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ThisGen 2022 Fellowship

Why Not Theatre, in partnership with the National Arts Centre, is excited to launch the 2022 edition of ThisGen Fellowship, a national initiative that supports IBPoC (Indigenous, Black, 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 IBPoC Women and Non-Binary people have the resources and networks required to thrive in the arts sector and are celebrated. By enhancing valuable skills, building a network of peers, and making connections to institutional leadership, ThisGen is a launchpad for Canadian cultural leaders.

*ThisGen Fellowship is a Trans-inclusive program.

ThisGen 2022 Fellowship

For the 2022 edition, ten Fellows from across Canada will participate in Directing or Producing programs. The Fellowship kicks off in May with a 17-week paid online training, led by a faculty of internationally-renowned arts leaders.

In October, the Fellows will gather for an in-person residency in Ottawa, hosted by the National Arts Centre. The Fellowship then transitions into one-on-one mentorship, pairing each Fellow with an industry professional, culminating with each Fellow receiving a paid work-placement.

“When I started the ThisGen Fellowship, I felt very much isolated, and now I not only have that authentic intergenerational support that is a lasting relationship with my mentor, but a network of peer support that spans the country.”
Gabrielle Martin, ThisGen 2021 Fellow, Producing
 

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 MAKE great work that takes chances, and tours the world. We SHARE everything we have, because more artists mean more stories. We PROVOKE change because 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 led by Ravi Jain, Kelly Read, and Miriam Fernandes.

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