Meet the INDIE X 2019 Panelists!

Unfortunately, we did not receive a sufficient number of registrations for Indie X 2019, consequently we are not able to proceed as planned. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Please take note that INDIE X 2019 is now cancelled for Saturday March 23.

However, we are pleased to tell you that we are moving forward with the morning workshop session only, for FREE:

• Beth Brown – Managing Director, Nightwood Theatre
• Gail Packwood – Executive Director, Associated Designers of Canada.

Please take note of the new timing and logistics:

Saturday March 23, 2019
10:00am doors open/coffee/tea
10:30 – 11:30am workshop
TAPA office: 401 Richmond Street West, suite 350, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Due to this last minute revision, we are offering this workshop FREE of charge.
We require a minimum of 12 participants for CONTRACTS ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY.

Please email to confirm your attendance to CONTRACTS ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY by Friday, March 22 3:00pm.

Again our sincere apologies for the change to INDIE X 2019 but all is not lost! We are working to re-schedule all of the INDIE X 2019 sessions in the future at dates to be determined.

Thank you for your understanding.

Keynote Speaker

Mel Hague - Artistic Associate: New Work Development + Festival Director, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Mel Hague is a Toronto based Curator and dramaturge. Mel is the Associate Artist and Director of Festivals at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Previously, Mel has worked with Obsidian Theatre Company, Factory Theatre, Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, bcurrent performing arts, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Queer Acts Festival, The Paprika Festival, and Mulgrave Road Theatre. Mel has been the Director of the Rhubarb Festival since 2014, and was selected as a Leader in Residence at the National Theatre School of Canada (2018/19).

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker

Tim Jones - Chief Executive Officer, Artscape

Tim Jones is a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based artist studio provider to an internationally recognized leader in creative placemaking. The term “creative placemaking” was coined by Tim in 2006 to describe the practice of leveraging the power of arts and culture to act as a catalyst of change, growth and transformation of place. Today, city-builders around the world are employing creative placemaking strategies to make cities more vibrant, prosperous, sustainable and liveable.

Artscape’s work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects to serve their interests while advancing multiple public policy agendas, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions. In Toronto, Tim has built an impressive portfolio of arts centres that provide space to more than 3,000 artists including 42 public venues serving more than 450,000 people annually. After playing mentor and coach to organizations and governments in Canada and abroad for many years, Tim and Artscape are beginning to play an active development role in markets outside Toronto.

In 2014, Tim was recognized by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation as Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Contracts Are Not your Enemy

In this session, we review the types of contracts you will encounter and why you should use them. Renting a venue? Working with artists of all kinds?  Co-producing? We will cover some pitfalls and red flags to be aware of and talk about how to work with union and association contracts.


Beth Brown – Managing Director, Nightwood Theatre

Beth Brown has been the Managing Director of Nightwood Theatre since 2014. After graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada’s Technical Production program in 1998, Beth worked as a Stage Manager and Production Manager on productions in Toronto and abroad for many years. In 2010, Beth was named General Manager at Theatre Direct Canada where she contributed to the opening and managing of a new facility. She continues to pursue her education in Business Management at Athabasca University. Beth is active with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), and sits on their Finance Committee, HR Committee and Labour Relations Committee. Beth is a Board Member for the Toronto Alliance of Performing Arts (TAPA).

Gail Packwood - Executive Director, Associated Designers of Canada

Gail Packwood is a Toronto based arts administrator with over 20 years experience in the performing arts. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Associated Designers of Canada.Previously Gail was Managing Director of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Associate Producer at the Canadian Stage Company.  She held various positions with Mirvish Productions in company management and production.  Gail was President of the Board of Directors for the Theatre Centre for seven years. Gail was an Arts Management Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D. C. and in 2011 was honoured to receive a Harold Award.

Demystifying Working Models: Navigating Relationships Between Indie & Established Theatre Companies

Are you and/or your company at a place in your career to collaborate with larger organizations? In this session, presenters provide insight into their working models that best support independent companies. Hear from programmers at the City of Toronto and Canadian Stage, and receive insight from lemonTree creations and Why Not Theatre about how partnerships, residencies, creation units, and presentation series can help you collaborate with larger organizations.


Chris Reynolds - Producer, SummerWorks Exchange
Chris Reynolds is producer of the SummerWorks Exchange: an industry platform bringing together local, national and international artists, producers and presenters during the SummerWorks Performance Festival, a curated festival recognized nationally and internationally as a launching pad for new and experimental work. Chris also works in a market development role with other arts organizations including Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, which, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, is the world’s longest-running and largest queer theatre. His professional experiences include: curating and presenting international performing arts projects, commissioning and supporting the creation of new work by local artists, producing market development projects, and brokering deals and producing tours in Canada and several countries around the world.


