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Affiliate Artist Program

A long-term artist-in-residency

For the first time at Toronto Dance Theatre, we are excited to launch this pilot project designed to create a long term relationship with an independent creator, making a significant contribution to their artistic development over time. The Affiliate Artist program provides a stable, guaranteed salary for an independent creator or choreographer for up to 2 seasons with the company, over which time they have the possibility to create a project with TDT while simultaneously pursuing their independent research and work. 

On top of dedicated hours of studio time and development support, this program offers an independent creator access to the stability, health benefits, and working conditions that are usually only available at large dance companies. Additionally, with the support of Artistic Director Andrew Tay, the affiliate artist will be encouraged to explore how they can create a sustainable art practice for themselves, including a reflection on what types of working models and/or organizational structure would best suit their future aspirations. 

Applications are now closed. You can visit our Collaborate webpage for other residency opportunities we have coming up this season to see which program(s) best align with your artistic needs and interests.

Call to Artists: Affiliate Artist Program

Deadline to Apply: Thursday September 7, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Start Date: October 2023


The Affiliate Artist program takes place over the course of 27 weeks between October 2023 and May 2024.

What the Program Provides

  • A full-time contract with a salary of $1050 per week for 27 weeks during the company season, (with potential to renew for a second season) during which time the artist is dedicated to developing their practice working as an affiliate artist of TDT  
  • Approximately 150 hours of studio time during the first season (based on availability)
  • Up to 15 hours of artistic consultation per season on their work and future artistic goals
  • Up to 10 hours of communications consultation / support for their artistic work per season
  • The possibility to develop a work on the company in the second season of the project
  • The possibility for TDT to represent an artist’s current work and any work developed on the company for future touring and/or at TDT events and showcases
  • Community engagement opportunities

Eligibility and Additional Details

The format of this pilot program will take shape based on the unique needs and goals of the selected artist in collaboration with TDT. The program is designed to serve independent artists who are not already receiving operating funding.

This program is for independent creators based in the Greater Toronto Area with an established practice who have already shown at least one full length work in a professional context. We are interested in supporting artists who are at a pivotal point in their career path and who show the potential to develop their career on the local, national and international level.      

The Affiliate Artist will be expected to devote their full time attention to their personal practice. Engaging in additional professional activities requires the approval of the Artistic Director.


Work as the Affiliate Artist during the season may take place in a hybrid fashion–both at  TDT’s Winchester Street Theatre and remotely. The program will include time for the artist to spend on rehearsals, administrative work, defining artistic goals (both short and long term), and leave space for artistic daydreaming.  

Please be advised that the Winchester Street Theatre is unfortunately not barrier-free. You can visit TDT’s accessibility webpage for further details.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the Google form by Thursday September 7, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET: https://forms.gle/98f7bp4t7DMrXCj19

  • If you require an alternative format to help complete the application process, please email jasmine@tdt.org and we can provide the application questions in an email, Word document or PDF

Inquiries about Pilot Episodes or the application process? Please contact jasmine@tdt.org

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