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Deadline: March 1, 2020 at midnight (EST)

The AMY Project
Deadline to apply: March 1

The AMY Project Trans Gemmes National Program is a creation and performance residency and community-building retreat for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) trans women and trans femmes aged 18-35. The program offers space and resources to develop creation and performance skills in an affirming environment. 

After three years of running the Trans Gemmes Program at a local level, an initiative that seeks to offer training in creation, theatre and performance to trans women and trans femmes, the AMY Project is offering a new program in the summer of 2020: the Trans Gemmes National Program.​

The ​Trans Gemmes National Program will be held in Toronto June 17-29, 2020, and will culminate in a showcase at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, presented as part of Toronto Pride’s programming. The program will be co-facilitated by ​​Bilal Baig and Kama La Mackerel​, two trans feminine writers, theatre practitioners and multi-disciplinary artists who are Associate Artistic Director and Assistant Artistic Director at The AMY Project, and have been involved with the Trans Gemmes Program since its inception. Besides mentorship from Bilal and Kama, the participants will also have the opportunity to learn, exchange and share space with invited BIPOC trans women and trans femme artists, writers and performers.

Apply Now Applications are open until March 1, 2020 at midnight (EST)

In this program, participants will learn:

  • how to develop their creative voice through workshops in creative writing (poetry, spoken word, theatre)​;
  • how to develop their performance skills for the stage;
  • how to develop their artistic vision and communicate that vision through a creative project;
  • how to translate a creative vision from the page to the stage;
  • production aspects and skills (budget, grant-writing, technical specificities etc.)
  • creation through inter-disciplinary practices;
  • creation as collaborative work.

The program will be highly collaborative and participants will have the opportunity of learning and exchanging with each other. No prior experience and/or formal training in the arts is necessary. We seek to bring together an eclectic cohort of BIPOC trans women and trans femmes who would be able to benefit from these trainings in order to develop their projects within their own living contexts.

10 participants will be selected into the program, and will be offered accommodation, travel expenses, meals, per diems and artist fees for the duration of the residency.

Participants will arrive in Toronto on June 17, and the program will run June 18-25 (with a day off on June 21!) and culminating with a showcase performance at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre on June 25​, as part of Toronto Pride. (Note: participation in the showcase on June 25 is optional.)

Participants are invited to stay in Toronto​ during the weekend of Pride, June 26-28, and will depart from the program in the morning of June 29.​

Note: This program is specifically addressed to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) trans women and trans femmes. By trans women and trans femmes, we mean folks who were assigned male at birth (AMAB) and identify on the spectrum of femininity.

We understand that trans femininity and trans womanhood expresses itself in a variety of ways, many of which do not include medical or social transition, particularly in contexts where gender is understood and lived outside of western, medicalized and colonial frameworks. We also understand that transition, coming out, or living as openly trans may not be possible for certain individuals for a variety of reasons, including safety.

Therefore, no social and/or medical transition is necessary to be eligible for this program. Neither is using “she/her” pronouns and/or presenting in traditionally “feminine” ways. Participants need to self-identify with trans womanhood or trans femininity in some way or another, but their lived experiences within these identifications are valid.

Should you have any questions about the program or for more information, please feel free to get in touch with Bilal and/or Kama at: or

Apply Now Applications are open until March 1, 2020 at midnight (EST)

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