Artist Producer Training
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. The Call For Submissions goes out every year in the spring.
Introducing our 2019/20 Cohort
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.
Curious about what our APTers are learning and where they get placed for their practicums?
In these videos, Generator’s Lead Producer Kristina Lemieux and Artist Producer Training Facilitator Sedina Fiati talk about the program and the 2019/20 application process (now closed). Plus, 2018/19 APTers Tsholo Khalema, Mikaela Demers and Jordan Campbell talk about their experiences in the program.
2019/2020 APT Cohort
Bilal Baig is a queer-genderqueer-muslim playwright, director, actor and workshop facilitator. Bilal's plays include: Kitne Laloo Yahan Pey Hain (as part of RARE Theatre's Welcome to my Underworld), Khwaja Sera (in development at Buddies in Bad Times), blue eyes killed him without blinking, Undecided (with the Queer AF Collective) and Acha Bacha (TPM/Buddies). Directing credits include: Wah Wah Wah (upcoming), Did You Miss Me? (Paprika Festival), Eraser (RISER Project, co-directed with Sadie Epstein-Fine), The Trans Gemmes (AMY Project/Rhubarb Festival). Bilal facilitates story creation workshops in under-resourced communities and schools across Toronto through Story Planet, and facilitates anti-Islamophobia workshops in the GTA with the Rivers of Hope Collective.
Rinchen Dolma རིན་ཆེན་སྒྲོལ་མ་ is a multi-disciplinary artist that explores storytelling through visual installations, theatre and movement. She was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and is currently based in Tkaronto. She is the founder and Artistic Director of MADE IN EXILE, an arts-based initiative that engages young Tibetan creatives in exploring their complex identities through different mediums of storytelling. Rinchen's practice is rooted in collaborative storytelling and sharing to give an authentic voice to stories untold, stories that are not given the agency to speak on its origins, stories that live in exile.
Aaron Jan is a Hamilton-born playwright, director and dramaturg. Recently, Aaron was one of the inaugural participants in Factory Theatre's Foremen directing program and was a member of their Natural Resources playwriting unit from 2016-2018. Since graduating York University's Theatre Studies Program in 2015, Aaron has created professionally with Fu-GEN, Cahoots, Next Stage, Soulpepper, the Assembly Theatre, Little Black Afro, Then They Fight, Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Theatre Aquarius, and Native Earth Performing Arts. Aaron is a member of the critically acclaimed, Silk Bath Collective, whose work, Yellow Rabbit enjoyed a sold out run in Soulpepper's 2018-2019 season.
Jay Northcott is a multidisciplinary artist, director, playwright, burlesque dancer and producer. Jay graduated from the BFA Performance program at the University of Lethbridge. This year Jay will be working on Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu produced by Obsidian and Buddies and Bad Times Theatre. Make sure to check out their Toronto directing debut of Blacktop Sky By Christina Anderson in March 2020 at Crow’s Theatre as part of Obsidian’s Darktown Initiative. Ever since Jay was a child they always wanted to change the world. Jay didn’t develop any world-saving superhuman abilities, so they make art! Jay is so dang excited to be working with Generator this year! Let this journey be a prosperous one. Find Jay on social media: @nervousshipwreck
Laura Philipps is a theatre-maker in Toronto with a focus on supporting female artists and multidisciplinary works. Starting as a performer, Laura transitioned to producing after graduating from Etobicoke School of the Arts and has since been developing a career in theatre production. She recently showcased her writing at Dark Day Monday in January 2019. Laura holds a B.A. from University of Toronto where she received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership and Student Engagement for the Arts awards. She completed the Crow’s Theatre Artist Cross Training Program in stage management and producing, 2017-2018. She is an organizing member of The Bellows, a community for supporting and connecting independent theatre practitioners. Past leadership roles include: Interim Head Technician, Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 2019; Co-Chair, Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee, 2018; Artistic Producer, UC Follies Theatre Company, 2014-2015. Production highlights include: Interrupted, Lighting Designer, 2019; No Woman’s Land, Producer, 2019; splitbill, Stage Manager & Technical Director, 2019; The Forest for the Trees, Production Manager, 2018.
Upcoming: Getting to Know Your Fruit, Producer, 2020.
Maricris Rivera is a Filipina-Canadian musician, dancer, actor, creator, stage manager, and educator. She is a currently a member of the Tita Collective, a group of Filipina multidisciplinary artists based in Toronto that aims to create work that engages and entertains community. The Tita Collective is producing Tita Jokes at the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. She is also the co-producer of Short Dances alongside Alvin Collantes. Independently, she has collaborated with many esteemed dance companies, including Gadfly, Rock Bottom Movement, TOES FOR DANCE and stage managed three runs of Eve of St. George, Toronto’s first large-scale immersive dance theatre production. She also regularly plays with her pop-funk-rock band, Understudy. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Arts and Contemporary Studies program, with a major in Culture Studies and a double minor in Marketing and English.
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.
Curious About the Difference APT Makes?
Here’s a mind map charting how our graduates view the impact the program has on their careers. Graphic design by Kinnon Elliott, based on interviews conducted by Neta J. Rose. You can also read stories from graduates Kevin Matthew Wong, Ryan G. Hinds and Taliesen McEnaney on our blog.