WORKSHOPS

Current Workshops

 

Some people offer sessions or seminars, we offer WORKshops: please come prepared to work as these are interactive, informative sessions in an intimate setting centred around you, your artistic practice and current projects (or ideas for projects). These are skills working arts makers need to develop at a price point that respects their budgets. 

All workshops only $20

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WOKE 2.0: AN ARTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE PROBLEM SOLVING LAB

So you’ve read the books, had the conversations, you consider yourself to be a bit “woke” or at least you’re trying to be. And then it happens, the moment when you can intervene, when you want to hire a d/Deaf performer, you want to be inclusive and you don’t have all the skills or tools you need. Let’s acknowledge that no one person has the answers, but maybe together we can all learn to do better. Let’s move past the knowledge phase into action. 

Let’s learn how to be brave together and deepen our practises to become truly inclusive, affirmative and joyful. Join Generator, The Storefront Theatre, Artscape Youngplace and other partners as we explore and crowdsource ideas for a better and more inclusive live performance industry with practical ideas for the indie artist.

Edition #1 - STAND BY ME Finding our voices and intervening when it counts

Sunday, April 22, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (doors open at 10:30 AM)
360 Geary Lane
Registration limited to 20 people
Registration $20 - if this fee is a barrier or you want to pay with cash or cheque please email info@generatorto.com.

Click here to register

We've all been there: that off colour comment during rehearsal, a cringeworthy conversation in the dressing room, a few too many harsh words from the director. Maybe you walked away wishing that you said something. We believe in you! We believe you can do better next time. Let's talk strategy, best practises and work it out together. Bring your issues and get ready to role play and get deep. Let's learn how to do better next time.

Facilitated by Sedina Fiati and Kristina Lemieux

We thank Edition #1 partners the FEMINIST FUCK IT FESTIVAL.

Upcoming Editions

Save these dates (more details to come):
Saturday, June 9 - 2:30-4:30 PM
Sunday, June 10 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

d/Deaf & Hearing Community Jam
Calling d/Deaf artists and producers, hearing artists and producers, let’s have a very important conversation. We all want to work together, but there are some very real barriers of time and money preventing us from bridging the gaps between our worlds. Outside of the pressures of producing a show, let’s have an honest chat with hearing interpreters, d/Deaf interpreters and artists and hearing artists about the challenges we are facing and the guidelines and best practises we should all be using.

Gender Blender
So you want to work with trans, gender non conforming and gender non binary artists? Where are they? What are best practises to set everyone up for success? How can we use better language and deepen our understanding? Let’s have a chat, cis folks, trans folks and gender non conforming/gender non binary folks, do some exploring together. Release the gender binary  and discover a new and better world.

These are the disabled artists in your neighbourhood
Do you even know any disabled and blind/low vision artists? Time to meet some. Let’s learn about this rich community of artists and how we able bodied, sighted folks can be better friends and collaborators. Let’s delve into audio description, working with artists with different abilities and we can consistently make sure disabled and blind/low vision artists can access our work as audience members and as collaborators.

Generator and The Storefront Theatre thank Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council for support for this program.


ONE-ON-ONES

*NEW* Need a grant reviewed or feedback on your media release? Have a producing crisis you need to work through with an outside eye? Trying to figure out non-profit incorporation, pressing tax concern, board governance, identify potential sponsor partners or need help developing your project plan? Generator is now offering one-on-one consultations and brainstorms to get you through a particular challenge. Schedule a session with any of our knowledgeable, experienced and creative brains to get help and support in the comfort of a private session. $50/hour.  

Please email info@generatorTO.com to schedule a session. In your email please indicate what the focus of the session would be so we can get you the best brain for the job.


Financial Literacy (Past)

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PRODUCING A SHOW FROM YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT

January 11, 6:30-9:30pm


The "Return" (get the tax joke?) of this incredibly popular workshop - 100% of participants recommend it and say it is money well spent and a STEAL OF A DEAL.

You got the grant, you booked the Festival, the show is happening, you deposit your cheque...now what? Many independent artists use their personal bank accounts for art projects without really knowing what we are doing or what risks we are exposing ourselves to. Generator's Financial Administrator and artists' tax preparer Tova Epp will take you through the things you really need to know and common mistakes:

  • Self-employment vs. personal expenses
  • Keeping track of project expenses and what is tax deductible
  • Claiming individual grants on your income tax
  • HST and government filings

This workshop fills up quick so don't wait till the new year to reserve your spot! CLICK HERE to register.

