Testimonial from Ryan G. Hinds
Graduate of the Artist Producer Training Program, 2018/19
Full text of image above: Last year I was an artist with some regional theatre credits and a few festival successes under my belt. THIS year:
…I produced my own smash-hit show at Fringe: #KanderandEbb sold out its entire run at the Fringe - that’s never happened to me before. Yes, it was absolutely a good show, but what made it stand out was the way it was produced. I used it as an exercise during APT, so that was a direct result of what I learned in the program.
…I’m the Second Vice President of Equity. Learning about Canadian Actors’ Equity in APT taught me the association’s strengths, and where I thought they could improve. That meant when I ran for the Equity Council, I knew what I was talking about. I won the election, became one of seven regional councillors from Ontario, and was voted Second Vice President.
…and I produced a show at Next Stage! A fellow APT graduate invited me to produce at NSTF - my first time bearing the title of ‘Producer.’ I’ve been asked to sit on an arts council jury. I’ve had conversations with Soulpepper and Luminato. APT put resource directly in my path and expanded my network in ways I didn’t even think were possible.
I never identified as a producer before APT. The success of #KanderandEbb leveled up my career, and made people look at me in a new way. It was a direct line here from APT.
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.