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Presented by The AMY Project
In partnership with lemonTree creations
With support from Inspirit Foundation

This program presents an opportunity for 2QTBIPOC youth interested in the backstage side of performing arts to develop their skills; meet with mentors; work on a professional, politically-engaged project; and access an affirming creative space.
In the Spring 2019 version of this program, participants will each have a dedicated mentor and work in a specific production area on the upcoming production of Michel Marc Bouchard’s classic queer play, Lilies; Or, the Revival of a Romantic Drama, produced by lemonTree Creations, Why Not Theatre, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and being presented on the Buddies mainstage in May 2019.

Following the themes of this production of Lilies, program participants will also explore how we as 2QTBIPOC artists can work in solidarity with prisoner justice initiatives and help imagine new models for justice and accountability in the world.

We are accepting mentees in four different production area roles:

  • Direction
  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
  • Community arts facilitation

This program is for artists under 35 who identify as 2QTBIPOC (2-Spirit, Queer, and/or Trans AND Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Colour) with some previous experience in theatre and in the production area they are applying for, but who are not (yet) established professionals. We particularly encourage applications from artists who are: Indigenous/Two-Spirit; trans; non-binary; women.

All participants must be available to work in Tkaronto Jan-May 2019. From Feb-March, the program will be part-time and built around partcipants’ schedules as much as possible, but participants should plan to have increased availability for the program throughout April.



  • Dedicated mentorship from professional artist with expertise in your production area
  • Opportunity to work on Lilies in your production area
  • $1000-$1300 honoraria (depending on time commitment)
  • Some meals and TTC transit fare
  • Group workshops exploring the intersection of art and activism (e.g. prisoner justice solidarity, prison abolition)
  • An affirming, 2QTBIPOC-centrered creative space


To apply, please email nikki@theamyproject.com with answers to the following:

  • Your name
  • A little bit about yourself
  • How you heard about this program
  • Why you are interested in this program. Please speak to whatever it is about this program that interests you, but within this answer, please include reflections on why being in a 2QTBIPOC-centred space is valuable to you at this time
  • What production area role you are applying for and any previous experience you have in this area

The application in total should be 300-600 words.
If you require an alternative way to complete this application, please contact Nikki at nikki@theamyproject.com as soon as possible.

Applications are due Friday, January 25, 2019.