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Pilot Episodes
An Experimental Lab

April - May 2023

Call to Artists

Application Deadline: Wednesday November 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Pilot Episodes returns for its third iteration, where 6 choreographers or creators will have their first experience collaborating with TDT company dancers. Initiated by Tedd Robinson and Andrew Tay in 2020 to support independent artists when so few performance opportunities existed due to the pandemic, Pilot Episodes is an immersive, one-week residency program where each creator can experiment and take artistic risks in the studio without any pressure of producing a finished work.

Each week will culminate with a community sharing, as part of our effort to generate engaging discussions around working methods and choreographic processes.

Project Summary

Each choreographer selected for the project will be given one week to explore their ideas on 4-5 of TDT’s company dancers. In addition, there will be several planned sessions with Artistic Director Andrew Tay. These “meet ups” will take the form of shared meals or casual hangouts, and they will serve to encourage discussion and artistic reflection outside of the more formal studio working periods. Each selected participant will receive $1280 as an artistic fee for the week.

Over the course of this project, there will either be an in-person or virtual sharing in which audiences can learn about the choreographers’ discoveries during their residency.

Who Should Apply?

  • Independent artists who do not currently receive operational funding
  • Artists interested in questioning their practice and how they are approaching choreography and performance
  • Artists interested in recognizing their habits and biases, who want to discover new tools for creation as well as hone their skills working with dancers and collaborators in the studio
  • Artists who may not normally have the chance to create work on a larger ensemble cast
  • Priority given to artists based in Toronto or who have access to accommodation in the city and are willing to travel (the project does not provide travel or accommodation fees)

Project Dates

(please specify which weeks you are available when applying)

Week 1: April 24 – 28, 2023

Week 2: May 1 – 5, 2023

Week 3: May 8 – 12, 2023

What is Offered

  • $1280 as an artistic fee for the week
  • 5 days to create work and experiment on 4-5 of TDT’s company dancers (Monday to Friday)
  • Option to participate in company classes or workshops during the week
  • Support throughout the process by Andrew Tay, as well as personal consultation in the form of shared meals or hang out sessions

The Selection Process

  • A selection committee will consist of a representative from the TDT ensemble, Artistic Director Andrew Tay and a member of the Toronto dance community (not affiliated with TDT) to evaluate the applications
  • Priority will be given to artists who have never worked on the full TDT ensemble
  • The selection committee will consider the overall programming of the Pilot Episodes series in their decision making, including factors such as gender parity and diversity of backgrounds and approaches when selecting artists
  • Please note that the availability of the applicant will also be a factor taken into consideration.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results by January 13, 2023

TDT has health and safety guidelines in place related to COVID-19 that each artist must agree to. The studio is cleaned and disinfected before the beginning of each workday, and TDT’s COVID-19 protocols will continue to be updated at

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 Wednesday November 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET:

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

Inquiries about Pilot Episodes or the application process? Please contact

Past Participants

Rodney Diverlus

Photo by Maxim Kopanygin

Rodney Diverlus

(Winter 2021)

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Bradley Eng

(Fall 2021)

Ralph Escamillan posing

Photo by David Cooper and lighting by Daria Mikhaylyuk

Ralph Escamillan

(Fall 2021)

Celia Green

Photo by Holly Chang

Celia Green

(Fall 2021)

Syreeta Hector

Photo by David Leyes

Syreeta Hector

(Spring 2022)

Woman's face blurred with colors

Photo by Francesca Chudnoff

Jennifer Laiwint

(Fall 2021)

Headshot photo of woman wearing colorful dress

Photo by Sean Harrison

Miss Coco Murray

(Fall 2021)

Photo of man wearing white face paint and looking into a mirror

Photo by Peter Van Heesen

Zac / Sylv Myst

(Fall 2021)

Atri Nundy

Photo by Michael Mortley

Atri Nundy

(Fall 2021)

Camille Rojas

Photo by Andrew Savery-Whiteway

Camille Rojas

(Spring 2022)

Angela Schubot

Photo by Hadi Gulshan

Angela Schubot

(Winter 2021)

b solomon colored in red and cyan filters

Photo by Yvonne Chew

b solomon

(Fall 2021)

Photo of sitting person looking at the camera in yellow sweater

Photo by Kristen-Innes Stambolic

Tyra Temple-Smith

(Fall 2021)


Portrait of Andrew Tay in front of a baby blue background while wearing a vibrant orange sweatshirt. While smiling big at the camera, he gently crosses his hands over one another on his chest.

Photo by McKenzie James

Andrew Tay

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