ThisGen Fellowship 2022 Call for Applications

ThisGen 2021 Participants © Photo: Dahlia Katz

Why Not Theatre, in partnership with the National Arts Centre, is excited to announce the 2022 iteration of ThisGen Fellowship, a national initiative that supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Women and Non-Binary performing arts practitioners get to the next stage in their careers through training, mentorship, hands-on work placements, and peer-to-peer connection.

We are passionate about creating a future where BIPOC Women and Non-Binary people have support, are celebrated, and have the resources and networks they need to thrive in the arts sector. By making connections to institutional leadership, enhancing valuable skill sets, and building a network of peers, ThisGen is a launchpad for Canadian cultural leaders.

“I felt deeply affirmed during my time in ThisGen. I have come to the realization through my work with these incredible women both teachers and peers, that there is space for our work, and not only that, we have the right to make it.”
Natasha Mumba, 2021 ThisGen Fellow

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Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST
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About the 2022 Fellowship

Eight Fellows will be selected as part of the 2022 cohort, and applicants may apply to participate in either the Directing Stream or the Producing Stream. The program will begin in late-April 2022 and run over a two-year period (exact dates of activity TBD).

The Directing Stream is designed for applicants interested in developing their skills as stage directors, while the Producing Stream is designed for applicants interested in developing their skills in arts leadership, including as producers and arts administrators. 

Program structure

Running over the course of two years, ThisGen Fellowship kicks off with an in-person residency in Ottawa hosted by the National Arts Centre. This will be followed by a 17-week paid digital training program featuring a faculty of internationally renowned arts leaders.

The Fellowship will then transition into one-on-one mentorship, pairing each Fellow with an experienced industry professional. ThisGen will culminate with each Fellow receiving a paid work placement in their field.

Timeline (exact dates and times TBD)

Late-April 2022:  NAC residency, National Arts Centre (Ottawa)
May to August 2022:  Training seminars (1 per week, 17 weeks), online
September 2022 to August 2023:  Mentorship sessions
September 2023 to May 2024:  Work placements

Past ThisGen mentors and faculty members have included:

Past ThisGen mentors have included:

All applicants must:

  • Identify as Women and/or Non-Binary* ;
  • Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour);
  • Have a practice in the performing arts with a focus on either Directing or Producing; and
  • Be available between April 2022 and May 2024 for Fellowship activities (exact dates TBD).

* Note:  ThisGen Fellowship is a Trans-inclusive program.

Application details

  • Application Form
  • Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Applicants will be notified by February 2022 if they have been successful

Learn more about ThisGen Fellowship

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, email producer Tom Arthur Davis.


ThisGen Fellowship 2022 is supported by Kingfisher Foundation, RBC Foundation, and the ThisGen Leadership Circle.

ThisGen Fellowship 2020 and 2021 were supported by the Government of Canada.

ThisGen Fellowship 2022 is produced by Why Not Theatre in partnership with the National Arts Centre.

About Why Not Theatre

Good isn’t good enough.
At Why Not Theatre, we’re out for better.

We shake up the status quo to make the world we want to see.

A world where everyone can achieve their full potential. We question everything. Rethink how stories are told. And who gets to tell them. We believe in art. It’s how we make change.

We MAKE great work that takes chances, and tours all over the world. We SHARE everything we have, because more artists mean more stories. We PROVOKE change because we believe art should be for everyone.

We push boundaries, build community, and find new ways. We represent Toronto, at home and on the world stage.

Founded in 2007, we are growing rapidly, led by Ravi Jain, Kelly Read, and Miriam Fernandes.

Apply now for ThisGen Fellowship 2022

Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST

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