Announcement, Industry Listing.

Date: October 1, 2020

After months of deliberation, Fractured Atlas the organization that founded SpaceFinder has made the decision to shut down the SpaceFinder service on October 1, 2020. Previously, they had announced that they were ending support for SpaceFinder. Fractured Atlas acknowledged that SpaceFinder had been operating at a disadvantage as they have focused their resources on enhancing Fractured Atlas’s vital and growing Fiscal Sponsorship service that are not available in Canada. 

Fractured Atlas understands that SpaceFinder has served an important role in TAPA member's creative work. This isn’t the outcome they hoped for when we first set out to make space more accessible for artists. However, they still believe that this decision will allow Fractured Atlas to continue serving the creative community through their more sustainable services.

If you have space listed on Space Finder Toronto please see the important FAQ below:

What happens to the venue data currently in SpaceFinder? 
We would recommend that you save any important information you might need for your work. This data will not be available after October 1, 2020.

I have a venue/several venues listed on SpaceFinder, how will artists in my community find them?
We encourage you to proactively engage with other marketing resources that you’re using to reach artists in your community. This could include boosting your website’s SEO or partnering with your local or regional arts council to make sure that your venue has appropriate visibility among the artists that you serve.

You could also use this opportunity to engage with previous customers and encourage them to contact you directly.

When will SpaceFinder be shut down?
As of October 1, 2020, SpaceFinder in all cities including Toronto will no longer be operational. You will not be able to log in or access any of the associated data.

Event, Industry Listing.

A celebration of the making of live theatre
September 26, 2020 at 7pm (EST), 4pm (PST)

As part of TAPA's #iMissLiveTheatreTO campaign, join ADC designers and their creative collaborators for an inside look at the designer’s experience and their favourite memories from notable productions. A casual ‘behind the scenes look' to connect audiences and theatre artists in their love of live performance.

Design and creative teams from multiple prominent and exciting shows will be discussing their thoughts and experiences about their creative processes, including: The Stratford Festival's Rocky Horror Show & Alice Through The Looking Glass, plus the world renowned production of The Overcoat.

Frequent collaborators Camie Koo, Michelle Ramsay, and Nina Lee Aquino will also speak about their unique process that they have used to create multiple shows together.

Interspersed with these discussions, we will share some images from ADC designers' favourite past productions and also showcase a demonstration of live drawing.

Designers, theatre artists, audience members and theatre lovers of all types are warmly invited to join!

There's still time to register, so please help us to spread the word widely.

Click Here to Register

Zoom details will be provided by email prior to the event

Announcement, Industry Listing.

Dian Marie Bridge is an award-winning theatre maker & arts manager with over 20 years experience in Canada's theatre and arts community. She was an inaugural member of Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Michael Langham Workshops for Classical Direction, as well as intern-Artistic Director with Obsidian Theatre under both Alison Sealy-Smith and Philip Akin.

Dian is the co-founding Artistic Producer for Cric Crac Collective and Vancouver’s 4Large Heads Collective, and holds a degree in Theatre Arts and Dramatic Literature from Brock University and attended the University of Minnesota under the Theatre and Dance program. Her directing work focuses on new play development and dramaturgy, while her intent as a producer is to bridge the creative communities in Canada, through peer-to-peer mentorship, cross-pollination of ideas and practices, though continued direct support of artists. Dian has been an artist mentor through The Paprika Festival, The AMY Project, Speak Sudan, B Current’s RaizinArtz Program, and Only One You workshops.

We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome her in this new role!

“In my practice as a theatre artist and arts manager, I have always admired artists in their immense talent, intelligence and empathy. At this point in history, artists are demanding that we take a concerted look at who we are, the world we are in, and how we want to shape the world to come. Across all of the organizations I’ve had the opportunity to work with, my focus has been to offer actionable support of artists and their work, from professional development programs to collaborative creations. Luminato has given me the chance to continue this work with the Summer Residency program, and now this extends to programming, and an opportunity to have a national impact on the arts community. I am so thrilled, humbled and full of anticipation for what this new chapter as Associate Artistic Director holds.”

Dian Marie Bridge


Industry Listing, Workshop / Classes.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Join the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), Canadian Dance Assembly and Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists to learn about OAC grant programs that can support your practice as a dance artist and help you bring your ideas to reality!

  • Looking for support for your choreography, creations and collaborations?
  • Need to take time to research, develop, and create a new work?
  • Plan to produce and present your own work?
  • Want to start a dance series or festival?
  • Wondering how to support master classes, workshops or community development initiatives?
  • Making changes to your practice to respond to the challenges of COVID-19?

Find out about the OAC’s Dance Projects and Dance Training Projects grant programs, as well as Deaf and Disability Arts Projects. Learn about the new Arts Response Initiative which addresses challenges faced by the arts community because of COVID-19.

