Emerging Creators Unit

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Buddies is pleased to announce a call for submissions for our Emerging Creators’ Unit (ECU) running from December 2021 to June 2022. This year the Emerging Creators’ Unit program will support two individual queer and/or trans artists.

If you have any accommodation requests, require support, or have any questions about the program or the application process, please email Tawiah, Philip, and/or Daniel (Buddies’ Interim Programming Director) at ecu@buddiesinbadtimes.com. If you would like to direct your question or request to a specific person, please include their name in the subject line (For example: Attn Philip: Request).

The deadline for submission is Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Read the full call

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If you have more questions, or just want to chat about the program, we’re offering two drop-in office hours over Zoom, hosted by Tawiah and Philip.

Friday, September 24, 12-1PM EDT
Saturday, September 25, 12-1PM EDT

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What is the Emerging Creators’ Unit?

The Emerging Creators’ Unit offers an intensive, process-focused opportunity to develop your artistic practice and producing skills. As part of this training program, artists are invited to apply with a project that will serve as a vehicle to advance their artistic practice. 

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. 

We encourage artists who are interested in developing their unique process of theatre creation, and are ready to take their practice to the next level. The Emerging Creators’ Unit supports a wide definition of “theatre”, and is open to a variety of themes, form, and/or content.

The unit is co-led by Tawiah M’Carthy and Philip Geller, returning for their second year. This year, the directors and participants will co-curate a pathway of learning and development that supports their unique and individual artistic voice. The program may include monthly ECU meetings and Emerging Artist Producer Series workshops, as well as individual biweekly check-ins with Tawiah and Philip. 

This year’s unit is process-focused, and will conclude with a paid artist-led in-studio residency and the opportunity to share an artistic offering as a part of Buddies’ Queer Pride Festival in June.

Buddies is pleased to announce the continuation of the Emerging Artist & Producer Series, running from January to June 2022.

After a very successful pilot last year, the Emerging Artist & Producer Series (EAPS) officially returns! EAPS is a space for emerging artists and emerging producers to meet each other, share skills and ideas, and learn from established professionals in their field. This year’s EAPS will include hands-on workshops from established artist professionals and social events to further community growth. 

Everyone who applies to the Emerging Creators’ Unit and expresses interest in their application to join EAPS, is welcome to all our workshops and events free of charge. 

For the full call for submissions, please click here.

photo of Tawiah M’Carthy & Philip Geller by Dylan Mitro, styling by Vanessa Magic, hair and makeup by Robert Weir

Past Participants

2021 // Ajahnis Charley, Janis Mayers + Babe Waters
// 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