Emerging Creators Unit
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NIGE GOUGH SHINE ON FOUNDATION AT THE TORONTO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL’S ARTISTS IN THE LIBRARY PROGRAM (for The Youth / Elders Podcast)
What is the 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 at our annual Queer Pride Festival.
The Emerging Creators Unit is an artist-driven, mentor-supported creative model; we look for strongly motivated emerging queer or trans artists who have an ability to work independently, are interested in creating original, text-driven, theatrical work and are ready to take their practice to the next level. The Emerging Creators Unit supports a wide definition of “performance”, and is open to a wide variety of themes, form or content. Proposed projects could be autobiographically or community inspired or entirely fictional, use conventional or unconventional theatrical forms, and could include a strong physicality although should also have a text base.
Application to the program is open to queer and/or trans identified emerging artists, age 30 and under, with less than three years of professional theatre practice. Selected participants meet bi-weekly as a group at Buddies, Monday mornings, January through May. They are guided through a unique creative process that takes their project from idea to a performance-ready draft.
We welcome applications from either individual creator/performers, OR collective creations (of up to 4 people), OR projects driven by a writer/director who wishes to work with actors to achieve their vision.
Individual creators who will perform their own work will be paired with a professional director to stage the work for presentation; individual creators who will direct their work will be supported to engage professional or suitable actors; collaborative creations may include a director in their creative team, or be matched with a professional director.
The Emerging Creators Unit is offered in partnership with b current performing arts; it will be led by b current performing arts artistic director Catherine Hernandez.
How to Apply
Applications are due annually in the fall and are reviewed by a jury. Short-listed applicants are invited to an audition/interview where they perform a short selection of their own work and discuss their project proposal in greater depth.
- Applications open: September 13, 2019
- Deadline for Submission: October 25, 2019
- Auditions for Shortlisted Artists: November, 2019
2019 // Ophira Calof, Brock Hessel, Shohana Sharmin, and Jade Walker & Kasden Leo Indigo
2018 // Rhiannon Collett, Erum Khan, Kwaku Okyere, Heath V Salazar
2017 // Bilal Baig, Teiya Kasahara, François Macdonald, Sofia Rodriguez
2016 // Marina Moreira, Joshua Middleton, Chase Lo, Monica Garrido
2015 // kumari giles, Faith-Ann Mendes, Andre Prefontaine, Brian Postalian
2014 // Jackie Rowland, Ramon Vitung, Rory Jade Grey
2013 // Sina Gilani, Shaista Latif, Aemilius (Milo) Ramirez, Katie Sly
2012 // Jamie Ebbs, Daniel Jelani Ellis, Michael David Lorsch, cassy walker
2011 // Meg Gennings, Olive-or-Oliver, Andrew Robinson, Evan Vipond
2010 // Cassandra Moore, Flerida Pena, Zita Nyaraty, Jonathan Schuster
2009 // Cole J. Alvis, Kim Crosby, Tawiah M’carthy, Rob Salerno
2008 // Jessica Michael Reynolds, Mark Shyzer, Alisha Stranges, Jordan Tannahill
2007 // Andrew Bathory, Shannon Curry, Waawaate Fobister, Dawn Nearing, Jay Stewart
Queer Youth Arts Program Supporters
TD Bank Group
Additional Program Support:
The NigE Gough Shine On Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation
photo of the 2019 Emerging Creators Unit by Greg Wong