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Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting applications for TRIP.

The Travel, Retreat and Initiatives Program – TRIP, is a multi-tiered program designed to assist TAPA members with travel in and out of Toronto only, associated with touring, international collaboration and professional development. In addition TRIP offers a unique retreat opportunity to the TAPA membership.

The Flight Component

One of the inherent challenges facing producers of live theatre and performing arts is travel costs. The Flight Component allows TAPA members to apply for funding to cover air travel costs both nationally and internationally.

The Retreat Component

Valleyview Artist Retreat is located north-west of Toronto in the Hills of Caledon in a secluded rural setting. Creative artists will be free to pursue their work without interruption. It offers an environment conducive to inspiration and rejuvenation. Artistic Directors and General Managers are welcome to apply to this component of TRIP. As well, consideration will be given to those working in arts administration seeking a day facility for visioning meetings and workshops suitable for 6-8 people.

Together these two components allow TAPA members to travel outside the city of Toronto and work collaboratively with other artists. TRIP also covers the travel of foreign artists coming to work with companies in Toronto. TRIP presents a vital opportunity for professional development and networking in the professional theatre, dance and opera industry, enabling artistic directors, producers and general managers to attend conferences and festivals. These two components of TRIP are valuable to artists and administrators alike and enable a broad range of TAPA members to participate.

Applications to the Retreat Component will be reviewed by the TRIP Committee on an ongoing basis.


Owais Lightwala

Assistant Professor in the School of Performance, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University

Michael Rubinoff

Commercial Theatre Producer

Janet Gates

General Manager, Ontario Place

Jacoba Knaapen

Executive Director (she/her)

Colin Rivers

Senior Partner, Marquis Entertainment

Carrie Sager

Director of Marketing and Communications, Crow's Theatre

Brian Sewell

Producer, Mirvish Productions
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