Testimonial from Taliesin McEnaney
Graduate of the Artist Producer Training Program, 2015/16
Full text from image above: As the sole income-earner, and mom, I needed to make a living and support my family.
I knew I wasn’t going to be able to work as a performer or freelance director, at least not at this time in my life. I needed to find steady work.
I had applied to do my MFA so I could teach and make a living. But APT felt like the best way to use the skills that I already had, and refine them. So I ended up doing both that year. I came away feeling like APT was way more valuable.
It was a crash-course in meeting everybody. They brought in people from interesting companies. We learned about community engagement, and partnering with other organizations, which was something I wouldn’t have thought of before.
It opened my eyes to the opportunities that can come from community-engaged art, and why we do this.
There’s still so much to learn, but I’m feeling pretty confident. That’s a pretty amazing thing. I am on the right track.
APT brought me into the supportive indie community. I got a full-time job, a steady job. I feel optimistic now.
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.