Emerging Creators Unit

community + education partner 

education programming supporter

What is the Emerging Creators Unit?

The Emerging Creators Unit offers an intensive, process-focused opportunity to develop your artistic practice and producing skills through the creation of a new project with the opportunity to share your work as part of Buddies’ Queer Pride Festival in June. 

The Emerging Creators Unit is an artist-driven, mentor-supported creative model; we look for strongly motivated emerging queer and/or trans artists who have an ability to work independently, are interested in creating original, 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 variety of themes, form, or content.

2021 Emerging Creators Unit

This year’s Emerging Creators unit is led by Tawiah M’Carthy in association with Philip Geller. In addition to bi-weekly meetings with Tawiah, Philip and guest mentors, this year’s program includes a paid development period, and a public sharing at Buddies Queer Pride Festival in June.

2021 ECU Participants

Our 2021 Emerging Creators Unit Participants are Babe Waters, Ajahnis Charley, and Janis Mayers. Read more about these artists in the announcement, here.

Past Participants

2020 // Rochelle R, Gabe Maharjan + Merlin Simard
// Ophira Calof, Brock Hessel, Shohana Sharmin, Jade Walker & Kasden Leo Indigo
 // Rhiannon Collett, Erum Khan, Kwaku Okyere, Heath V Salazar
// Bilal Baig, Teiya Kasahara, François Macdonald, Sofia Rodriguez
// Marina Moreira, Joshua Middleton, Chase Lo, Monica Garrido
// 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, Mx. 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

Program Supporters

Education Partner:
TD Bank Group

Additional Program Support:
The NigE Gough Shine On Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation