Young Innovators Program 2019 Group Photo

Young Innovators 2019-20

Nightwood is pleased to be working with this group of multi-talented emerging artists for the 2019-20 season: Madison Angus, Alethea Bakogeorge, Sara Flicht, Xanath Fuentes, Ciana Henderson, Arinea Hermans, Sarah Marchand, Kate McArthur, Samantha Megarry, Faly Mevanamana, Rabiya Mansoor, Roxhanne Norman, Shohana Sharmin Sicilia, and Izzie Solis Lozano.

Applications for the 2020-21 Young Innovators Program will open in summer 2020

Spend the 2020-21 season with Nightwood Theatre. During the year you will get an inside look into the creative process; learn the essential skills necessary to run a theatre company; and become an ambassador for Canada’s National Women’s Theatre. Nightwood is now accepting applications from next generation theatre artists (18-30) across all disciplines (directing, acting, design, stage management, etc.,) for our 2020-21 Young Innovators program.

The program is flexible throughout the 2020-21 season (September-June)


  • A complimentary season pass
  • Attending a play development workshop with Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson
  • Observing a Write from the Hip play rehearsal before it’s publicly read at the Groundswell Festival
  • Facilitated workshops by Nightwood staff on marketing, outreach, fundraising, budgeting and more
  • The opportunity to curate Fempocalypse: An International Women’s Day Cabare
  • Invitations to first day of rehearsal read throughs
  • Various volunteer opportunities within the organization in areas such as marketing, event planning and development
  • Access to Nightwood staff for consultation


Check back next summer for details on how to apply!

From Our Young Innovators

“If you’re considering applying to the YI program, definitely do. I loved being part of the program. I met incredible fellow artists who have become friends and collaborators. These relationships have extended well beyond the length of the program and have expanded my perspective of art. Thanks to the program, I was able to see awesome theatre in the Nightwood season, and was able to participate in workshops on a range of topics. The information I gleaned from those sessions have been extremely useful to my professional development. Take advantage of this great opportunity!!"
Ellie Ellwand
2018-19 Young Innovator
"I joined the Young Innovators program when I was fresh out of school, and was immediately welcomed with open arms into the Nightwood family. The program introduced me to an incredible, talented group of young women and non-binary artists, making the at-first intimidating Toronto theatre industry feel a whole lot friendlier. The year after I was in YI, I took on the position of Marketing and Development Assistant at Nightwood, using and building upon the knowledge that I first developed during my time as a Young Innovator, demonstrating Nightwood's commitment to supporting and celebrating their emerging artist community throughout their careers.”
Amanda Lin
2018-19 Young Innovator

“I really enjoyed the YI program: its flexibility, the chance to connect with other emerging artists, and to peek behind the curtain of Nightwood. The workshop sessions were very interesting and informative.

Organizing Fempocalypse was a really good challenge in terms of learning to work as a group. I was really proud of the results and the stressful moments all felt very worth it in the end. I learned that programming diverse artists is fulfilling not because it’s the ‘right’ (or trendy) thing to do, but because it produces the funniest, most universal, most moving experience for the audience.

I also really appreciated the season’s pass to Nightwood! And the chance to be in the office where art that I admire gets produced. It has a very positive effect to feel seen by those further down the road than oneself.”

Ellen Denny
2017-18 Young Innovator
“A wonderful team of artists! Between tailored workshops, producing opportunities and access to special events such as play readings/launch parties, the fierce team at Nightwood welcomed us into their community with open arms! The program provided us with a look into the inner workings of a successful Toronto based theatre company!”
Veronica Baron
2016-17 Young Innovator
“Being a part of the Young Innovators has made an indelible impact on me. I have been empowered, inspired, and emboldened. The women in this group blow me away, and we have created a beautiful and highly capable community that I know will endure beyond the length of the program. Like many young people in this industry, I am looking beyond performance to forge a career in theatre. Nightwood has done so much to help me envision what that path might look like and to equip with the skills I will need as my work grows to include marketing, producing, and development. I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I cannot imagine this year without it!”
Annie MacKay
2016-17 Young Innovator