Excel for Producers

Monday, January 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm OR
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Excel is any producer’s best friend. If it isn’t yet, you need to get in this workshop ASAP! As one of the most powerful tools in the Microsoft Office Suite, Excel can support producers in so many different ways - from budgets to box office to schedules to audience management. Come learn the Excel basics including everything from formulas to formatting as well as tricks and shortcuts. In just a few short hours, you will be excelling at Excel!  Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets. Class is also available to take online.

REGISTER for Excel for Producers

Budgets, Cash Flow and Basic Project Accounting*

Saturday, January 20, 11am - 4pm
$40 *please note this is an exception from our usual workshop fee

Join us for this crash course in accounting basics for indie producing. One of the most stressful parts of making your own work is not knowing where the money is. With this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of project accounting and have a better sense of how to keep track of the cash. We will cover budgeting, tracking income and expenses, reading financial reports and creating your own accounting systems. We will be using templates and worksheets to teach the basics - some knowledge of how to use Excel is beneficial. Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets.

REGISTER for Cash Flow and Basic Project Accounting

Taxes, Government Reporting and Banking*

Sunday, January 21, 11am - 1pm OR
 Friday, January 26, 5pm - 7pm

Producing means dealing with the government. Learn which government agencies you need to be reporting to and with what information. We will go over the difference between sole proprietorship and ad hoc collectives, basics of GST/HST, and banking strategies. From tax forms to key terms, this workshop will ensure you are comfortable with the compliance requirements of producing your own work.  Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets.

REGISTER for Taxes, Government Reporting and Banking

Paying People*

Sunday, January 21, 2pm - 4pm OR
Wednesday, January 31, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

So you know how to build the perfect team, but when it comes to paying them, you aren’t sure if you’re dotting all your Is and crossing all your Ts. Find out who is an employee and who is a contractor and the different payroll expectations for each. We will also cover types of agreements, payroll deductions and remittances, T4/T4a/T5 creation, and CAEA bonds. We’ll use example scenarios and simple worksheets to help you navigate the responsibilities of hiring people. Please bring a laptop with Excel or Google Sheets.

REGISTER for Paying People

Incorporation and Charitable Registration*

Wednesday, January 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

To incorporate or not to incorporate? Curious about what it means to incorporate a non-profit or become a charity? Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each incorporation type, the responsibilities of each status, and the steps to proceed. We will talk about what it means to have a board of directors and how funders interact with each incorporation type.

REGISTER for Incorporation and Charitable Registration

*developed as part of Generator’s Financial Literacy Pilot program.
 

 

Previous Workshops

  Thinking Creatively when Crowdfunding -  with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

Thinking Creatively when Crowdfunding - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

  Peer Review   - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Peer Review  - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

  Answering the Why: An Unusual Writing Workshop -  with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Answering the Why: An Unusual Writing Workshop - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

  Publicity 101    - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

Publicity 101 - with Director of Coordination and Communications Katie Leamen

  Excel Basics for Producers   - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Excel Basics for Producers  - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

  Word and PowerPoint for Arts Workers  - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

Word and PowerPoint for Arts Workers - with Executive Director Kristina Lemieux

  Producing a show from your own bank account -  with Financial Administrator Tova Epp

Producing a show from your own bank account - with Financial Administrator Tova Epp

  An  Open Source Brainstorm  on the future of STAF held at The Theatre Centre.

 An Open Source Brainstorm on the future of STAF held at The Theatre Centre.

   smART money: Personal Finance for Arts Workers -  with Natasha Myntowych                                                                                                        

 smART money: Personal Finance for Arts Workers - with Natasha Myntowych                                                                                                        

  SmART Living for Artists -  with Artists' Health Alliance

SmART Living for Artists - with Artists' Health Alliance

  Information Management -  with Director of Coordination & Communications Katie Leamen

Information Management - with Director of Coordination & Communications Katie Leamen

  Squarespace for Artists –   with Outside the March and SpiderWebShow

Squarespace for Artists – with Outside the March and SpiderWebShow

  Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp –   with Theatre Ontario

Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp – with Theatre Ontario