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Program Testimonials

Susanna Fournier, APT 2017/2018
“I could not produce a project like [The Empire Trilogy] without the training I did with APT, and the continued support Generator is giving me as a Resident Company. Beyond the classes, which covered everything from budgets, to contracts, to curation, etc. APT and Generator gave me a community of support. Kristina Lemieux is a revolution. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone as committed to empowering artists and creating meaningful sector and social change. Generator is quickly becoming a hub for the indie artists of Toronto, and my hope is that more indie companies will begin to work together and organize around Generator. What would happen if ‘indie’ teams formed a stronger network, what resources could we share, what kind of terms could we set when working inside and outside of more traditional institutions? What’s possible?” from In the Greenroom interview

Rhiannon Collett, PCTP 2018, Company Collaborator 2019
“The Performance Criticism Training Program pushed me to a completely new place as a writer. Under the guidance of theatre critics working for many of our regional and national arts papers, I became aware of the strengths and weak spots in my writing, and was able to explore my deep passion for cultural analysis. Since training with Generator, I have been solicited to write for NOW Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Intermission Magazine and Howlround (upcoming). PCTP was a truly invaluable experience in my development as both a critic and a theatre-maker.”

Keshia Palm, Online Content Producer: ArtistProducerResource.com
“Generator has provided me with consistent financial stability, and a permanent position within the performing arts field that accommodates and encourages my work as a freelance artist. Since graduating university with a BFA in 2015, I have worked numerous service industry positions with irregular and inconsistent pay while freelancing as an artist - sometimes 5 jobs at a time! This precarity was a strain on my energy and health, and affected my ability to work as an artist. My position at Generator is flexible, and gives me autonomy over my workload and hours month by month. This flexibility has allowed me to quit working ‘joe jobs’ and focus on building my career in the performing arts in the way I want. Since starting as Online Content Producer, I have felt supported by the community of artists at Generator, and experience much less precarity in my life.”

Scott Emerson Moyle, APT 2017/2018
“APT is equipping me and other artists with the tools to make theatre sustainably, pairing a suite of practical skills with a focus on our social responsibilities as storytellers. Nobody else is delivering this content this way, and Toronto's professional theatre community is stronger and healthier as a result of their work.”

Emma Westray, APT 2017/2018, Financial Literacy 2018
“In the year since I participated in the pilot version of Financial Literacy, I have experienced a myriad of professional challenges that I was able to overcome thanks to the skills I learned and the tools I gained in this program. I have been able to pursue roles in larger companies both as a producer and as a general manager because of my newfound confidence with financial literacy. The combination of group learning and one-on-one consultation make it possible for you to cater the program to you and your career.”

Kaitlyn Riordan, co-Artistic Director and founding member of Shakespeare in the Ruff, in residence since 2015
“Being a Company Collaborator at Generator has connected me to a community of like-minded creators, and provided me with the structure and creative support to push my artistic practice to the next level. The thing I value most is being somewhere where we can ask questions, troubleshoot, compare experiences and be guided towards the answers we need. Until being a Resident Company at Generator, I felt very isolated as a small indie company, and that isolation was disheartening. Knowing that I have the support of the company enables me to take greater creative risks.”

Christopher Manousos, APT 2016/2017
“As an artist, there's a lot of pressure to fit into someone else's world. Since starting APT I feel like I am able to be more of myself because it's given me the tools and confidence to support my own work. No longer am I waiting for someone else to validate my art - I validate it for myself.”

Margaret Evans, Associate Producer, Crow’s Theatre
“I am consistently impressed by the diversity of programming offered by Generator, both within the APT program as well as stand alone events. The APT grads in the last three years have become invaluable members of the producing community and have initiated great conversations and evolution within the Toronto Theatre ecology. I am envious of the training and the community that Generator has been able to provide these artists and I have been consistently impressed with their work during placements at Crow’s as well as producers for indie companies working in our venue.”

Shay Erlich, Performance Criticism Training Program 2018
“The Performance Criticism Training Program gave me the tools to better articulate my understandings and interpretations of work as a disabled critic. By learning the language that critics use to talk about work, and techniques to talk about performance art critically, I’ve been able to more clearly articulate problems with the ways that non disabled critics frequently take on and understand disability art. Additionally, I’ve been able to call much needed attention to problems of access to theatres for disabled patrons and the issues with non-disabled people playing disabled roles on a much wider platform than I would have had access to without the training. It has been a powerful force in my future directions as both a critic and artist.”

