Participate in AMY’s free youth programming
There are many ways to get involved with The AMY Project and our Toronto-based programming! We have programs year-round geared toward young women and non-binary youth. There are different parameters and age restrictions for different programs. All of our programs and workshops are FREE. We will post here when we have applications open for a given program.
Additionally, through the AMY Community Program, we host drop-in workshops and one-off events throughout the year that are open to everyone! These workshops range from artistic creation workshops, conferences, panels with guest artists, activities and gatherings around social justice and equity, social events, theatre outings, and more.
We are now accepting applications for:
Theatre Program – Learn more and register for an information session
Film Program: Storyboarding Workshop Series – Learn more and apply
Performance Curation Mentorship Program: Learn more and register for the prerequisite workshop
Community Program: Fat Fables, a writing and community building workshop for fat+queer folks – Learn more and register
Stay tuned for information about upcoming programs:
Trans Gemmes National: Based in Toronto, this is an all-expenses paid performance creation residency and community-building retreat for trans women and trans femmes who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour, open to applicants from across Canada
Design and Production Mentorship Program: A paid training and creation program for emerging women and non-binary theatre designers
Training for professional artists
Artist Facilitator Training
The AMY Project is partnering with Training for Change to offer the Artist Facilitator Training, a special training initiative for artists-facilitators working in community-engaged arts and theatre directors working with intercultural and collaborative contexts. This is a unique opportunity in Canada, and a chance to be at the forefront of new training models for the arts. Drawing from traditions of direct education, this training will increase artists’ capacity to lead group-based community arts work in ways that are emergent, supportive of diversity and healthy conflict, and conducive to safe risk-taking.
For more information, please click here.
Work With AMY
We are currently hiring our next General Manager! Click here for more information.
The AMY Project collaborates with professional artists working in the performing arts across skills and disciplines (i.e. playwriting, direction, storytelling, dramaturgy, theatre design, production management, songwriting/music composition, dance, physical theatre, movement, spoken word, film, etc). Professional artists can work with AMY in a variety of ways, including guest workshops, one-on-one mentoring, program direction, and production-specific creative roles. It is essential that all artists working with AMY be committed to supporting an anti-racist, queer-positive, trans-positive, mixed ability-positive, inclusive environment. We actively seek to work with artists who come from the same communities and experiences as our participants and will prioritize applications from artists who identify as being from multiple of the following groups: women, gender non-binary, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2SIA, people with disabilities, immigrants/newcomers, from working class backgrounds.
We usually post a call for artist submissions once a year, which will be findable on this page. Outside of that annual call, artists can submit to email@example.com but please be advised that we have limited capacity to review artist submissions on an ongoing basis.
If you are a business, foundation, community organization, or individual looking to support our high-impact programming, then click here to learn how to support! If you have another question about getting involved, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What past participants say
“To make a show from scratch was incredible. You feel like you really accomplish something, that you actually did something, you can own it and call it your own. It’s a great feeling!”
“AMY for me was life-changing in a lot of ways. I learned a lot about myself. I grew as a writer, as a performer, I made really good friends. I feel more and more confident when I’m with the group, stronger when I’m with the group… it was just a really great way to get your feet wet in this field of performance.”
“I am so unbelievably grateful to have had this experience. This program is so important. Not only has it given me more confidence in sharing my work, but it has given me the confidence to claim my space and find my voice in any given situation. A lot of this is due to the leaders who created such a respectful and welcoming space for the group. They are incredibly understanding, loving, and generous which I know was why the whole group offered the same in return. I will always treasure my memories here.” –
– 2018 participant
“Being around so many artistic people who are just so free, and who are so supportive of other women, and people of colour, and people of all genders and sexualities – it really changed me. I’m way more open minded, way more accepting, and I’ve just learned things that I never even knew before.”
“The AMY Project has been one of the best things I could have done as a female artist in Toronto. AMY Project provided an inclusive space for a level of creativity and self discovery that has opened so many doors for me, as well as a lasting mentorship and a network of brilliant artists.”
“AMY has held space for me, made me more confident, and made me feel like I can claim that space. That I am good at what I do…. AMY also shaped me through community, through the people I’ve met. The co-directors, facilitators, participants. Being able to go every week to witness the work that these amazing young woman and non-binary folks share, to learn their experiences. Sharing a meal every week is amazing. It gave me community that I was lacking for a while.”
“AMY has taught me how to be more honest with myself and in my work. Our fantastic leadership and fellow participants helped me feel safe and welcomed to take these leaps together. It has made me a braver version of myself.”