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TAPA in association with PACT and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
announces

THE INDIE X

The Indie Trade Forum is back - Cultivating Creative Connections!

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre | February 28th, 2016

The Indie X is targeted to the professional performing arts Indie community and is a vital networking and learning conference for Toronto’s emerging and established artists, arts managers, producers and companies.

The Indie X announces stellar panelists and speakers!

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Keynote Speaker: Philip Akin from Obsidian Theatre

Closing Plenary Speaker: Naomi Campbell from the Luminato Festival

Main Stage Panels

YOU WANNA DO WHAT…? HOW?

Working in association with established company venues.

11:15am | CHAMBER

How and when can working with a venued company serve your work? What are some pros and cons of producing in association with an established company that has a venue?

Featuring: Nina Lee Aquino from Factory Theatre, Beth Brown from Nightwood Theatre, Jivesh Parasram from Pandemic Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille, Ravi Jain from Why Not Theatre and moderated by Kelly Straughan from Toronto Fringe Festival.

YOU WANNA TO DO WHAT WITH WHO

Establishing Community Partnerships

12:45 pm | CHAMBER

How do we make art relevant to the community we live in? Sam Egan GM at Jumblies Theatre and Margo Charlton of TAC fame chat with the Storefront Theatre's Claire Burns to find out how best to artistically serve the communities we live in.

YOU WANNA TO DO WHAT WITH WHAT

Marketing and advertising tactics for today’s environment

2:00 pm | CHAMBER

Let’s cut the crap and get down to the nitty-gritty on advertising your show. In today’s fast-moving, over-saturated environment, the right ad or blurb means EVERYTHING. This panel will discuss the effectiveness of and alternatives to the traditional season brochure and posters. What about the tried and true postcard? Should you keep them? Scrap them? Re-invent them? Let’s not forget the dreaded press release…Why is having the perfectly worded catchphrase or summary so important? Marketing and advertising professionals Mark Aikman, Eva Feldmann, Steph Guo, Byron Laviolette and moderator Brett Haynes will discuss creative, innovative and affordable methods to advertise your show in today’s competitive environment.

YOU WANNA TO DO WHAT, WHERE? 

Site-Specific Performance

3:15pm | CHAMBER

Performance has always existed outside of buildings designed for theatre.  But does making a stage out of a found-place automatically make a work site-specific? The innovative theatre, dance and opera projects of Jennifer Brewin (Common Boots/Caravan Farm), David Danzon (CORPUS Dance), Joel Ivany (Against The Grain Theatre), David Yee (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre) and moderator Marjorie Chan (Cahoots Theatre Company) have taken place in parks, hotel rooms, historic buildings, gardens and even in a dog park! Pick up tips, dos and don’ts and be inspired by these projects that challenge conventions and expectations to give audiences a unique theatrical experience.
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“In Discussion With…” Panels Upstairs of Tallulah’s Cabaret

LET’S DISCUSS COMMERCIAL THEATRE 

Discussing the benefits of developing commercial theatre

12:45 pm | Upstairs Tallulah’s Cabaret

Think you know the difference between commercial theatre and not-for-profit theatre? Think again. Sit down with award-winning producer Michael Rubinoff to learn and discuss the benefits of producing independent commercial theatre in Toronto.

 

IN CONVERSATION WITH CAEA 

Discussing CAEA’s agreements and how they apply to the Indie community

2:00 pm | Upstairs Tallulah’s Cabaret

Cast an Equity member in your independent show and don’t know what to do? Confused by the Indie 2.1 agreement or the Collective Agreement? Sit down with the General Manager of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, Arden Ryshpan and have your questions answered about all things Equity.

 

SKY GILBERT INTERVIEWS THE BLACK BOYS PROJECT 

Sit down with Sky Gilbert as he interviews members of the Black Boys Project

3:15 pm | Upstairs Tallulah’s Cabaret

As part of the interactive web initiative What the F**K are you Doing?, Sky Gilbert interviews members of the Saga Collectif on their provocative, raw and experimental piece Black Boys. Black Boys is a performance piece that combined movement, autobiography, and verbatim to delve into the black queer male experience.

What the F**K are you Doing? features interviews by theatre artists working in Toronto and Hamilton who are dedicated NOT to making money, NOT to being rich and famous but instead – to their work as artists. So, here is your chance to find out what the hell they do and why the hell they do it. What do they get out of it?

Featuring Stephen Jackman-Torkoff and Tawiah M’Carthy.

The Indie X is hosting a variety of interactive panel discussions led by leading professionals. Learn creative and cheap marketing tactics from Toronto’s top advertising and marketing gurus, discover the benefits of associating with major organisations and ways in which to create those connections, or participate in one of our four ‘In discussion with …’ groups. The Indie X aims to provide every artist with the tools they need to produce their art in today’s competitive theatre, dance and opera environment.

February 28, 2016:  Indie X runs from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm;
The Indie Agora opens at 12:00 noon;
Cocktail Mixer & Closing Reception from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Full schedule / Registration: http://tapa.ca/news/the-indie-exchange

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