Owais Lightwala, Managing Director, Why Not Theatre
“Generator is filling a vital need in Toronto's performing arts community. While there are a few arts management and administration programs at various colleges and universities, they all tend to focus on training meant for people who want a career on the arts admin side of the creative industry. Generator's community is a rare home for the hybrid artist+producer, those who want to be ambidextrous with both their left and right brains, which is becoming increasingly viable with technology democratizing access to tools and information on virtually anything. 30 years ago you needed a very fancy expensive computer and years of schooling to create a poster, and now almost anyone could design professional-ish marketing on a smartphone with a few free tools and a little bit of curiosity. Generator is speaking to this generation of do-it-yourself-ers, and empowering more diverse and dynamic young artists/producers to make realize their artistic ambitions. Why Not can attest directly to the quality of the training, having in the last year hired two graduates of the APT program to become full time Associate Producers (both from cohort 2015/2016, Kevin Matthew Wong and Taliesin McEnaney). As a company built on unconventional and innovative models, we were looking for swiss army knife producers who were going to be able to solve problems in new ways, and not rely on preconceived notions of how things ‘should be done’. It turns out that entrepreneurial quality is common amongst the Generator community, and with the long tail impacts of the unique training and experiences Generator offers will likely be felt for decades to come.”

Kate Cornell, Executive Director, Canadian Dance Assembly
“Generator dares to challenge the status quo and provoke uncomfortable conversations. Generator has been a valuable source of information regarding policies and support related to harassment and abuse in the dance community.”

Teiya Kasahara, APT 2018/19 (current)
“This program is incredibly invaluable for my development as an independent artist-producer. It’s been designed to help people like me and is responsive and adaptive to my needs and feedback, but also has provided me with the tools and skills that I could not predict I would need either. I’m incredibly grateful to the Generator team for this opportunity and for fostering a supportive learning environment that will last my entire career. It’s a wealth of knowledge that I will always be able to pull from and continue to build from when I’m ready to do so. I can only imagine how much I would be struggling without APT. There’s no program and training out there like it in Canada!”

Staff Testimonials

Keshia Palm, Online Content Producer: ArtistProducerResource.com (current)
Generator has provided me with consistent financial stability, and a permanent position within the performing arts field that accommodates and encourages my work as a freelance artist. Since graduating university with a BFA in 2015, I have worked numerous service industry positions with irregular and inconsistent pay while freelancing as an artist - sometimes 5 jobs at a time! This precarity was a strain on my energy and health, and affected my ability to work as an artist. My position at Generator is flexible, and gives me autonomy over my workload and hours month by month. This flexibility has allowed me to quit working "joe jobs" and focus on building my career in the performing arts in the way I want. Since starting as Online Content Producer, I have felt supported by the community of artists at Generator, and experience much less precarity in my life.

Deanna Galati, Online Content Producer: ArtistProducerResource.com (past)
Working at Generator helped to accelerate my knowledge in the arts industry, and offered a welcoming and nurturing place to work and develop my personal voice. The co-working environment was so beneficial when it came down to collaboration and sharing of knowledge. Although I only worked at Generator for a four-month contract, I was able to accomplish so much and it was thanks to the openness and accepting culture that existed in the workspace. I also greatly appreciated being treated as permanent staff, and knowing that a regular paycheque was coming through every two weeks was definitely helpful for someone who makes a living in the arts. Generator continues to be the most organized and appreciative space for arts and culture workers that I have worked at.

Sabah Haque, Fundraising Coordinator (past)
My time working with Generator is one of my favourite job experiences. It was so special and valuable to work a position with learning support from the staff and board. I felt supported in trying new things and taking risks. Working a small contract with a regular fee allowed me to dedicate solid resources to the project without unnecessary stress or limitations to my career goals long term. At Generator, I feel I can use my agency without risking working conditions and be transparent about my learning needs to serve the work I am hired for.

Annie Clarke, Communications Producer (current)
Working at Generator has completely transformed how I interact as a member of the performing arts community in Toronto, how I approach working as an Artist Producer, and how I approach working on any contract, period. Generator, under Kristina's leadership, has helped me really place value on my work and on my time; it has also helped me identify what I bring to the table. The relationships I have forged with the many incredible artists who are in and out of the office as resident companies, participants in training programs, guest instructors, alumni, etc. has built my network and community exponentially - not only have they enabled me to get answers to real-time questions that arise as I produce work, but they have also directly lead to me hiring people, and to them hiring me. The ability to have a flexible contract that actively encourages me to pursue making art, producing, and having a work/life balance, is valuable beyond all measure. For the first time since moving to Toronto in 2015, Generator has made me feel that I truly have a community here; it has provided me with a space to learn, express myself, and challenge my beliefs. It is by far the best job I've ever had and the best team I've ever worked with. I am infinitely grateful that Generator provides a home to independent artists, and I feel so lucky to be one of them.