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 new queer work for the stage. Using an artist-centred approach, we work with writers, theatre collectives, directors, performance artists, and choreographers to create meaningful opportunities to explore new work and the creation process through a distinctly queer lens.

This season, with our building largely closed to public performances, resident artists will be able to make use of the Chamber space to develop their works throughout the year. These may involve small public presentations, but the main goal for the time is to allow resident artists to develop their work. As our focus shifts this year to reflection and experimentation, we are excited to approach new working models through our Residency Program.

 In addition to more access to the space and technical resources, we are devoting more financial resources to residency artists, with artist fees for creation and rehearsal time. We will also be reimagining expectations around the time commitment of rehearsals, experimenting with a 25-hour work week. As well, as we undertake an organizational review this Fall, resident artists will have paid opportunities to consult and contribute to the process.

2020-21 Artists in Residence

Pearle Harbour – Distant Early Warning

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, in Canada’s scorched Arctic Circle, a seed of surviving humans gather to hear prophetic warnings from the last piece of technology on the planet. Distant Early Warning is a cli-fi disaster epic, travelling across time and woven around some of history’s most popular pro-war songs.

Martin Julien– The Man That Got Away (A Special Appearance)

An unmapping, through space and time, of the artist’s experience growing up in a nuclear family with a lesbian mother and gay father in mid-twentieth century Toronto. Drawing on the joy and eroticism of cabaret, musical theatre, confessionals, and the power of family heirlooms, this project weaves family secrets into a space of liberation, memory, desire, and truth.

manidoons collective – White Girls in Moccasins

How do you stay connected to your culture and find your roots growing up in a world of appropriation and colonial oppression? Combining movement, song, and Wheel of Fortune, this new work by Yolanda Bonnell sees a young Indigenous girl, Miskozi (she is red), navigate her way through a white-washed world with the help of her inner white girl, Waabishkizi (she is white), and Ziibi, an ancestral river.

Pencil Kit Productions – WHITE MUSCLE DADDY

WHITE MUSCLE DADDY is a multimedia fantasy-horror that uses projection art and performance to tell the story of a vampiric predator, at large in a major urban centre’s queer village. This psychosexual thriller explores the destructive impact of the white supremacist construct on queer desire and community.

Heath V. Salazar – Untitled Project

Now entering the third year of their residency, Heath V. Salazar continues writing and developing a new canon of work. This season, part of their focus will be creating an innovative methodology that engages an ensemble in their work which prioritizes the holistic safety of the individual within the collective.

The We Other Sons Collective – What’s Done, Must Come

A group of artists from a variety of forms gather to discuss shame and sexuality as Queer Men of Colour in this collectively created and searing work.

Since launching in 2010, the Buddies Residency Program has yielded the following Mainstage productions

  • Obaaberima by Tawiah Ben M’carthy (Buddies 2012-13 // National Arts Centre + The Cultch 2014-15 // Buddies 2018-19)
  • 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 (Buddies 2017-18)
  • Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools by Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher, Elysha Poirier + Cris Derksen (Buddies 2017-18 // Qaggiavut, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Espace Libre, Luminato 2018-19 // Edinburgh International Festival, NAC Indigenous Theatre 2019-20)
  • Shove It Down My Throat by Johnnie Walker (Buddies 2018-19)

If you have questions about the Buddies Residency Program, please contact Daniel Carter, Interim Programming Director at daniel@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

photo of Tawiah M’Carthy, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Virgilia Griffith and Thomas Olajide by Dahlia Katz, Design by Lucinda Wallace