Build community and collaborate with the next generation of leaders in Canada’s theatre industry. The Nightwood Innovators program (formally the Young Innovators) is now open to emerging and/or new generation artists aged 18+, and delivers digital and in-person meet-ups to equip participants with the building blocks involved in running a theatre company and creating work on their own terms. Whether a Nightwood Innovator joins us as a born administrator, stage manager, designer, director, actor, playwright or production manager (or beyond), we aim to deepen their understanding of each dimension of professional theatre, opening them up to new complementary facets of their practice. Nightwood Innovators are given the unique opportunity to forge connections with one another in a pivotal time in their careers, and ignite a lasting personal and professional relationship with Nightwood Theatre.
We accept applications from theatre practitioners (directors, actors, designers, technicians, stage managers, arts managers, dramaturges, production managers, etc.) who are 18+ and self-identify as emerging. We encourage applications from anyone who has experienced gender oppression (including but not limited to trans and cis women, trans men, non-binary, and Two-Spirit folks). The program will run from September 2021 to the end of April 2022.
Please note, the deadline to apply is September 1st at 11:59 pm ET and applicants will be notified of final decisions by the week of September 13th.
- Access to Nightwood’s digital and live programming
- Numerous workshops by Nightwood staff on marketing, fundraising, grant writing, networking, directing/dramaturgy, artist health, and more
- Programming and producing experience as the Nightwood Innovators curate and produce Fempocalypse, a fundraising event to benefit a charity chosen by the cohort
- Observing a Write From The Hip new play development workshop before it is publicly shared at the Groundswell Festival
- Regular gathering points for socializing, connecting to future collaborators, and developing systems of support.
- Invites to first day table reads and opening nights/dress rehearsals*
- Access to Nightwood staff for consultation
- A one-on-one session with Artistic Director Andrea Donaldson
- A short, one-on-one dramaturgical feedback session with a Nightwood community member (intended for participants who have a work in progress)
- A $500 honourarium for participation
*As possible given COVID-19
To apply, please fill out the below Google Form and submit your resumé via https://wetransfer.com to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to view the application questions prior to filling out the form, click here for a preview copy of the application (please note this is just for reference).
Applications are now closed. Please check back next year to apply for the 22/23 cohort.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
As a feminist theatre company, Nightwood seeks to foster greater gender equity in all aspects of theatre. We encourage applications from anyone who has experienced gender oppression (including but not limited to trans and cis women, trans men, non-binary, and Two-Spirit folks). The program culminates in participants curating and producing Fempocalypse, a fundraiser cabaret raising money for a charity chosen by the cohort.
WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE SHOULD I HAVE?
We’re looking for theatre artists and arts workers who self-identify as “emerging” and/or new generation (according to the Ontario Arts Council, new generation refers to a person who is 18 to 30 years of age). There is no age cap to the program. Maybe you’re an actor who wants to expand into producing, maybe you’re a stage manager who’s thinking of running a company, maybe you’re new to the city and are looking to forge connections.
WHAT IF I’M A STUDENT?
We believe that you will get the most out of this program if you are not currently a full-time student and we’d encourage you to apply upon graduation.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN TORONTO?
We welcome applications from anyone within Canada, and intend to include some folks from outside Toronto in the program this year. It should be noted that some workshops and Fempocalypse will potentially be in-person (with an option to join digitally) and Nightwood’s ability to make connections and opportunities for Innovators is stronger for those who are in Toronto, as that is where our company is based.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO’S IN THE PROGRAM?
Applications are viewed by program leaders Amanda and Taylor, with consultation from the outgoing Innovators cohort. We consider a number of factors, including:
- Who will get the most out of this program?
- Who would not get this kind of opportunity elsewhere?
- Who demonstrates values that align with Nightwood’s?
- How will each member of the cohort fit in together? (To expand on this, we attempt to make the cohort as diverse as possible – diverse in terms of experience, discipline, intersections of identity, etc. – so that everyone is bringing something unique to the group.)
WAIT, I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!
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If you have any other questions you can reach Amanda and Taylor via email (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave us a voice message at (416-662-9593). We are so happy to answer any questions you might have, or assist you in completing your application.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM LEADERS
Amanda Lin 林美智 (she/her) is an emerging Taiwanese-Canadian theatre artist who specializes in writing, performance, direction, and arts administration. She is a recent(ish) graduate of Queen’s University, where she studied social psychology, theatre, and business, with her area of research centring on attitudes and social influence. She is particularly interested in cultivating spaces of care and connection within theatre, and providing a platform for underrepresented people and stories. Amanda is an alumni of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Program and fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre’s Kitchen Playwriting unit. She has also worked with companies such as Why Not Theatre, the Paprika Festival, Ergo Arts Theatre, Single Thread Theatre Company, the Kick and Push Festival, Thousand Islands Playhouse, and Young People’s Theatre. She currently works at Nightwood Theatre as their Development & Engagement Associate and Cahoots Theatre as their Development Coordinator. Visit Amanda online at www.amandamlin.com.
Taylor Trowbridge (she/her) is an actor, educator, emerging playwright and arts administrator. As an actor, she has performed in productions for theatre companies such as Canadian Stage, The Shaw Festival, Nightwood Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Thousand Islands Playhouse and SummerWorks Festival. She holds an MFA in Acting from York University and her thesis work explored discovering greater artistic freedom through a practice of personal discipline. As an educator, Taylor’s focus is on connecting students to their inner-worth and interconnectivity, their sense of daring and vulnerability. With her work an arts administrator, her mission is to communicate from a place of community-building rather than commerce, and some of her projects with Nightwood Theatre include the Rising Moon Writing Program for youth (which she co-leads with Amanda Lin) and the Social Distancing Care Packages.
From Our Young Innovators
“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. 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.”
Izzie Solis Lozano
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