The call for applications for the 2023 Nest Artist Residency is now closed. 

Stay tuned to meet the 2023 Nest Residency cohort. 


The Nest Artist Residency is a structured 8-month program (November 2022 – June 2023), that seeks to deepen the relationship between local new generation artists and the broader artistic community.

The goal of this residency is rooted in process, with a focus on risk taking, mistake-making, embracing failure as a step toward greatness, and exploring new ways of artistic expression that starts by asking ‘what do you need?’

This is an opportunity for directors, playwrights, poets, musicians, designers, divisors, and creators of all kinds looking for the necessary space and mentorship to cultivate ideas into works that are provocative, innovative, and ambitious.

Residency in the Nest involves a public presentation at In the Soil Arts Festival 2023 to showcase the work-in-progress that each resident creates over an 8 month period. We encourage individuals, duos and collectives to apply to the residency. If you have an idea, we want to hear from you! 

2021/2022 Nest Artists


  • Professional development opportunities through one-on-one mentorship, arts-based workshops, monthly writing sessions and attendance at The Forum; a discussion series to inspire  meaningful exchanges and harmonious debate.
  • FREE use of The Green (Suitcase in Point’s studio space), to engage in a self-directed creation process of your choosing.
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals and other artists in the Nest
  • Technical expertise, production, marketing and administrative support from SIP staff, in service of your artistic project
  • Opportunity to share your work at In the Soil Arts Festival, presented by Suitcase in Point.


  • Applicants must self-identify as an emerging artist aged 21+ 
  • Applicants must reside in the Niagara Region, unless they have accessible transportation (ie. A car or private jet) to the region.
  • Applicants must be individual artists or collaborative duos/teams/small ensembles under the leadership of a single applicant.
  • Only one application per artist or collective. 
  • Applicants may not apply as an individual AND be part of a simultaneous collective application. 
  • Applications may not apply as part of multiple collectives.
  • Note: For the application form, applicants must have a Google account to be able to upload files to the form. If you do not have or are unable to create a Google account, please email dienye@suitcaseinpoint.com for an alternative method to share files with us.
  • All applications must be received no later than the deadline of 11:59pm on Monday 24 October, 2022 to be eligible for consideration.


Reach out to us!

Sodienye Waboso Amajor (Arts Mentorship Program Director): dienye@suitcaseinpoint.com

Kaylyn Valdez-Scott (Artistic Associate): kaylyn@suitcaseinpoint.com


Taking place over eight months (November 2022 – June 2023), The Nest Residency will offer a select number of emerging artists an opportunity to develop a creative impulse throughout a series of in-person and on-line workshops, meetings and discussions.  

Suitcase in Point will work with each artist to connect them with a dream-mentor to help in the development of their work.

Throughout the eight months artists will be offered a series of artist-led workshops, forum discussions and facilitated group writing nights. (approx. 2 sessions / month)

Each artist will have the opportunity to show their work at In the Soil Arts Festival 2023, to share work and test ideas. This showcase could be in the form of a workshop presentation, reading, conversation, game – you name it – nothing is off limits.
This residency is rooted in process and not product, with the belief that each artist’s journey is never a straight line. Suitcase in Point wholeheartedly supports experimentation along the way. 

Note: All in-person sessions will be in adherence with all public health guidelines.

Meet the 2021/2022 Nest Residents

The Nest Artist Residency has wrapped its third year of compelling creation and community gathering! A big shout out to our 2022 residents – Skye, Taylor, Shendel, Nathan, Nyasha and Molly. These incredible emerging artists from across the Niagara Region came together for six months of workshops, forums, and mentorship to culminate in a weekend of fun that combined several disciplines to showcase their original work.

Nest Fest (July 15-16) was a chance for our residents to show their magnificent works in progress. Downtown St. Catharines was treated to a walk-through poetry experience in Mahtay Cafe, a play reading in Someday Books, and rooftop screenings at the Niagara Artists Centre. They created a photography book surprise for Brazen Cafe visitors and an interactive arts experience throughout the whole downtown core. 

Through the residents’ six-month journey, they were mentored by trailblazers in the Canadian theatre industry. A huge thank you to these phenomenal artists who took the time to share their knowledge, time, and advice with our residents. To Coyote Park, Miquelon Rodriguez, Karen Knox, Michael Healey, Deanna Jones, and Marcel Stewart – THANK YOU!!

We are incredibly grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support in funding our Arts Mentorship Program, and to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts for supporting our emerging artist showcases at the 2022 In the Soil Arts Festival. 

With the Nest I shared my idea with others, which helped it grow and turned it from something bobbing around in the back of my head into something real. I learned that for work to get done I need to work on it … the Nest was also really helpful in putting my theatre degree in context. I learned so many skills at school but using them seemed so far off, the Nest made sense of how I could use those things now. That was exciting. This program was really special to me.

Josh LoewenThe Nest Alumnus

2020/2021 Nest Residents

2019/2020 Nest Residents