Note: This session will be presented in English with ASL interpretation and live closed captioning. Information will also be provided about programs for Francophone dance artists.

Upcoming Deadlines

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 pm via Zoom


If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know no later than September 25, 2020 by contacting:

Caroline Caire, Program Administrator
1-800-387-0058 ext. 7440 (toll-free in Ontario)

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2019-20, OAC invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations.

Industry Listing, Submission.

Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020

The 29th annual Forum of Original Theatre/Theory/Thought (FOOT) conference at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies invites proposals on the theme of Bordered States. As we navigate this year of uncertainty, the conference will be held virtually and synchronously over Zoom from February 25 – 27, 2021.

Borders create. They create nation, culture, and community. They can bring people together and force others apart. As we prepare this call for proposals in a time marked by physical distancing, isolation, and quarantines, we find ourselves acutely aware of the many borders that surround us. The global politics of 2020 are also preoccupied with the tensions of bordered existence. From the recent surge in regionalism and protectionism, to restrictions on domestic and international travel in response to the COVID-19 crisis, worldwide calls for racial justice by the Black Lives Matter movement, and protests against pipelines that threaten to encroach on unceded Indigenous territory — across the world, borders are constantly being performed, interrogated, reinforced, and transgressed.  

FOOT 2021: Bordered States seeks to engage with this bordered existence through the lens of performance. How are borders performed? How are bordered identities expressed? How have borders been explored in creative ways through art, theatre, music, media, and dance? We are particularly interested in the multiple meanings that the theme presents. We take ‘bordered states’ to mean:  

  • a bordered State – that is, a nation, country, province, or territory
  • the state of being bordered – that is, the state of living in, on, or in-between borders of culture, identity, technology, or place

The Forum of Original Theatre/Theory/Thought (formerly, ‘Festival of Original Theatre’) began as a graduate student-led initiative to showcase dramatic works. This event has since grown into a conference that includes academic papers, panels, and performances. FOOT 2021: Bordered States welcomes both artistic and scholarly submissions of any type. These may take the form of performances, scholarly papers, workshops, working groups, panels, staged readings, works of art, and any creative or embodied exploration of the theme. We encourage submissions that engage with the digital and online nature of the conference. 

Possible topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Intersections of performance and nation, nationhood, or nationality 
  • National, international, or regional borders
  • Borders of culture, race, gender, or identity 
  • Artistic and theatrical expressions of bordered identities
  • Digital or virtual borders – especially in the time of COVID-19
  • Black performance 
  • Indigenous Performance
  • Postcolonial and/or diaspora theatre and performance 
  • Performance and/as protest
  • Queer identity and performance
  • The impact of COVID-19 on Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
  • Interdisciplinary borders of Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
  • Micronations and other self-declared states

Submit Your Proposals Here

We welcome proposals from anyone seeking to engage with the conference theme in a scholarly and/or creative way. As a community of scholars in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, we acknowledge the interdisciplinary and ‘bordered’ nature of our own field, and are therefore excited to consider proposals from any and all of the following: 

  • Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students in Drama, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
  • Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of related fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences including Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and more 
  • Artists, practitioners, and industry professionals
  • Independent scholars

Submit your proposal by October 19, 2020 at: Download a PDF copy of the Call for Proposals.

Questions? Please email us at

Thank you for your interest in FOOT 2021! We look forward to working together. 


Deadline: October 30, 2020

Crow’s is proud to invite submissions for the sixth annual RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize. This prize is designed to encourage and celebrate our most outstanding early-career directors, give them the opportunity to work with Crow’s Theatre, and receive ongoing mentorship.

The prize is made possible by the RBC Emerging Artists Project which helps advance artists' career trajectories. This is a reflection of RBC’s long-standing commitment to supporting artists in a range of genres – including visual, music, theatre, dance, literature and film – through their meaningful investments. 

Launched in 2015, The RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize provides a $5,000 award to a Canadian emerging director, plus resources towards a residency at Crow’s Theatre and project developments, and mentorship. The three finalists will also be awarded a small cash prize in recognition of their outstanding submissions.

Crow’s Theatre is committed to supporting the work of artists that represent the diverse communities we serve, including BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and individuals from other equity seeking groups. With this in mind, the jury is tasked to ensure that a minimum of fifty percent of the four finalists come from these communities. 

The award recipient and finalists will be selected on a balance of award criteria by a jury of professional artists that includes Crow’s Associate Artistic Directors, Marie Farsi and Rouvan Silogix, playwright and arts leader, Marcus Youssef, director Esther Jun, and director Jackie Maxwell. The jury will take into account the merits of the emerging director’s current body of work as well as how meaningful the prize and residency would prove to the director’s professional development.  

This prize and the Crow’s residency will recognize the creative potential of an up-and-coming theatre-maker, and provide the means to substantially advance their practice, by providing a resourced incubation lab for a new or existing work. 

Full Details On How To Apply