Poster by Cassidy Hicks

The AMY Project’s new Performance Poetry Program is for young trans women and trans femmes aged 16-29. Under the mentorship of accomplished artists, participants will learn how to tell stories from their lives & imaginations through poetry, and will develop their writing and performance skills in a group setting. Click here to apply now. Applications are due at 11:59PM on October 31, 2017.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Dates: November 12, 3-8pm (Workshop)

November 19, 3-8pm (Workshop)

November 26, 3-9pm (Workshop & performance) 

Location: Workshops will take place downtown Toronto, at The Ground Floor at Jumblies Theatre, 132 Fort York Boulevard, with close access to the Bathurst and Spadina streetcars. The Ground Floor is a fully accessible venue.
The location for the final performance is TBD, but will also be a fully accessible venue in Toronto located within close proximity to TTC transit.

Eligibility, accessibility, and application information:

  • Participants will receive a $20 honorarium, a healthy meal, and round-trip TTC transit fare at each session
  • Previous performance experience is welcome but not necessary!
  • No social and/or medical transition is necessary to join the program. Neither is using “she/her” pronouns and/or presenting in traditionally “feminine” ways. Participants just need to self-identify with trans womanhood or trans femininity in some way or another
  • Participants are welcome to participate in the program anonymously, including abstaining from the final performance showcase if preferred
  • The program curriculum will centre decolonial artistic practices and themes of migration, diaspora, and indigeneity, and so particularly encourages applications for Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour artists

Click here to apply!

Program leaders:

KAMA LA MACKEREL / Director

Kama Pascha Marrow

Kama La Mackerel is a tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based performer, poet, story-teller, community-arts facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resilience, resistance and healing for marginalized communities. Using photography, film, textiles, prints, spoken word and digital arts, Kama’s work is both deeply personal and political, articulating an anti-colonial praxis through cultural production. Kama has performed locally and internationally at venues in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Burlington, New York City, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and beyond. She has also exhibited her work in Ottawa, Montreal, and Paris. Kama is presently the artistic coordinator of Our Bodies, Our Stories, an arts mentorship program for queer and trans youth of colour in Montreal, and she has been a mentor with the Artists Mentoring Youth (AMY) Project in Toronto since 2016. In 2012, she co-founded Qouleur, a community-arts collective for queer and trans people of colour in Montreal, and she is also the founder and hostess of GENDER B(L)ENDER, Montreal’s monthly queer open mic, which she has been running since May 2013. In the Spring of 2017, she co-designed and co-facilitated Parallel Tracks, a national training program in community arts facilitation for racialized artists. In 2016, Kama La Mackerel was featured by the CBC/Radio Canada as one of 9 women artists in Canada whose work is making a difference.

Kama was born in Mauritius and first immigrated to India as a young adult, before moving to Turtle Island/Canada. Kama has been living in tio’tia:ke/Montreal, on traditional kanien’kehá:ka territory since September 2011. A femme supreme who is haunted by the ocean, Kama loves drinking tea, reading poetry, taking care of her plants & spending time with her loved ones.

KIM NINKURU / Coordinator

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Kim Ninkuru is a multimedia artist from Bujumbura, in Burundi, currently residing in Toronto. She uses performance art, digital art, spoken word and movement to create pieces that give her the chance to explore and express rage, love, desire, beauty, or pain in relation to her own body and mind. Her work heavily questions our preconceived notions of gender and sexuality and is grounded in the firm belief that blackness is past, present and future at any given moment.

She started creating performance art pieces in 2014 and in late 2015, began to experiment with digital art. Since then, her work has been exhibited in art galleries around Toronto and she has performed on many stages in both Montreal and Toronto.

She is dedicated to creating spaces where trans and gender non conforming people of color can thrive, and to the liberation of black women, especially black trans women, around the world.

A.A / Assistant Director

A.A. is a fierce brown femme disrupting the “cistem” using her artistic superpowers. She is (shower-)singer, & aspiring theatre/film/tv-maker who loves musicals and TV comedies that fall somewhere between warm and cynical. A.A. completed the AMY Project Theatre Creation Program in spring 2017, and the AMY eOne Film Program in summer 2017. Her first short film, which she wrote, starred in, and co-directed, is being featured in four festivals across North America.

Many thanks to Jumblies Theatre for their support of this program!


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