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 will become ‘guns-for-hire’, working on a contract-by-contract basis on the one-off shows that drive independent performance, while others will bring these new skills for creating and producing their own work. All will learn entrepreneurial and innovation-based strategies that seek to adequately compensate artists and producers.
Curious about what our APs are learning?
Meet our second class of Artist Producers
Maddie Bautista is a Saudi Arabia-born Filipino theatre maker and performance artist. Her credits include Girl in My Nightmares Wear White (SummerWorks 2016), Norelle in Plum BOMB (Paprika Festival 2016), Runner in OFF LIMITS ZONE (DOPOLAVOROTEATRALE, Luminato 2016), Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker (SummerWorks 2015) . A recent graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program, she is also a composer and sound designer. Her and Jordan Campbellseek to build a space and community for emerging, frisky and risky performance artists. through a bi-monthly performance series – the BLITZ, and a physical training series for performance artists. The work she seeks to create and produce is centred around the Asian, queer, and immigrant experience. She was a member of Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Tagsibol Collective - churning out new work by and for Filipino-Canadians. She is committed to creating work for survivors of sexual assault through her solo show Jeddahwi - developed at Humber College. She is currently working on a performance art piece The Construction, Rape, and Deconstruction of the Perfect Asian Girl with Nicole Raquinio. A goal: bringing rowdier art to Mississauga.
Ishai Buchbinder is a writer, actor and the Director of Creative Development for Outside the March Theatre Company. His love of the morbid, the comedic, and the absurd have led him to an eccentric profile as a theatre artist. Before returning to Toronto in 2014, Ishai lived in Durham, North Carolina, where he explored the frontiers of immersive theatre. Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. As a performer in Durham, Ishai’s favourite role was Alek Yelyuk, Ukrainian Badminton player in Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. As a performer for Outside the March, his favourite roles include Mr. Burns, the radioactive boogeyman in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, and Larry, the misanthropic five-year old dreamboat in Mr. Marmalade. Ishai is currently writing Pets, a darkly comedic fable that investigates the plight of all the inhabitants of a suburban house: the pets, the pests, the plants, and the human in whose shadow they reside. Ishai’s first play, Apples and Oranges tells the story of a young couple marooned on a lifeboat who cannibalize their baby in hunger. On film, Ishai has written and played all eight characters in Traveling Medicine Show: Apocalypse, an absurdist story about the last surviving human living in a theatre with his increasingly outrageous imaginary friends. Ishai is currently creating a program for youth that fuses adventure education with site-specific theatre creation, developing methods for implanting empathy through performance, and working on methods to game-ify audience participation.
Born and raised in London, England, Mamito has always been passionate about storytelling and everything related to the process of creating art. In the three years that Mamito spent in California, she produced two short films (Last Call and Tijuaneros) and had the fortune of working under talented producers and managers at two different management companies (The Gotham Group and Anonymous Content). Now in Toronto, Mamito has been breaking into the vibrant art scene of the city, with credits in theatre (Orpheus & Eurydice, Canadian Stage) and film (Unveiled, York University). Mamito is very much looking forward to diving into the APT program, as it will further enhance her abilities to produce and create art that is purposeful, socially and culturally responsible. She has an MFA in Film and TV Producing from Goldsmiths College, and a BA in Media and Communication with Screenwriting from University of London.
