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ABOUT BUDDIES QUEER YOUTH AND EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAMS
See shows, meet and collaborate with peers and professional artists, get on stage.
Buddies’ Queer Youth and Emerging Artist Programs offer space for artistic risk where youth and emerging artists can grow and develop through theatre, performance, and the creative process. We work inclusively with gender and sexually diverse youth (including queer, trans, 2-Spirit, gender non-binary, and QTBIPOC) to support the development of early-in-craft artistic voices. We offer access to our productions and professional theatre artists to nurture the next generation of artists, audiences, and community.
Youth programming is designed to engage young people who have an interest in theatre, performance, the creative process, and may have no prior theatre experience, age 30 and under.
Emerging Artist programming is designed to engage early-in-craft artists who are pursuing a career in professional theatre, may or may not have completed post-secondary theatre training, and have no more than three years of professional experience in the field, age 30 and under.
Please note: at Buddies we recognize that people come into their gender and sexual identities at many different times in their lives; thus these definitions are intended as flexible rather than restrictive guidelines.
Have a question about whether this is for you? Get in touch! email@example.com
Want to see a show? Buddies offers free tickets to youth and emerging artists for many of the shows in our Mainstage Season, 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.
QueerCab is a curated evening of performance, theatre, music, dance, multimedia, lewks, and everything in between that showcases young and emerging artists in the community.
This season QueerCab is featured as part of our 40th anniversary series , curated by Daniel Carter.
The Creation Gym is a 2-hour drop-in session for youth and emerging artists. Artists are invited to Buddies’ Cabaret Space to create and develop their work alongside other emerging artists, rehearse projects, and connect with new collaborators. The Creation Gym is facilitated by Daniel Carter.
Dates & Times: January 22 – 6:30PM – 8:30PM
The Youth / Elders Podcast
An inter-generational opportunity for creative conversation between queer youth and queer elders (age 50+)… and everyone in between.
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 happen every Saturday from September 7 – December 21, 2018.
For more information on the podcast, workshops, and a schedule of events, click here to visit The Youth / Elders Podcast page.
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.
Applications are now closed for the 2018-19 season. For more information on how it works, when it happens, and how to apply, click here to visit the Emerging Creators Unit page.
Our Mission Statement
Buddies in Bad Times’ Youth and Emerging Artist Programs engage 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
TD BANK GROUP
NIGE GOUGH SHINE ON FOUNDATION AT THE TORONTO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL’S ARTISTS IN THE LIBRARY PROGRAM (for The Youth / Elders Podcast)
photo of the 2017 Emerging Creators Unit by Greg Wong