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About the Queer Youth Arts Program

Get free tickets to Buddies’ shows, see post-show talks with our artists, or learn how to create your own show. There’s something for everyone.

Our youth program engages queer youth and supports the development of early-in-craft artistic voices. We create artistic space for all youth and strive to celebrate, cultivate, and prioritize the diversity of Toronto’s queer community by encouraging the development of BIPOC queer voices inclusively. We work with 2-Spirit, queer, trans, and gender variant youth who have an interest in theatre, performance, the creative process, and may have no prior theatre experience. The offerings of the youth program at Buddies are available to persons 15-30 (not exclusively) years of age. 

Free Tickets

Want to see a show? Buddies offers free tickets to queer youth for many of the shows in our Mainstage Season. All youth shows are followed by a post-show talk-back with the artists. Tickets are limited to one per person. First come, first serve. Sign up for our newsletter to get info on all upcoming free shows.


Queer Cab is a curated evening of performance, theatre, music, dance, multimedia, lewks and everything in between that showcases young and emerging 2SLGBTQ+ artists in the community. This season QueerCab is part of our 40th anniversary series, and happens three times – November 21, March 6, and May 22.

Emerging Creators Unit

The Emerging Creators Unit offers an intensive opportunity to develop your artistic voice through the creation and performance of your own 25-minute show at Buddies. Artists who receive training are paired with either a professional director or actors in preparation for a presentation of their work.

application details will be posted in September. For more information on how it works, when it happens, and how to apply, click here to visit the Emerging Creators Unit page.

The Youth / Elders Podcast

Recorded live every week at the Oakwood branch of the Toronto Public Library, this  podcast will feature the personal stories, lived histories, and candid conversations from queer elders and youth. All are welcome to participate as either audience or storytellers as we explore ideas of queer history, ageing, identities, and the evolving and intersectional way different generations relate to their queerness. Workshops and recording sessions kick off in September 2018.

For more information on the podcast, workshops, and a schedule of events, click here to visit The Youth / Elders Podcast page.

Our Mission Statement

Buddies in Bad Times’ Youth Program engages our youth community in queer cultural exchange. We support the development of early-in-craft artistic voices. We work with queer, trans, and gender variant youth who have an interest in theatre, performance, and the creative process. Our programs offer space for artistic risk where youth can develop their creative voices. We offer opportunities to access Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s productions and professional theatre artists to nurture the next generation of artists, audiences, and community. We facilitate collaborative artistic exchange amongst and across our divergent individual identities. Together, we navigate the tensions that inevitably arise when our differences collide.


Youth Program Patrons

education partner 

program supporters
(for The Youth / Elders Podcast)

photo of the 2017 Emerging Creators Unit by Greg Wong