Michelle is an actor/producer/writer from the East Coast who is happily situated in Toronto. A graduate of George Brown College’s acting program, Michelle is also a founding member of Theatre Inamorata, a female driven company focused on creating new work(s) for women and exploring heightened language. Michelle is currently developing her first full length play Lady Capulet with Inamorata, as well as her second play Blackout through Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip program. Favourite credits include: Stacey/The Mayor in Water Wonders at the Toronto Fringe, Mary Snow in Salt Water Moon (Single Thread Theatre Company, The SaltWater Collective), Anna Bregner in Midnight Madness (Walton Street Arts Project), Madame Desmermortes in Ring Around the Moon, Mrs. Squeamish in The Country Wife, Lady Helena in Gut Girls, (George Brown Theatre) Evelyn in The Shape of Things (Volition Theatre Co-op), The Missionary Sister in The Ecstasy of Mother Teresa (Ecce Homo), The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Evita, The Sound of Music (Neptune Theatre). www.theatreinamorata.com
Ruthie Luff, originally from Atlantic Canada, is a Masters alumna of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. New to Toronto, she has spent most of her professional career in the UK, working as an actor and singer, often collaborating on new work that has premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as new immersive theatre in London with companies like Gingerline and Lemonade & Laughing Gas. Now back in Canada, she desires to connect with and contribute to the theatre body here at home by continuing to create an exciting, unorthodox, theatre experience that immerses the audience in a world in which they have permission to not only observe, but also play.
Christopher is an actor, creator and producer. He has extensive training in Suzuki & Viewpoints, having trained both in Canada and New York with members of Anne Bogart’s, SITI Company. He has traveled to Japan, where he trained with Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga. He was one of the inaugural members of Factory Theatre's actor training & mentorship program, The Factory Mechanicals (2014-2015). He has worked alongside Theatre Columbus in their Devised Theatre Lab. This year he went to Paris, France, where he was performing alongside artists from all over the world in an experimental site-specific show about love and communication. Now spearheading the company, House + Body, Christopher hopes to continue to develop important contemporary Canadian work that puts ensemble training at the core of its development. Adding to the dialogue of how we challenge the views of performance in our country.
Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is a Canadian director, actor, and performance creator born and raised in Toronto by way of Armenia, Wales, and the Czech Republic. He is an alumni of Buddies’ YCU, SummerWorks' SLIP, and Canada's Magnetic North Theatre Festival Compass Points - of which he is now the Curator/Coordinator. He has worked in various capacities creating performance with NCA Small Theatre, High Fest International Performing Festival, Common Boots Theatre, Ecce Homo Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Quiptake Theatre, Factory Theatre, Sheridan College and the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Paprika Festival, Toronto Youth Theatre, and Theatre Gargantua. He is the Artistic Producer of Crapshoot at Theatre Passe Muraille, the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre, and has been a guest lecturer at U of T and Ryerson. www.brianpostalian.com
Chiamaka G. Ugwu is a Toronto-based actor, director, and youth educator invested in creating work that investigates belonging and community, particularly from a diasporic lens. Since graduating from Sheridan College and University of Toronto’s Theatre and Drama Studies program, Chiamaka has obtained much of her most recent directing experience in new play development including workshops of Andrea Scott’s Don’t Talk To Me Like I’m Your Wife (Factory Theatre), Christina Wong's The Disappearance of Laura May (FuGen Potluck) and Fiona Raye Clarke's Broken Windows (rock.paper.sistahz, Theatre InspiraTO). Her other directing credits include productions of The Twelve-Forty (Theatre InspiraTO – People’s Choice Award), and Neck-Breaking Car-Hop (Theatre Erindale Beck Festival). As a performer, other acting credits include Tough (Canadian Rep Theatre), Dark Love (New Harlem Productions), Blood Wedding (Modern Times/ Aluna Theatre – Dora Nomination: Outstanding Performance, Ensemble), and Here After (Upstart Theatre).
Emma Westray is a Toronto-based producer and arts administrator. Emma is the Artistic Producer for House + Body Collective, and one of the founding members of Rogue Wave Theatre. She has been a member of the Producers’ Learning Network, facilitated by Meredith Potter, since it began in 2015 and recently acted as an Associate Producer with Rarely Pure Theatre for the Canadian premiere of Choking the Butterfly (June 2016). Emma is the creator and host of Sorry I Missed Your Show, a podcast that features independent theatre creators and explores the unique challenges and opportunities that are found when producing independent theatre in our cultural landscape.