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Nightwood Theatre and Tapestry Opera have banded together to offer 3-day Studio Residencies for artists and artist collectives in the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Historic Distillery District. We will be offering 6 fully subsidized three-day studio residency opportunities for artists and artist collectives with projects or initiatives that are in-line with Nightwood Theatre and/or Tapestry Opera’s mandates. Please note the maximum total number of individuals allowed in the space – excluding the technician – is 2. 

Residency includes 1 hour contribution of Michael Mori and/or Andrea Donaldson’s consultation (if desired). 

The space is set up for social distanced rehearsal processes or for live streaming or recording sessions, and each subsidized studio rental will include a 4-hour session with our technician if desired within the third day of your residency. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINES: April 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET

TO APPLY: Please complete the the application form below.  For questions, please contact Naz Afsahi:

 FACILITY ACCESS: The Ernest Balmer Studio, located in the Distillery District, can be accessed through entrances at 9 Trinity Street & 15 Case Goods Lane, and is located on the third floor. Elevator access is located via the entrance at 15 Case Goods Lane. Please note that the bathrooms at 9 Trinity and 15 Case Goods Lane are not barrier-free as they do not have automated push-buttons and are not gender neutral.

To learn more about the Ernest Balmer Studio, please visit the rental page on Tapestry Opera’s website, located here

Please note that all artists must comply with our strict COVID safety procedures. Due to the changing nature of COVID, updated protocols will be shared with artists prior to their residency.

meet the FALL/WINTER studio residency artists

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Jeysa Caridad and Adriana Moraes-Mendoza of Con Queso Collective

J & A Collective

J & A Collective is a Latinx theatre company, founded by multidisciplinary artists Jeysa Caridad and Adriana Moraes-Mendoza. They create and share original stories inspired by their heritage to engage audiences through female narratives. As a collective, they have been residents of Factory Theatre’s Foundry where they completed the first draft of their co-written play, DiablaDivina. Their piece was chosen to be part of Assembly Theatre’s 150 Workshop series, and continued on to be showcased in Aluna Theatre’s 2019 Caminos festival for new works. They are excited for the next chapter of their company’s journey. Through Paprika festival Producer’s unit, they are seizing the opportunity to tackle a new project and embrace new roles as co-producers, directors and writers of their latest piece. They are creating a physical theatre piece inspired by three Latinx women with very different stories to be heard.

Rose Goodwin

Rose Goodwin (fae/they/she) is a multidisciplinary artist who works in theatre, video games, and visual art. Fae were recently part of Summerworks (2019) Gender Reveal Party which was runner up Audience Choice for the festival. Fae create theatre that is queer and wants to be interacted with. When Rose is not creating art fae can be found doing Harm Reduction work around Toronto with Pieces 2 Pathways. Rose brings revolutionary stories and trans inclusive perspectives to everything fae do. 

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Rose Goodwin
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Celia Green

Celia Green is a queer performer, performance creator, and choreographer working at the intersection of dance and theatre. Her solo show, Wah Wah Wah, premiered at SummerWorks 2019, where she received the Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award. It was also presented at the 2020 Wildside Festival in Montreal. Her growth and learning has been greatly shaped by The Paprika Festival, the AMY Project and La Pocha Nostra. Celia’s work attempts to open up the space that exists between text and movement. She is a choreographer for the 2020 iteration of adelheid dance’s re:research (now postponed), and is part of Kaeja d’Dance’s Open Circuit mentorship. Celia is currently training to become a full-spectrum doula. 

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