Testimonial from Kevin Matthew Wong
Graduate of the Artist Producer Training Program, 2015/16
Full text from image above: APT gave me a clear roadmap into the theatre community.
I didn’t think that a life or career in the arts was viable. But APT connected me to so many people. I’m not sure I would have even known about recommender grants without APT. And that, when I was just starting out, was so vital to everything.
Now I’m in a near full-time job. I guarantee I would not have been at WhyNot Theatre Company without APT. There’s not a chance.
My early grants were not good. But now they’re 50% successful or higher. A lot of that is understanding how the different funders see an individual artist’s practice.
It makes me feel great when we get a grant for a project, and it means I get to pay people! That feels really good. Because it makes our community, I hope, a little more sustainable.
APT helped me see the systems that allow us to create the work. Having that knowledge is a kind of power. I wish more people were able to access that.
The Artist Producer Training Call for Submissions goes out every year in the spring. Learn more about the program here.
Graphic created by Kinnon Elliott. Interview by Neta J. Rose.