Jenn Goodwin - Dance Artist, Curator, Producer, and Filmmaker
Jenn Goodwin is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies - Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto. Previously, she received a BFA from Concordia University in Contemporary Dance with a minor in video. She is a dance artist, curator, producer, and filmmaker. Over the last 20 years her dance work and short films have been shown across Canada and internationally including Melbourne, Brussels, Amsterdam, and New York City. She has worked as an artistic producer/programmer with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche since its inception in 2006. Goodwin has curated performance and exhibitions for the Art Bank, SummerWorks, The Drake Hotel, and Harbourfront Centre. She has written for the Journal for Curatorial Studies, The Canadian Theatre Review and The Dance Current.

Brendan Healy - Artistic Director, Canadian Stage
Brendan Healy is the Artistic Director of Canadian Stage. Prior to this, Brendan completed a Masters in International Arts Management, in a program jointly offered by the Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), l’École des hautes études commerciales (Montréal, Québec), and the SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy); and, worked as the Artistic Director for Performing Arts for the City of Brampton, one of Canada’s most diverse and fastest-growing cities. Between 2009-2015, Brendan was the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. During his time at Buddies, the company experienced an unprecedented period of artistic success with a string of celebrated productions including PIG, Arigato, Tokyo, Obaaberima, The Silicone Diaries,and Blasted.   

Indrit Kasapi - Artistic Producer, lemonTree creations
Born in Tirana, Albania, Indrit moved to Toronto, Canada in his early teens. He identifies as a queer artist and has worked as a dancer, actor, director, producer, writer and choreographer. Indrit is an ensemble member of the award winning CORPUS Dance Projects (Les Moutons, Flock of Flyers, Nuit Blanche, Machina Nuptialis and House Guests). He is the Artistic Producer for lemonTree creations and Associate Artistic Producer for Cahoots Theatre Company. Indrit also launched the lemonTree {studio} in 2012, a rehearsal space in downtown Toronto, that serves as a creative hub for the independent theatre community with various programs in place, including the RESIDENCY PROGRAM. Indrit is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and 2018 Harold Award Winner in the house of Lisa Ryder. (Pronouns: He/Him)

Kelly Read - Executive Producer, Why Not Theatre
Kelly Read identifies as an all-round theatre facilitator, and is the Executive Producer of Why Not Theatre. With Why Not, she has been responsible for producing and presenting award-winning and critically-acclaimed projects locally, nationally and internationally. She is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy, following three seasons with Soulpepper as Associate Technical Director. Some of her favourite outside projects include 4 1⁄2 (ig)noble truths (zeitpunktheatre); Counting Sheep (lemon bucket orkestra); Crawlspace (Videofag); DIVE (Mermaid Collective); pomme is french for apple (paul watson productions); The Trial of David Suzuki (Carbon 14); and doing her own bike maintenance.


Do you have a space? Did you have a space? Do you wanna have a space? From rental agreements, to bank loans to applying for charitable status, this panel focuses on successes, failures and hardships of running a space in a congested and costly city.


Bri Proke - Artistic Producer/Director, Blood Pact Theatre
Although starting her career in film production, Bri Proke’s approach has been anything but single tracked when it comes to cultural production. From being the artistic producer for Blood Pact Theatre, a founding member of Fool’s Collective (a cross-Canadian group of independent filmmakers), to being the co-artistic director of Toronto’s new DIY indie art space, Grand Canyon, Bri’s interdisciplinary approach aspires to venture further into the obscure territories of producing plays and films. Bri’s recent credits include No Clowns Allowed (Writer/Producer, Blood Pact Theatre), Shark Week (Writer/Director, Fools Collective), After Wrestling (Producer, Factory Theatre/Blood Pact Theatre)and The Feminist F*ck It Festival (Producer, Storefront Theatre)


Luis Fernandes - Unit 102 Actors Company
Luis Fernandes is an actor/writer/director of Theatre and film working out of Toronto. He is a founder of the Unit 102 Actors Company as well as The Assembly Theatre space, a 60 seat performance venue located in Parkdale. He has written and starred in many productions, his latest as an actor playing Alan in Adam Pettle's THERAC 25 (The Assembly Theatre, 2018) and as a writer in the black comedy The Hungry (Unit 102 Theatre, 2015). He is currently working hard at putting together The Assembly's upcoming 2019 Season, which will dedicate most of its time facilitating the development of new works.

