DATES: Tuesday, April 26th and Thursday, April 28th, 2011, 10am-5pm
COST: $125+HST *
LOCATION: Nightwood/Tapestry Studio, 55 Mill St., The Cannery, Studio 315
Limited to 20 participants (first come. first serve)
Please fill out the registration form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a show? Are you flirting with the idea of starting your own theatre company or entering the Fringe lottery, but find the idea incredibly daunting? If you are a new theatre school grad or an emerging theatre artist interested in creating and mounting your own work, this is the workshop for you! Join Jacoba Knaapen (Executive Director of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts) and Julie Tepperman (actor, playwright, co-artist director of Convergence Theatre) for a two day intensive that will cover the basics of what it takes to be a self-producing artist.
Topics will include:
- an overview of the current climate in Toronto (statistics, Toronto festivals, spaces, site-specific theatre)
- funding models (grant writing, fundraising, “the ask”, corporate sponsorships, incorporating and managing a board, the difference between non-profit, not-for-profit and commercial theatre)
- how to make and manage a budget
- marketing and publicity (how to effectively market your show within your budget, getting bums in seats, etiquette for contacting the media, press releases)
JACOBA KNAAPEN is a highly skilled cultural worker and producer whose work in the Canadian professional theatre industry spans a period of thirty years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts service organization that represents 175 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in the city of Toronto. Jacoba is also the Producer of the annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which she has been producing for a decade. She is past producer of Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize (Canada’s largest theatre prize), and worked as the Company Manager at Theatre Passe Muraille for eleven years and also past producer for Topological Theatre. She was co-founder and past editor of Theatrum A Theatre Journal and recently published The Doras: 30 Years of Theatre, Dance and Opera in Toronto. Jacoba is the recipient of a Harold Award for her contribution and mentorship in the Toronto theatre community, and has been recognized with a Vital People Award by the Toronto Community Foundation for her work in improving Toronto’s arts sector ‘vital signs’.
JULIE TEPPERMAN is an actor, playwright & educator. She is also co-founding artistic director of Convergence Theatre (with Aaron Willis), creators of the hit plays AutoShow (named #4 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of ’06), The Gladstone Variations (4 Dora nominations, including best production, play & direction; named #2 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of the DECADE!) and YICHUD (Seclusion) (named #5 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of ’10). A graduate of George Brown Theatre School and Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training, selected acting credits include: two seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (All’s Well That Ends Well, Agamemnon, Electra, The Flies, The Swanne – Part Two), as well as numerous workshops and plays in theatre festivals across Toronto. Playwriting credits include: ROSY (for AutoShow), I Grow Old (for The Gladstone Variations – Dora nomination), a re-imagining of the Strindberg play The Father (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), and YICHUD (Seclusion), which played to sold-out houses at Theatre Passe Muraille last Feb. and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in May. YICHUD (Seclusion) will return to TPM this May 21-29 (for tickets go to: http://www.artsboxoffice.ca), after which it will be the gala opener for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa. Though it was never her intention to do so, Julie has been “self-producing” since 2006.