Who can apply?
Professional Canadian Artists working in the field of theatre + performance (Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have developed skills through training or practice, are recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for their work, and actively practices their art.)
Collectives comprising a majority of Professional Canadian Artists.
How many residencies are being offered?
Likely 2-4. It will depend on the proposals we get. We want to make sure that these residencies are meaningful investments in creative explorations and are prioritizing quality of the residency over quantity.
How will you select the successful applicants?
The Lab team (Assistant Creative Producer ted witzel, Head of New Plays Bob White, Laboratory Coordinator Rachel Wormsbecher, Dramaturgy and Curatorial Intern Sadie Berlin, and Dramaturgy & New Plays Intern Hannah Rittner will create a shortlist of proposals, and contact shortlisted artists for a conversation before making final recommendations to Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino.)
Submissions will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Artistic Interest (of project and process)
- Diversity (of form, content, and creative voice)
- Potential Impact (of our resources and support on the project's development)
How many people could we bring?
We're assuming an average group size of 3-6, but this may not be equally distributed. One project may be a team of 7, while another could be a team of 2.
What can we do for $6K-$10K?
The simplest answer is that we want to put artists in a room to explore an idea. Which artists will depend on your idea.
- You could be a group of performers who want to get into a room to do character-based improvisation.
- You could be a director and design team who want to begin brainstorming a design-driven creation.
- You could be a choreographer who wants to bring together professional movers with community members to develop a shared vocabulary.
- You could have a first draft of a performance that you felt pretty good about at the time but that you nevertheless think would be useful to dismantle, so you can put all the pieces of it on the floor and then gape blankly into the harrowing abyss that a radical rethink always opens up.
- You could be a writer with a text who wants to spend a week with 2 actors, a hospital clowning consultant, a tuba player, a Franco-Prussian war historian, and a bundle of pool noodles, to test out your new script for both accuracy and dramatic mileage.
- Et cetera.
Ok maybe it's better to ask what CAN'T we do for $6K-$10K?
Yes, that's a bit easier to answer. We want to support your curiosity wherever it leads, but we can't help with everything.
A few things we regret the residency cannot provide:
- Building design elements. All the artisans in our shops will be hard at work building our 2020 season and they won't be able to add anything to their workflow.
- Playing with lighting and other things that hang from the ceiling. Our rehearsal halls aren't ideal for experimenting with lighting, and aren't generally built to support ceiling rigging.
- Complex video mapping.
- Sourcing trained wildlife. Our facilities team definitely has some opinions about this, not to mention PETA. It's probably an expensive IATSE call as well.
So what will the $6K-$10K cover?
Bringing a team of collaborators into a room to ask some questions and explore a theatrical idea.
It's maybe useful to think about the expenses as a balance between people, distance, and stuff.
PEOPLE: Paying artists fairly is of the utmost importance to us. We will be engaging artists under the terms of the Workshops and Readings Section of the Stratford Festival Addendum to the CTA at 2020 rates. [embed link] It is our intention that artist fees and accommodations will account for the majority of your budget.
DISTANCE: Stratford is located in Southwestern Ontario and travelling around this big country is expensive. If your team is coming from further away, it might mean that you're working with a smaller team and less stuff.
STUFF: We can provide equipment for simple audio and video playback which you may operate yourselves (a single speaker or a decently-sized TV). Working in our spaces with any additional technical equipment requires an IA technician call. This is not to say that you cannot work with sound or video if it is integral to your process, but be aware that those costs will likely reduce the number of artists and/or travel expenses we can cover.
What else is included in the residency?
Rehearsal Space: residency groups will be given use of one of the Festival's rehearsal halls for a week.
Producing support: the Lab team will take care of contracting your team, helping with travel arrangements, processing expenses, and booking accommodations.
Limited props/costume pull from the Stratford stock: this would count as a crew call and be at the discretion of the props department.
Dramaturgical support: If an outside-eye/idea-jammer/co-conspirator would be useful to your process, Asst. Creative Producer ted witzel will be happy to offer dramaturgical input on your work. (Though if you wish to bring your own dramaturg you may absolutely list them among your team and ted won't be offended).
Video documentation of the process: The Lab is keen to offer a window into the artistic processes we are supporting. Our communications department will work with your team to create a short video of your exploration process. This video will remain the intellectual property of the Stratford Festival, but you will be free to use it for non-commercial purposes, for example in future funding applications for the project.
Does getting a residency mean Stratford owns my project?
No. We will expect to be credited as having supported the project's development in future iterations, but the work you do here will remain yours.
Does getting a residency mean Stratford will produce my project?
No. This residency is only a commitment to support the current phase of a work's development. We expect some of the projects will be at a "too early to even know what it is" stage. We are looking to build relationships, support curiosity, and offer focused incubation time.
Does it have to be a week? Can it be more/less?
We're aiming for a week, but we know that creative processes are not one-size-fits-all. Depending on the size of your team, the length of the work period may be flexible. If you are shortlisted, we'll have a chance to chat about your project's needs and how we can accommodate them.