Call for Submissions – Buddies Residency Program

Buddies’ is accepting proposals from artists for new and innovative theatrical works to be developed through our in-house Residency Program. We have two spots available for new projects in this program. Proposals should align with our mandate to support and develop Queer work and voices, to push and interrogate boundaries, questions societal norms, and theatrical and performance form.

*if you have sent your submission to residency@buddiesinbadtimes.com please note that we have experienced technical difficulties with that address – please send inquiries and applications to mel@buddiesinbadtimes.com

What we are looking for?

We are looking to accept two new projects in the early stages of development

that reflect Buddies spirit and mandate: inclusion, rebellion, asking hard questions, pushing boundaries, transgressing societal expectations, exploring identity, gender and sexuality, and more.

The Buddies Residency Program is a self-driven space. It is a supportive environment that provides opportunities for space and time to develop, feedback as needed, and public presentations of works in development.

Who can apply?

We are looking for groups or individuals who have a project that they wish to develop. Artists of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a Queer-focused space and we welcome applications from LGBTQ, QPOC, Two-spirited and Trans* identified individuals.

We welcome applications from all artists who are seeking to develop work that reflects our spirit and mandate.

About the Buddies Residency Program

Through this program, Buddies commissions and develops Queer work. Projects undertaken in residence can be new plays, explorations of existing texts, non-text-based performance, and everything in between.

Resident artists may include:

  • Playwrights
  • Theatre collectives
  • Directors
  • Performance artists
  • Choreographers and other inter-disciplinary artists.

A Buddies Residency includes:

  • Dramaturgical support from the Company Dramaturge and Artistic Director
  • Opportunities to present the work to a general public as it develops
  • Monthly meetings with the group of all resident companies / artists

A Buddies Residency can also include:

  • Technical support, negotiated on a project to project basis
  • Space in the building
  • Other artistic and administrative support that is appropriate to the piece’s development.

The 2016-17 Residency term will run from September 2016 to June 2017.

How To Apply
Deadline May 13th 2016

Please attach the following in a single .PDF document. Those elements marked (*) are mandatory.

  • *A Letter of Interest (1-2 pages) – What is your Artistic Practice? What questions are you exploring through this particular work? Why is the Buddies Residency a good fit for the development of this work? How does your work align with the Buddies in Bad Times mandate?
  • *Project Description (1-2 pages) Give a synopsis of the proposed work. Has it had any previous development? Which of the offered services (Space, technical support, dramaturgical support, administrative support, etc.) appeal to you for this project? What is your proposed process for developing this project in the Residency program?
  • *Proposed Project Timeline (1 page) Outline your work plan for the residency term of September 2016 – June 2017. It is suggested that you consider when you would be working intensely (physical exploration, a workshop of a script, a public presentation etc.) within the year-long term. Given the different types and forms of work the residency can support, this timeline will differ project to project.
  • Support Materials (if applicable) Can include: Script Sample (Max 15 pages) Video (Max 3 minutes) Images, or other as applicable.

Completed applications can be sent by email to mel@buddiesinbadtimes.com by May 13th, 2016 with the subject line Residency Application. Mailed or faxed applications or applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

All questions about the program or application process should be addressed to mel@buddiesinbadtimes.com.