Sedina Fiati - Managing Producer, Storefront Theatre
Sedina Fiati is a performer, producer, creator and activist for stage and screen. She is currently Facilitator of the Artist Producer Training Program at Generator and Managing Producer at The Storefront Theatre. She has almost 15 years experience as a performer and producer in Toronto. Career highlights: Feminist Fuck It Festival (Storefront Theatre, co creator and co producer), Lukumi (Watah Theatre, performer), The Odyssey (Driftwood Theatre, performer), Switch Project (collective member). She is proudly queer and black and hopes to leave the world a better place than she found it. Catch her on social - @bwheelsheels on instagram and twitter.

Andrew Gaboury - Co-Artistic Director of hub14 art + performance works
Andrew Gaboury is a performer, writer and educator based in Port Credit. His practice unites collective creation, duration, dance and theatrical clown. He is one of four co-Artistic Directors of hub14 art + performance works, a studio and artist residency in Toronto, and the Director of a field of crowns, a multi-disciplinary and community arts-based performance company. Andrew teaches drama and dance at various institutions in the GTA, including the Living Arts Centre and The School. Andrew is currently one of eight students at North America’s first Therapeutic Clowning Certificate program at George Brown College.

Risky Art, Safe Space

How do we make safe spaces? How can we ensure we can take risks in rehearsal rooms, without posing risk to those working in the room? How can we feel both empowered and vulnerable? This panel explores methods of best practice, shares stories of positive rehearsal experience, and offers ideas as to how we can support each other in making great art. We focus on how to achieve nurturing work environments, at all levels.


Thalia Gonzalez Kane - Artistic Producer, Crave Productions
Thalia Gonzalez Kane is an Ecuadorian-Canadian, multidisciplinary artist currently based in Dublin. She has worked as a performer, playwright, designer and producer. She is the creator and host of the podcast Stage Door Confessional. In 2017, Thalia co-founded the advocacy and support organization, Got Your Back Canada with actress Martha Burns. She is an advisor to [de]centre, the queer creative network for Atlantic Canadians and the Artistic Producer of Crave Productions. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Theatre Practice. TGK has two new plays premiering in Dublin in May and June 2019.


Marcia Johnson - Actor, Playwright, Dramaturg, Librettist and Director of Audiobooks
Marcia Johnsonis an actor, playwright, dramaturg, librettist and director of audiobooks. She is based in Toronto. She was in the 2018 Blyth Festival acting company in The New Canadian Curling Club and 1837: The Farmers Revolt. Her play Serving Elizabeth will have its world premiere in 2020.

Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster - Actor/Director
Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster is an actor/director from Nova Scotia. Recent credits include directing The Wolves (Howland/Crows), Cannibal (Scrap Paper/Next Stage), 52 Pick-Up (Howland) and Gray (Inamorata), and acting with Soulpepper, Tarragon, Public Recordings, Native Earth, Cahoots, Canadian Stage and the Citadel Theatre. Next up: the Shaw Festival's 2019 season.

Theatre Practice in an age of Global Climate Crisis

This facilitated roundtable discussion will tackle some burning questions inherent to theatre production surviving in a warming world. What does sustainability mean to you? What methods can artists employ in the practice of artmaking to reduce waste, resource consumption and carbon footprint? Triga Collective will discuss sustainable design questions and brainstorm ideas with participants on how to creatively combat climate change within the theatre industry. Audience participation will be encouraged.


Scott Dermody - Dora Awards and Outreach Manager, TAPA
Scott is a Toronto-based theatre artist and administrator. For the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, he manages the popular hipTIX and citySPECIAL programs as well as managing the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Canada’s oldest and largest professional awards for theatre, dance and opera. Outside of TAPA, he is a founding and Artistic Core member of Soup Can Theatre as a producer, performer, director and production manager. As an actor, Scott has played in classics, avant-garde multidisciplinary work, clown turns, children’s theatre, and a few short films.


Triga Collective: Shannon Lea Doyle, Alexandra Lord and Michelle Tracey
Triga Creative is Shannon Lea Doyle, Alexandra Lord and Michelle Tracey: three next-generation designers of space, bodies and light for events and performance. Triga creates extraordinary live experiences of harmony and disruption. Applying an autonomous yet collaborative model that values the sustainability of people, planet and profit, Triga is able to design for any scope, always at the human scale. Triga’s first large scale projects can be seen at The Director’s Guild of Canada Awards and the upcoming free outdoor event, Maada'ookii Songlines, a massive choral gathering at The Luminato Festival 2019.

Triga is working to redesign the reality of freelance designers in Canada. In their first year of existence Triga has established an affordable shared studio space for designers and design-focused creators, a flexible prop and costume stock, and a sustained mentorship of emerging designers. Having recently completed their pilot project in indie-sustainability on The Philosopher’s Wife and The Scavenger’s Daughter for Paradigm Productions’ Empire Trilogy, Triga continues to reflect upon and refine their approach to sustainable design



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