s serving a ten-year sentence for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. But was he a violent aggressor, or the victim of a brutal queer-bashing who dared to fight back? Writer/performer Johnnie Walker explores the case through found text, interviews with O’Donovan and others connected with the incident, and wild flights of fancy in a politically charged, formally experimental, and highly personal piece of theatre.

Johnnie Walker is a writer, performer, director, producer, filmmaker, journalist, and DJ. He runs Nobody’s Business Theatre with Morgan Norwich and hosts shows for Boylesque TO. He has toured North America with his solo show, Redheaded Stepchild, which will be published this September by Playwrights Canada Press.

johnniewalkerartist.com / pandemictheatre.ca

Leah Lewis + Robert Chafe

The Dialysis Project

Writer / Performer Leah Lewis
Director Evalyn Parry
Dramaturge Robert Chafe
Video Artist Elysha Poirier
Stage Management Diana Daly

Newfoundland theatre artist Leah Lewis brings her portable dialysis machine to the stage for a unique performance that navigates themes of disability, illness and resilience via the live ‘performance’ of a dialysis procedure.

While her machine cleans her blood, Leah takes us on a journey that travels far from the confines of her treatment chair, weaving visceral visuals with a riveting personal narrative.

This project has been made possible with funding from Newfoundland’s RCAT, Canada Council for the Arts Cultivate Fund, ArtsNL, The Collaborations (National Arts Centre), and Buddies in Bad Times Residency program. 

Since launching in 2010, the Buddies Residency Program has yielded the following Mainstage productions

If you have questions about the Buddies Residency Program, please contact Mel Hague at mel@buddiesinbadtimes.com

photo of Tawiah M’Carthy, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Virgilia Griffith and Thomas Olajide by Dahlia Katz