APT (ARTIST PRODUCER TRAINING)
APT is a paid training program designed for the independent producer, self-producing artist, or artist who wants to learn how to make art happen more efficiently. Over three semesters of coursework led by prominent, seasoned independent artists and companies, followed by one practicum project with a mentor company, participants learn effective producing strategies - directly from leading artists and organizations. In total, the program includes over 120 hours of instruction.
Graduates of APT create and implement projects and budgets that have the goal of paying a better wage to artists, gaining skills to sustain a career in the arts, and improving the overall health of the performing arts sector.
We aim to train artists, producers, and artist/producers of independent theatre. Graduates will create and implement projects and budgets that have the goal of paying a better wage to artists, gain skills to sustain a career in the arts, and improve the overall health of the theatre ecology.
Some of our graduates become ‘guns-for-hire’, working on a contract-by-contract basis on the one-off shows that drive independent performance, while others bring these new skills to creating and producing their own work. Everyone learns entrepreneurial and innovation-based strategies that seek to adequately compensate artists and producers.
Call for Submissions for the APT program go out once a year in the spring. Best way to stay in the loop is to join our mailing list.
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APT Curriculum 2015 - 2016 (click to view)
APT Curriculum 2016 - 2017 (click to view)
APT Curriculum 2017 - 2018 (click to view)
2018/2019 APT COHORT
Jamie Milay Kasiama (Pronouns: They/Them) is a multidisciplinary performance artist based in Hamilton, and is currently completing their Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Film and Multimedia at McMaster University. Their practice incorporates live performance, poetry, visual art, found art sculpture, photography, video art, sound art, and theatre/storytelling. Jamie’s work is rooted in social justice, anti-oppression, accessibility, and intersectionality. Their personal philosophy is to produce work that aims to destabilize hierarchies of power and embraces fluidity of content, artistic form, and artistic process. Jamie is currently an artist-in-residence at Trinity Square Video and is currently workshopping a play titled “FIMI” with Womens Work Hamilton.
Jordan Campbell is a queer performance artist, creator and youth workshop facilitator. Along with Maddie Bautista, he is co-artistic director and performer in xLq, a POP ART performance duo dedicated to creating new performance experiences for the 21st century brain and body. xLq is currently performing a fashion-fueled pop concert concert for the final century called POWERPLANT and they will premiere their business meeting for four participants centred around $1000 cash, 4inXchange, at SummerWorks in August. Jord's solo performances combine visual art, drag and performance art and can be found at the coolest queer parties around the city. He is also a drama teacher at Purple Carrots Drama Studio, specializing in working with children and adults with different learning abilities. Selected performance credits include: This City Isn't Dead (with Ty Sloane, New Blue Dance Festival), The Youth/Elders Project (Buddies in Bad Times), 72-Person Ball Passing (FFDN), The Stranger (DLT).
Karthy Chin is a Toronto-based theatre director and arts administrator. Selected credits include The Rape of Lucrece (Paprika Festival), Spring Moon (Mixed Company Theatre) and Objects Lie on a Table (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery) and assistant directing Hadestown (Citadel Theatre), The Death of Mrs. Gandhi and the Beginning of New Physics (Everything But the Bard/NSTF), and The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots/Factory). In the 16/17 season, she was a part of the Factory Foremen and Paprika's Director's Lab. She has worked in the Volunteer Departments at both Luminato and TIFF, and most recently was the TD Emerging Festival Producer at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Mikaela Demers is an emerging artist and producer originally from Northern Ontario. She has been a member of earthdancers, Lila Ensemble, Parahumans, the Garage, and worked as a performer for Vanessa Jane Kimmons, Allen Kaeja, Love Letters Cabaret, Brian Solomon, Megan English and Fernando Troya. Demers has been a part of numerous collaborative choreographic performances including Celestial Play(2013), checkbox(2015) and most recently maelstrom(2017), a co-choreographed work that toured to Toronto and Thunder Bay. Her current independent creative process is based on the physical study of eye focus and awareness. Demers hosted her first independently produced show the pack: creature in May 2018. She is a member of Branch Collective, and the producer of Branch Intensive, a week-long dance intensive hosted in Sudbury, Ontario. Demers has hosted three rural residencies to date in Sudbury and on Manitoulin Island. She is partaking in the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency during July 2018 in the Yukon.
