Young Innovators Program

Young Innovators 2018-19

Nightwood is pleased to be working with this group of multi-talented emerging artists for the 2018-19 season: Brittany Banks, Jasmine Cabanilla, Rais Clarke-Mendes, Ellie Elwand, Melissa Fearon, Shaneill Floyd-Wlazlak, Marina Gomes, Amanda Lin, Leah Pritchard, Melissa MacKenzie, Rochelle Richardson, Kai Taddei, Haley Vincent, Emma Welsh and Arielle Zamora.

Applications for the 2018-19 Young Innovators Program are now closed

Our 2019-20 Young Innovators Program will be accepting applications in 2019 late spring. You can find the application instructions below.

The program is flexible throughout the 2019-20 season (September-June) with a minimum of 20 volunteer hours.

Program includes:

• A complimentary season pass
• Access to attend a play development workshop with director/dramaturg Andrea Donaldson
• Access to the Groundswell Festival: A Festival of New Work by Women
• Workshops with Nightwood staff on marketing, outreach, fundraising, budgeting and more
• Producing Fempocalypse: An International Women’s Day Cabaret
• Attendance at first day of rehearsal read-throughs
• Various volunteer opportunities within the organization in areas such as marketing, event planning, and development
• 10 hours of studio time (studio availability permitting)
• Access to Nightwood staff for consultation

We ask interested applicants to submit electronically to sadie [at] with:

• A letter of interest (1 page max.)
• Artistic resume (3 pages max.)
• A minute-long video describing why you want to join Nightwood’s Young Innovators team (please send video via

“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, 17-18 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, 16-17 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, 16-17 Young Innovator

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