APT (ARTIST PRODUCER TRAINING)
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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Meet our third class of Artist Producers
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