The Artists Mentoring Youth Project (The AMY Project) is currently seeking a  Producer for the Trans Gemmes National Program, an artistic residency and community-building retreat for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) trans women and trans femmes. The Producer will work alongside the Trans Gemmes program directors and other AMY staff. We invite applications from dedicated producers and event managers with strong organizational and communication skills; a passion for the arts; experience in community work; and and a deep investment in health, wellbeing, safety, joy, and liberation for BIPOC trans women and trans femmes. For this project, the leadership of BIPOC trans women and trans femmes is critical, and so we actively encourage applications from trans women/femmes of colour and Indigenous trans women/femmes. This is a part-time, contract position. Emerging producers are welcome to apply; training and mentorship can be provided as needed.

Position: Producer: Trans Gemmes National
Position Type: Part-time, contract
Start Date: November 18, 2019
End Date: July 31, 2020
Hours: 200-250 hours total; flexible schedule; some evenings and weekends
Rate: $5000 for the contract plus HST if applicable
Location: Toronto
Application Deadline: EXTENDED to Thursday Nov 7th, 2019, at 4pm

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About The AMY Project


The Artists Mentoring Youth (AMY) Project is committed to transforming the arts landscape by providing accessible, affirming performing arts training & creation programs for women and non-binary youth from equity-seeking communities. With the mentorship of professional artists, AMY participants learn to tell their stories with honesty, integrity, and artistic rigour.

AMY understands that inequity in the performing arts industry is rooted in the inequitable systems that shape society: some young people have the privilege of private lessons, outings to the theatre, and regularly seeing people who look like them in starring roles on the screen and the stage; others do not. We aim to interrupt the inequities in performing arts industries by creating supportive, dynamic, anti-racist, trans-positive, queer-positive, artistically excellent communities with women and non-binary people of diverse experiences, from a young age. AMY’s programming is artistically and socially engaging for participants, lead artists, and audiences alike.


The AMY Project offers free performing arts training programs serving young women and non-binary youth. AMY breaks down barriers to participation by providing meals and transportation; accessible, queer and trans inclusive and anti-racist environments; one-on-one mentorship; and more. AMY’s regular programming includes: Spring Theatre Creation Program, Summer Performance Intensive, Film Training Program, Performance Creation Program for Trans Women and Trans Femmes, the Design and Production Mentorship Program, Write On Residency for emerging playwrights, and the AMY Community Program. AMY creates and develops program in response to the artistic and social needs of our community and the greater Toronto community. AMY engages lead artists, program directors, and artistic mentors who come from similar backgrounds – artistically, culturally, and otherwise – as our participants.

AMY creates and delivers programming in partnership with individuals and organizations across the Greater Toronto Area, including arts organizations, community organizations, and individual community-minded professional artists, social workers, teachers, and others invested in AMY’s goals and work.


The Trans Gemmes National is an special project by The AMY Project that will bring together BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) trans femmes and trans women from across Canada for a twelve-day performing arts creation residency and community-building retreat in June 2020, culminating in a performance as part of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 2020 Pride programming. The program directors are Kama La Mackerel and Bilal Baig.

This program evolved out of past locally-based AMY Programs including the Performance Poetry Program for trans women and trans femmes (2017) and the Performance Creation Program for trans women and trans femmes (2018).


In collaboration with program’s artistic leadership and AMY staff:

  • Manage outreach and participant applications
  • Organize travel and accommodations
  • Collaborate with program partners
  • Provide on-the-ground logistical support during the twelve-day residency (likely June 12-24, 2020) and in the weeks preceding
  • Provide updates to AMY staff and program stakeholders
  • Ensure production needs for final performance are met
  • Attend AMY Project organizational meetings and trainings as required


The ideal candidate will have many or all of the following qualifications:

  • Experience producing/managing large gatherings for non-profit organizations
  • Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal skills
  • A deep investment in health, wellbeing, safety, joy, and liberation for BIPOC trans women and trans femmes, including lived experience of the intersections of being trans feminine and Indigenous/racialized
  • A passion for the performing arts (i.e. theatre, dance, music, etc)
  • Highly organized and ability to self-manage tasks and deadlines
  • A critical understanding of and value for accessibility practices and how to manifest accessibility in spaces and event
  • Experience in participant-facing community programs, ideally arts-based ones
  • A love of spreadsheets
  • Experience in marketing, including writing marketing copy and coordinating promotional campaigns
  • Graphic design experience is an asset
  • Connections to 2LGBTQ and/or BIPOC community organizations and grassroots groups across Canada is an asset


The AMY Project is committed to providing an accessible and generative work environment for all who work with us. The Producer will have access to support and mentorship from AMY Project staff, consultants, and external mentors as needed. The Producer will have ability to work both at the AMY Project’s work-share space (within a shared office environment) or remotely, depending on mutual needs and desires.



To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to with the subject like “Producer: Trans Gemmes National” by November 4, 2019 at the latest.

We encourage early applications and will begin reviewing them as we receive them.
All applications are considered confidential. All applicants will receive an email to confirm receipt of their application.

The AMY Project is committed to maintaining an organization reflective of the community we serve, and strongly encourage applications from qualified candidates who are gender non-binary; women; Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour; LGBTQ2S; people with disabilities; people from other equity-seeking groups; and people living at the intersections of multiple of the above. For this project in particular, the leadership of BIPOC trans women and trans femmes is critical. We are committed to an accessible hiring process and can provide support and accommodations for applicants upon request.

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