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InterMISSION: An Artist Development Program during COVID-19

Eva Christensen – View of the Fredericton Playhouse, on a Chilly Evening in May | May 2019 – Watercolour and ink on Canson art board

The Fredericton Playhouse is adapting to the unique and challenging situation we face with the pandemic — restrictions in mass gatherings — by offering artists in our Province the opportunity to use our stage, equipment and expertise in a series of paid creative residencies. For part of the Fall 2020, we are pausing our regular programming to offer a new Artist Development Program called InterMISSION to allow artists the chance to continue to work and hone their craft in our professional theatre space.

As part of our program, we are offering artists and artistic companies the opportunity to work with professionals with expertise in a field corresponding to their own artistic practice. For example, an artist may work with a mentor, outside eye, dramaturge, or other leading-edge innovator, that can assist and augment their artistic growth in a specialized, nuanced manner.

Each residency coincides with a digital element, designed with the artists’ needs in mind. Video footage or audio recordings produced from the residency can be used in a multiplicity of ways including:

  • promotion,
  • high quality documentation, or
  • shared as video performance in a variety of online platforms.

This program is made possible through funding from the Province of New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton, and generous private donors.

Download Information for Artists (pdf)

Information for Artists

Are you a New Brunswick-based performing artist, ensemble, or company with a project you are looking to develop or explore?

The Fredericton Playhouse is accepting applications for a new Artist Development Program, InterMISSION. Designed for artists, its objective is to nurture and support creativity and innovative practices in their discipline(s). The InterMISSION residencies offer access to our theatre space and facilities tailored to the participants’ needs and availability.

  • Each residency has the opportunity to have an audio/video component to record a documentary-style peek into the creative process, a performance for promotion, content offerings, demo recording, or a live stream performance.
  • Each residency offers a resource expert, specific to your discipline or artistic focus (selected by you and paid by us).

Some examples: creating new works, innovative music or sound recordings, video and lighting exploration, script development, movement exploration, staging or artistic specialization for plays, acting for the camera, vocal coaching, preparing for concerts, exploring or researching innovative ideas, small group collective composition lab for music and dance.

Residencies are open to theatre artists, musicians, choreographers, composers, dancers, visual artists, designers, etc.

Eligibility

Individual artists, artistic companies, collectives, or any combination thereof working collaboratively are eligible to apply. Artists must be professional artists as defined by ArtsNB (see https://artsnb.ca/web/grants/eligibility/) and may be emerging, mid-career or senior.

The majority of individuals participating must be permanent New Brunswick residents. Priority will be given to applications that include artists residing in the Greater Fredericton region.

All artistic disciplines are eligible, but priority will be given to those working in one or more of the performing arts (music, dance, theatre, circus, spoken word, etc.)

Residency Details

Length of Residencies and Dates – Each residency will take place over one to four consecutive days. Each day will include up to 6 hours of work in the facility. Scheduling is to be determined between the artist and the Playhouse. Residencies will be offered between September 14 and December 18, subject to availability of the venue and funding.

Activities – Activities may include research, creation, rehearsals, recordings, coaching, learning activities, performance video, documentation, demonstration, or any other activities that support the development of a project or artistic practice. The project participants will be required to adhere to all current health protocols.  The Fredericton Playhouse has prepared a COVID-19 Operational Plan, as required by the Province, and is currently operating under it for use by employees, volunteers, suppliers, contractors, and artists.

Technical support – Each residency will have the opportunity to use all available in-house production equipment and personnel in their residency. This includes concert grand piano, drum kit, dance floor, soft goods (curtains, screens, scrim, etc.), lighting instruments and consoles, sound equipment and consoles, and video projector. All Playhouse equipment will be handled and operated by Playhouse technical services staff (who can also provide coaching or demonstration on their operation). All technical requirements will be determined in advance of the residency commencing.

Artist Fees – Individual artists and artistic personnel (stage managers, artist-provided technicians, directors, choreographers) will be paid a fee of $100 per person per day.

Mentor/Coach/Expert (optional) – An individual chosen by the artist will be paid a fee of $400 for each residency.

Videographer – A video producer will be provided for one day of the residency to shoot footage. The footage will be provided to the artist who will then own it indefinitely.

Digital Output – The artist will provide the Playhouse with documentation (stories, photos, sample video, etc.) of the residency suitable for sharing with funders and the public. Any online streaming or publication of work will be the sole responsibility of the artist, and by mutual agreement, will be amplified or promoted by the Playhouse through its digital communications channels (social media, newsletters, website).

Artist Responsibilities – Artists are responsible for:

  • advance meetings with Playhouse staff to confirm schedules and technical requirements
  • all additional artist fees
  • specialized equipment/instruments not provided by the Playhouse
  • travel, accommodations, and per diem
  • arranging/scheduling the mentor
  • providing a brief report of activities accompanied by visual documentation

Cancellation – The program may be cancelled at any time in response to the Province’s State of Emergency Act.

How to apply:

Please send your application in one document by August 17, 2020 to lesandra@theplayhouse.ca

Applications must include 10 components:

  1. Applicant name and contact information (mailing address, e-mail, phone number(s))
  2. Artistic Discipline(s) (theatre, music, dance, literary arts, media arts, multi-disciplinary arts, architecture, circus, spoken word, etc.)
  3. List of Artists, collaborators, or partners involved
  4. Artist CV and/or bio for each artist or artistic company involved
  5. Links to applicant’s website(s) and those of collaborators and partners, and links to samples of previous work (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.)
  6. Project description and objective (2 pages maximum) – Explain why this residency would be important for you, what you hope to achieve, and how you will document the residency. Provide how online content will be developed and how it will be disseminated.
  7. Name and CV or bio of proposed mentor, coach, expert or outside eye (if any)
  8. Number of days required (up to four days) to complete the residency
  9. Availability – Provide three (3) possible start dates for the residency
  10. Reference – One (1) professional reference (name, relationship and contact info) who can support your application

*Please note: there are a limited number of InterMISSION residencies available. They will be awarded based on artistic merit, impact and feasibility within a competitive process. Applicants will be notified of the results following the evaluation and selection process.

We are also interested in receiving other artistic residency ideas for future projects at the Fredericton Playhouse – please contact Lesandra Dodson at lesandra@theplayhouse.ca.