TIFT launches mentorship programs

Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is taking steps to develop the local professional theatre community through two programs, funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
The programs, ArtsLocal and Theatre Creators’ Reserve, will provide mentorship to local professional actors, says TIFT artistic director Arkady Spivak.
ArtsLocal, described as “part creative residency, part professional development in theatre,” will provide an opportunity for six professional actors, chosen through a selection process, to focus on their professional goals and work on their own projects. The program includes a venue for the public performances of their works.
“To achieve this, each artist will receive mentorship support and guidance of TIFT key staff and senior artists,” according to a TIFT release.
Each residency will be individually tailored to the needs of each artist and will take place over a six-week period. Applicants are asked to contact Spivak at arkady@tift.ca or (705) 792-1949, ext: 22, to set up an appointment. Deadline is Sept. 28.
With the Theatre Creators’ Reserve, local artists can apply for funding through TIFT, using the Ontario Arts Council procedure. Submissions are sought from creators of musicals who are just starting out.
For more information, click here. For the definition of professional artist, click here. Submission requirements include:
• Description/Artistic Vision for the proposed new work
• Proof of any rights, if an adaptation
• Professional resume
• A brief writing sample
• Two letters of support from the Artistic Directors/New Play Development Coordinators of an Ontario professional theatre company
• Budget
• Any other support material, of applicant’s choice.
TIFT has also established the following priorities for funding allocations:
• Regional artists
• Artists from culturally diverse backgrounds
• Artists and works that would likely experience difficulty in attracting support elsewhere
• Minimum grant request is set at $1,000 and maximum at $5,000. However, due to budgetary constraints, awarded amounts may be smaller than requested.
“We are thrilled to announce these two programs that build on our long standing commitment to the work of local artists,” says Spivak. “I look forward to collaborating with many new and familiar faces to help build Barrie into a unique arts mecca.”

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