Teiya Kasahara is a multi-disciplinary qpoc performing artist/creator/producer and first generation Canadian of Japanese and German roots who uses the pronouns she/her and they/them. Teiya comes from a background of over 11 years of professional stage experience as a coloratura soprano in various operas across North America and Europe including Rosina/The Barber of Seville (Teplice, CZ) and Olympia/The Tales of Hoffman (Edmonton Opera). More recently they have moved into the dramatic coloratura soprano repertoire adding Lady Macbeth/Macbeth (Opera Niagara), Fata Morgana/The Love of Three Oranges (Aalto-Musiktheater Essen), and Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni (Westben & Music Niagara) to their repertoire. Teiya has been praised as a “magnetic performer” singing with “a dynamic mix of sweetness undercut by strength” (Opera Canada) for their portrayal of Solana/When the Sun Comes Out, Canada’s first lesbian opera at the Queer Arts Festival in 2013, and Toronto’s World Pride in 2014. Their “impeccable” and “effortless” (reviewVancouver) Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute has already been seen across Canada (Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Kitchener & Highlands Music Festival) and in Europe (Prague, Teplice, Opéra de Toulon, & Essen).
In Toronto Teiya has worked extensively with the with the Canadian Opera Company as both an Ensemble Studio Artist from 2007-2010 and since then as a guest artist, including Echo/Ariadne auf Naxos, Frasquita/Carmen, and Lucy/The Telephone. They also performed with the Theatre Gargantua (Raging Dreams: into the visceral), National Ballet of Canada, Tapestry Opera (Hope/Shelter), Opera 5 (Offenbach/Hahn), and with Against the Grain Theatre in their highly acclaimed portrayal as Bino/Figaro’s Wedding.
Alongside their life-long passion for the art of bel canto singing, Teiya’s new found desires are to revolutionize and queer the operatic form. Having premiered their first ever opera-inspired theatre piece entitled The Queen In Me (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 2017) directed by Andrea Donaldson, as a part of the Emerging Creators Unit, this work and their new work The Queer of the Night (Tapestry Opera 2018) are currently in development with the support of Theatre Gargantua’s SideStream Cycle and the new collective Amplified Opera, where Teiya shares the position of Co-Artistic Director with director/producer/writer Aria Umezawa.
Exciting collaborations include Raging Asian Women (RAW) Taiko Drummers (Crooked Lines 2016), and Wolastoq composer/vocal artist Jeremy Dutcher on his debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. Teiya also joins RAW as an apprentice since November 2017 and has already performed extensively in and around the Toronto area as a taiko drummer. From the new theatre collective Queer As Fuck, along with fellow artists Bilal Baig, François Macdonald and Sofía Rodríguez, their new work Undecided is currently in development with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
As an active voice teacher of all genres, the founder and head coach of the voice and wellness studio The Vocal Dōjō, Teiya also teaches as the Classical Music Conservatory in Roncesvalles. Follow @teiyakasahara.
Tsholo Khalema is a multi-disciplinary artist and visionary currently based in Toronto Canada. Thrilled to have made his assistant directing debut with the guidance of Audrey Dwyer and to be part of this amazing production of Calpurnia. Tsholo Khalema's most recent performance credits include, Pharmasist in the amazing short film Holding Hands With The Awkward, Warren in Ceremony by Kanika Ambrose, Mabo in Cake by Donna Michelle St. Barnard, other selected theatre credits include Trix - The Drowsy Chaperone, Crystal- Little Shop of Horrors, Biandello- Taming of the Shrew. Selected film and tv credits include My Babysitter Is an Alien, Beyond a Friend, Alien in Almost Heroes.
2017/2018 APT COHORT
Matt Slaman is the Producer, Co-Director & founder of Pirate Life Children’s Theatre which opened its doors in 2015 and is entering its 3rd season as a site-specific summer theatre. Matt brings a business minded perspective to the arts having recently completed a Masters In Management in Portugal/Italy, studied business at the Institute of Entrepreneurs in Ottawa and attended the Startup Institute in Boston. Matt successfully produced and directed two seasons of Pirate Life shows on the Centre Island, with the 2017 season sailing from the mainland. He has auditioned and pitched the company in front of CBC Dragon’s Den Season X, received grant funding from Enterprise Toronto’s Startup Company for young entrepreneurs in 2015, received the ADP Small Business Grant in 2016 as well as start-up funding from Futurpreneur and the Business Development Bank of Canada. As producer of Pirate Life Matt opened the doors in 2017 as a free venue to host other performances, essentially outsourcing creativity through the community and is hosting everything from stand-up comedy, opera, movement pieces, concerts and a three week run of Pippi – The strongest Girl in the World, in collaboration with Fourth Gorgon Theatre. The old adage of being a kid at heart truly relates to Matt’s everyday philosophy and the kind of theatre he holds dear; fun, entertaining theatre for young audiences that also has something hidden in it for everyone.
