It has now been more than a year since Canadian Stage last welcomed artists into our home to share their craft with a live audience. As our arts community continues to navigate through this challenging time, one thing has been abundantly clear from the start: Canadian artists needed urgent and direct support to sustain them through this period. Reflective of our commitment to contribute socially, economically, and educationally to our communities, we have invested significant resources toward helping theatre and dance makers pivot their artistic practice during the pandemic, and beyond.
Through a series of Microgrants and Scholarships we have been able to fund artist-led investigations into digital technologies, paid training for technicians and designers wishing to upgrade their digital skills, the acquisition of new technology, and the commissioning of new works.
The demand for these programs exceeded our expectations, with over 550 submissions from artists across the country. At last, we are thrilled to introduce to you the creative minds that we are able to bolster, and whose thinking, work, innovation, and explorations will guide us to an exciting and vibrant future.
The Microgrant and Scholarship programs were partially funded through the generosity of our supporters who contributed through Canadian Stage’s Artist Voucher Program.
The Scholarship program is offered in partnership with Theatre Gargantua and Native Earth Performing Arts.
Research for a new dance work inspired by videos of the Ahwach and Ahidous dances of Morocco.
Research for project rooted in the reckoning of settler and Indigenous ancestry, using blood memory, land-based knowledge and the pursuit of ancestral stories in the artist's matriarchal line.
Support the development of a new, large-scale, QTBIPOC play.
Development of a new circus work that fuses traditional Ethiopian dance and circus arts with theatrical storytelling.
Tuition for certificates in Crisis Intervention and Trauma Supports (Humber) and Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences (Ryerson).
Development of the first draft of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary work that explores the 'mythology of capitalism' and its interplay with identity politics, power, and oppression.
Support for tuition for a post-graduate certificate program in Human Resources Management.
New collaboration between an award-winning Hip Hop dancer and one of Canada's most experienced Rumba dancers.
Expansion of the play I, Frida for its presentation at the MI Singapore Fringe Festival.
Training in Human Resources to help theatre organizations evaluate and improve how they engage with staff, artists, and community members.
Support the collaboration between a playwright and a legal scholar in service of a new play about the Canadian legal system and its relation to treaty law and Indigenous legal traditions.
Research into the application of decolonizing approaches to Filipinx culture in alignment with Hip Hop in order to support the creation of a new work rooted in Street Dance.
Support the creation of Brown Eyes: a new Afro-furistic Sci-Fi musical.
Research into traditional Tibetan mask work from a contemporary exiled lens.
Research into the warrior society of the Anishinaabe to support a new choreographic work entitled Miskwiin.
Research for Kagawong River Stories, a community-engaged, land-based story walk on Manitoulin Island.
Training in digital projection software, mentorship and docolonized practices with a senior indigenous designer in that field.
Experimentation with integrating hologram and projection mapping into Videocabaret's signature expressive performance style.
Research into formalizing a choreographic and training approach to Krump.
Development of a new clown show by the newly formed The Buffalo Jills (Jani Lauzon and Michaela Washburn).
Development of The Mayor and The Chief: This is Not Reconciliation, a new comedic performance work that explores the friendship between an Indigenous and a white woman.
Research towards the development of a digital artists' networking and performance application for young africanadians carving out careers in the arts.
Development of a new digital dance project that centres intergenerational mentorship and communication.
Support for research in illustration and video, as extensions of creative processes in Krump.
Research for a new play about Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Development of the first draft of a new play that explores the interpersonal and economical effects of resource extraction in developing countries.
Creation of a new one-person play entitled Submit All Ethnicities that draws on personal experiences of BIPOC individuals working on Hollywood film sets in Canada.
Tuition for Project Management Fundamentals course.
Training and mentorship in AO/VR/360 video and movement live integration.
Training and software in audio-visual and livestream technology, and tech-related program facilitation and education.
Development of Building Relationships with the World, a theatrical & poetic exploration of family stories and crafting your narrative; with initial workshop support from Theatre Passe Muraille, and further support by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Training in projection mapping.
Integration of Binaural audio technology for Rutherford's work-in-progress Reproduction.
Support the work with a knowledge keeper from Nipissing First Nation in cultural and traditional practices as well as mentorship in live streaming, audio and sound design from Dr. Justin Massey. Supported by Native Earth Performing Arts.
Development of Transactions, a new play that explores the economics of Transness and the means through which Two-Spirit, Trans* and Gender-Nonconforming communities work to survive within a capitalist system that consistently disfavours them.
Exploration and expansion of the performance work RED FLAG.
Research Jamaican rituals and traditions for the second draft of Swaby's play Breadfruit.
Research into the effective and artful application of surtitles in the new digital performance "Iod".
A transdisciplinary research project focused on mapping strategies for facilitating emergent processes that prioritize accountability, restoration, and practices of care.
Tuition for three university-level courses in Human Rights.
Mentorship in Virtual Reality design with a pioneer designer in that field.