BUDDIES RESIDENCY PROGRAM

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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.

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

How Do I Get in on This?

The Buddies Residency Program accepts new members through an open call for submissions that is posted ad-hoc based on need and available resources.

This is a program for theatrical and performance works in the early stages of development that have not been previously produced, driven primarily by artists who are Queer, Trans, or QTBIPOC identified individuals. We are looking for work that reflects the Buddies spirit and mandate: inclusion, rebellion, asking hard questions, pushing boundaries, transgressing societal expectations, exploring identity, gender, and sexuality, and more.

Since its launch 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