Generator is a mentoring, teaching, and innovation incubator that expands the skills, tools, and competencies of independent artists, producers and leaders. From intensive programs to workshops, Generator is transforming the role of the artist producer one artist at a time.
Our History and Transformation:
For the past two decades, Generator has played an important role in assisting artists to develop the means to create and produce work. When Generator was founded as STAF in the fall of 1992, it was created to make administration more affordable.
Much has changed in the intervening years as the independent theatre movement has exploded: The number of Fringe, Next Stage and SummerWorks applications increases annually, and the number of independent-category TAPA Members continues to see significant growth. The supply of resources to create this work continues to outstrip demand.
Cumulatively, this has led to more artists, creating more work, with fewer formal tools. In this environment of entrepreneurship, Generator has become an incubator for the creators who shape the future of performance in Toronto.
This current wave of artists runs lean operations that are often project-based. Without a subscriber base, they make work they hope will connect with new, frequently younger and more diverse audiences. They require a specific set of tools for a set period of time, without being saddled with the demands of a large organizational structure.
To play a key role in a sustainable independent performance sector driven by self-producing artists.
"Generator and The Riser Project: Sector developers for independent theatre in Toronto" - Research and Evaluation Study
Commissioned by Toronto Arts Foundation with support from the Metcalf Foundation and Toronto Arts Council, Generator was part of a two and a half year research and evaluation study. Released on Nov 9, 2017, the report takes a look at two change initiatives in the performing arts sector, Generator and Why Not Theatre's The Riser Project. Both ventures have emerged from the theatre community to devise new ways to support independent artists in today’s context of precarity and limited resources.
Kristina Lemieux (she/her) - Lead Producer
Kristina Lemieux is an accomplished arts administrator with more than 18 years of experience, and contemporary dancer. Her passion for the arts has driven collaboration, creation and innovation in the Vancouver arts scene for the last decade. She has worked with many of the Vancouver's art organizations: Arts Umbrella, New Works, Out On Screen (Queer Film Festival), Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/West), Tara Cheyenne Performance, Theatre Replacement, Progress Lab 1422 (a project of Vancouver Creative Space Society), Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) and Vancouver Art Gallery.
Kristina is the Artistic Producer for Brief Encounters, a production company that supports, enhances, and amplifies the work of interdisciplinary artists and spaces that light the fires of diverse, interdisciplinary creation. Recently, she launched The Scaffold, a consulting, administration and skill development service designed to support performing artists and groups. She currently acts as a director on the Board of Directors for 110 Arts Cooperative (The Post at 70), Up in the Air Theatre (rEvolver Festival), and Music on Main and is an Ally member with the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (read more about her philosophy on that here).
Kristina is most passionate about dialogue in the arts, and to this end, achieved a certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, has founded a series on audience engagement and citizenship and is co-founder of Polymer Dance, a group dedicated to bringing dance experiences to non-professional dancers.
Sedina Fiati - Artist Producer Training Facilitator
Sedina is a performer, producer, activist and creator for stage and screen. She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor and has performed, produced and created a variety of projects, ranging from devised work, Shakespeare, cabarets, and multi disciplinary projects. Sedina is the Managing Producer of The Storefront Theatre where she co created the Feminist Fuck It Festival with Claire Burns. She is proudly queer and of African descent and hopes to leave the world a better place than she found it. Upcoming: Switch, a street performance intervention/meditation, 22, a new play in development, and whatever else she cooks up while riding her bike in dresses. Sedina is excited to join Generator as APT Producer.
Annie Clarke - Communications Producer
Annie is an actor, producer, and theatre creator originally from Vancouver. As an actor, recent Toronto credits include Antony and Cleopatra (Secret Shakespeare), Titus Andronicus (Hart House), Marisol (Seven Siblings Theatre – Staged Reading), The Crucible (Kindling Collective), and Much Ado About Nothing (Unit 102/Leroy Street). As producer: Music Music Life Death Music (One Little Goat) and two instalments of Secret Shakespeare. Upcoming: producing the world premieres of What I call her by Ellie Moon (In Association/Crow’s Theatre) in November 2018 and Cannibal by Thom Nyhuus (Scrap Paper Theatre) at the Next Stage Theatre Festival in January 2019. Annie also works as Marketing Coordinator at Studio 180 Theatre and sits on the board of Theatre Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, where she studied English (drama and theatre concentration) and History.
Keshia Palm - Online Content Producer (ArtistProducerResource.com)
Keshia Palm is an interdisciplinary artist from Battleford, Saskatchewan (Treaty 6 Territory). As a settler of this land, she is grateful for its original caretakers, recorded and unrecorded, that allow her to be a part of the tradition of listening and sharing stories in tkaronto. She is an alumni of the University of Victoria BFA: Theatre Program and the Banff Arts Centre Puppet Theatre Intensive, and works fluidly under the monikers of producer, director/dramaturg, performer, puppeteer and community engager. She is particularly excited about creating and cultivating new interdisciplinary Canadian work. In 2017, she was fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company's coordinator of Reading the 49, a monthly play reading event promoting under-produced and un-produced plays by women of colour (www.the49list.com). She will be part of the Factory Foremen for the 2018/2019 season. She stumbled into Generator for the Artist Producer Training Program in 2017 and has managed to stay despite all odds.
Ryan Weatherby - Videographer (ArtistProducerResource.com)
Ryan is a motion graphics artist and editor originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. After spending some time in Washington D.C., Ryan moved to Toronto to pursue his passion for animation and film production. After studying Broadcasting and Film at Centennial College, Ryan spent some time interning at Electric Square; where he fell in love with motion design and editing for factual and documentary disciplines. His credits include productions on TVO (Some Sort of Judas) and H2 (Hunting Nazi Treasure), as well as independent productions such as The Last Cat Call. Ryan wears many hats for Generator, primarily assisting with video production as well as IT.
Faline Park - Bookkeeper
Faline is the Bookkeeper at Generator and works under Falconcrest Accounting. She is not originally from the accounting world. She was in the theatre industry in her past years doing theatre production and design. Her transition in career is quite the opposite, but still around the industry and working on numbers instead of design. She believes accounting needs creativity because every company has different types of accounts! She works for a variety of theatre, film, non-profit organizations.
Board of Directors
Elenna Mosoff, President (Founder and CEO of The Mission Business Inc.)
Peter Sevitt, Treasurer (Accountant)
Quinn Harris, Secretary (Lawyer)
Karl M. Druckman, Director (Lawyer)
Claire Burns, Director (Arts Administrator/Artist)
Kevin Matthew Wong, Director (Arts Administrator/Artist)
ted witzel, Director (assistant creative producer, the stratford festival of canada)
James Foy, Director (Lawyer, Addario Law Group LLP)