BUDDIES RESIDENCY PROGRAM
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
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.
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.
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
- Obaaberima by Tawiah M’carthy (Buddies 2012-13 // National Arts Centre + The Cultch 2014-15)
- Of A Monstrous Child: a gaga musical by Ecce Homo Theatre (Buddies 2012-13)
- The Gay Heritage Project by Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn, and Andrew Kushnir (Buddies 2013-14 // Buddies, The Citadel, The Cultch + The Belfry 2015-16 )
- Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week by Lois Fine (Buddies 2014-15)
- Gertrude and Alice by The Independent Aunties – Anna Chatterton, Evalyn Parry, and Karin Randoja (Buddies 2015-16)
- Body Politic by Nick Green (Buddies 2015-16)
- Black Boys by Saga Collectif – Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah M’Carthy, Thomas Olajide with Virgilia Griffth and Jonathan Seinen (Buddies 2016-17// Buddies, The Cultch, High Performance Rodeo + Black Theatre Workshop 2017-18)
- LULU v.7 // aspects of a femme fatale by ted witzel, Susanna Fournier, and Helen Yung
If you have questions about the Buddies Residency Program, please contact Mel Hague at email@example.com
photo of Tawiah M’Carthy, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Virgilia Griffith and Thomas Olajide by Dahlia Katz