A Saudi-born, Ethiopian independent musical artist, working primarily as a composer and singer; latest journey involves developing Buna!, an Ethiopian musical with support from b current’s bcHub training program for emerging theatre makers. Her work in theatre has included performance, wise.woman (b current); sound design, All of Him (SummerWorks & FemFest) and Radiance (b current); musical direction, The Art of Storytelling (Creative Mafia); performance, How I Learned to Serve Tea (The RISER Project); and parade/performer/sound designer, diaspora Dub (b current). She recently worked with Patrick Reed and Andréa Schmidt in a short film titled Notwithstanding (What Escapes Production), that was commissioned by Hot Docs as part of the compilation In the Name of All Canadians.
Ryan G. Hinds is a critically acclaimed theatre artist. Currently an Associate Artist at lemonTree Creations, he recently completed a two-year Residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; as a creator/performer, Ryan is interested in equitable & diverse creative environments and unique stories. Theatre work includes Post-Paradise at New Museum in New York City, the 2015 Fringe hit Starry Notions (“Best of Fringe” from Torontoist & Mooney, Outstanding Performance from NOW Magazine), MacArthur Park Suite: A Disco Ballet at Summerworks, and the dance-theatre hybrid MSM: Men Seeking Men. His solo show #KanderAndEbb won a 2016 BroadwayWorld Award in Toronto and toured to Montreal, New York City, Orlando, and Halifax to critical and audience acclaim. Audiences have enjoyed him as Booker T. Washington in Ragtime opposite Mark Cassius, as Ken Gass in The Trial of Ken Gass and in Sky Gilbert’s Dora-nominated play The Bewitching of Max Gunther at Theatre Passe Muraille. One of only a few people to have been in both the movie version (as a hed-head) and a stage production (as Hedwig) of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, he is proud to have been the first black actor to play the title role. Ryan has performed with Liza Minnelli, Todrick Hall, Debbie Reynolds, Billy Stritch, and many more, and has received the prestigious $10,000 Steinert & Ferreiro Award from Community One Foundation, EGALE Canada’s 2010 Black History Month honour, and an Arts & Culture recognition from the City of Toronto and Mayor Barbara Hall. He is a previous Mississauga Citizen of the Year.
Sabah Haque (সাবা হক, صباح حق) is a theatre creator, arts administrator and artist producer born and based in Toronto. She has created and produced work with Soulpepper, Paprika Festival and York University, where she graduated with a degree in devised theatre and playwriting. She has worked in various capacities with Soulpepper, Paprika Festival, Outside the March, Little Black Afro, Buddies in Bad Times and Musical Stage Company. Sabah was awarded a Theatre Creators' Reserve grant by Cahoots Theatre Projects for her multidisciplinary play Relentless. She is a first generation Canadian from Bangladesh, and has lived in several cities including, Montreal, Dhaka, Chittagong and Dubai. Sabah aims to connect diverse stories to the world by producing work about migration and intersectionality through a decolonized, collaborative arts practice.
Scott Emerson Moyle is a Toronto-based director, producer, actor, and maker of masks and puppets and things. He has been creating site-specific immersive Shakespeare since 2009 with his company Dauntless City Theatre (formerly called Urban Bard). He also teaches internationally under the banner of Riotous Youth Shakespeare. He thinks the classics are the perfect blank slate for progressive and radically inclusive work! Upcoming projects include directing The Two Gentlewomen of Verona for Dauntless City Theatre in Berczy Park, participating in the collective creation of a reimagining of Arthur Schnitzler's Reigen, and continuing training as an intimacy choreographer with Intimacy Directors International.
Susanna Fournier is an award-winning Canadian theatre-maker and the artistic producer of PARADIGM productions. She works in various performance mediums, primarily constructing new texts for theatre. Her work is feminist, expressionist, large-scale, and anti-imperial. Her writing interrogates socio-economic-gender power relations and their perversions. She’s interested in (im)possible art for an (im)possible world. In 2018/19, PARADIGM will produce Susanna’s trilogy of performance texts, The Empire, in Toronto. The Empire abstracts over 300 years of modern history, tracing the ramifications of Imperialism as it pervades into every aspect of life from global empire building to the colonization of the body and psyche. PARADIGM produced Susanna’s debut play, Stencilboy and Other Portraits in 2014 and her short play, ALL THE WAYS YOU SCARE ME at Rhubarb in 2015, as well as a series of in-studio workshops dedicated to non-traditional dramaturgies in the development of new Canadian performance texts. Susanna’s latest project, take rimbaud, a post-dramatic adaptation of Arthur Rimbaud’s iconic poem, A Season in Hell, was recently in residency with The Howland Company at Canadian Stage. She’s also a core collaborator on LULU: aspects of a femme fatale, a series of large-scale deconstructions of Frank Wedekind's Pandora’s Box culminating in the 2018 production at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre directed by Ted Witzel. Susanna was a 2016 finalist for the KM Hunter Award for theatre artist of the year. www.susannafournier.com