Call for Submissions
21.22 Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Creators Residency
Canadian Stage is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2021/22 RBC Emerging Artist Program, running from January 2022 to June 2022.
Through this program, Canadian Stage offers development support, creation space, mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional resources to our city’s emerging creators. Canadian Stage supports is interested in artists who are considering the future in their work, who are seeking to create innovative contemporary performance works in theatre, dance, and hybrid forms.
For this year’s intake, Canadian Stage is seeking applications from collectives of artists for this year’s program. This can include:
• Established performance collectives that have a production history
• Ad hoc groups working on a specific project for the first time together
• Multi-disciplinary collaborations
• Artistic research within a collective of artists
The deadline for submission is Friday November 12, 2021 at Midnight
21.22 RBC Emerging Artist Focus
In response to the continued artistic isolation facing many artists as live performance continues to navigate the new normal, the focus for this year’s program is on Collective Artistic Process. Canadian Stage is interested in groups of artists, working collaboratively on a single project or research question. The RBC Emerging Artists program continues to encourages collective process, working with artists across disciplines and experiences, and cross-pollination of artistic ideas.
The collective/group can choose to work on a specific performance piece, either brand new or in process, and/or the space can be used to explore performance experiments and curiosities.
The RBC Emerging Artists Residency will include:
• 3-4 weeks of creation time the Berkeley Upstairs Theatre (May 30, 2022 – June 26, 2022) (PLEASE NOTE: Access to performance space will strictly follow all current COVID-19 City of Toronto and Provincial guidelines at the time of the Residency period)
• Formal meetings with Canadian Stage administrative and artistic Staff
• Participation in the 2022 Festival of Ideas and Creation
• Artist profile on the Canadian Stage website and social media platform
• An honorarium to be split amongst participants
• Some limited technical support, if required, in the final week leading to the invited presentation
The ideal candidates are:
• Toronto or GTA Based for the duration of the Residency Period
• Collectives of choreographers, performers, playwrights, directors or performance creators whose practice intersects within multiple artistic disciplines
• Artists interested in examining, exploring and developing collectively
• Artists wanting to engage in intellectual discourse and investigation about collective creation processes
• Creators interested in the artistic and operational practices of Canadian Stage as an organization
• Creators with at least three years of experience creating and producing performance-based work
Applications from individual artists who are not associated with a collective will not be considered.
How to apply
All applications for the RBC Emerging Artist Residency will be accepted through an online form. Please select one member of the collective as the primary contact. You will be also asked to include
1. A 1–2-page letter of interest that includes:
• An artist statement that describes your goals as a collective, and reason to come together as a group at this time. This might include the structure of your collective, the disciplines you would like to explore, etc.
• A description of the project would you like to develop as part of the residency
• A description of the process you would like to used during the residency
• A statement outlining your goals for the project and residency and how you hope it will impact your artistic practice and future artistic endeavours
• A list of project participants
• Accessibility needs (if required)
• Your availability as a collective during the May 30 – June 26, 2022 period
2. CV/BIO’s of all confirmed participants
The applications will be reviewed by the Canadian Stage artistic staff (Brendan Healy - Artistic Director, Lynanne Sparrow – Producer, Mel Hague – Associate Artistic Director, Tawiah M’Carthy, Artist Outreach and Development Coordinator, Dedra McDermott, Metcalf Artistic Producing Intern) Following the initial review, a short list of candidates will be contacted for interviews. All applicants will be contacted with the result of their application to the program.
Canadian Stage encourages submissions from all individuals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion and diversification. We will make every effort to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion with regard to ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, colour, disability, national origin, family or marital status, language, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, or any other characteristics that make our communities and individuals unique.
Canadian Stage will work to meet the accessibility needs of participants in the RBC Artist Development Residency. If you have accessibility needs, or require support with your application please contact Associate Artistic Director Mel Hague firstname.lastname@example.org
Past participants of the Canadian Stage RBC Artist Development Residency
nisha ahuja, d’bi.young anitafrika, Gideon Arthurs, Liza Balkan, Augusto Bitter, Laura Bolton, David Brock, Lauren Brotman, Claire Calnan, Anna Chatterton, Lisa Codrington, Ashlie Corcoran, David S. Craig, Ryan Cunningham, Melissa D’Agostino, Mikaela Davies, Spy Dénommé-Welch, Alan Dilworth, Chris Dupuis, André du Toit, Waawaate Fobister, Gil Garratt, Karen Gilodo, Jack Grinhaus, Brendan Healy, Syreeta Hector, Elif I??közlü, Joel Ivany, Reza Jacobs, Ravi Jain, Marcia Johnson, Njo Kong Kie, Moynan King, Scott Lale, The Live Cinema Collective, Adam Lazarus, Mitchell Marcus, Alyssa Martin, Tawiah M’Carthy, Philip McKee, Alistair Newton, Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, Adam Paolozza, John Jack Paterson, PJ Prudat, Ali Joy Richardson, Anusree Roy, Katherine Sanders, Rosanna Saracino, Adam Seelig, Jonathan Seinen, Nikki Shaffeullah, Erin Shields, Rebecca Singh, Kwame Stephens, Kelly Straughan, Jordan Tannahill, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Lindsay C. Walker, Gein Wong, Norman Lup-Man Yeung, Jacob Zimmer. Bad New Days, The Howland Company, Nowadays Theatre, Pandemic Theatre, The Templeton Philharmonic, Single Thread Theatre Company, Theatre Caravel, Nobody's Business Theatre, lemonTree theatre creations, I'd Rather Dance, Suburban Beast, Theatre Kairos, The Original Norwegian.