ELECTRIC INNOVATIONS THEATRE INTENSIVE FOR YOUTH
2023 PROGRAM INFORMATION COMING SOON
Electric Innovations is a two-week theatre intensive for youth aged 14–19. During this program, renowned Canadian theatre artists facilitate a week of workshops, followed by a week of creating original work under the guidance of Lead Artist Mentors.
Registration for the first week of workshops is OPEN TO ALL aged 14–30, while the entire two-week intensive is open to youth aged 14-19. Electric Innovations culminates in a showcase of participants’ work at the height of Suitcase in Point’s flagship summer series, In the Soil Arts Festival.
FOR THE FULL TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE PROGRAM (Ages 14–19):
Eight applicants will be selected to participate. 2023 application deadline announced soon.
Eligibility requirements for the full two-week intensive:
- Between the age of 14–19 at the time of Electric Innovations.
- A resident of Niagara Region or the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA).
- Ability to travel to and from downtown St. Catharines to attend the two-week programming in-person in an accessible facility. Programming takes place from 10:00AM to 5:30PM.
- Please note that COVID-19 protocols will be determined by those set forth in our host facilities at the time of programming, and may include mask and vaccine mandates.
If you are offered a spot in Electric Innovations, there is a program fee of $300.00 CAD for your enrolment. We do not want finances to be a barrier for your involvement in this program; bursaries and financial assistance are available for up to 100% of the program cost. Successful applicants will be contacted directly to facilitate financial assistance.
FOR THE WORKSHOP SERIES IN WEEK ONE ONLY (Ages 14–30)
Workshops are open to members of the public ages 14–30! During this week, you will work with some of Canada’s leading theatre makers, as they guide you through workshops that will provoke you creatively. See information on all workshops below!
Stay tuned for 2023 workshop details and registration.
Electric Innovations is supported by our founding partners at The National Theatre School of Canada, with production support from Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.
2022 PUBLIC WORKSHOP SERIES – WEEK ONE
2022 LEAD ARTIST MENTORS
Electric Innovations Alumni
Our second year of Electric Innovations is complete and we’re celebrating our talented 2022 cohort, including Joav Ankory, Kendra Humphries, and Briar Wood!
This year, our participants spent one week uncovering their creativity and delving into the world of theatre and creation. Working exclusively with some of Canada’s most celebrated theatre makers, these artists explored foundation “pillars” in theatre creation: learning how to create from their bodies, create original work, take risks and play, think like a designer, diving into text-work, and learning what life as an actor in Canada really looks like.
This program allowed our participants to develop their artistic toolkit, learning how to collaborate with each other and expand their understanding of theatre making, while discovering more about their personal artistic interests and pursuits.
Our Electric Innovators wrapped up their one-week theatre intensive with an “Arts Day” – spending an entire Saturday witnessing art in the Niagara Region. On this “Arts Day”, they explored Suitcase in Point’s 2022 “Nest Fest” and watched Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins the Shaw Festival followed by an exclusive Q&A with cast members. Both incredible shows allowed our participants to concretely understand the teachings in their week-long program, expanding preconceived notions of what theatre is, how we create, and how we can tell stories.
Stay tuned for an announcement about Electric Innovations in 2023! We look forward to meeting more incredible Electric Innovators in the years to come!
We want to give a huge thank you to our founding partners at The National Theatre School of Canada for their ongoing support and graciousness towards the development program. We also want to thank Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts for their production support throughout this year. We’d like to thank the Shaw Festival for generously providing our group with tickets to an incredible show. Finally, we want to thank our guest artists, Miriam Fernandes, Cole Alvis, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, and Joanna Yu for their incredible willingness, creativity, and collaboration on their workshop offerings.