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Technical Residency

Spring 2024

Are you creating a new work and looking for a way to experiment with the technical elements before it is performed? To address the rarity of technical residencies in Toronto, TDT is presenting a new initiative where artists can have the space and resources to develop technical aspects of their work, such as lighting and sound design. Consisting of two 1-week residencies this season at the historical Winchester Street Theatre, this program aims to help independent artists in the community holistically integrate the technical elements of their work with their artistic ideas, all with the goal of heightening production values of independent artists’ work in the community.

Applications are now closed.

Info Session: TDT’s 2023/24 Calls to Artists
Have questions about the Technical Residency program or other calls to artists at TDT? We’re hosting a virtual Info Session on Wednesday August 23 at 10:30 a.m. EDT where Artistic Director Andrew Tay will guide you through our various artist development initiatives and the application processes. Learn more and register here.

This program is geared towards works already in development that would benefit from having space and time to develop the technical aspects of their production, OR for projects where elements such as lighting and sound are integral to their research.

The Technical Residency includes:

  • 1 week access to the Theatre Space at the Winchester Street Theatre (Monday to Friday)
  • Access to the theatre’s sound system, lighting grid, and black marley dance floor
  • Up to $2000 per residency in technical crew services to support their project

Please note: This project provides space and technical support staff during the residency period. Artistic fees as well as fees for lighting or sound designers are the responsibility of the artist and their project. 

Certain conditions regarding the use of the premises and equipment apply for all residencies and will be specified in a written agreement between Toronto Dance Theatre and the artist. For those unfamiliar with our facilities please see the following link for technical specifications of our theatre: https://ttdf.ca/tech/

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

Applications are submitted electronically through Google form.
We are currently not accepting applications for this program.

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

Inquiries about technical residencies or the application process? Please contact info@tdt.org

2023/24 Artist Participants

Celia Green (they/them and he/him)

Celia Green’s practice spans choreography, writing, creation, and performance. Celia is currently an artist in residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Their work has been presented in Toronto, Berlin, and Montreal. In 2023 they proudly curated GOODIE BAG! with Dancemakers, a week-long event that offered free massage, tattoos, portraits and acupuncture for trans and gender non-conforming performers. In the works for Celia is a full-length ensemble work, ‘SOWWY’, and a solo, ‘Jason’.

Lucy Rupert (she/her)
Artistic Director/dancer of Blue Ceiling dance

Lucy Rupert is a dancer, choreographer, art-science researcher, and environmentalist. She is the founder of Blue Ceiling dance through which she creates, commissions and produces contemporary dance and multi-disciplinary performance inspired by science and philosophy. Blue Ceiling dance has been presented throughout Canada and in New York and Germany. Blue Ceiling dance celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2024. As a freelance performer Lucy has worked Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Theatre Rusticle, Nova Dance, Theatre Passe Muraille, Puppetmongers Theatre, Circus Orange and Chartier Danse, among many others. Lucy has a double BA in Dance and Music, an MA in History and is currently studying philosophy through Oxford University. She lives in west-end Toronto with her husband and son, in a magical neighbourhood full of coyotes and old trees.

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