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Monday, February 1st, 2016

Empty Box Theatre


Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella


We’re devising an original play based on the women’s suffrage movement in Toronto in the 1910s. We intend to use a mix of devising techniques (physical, vocal and music-based) and writing exercises to develop a surreal, comedic piece. Some things our play might include: musical numbers, suffragette jujitsu, sketch comedy, “maternal feminist” eugenics, a seance, a mock parliament, and a group of women trying to change the world. We’re performing a workshop of the play in the Creation Lab in May.

“The earth shakes beneath the tread of common sense shoes. The rustling and crackling of paper sounds like distant fire of skirmishers. From the four winds comes the low hum of incipient oratory like the buzz of angry bees or the first muttering of a storm. The suffragettes are coming!”

– Front page of Toronto Daily Star, Jan 9th 1909.

We’re excited to work in the Creation lab at the Toronto Fringe because our devising process involves a lot of exploring on our feet, and it’s great to have access to such a nice space at a subsidized cost.

Photo Credits by:  Lisa Sciannella

Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella


Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella



Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Theatre By Committee

Photo Credits by: Kevin Bryan

Photo Credits by: Kevin Bryan

Theatre By Committee was working away on their second bi-weekly WPP play writing meeting. The company has taken new scripts from emerging playwrights and will be pairing them with emerging directors for a double bill performance happening for Christian Tribuzio’s play “Comme-ci Comme-ca” & Kelly Anderson’s work “Family Debts” in April 2016. Thanks so much for the fringe lab for helping us get these works going!

Theatre By Committee
Photo Credits by: Sarah Robbins

Photo Credits by: Sarah Robbins

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Crowdfunding Essentials Workshop

By: HiveWire


Join us on February 17, 2016 at 6:30pm EST for a comprehensive crowdfunding educational event in collaboration with leading crowdfunding solutions provider and expert, HiveWire. If you are planning to launch, design and market a successful crowdfunding campaign (or have a live one on the go), this is a must-attend 90 minute workshop (plus 30 minute Q&A) covering the essential aspects of crowdfunding from the ground up.

What others are saying about this workshop:

·     “Great information, clearly articulated and great interaction with audience.” – Jessica

·      “This seminar gave me depth of understanding and numerous checkpoints. My chances of success in crowdfunding are enhanced enormously.” – Dwayne W.

·      “Nobody knows more about crowdfunding than the team at HiveWire. If you want to make sure your campaign succeeds, you want their help!” – Suzy D.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for individuals and groups interested in maximizing the potential for using crowdfunding to raise capital and engagement for their business, organization, or project. Workshop sessions are suitable for all organizations including new ventures (start-ups), small to medium-sized businesses, enterprise, social ventures, not-for-profits, creatives and more.

What you will learn:

  • How crowdfunding works and and best practices
  • Developing your pitch and making the video
  • Planning, tracking, and iterating your strategy
  • Leveraging social media and developing your communications strategy
  • How to turn backers into champions
  • Campaign budgeting
  • Testing your campaign
  • Case studies
  • Metrics of success
  • Time management, workflow, and campaign roles

Why choose this workshop?

Choose this workshop if you are looking for a concise single session that focuses on how to create the most effective crowdfunding campaign possible.  There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the presenter.


This workshop will be delivered both in-person and online via webinar.


Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder of HiveWire Inc.

Webinar broadcast available:

Please select the correct ticket type for either in-person or online attendance. Details for accessing the webinar will be provided to those attending online in the days before the event.


This workshop is offered as a free service on behalf of the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Fund What you Can ( platform.  FWYC is run by the Toronto Fringe, which is a non-profit arts organization that provides creative opportunities for artists and their supporters.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) Add to Calendar
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Friday, December 4th, 2015



The Toronto Fringe, through the generous support of TD Bank Financial Group, is seeking an exceptional individual with less than 5 years of related work experience to fill the position of TD Bank Outreach Coordinator.  This position, while requiring many leadership qualities, is ideal for emerging arts administrators who are still developing their careers and are interested in further training.

This full time position is an 18 week contract from March 14th to July 15th and is responsible for the following:

  • The execution of our professional development program, T.E.N.T (Theatre Entrepreneurs Network and Training) for 30 emerging theatre entrepreneurs (ages 19-24)
  • Promotion of the festival to various community and cultural groups
  • Assisting with strategizing and placement for festival marketing and communications
  • Liaising with selected organizations in distributing donated Fringe tickets to priority youth organizations
  • Coordinating group sales for FringeKids, as well as workshop programming
  • Updating website and promoting via social media as needed
  • Planning and executing logistics for the 24 Hour Playwriting Contest,
  • Other duties as needed.

Candidates should:

  • have 1-5 years working experience in outreach, communications, teaching, facilitating, or running camps, classes or workshops
  • have overall knowledge of the Fringe Festival movement and philosophy of the Fringe, and its place in the performing arts community
  • have superior administrative, problem-solving and strong computer skills
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • be able to lead youth workshops in production, marketing and/or networking
  • have experience supervising volunteers or large groups of young people (recommended)
  • have experience managing and tracking a large database of information (recommended)

Please send a cover letter detailing some of your skills and passion for outreach work and a resume by email to as attached Microsoft Word or PDF files.  Inquiries can be made by telephone to 416-966-1062.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 8th, 2016

Start Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016

The Fringe is an equal opportunity employer.  We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

More information can be found at

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Half Second Echo


Photo Credits: Half Second Echo

We are using Creation Lab to choreograph and rehearse our dance piece for Body Brake 5.0, which is an after hours performance cabaret at Theatre Passe Muraille.  Body Brake combines the energy of a rock concert to an evening of dance and freely and irreverently mixes popular, classical contemporary and post contemporary styles into a large performance party – created in partnership with Anandam Dancetheatre and curated by Brandy Leary, Body Brake 5.0 takes place Dec. 4th at 10:45 p.m.

This piece, entitled ‘Queen B’ has all the fire of a mini Beyonce concert, touching on her iconic presence in popular culture, politics, feminism, and dance.  Choreographed by Miles Gosse, co-artistic director of Half Second Echo, this piece will shock, entertain, and intends to arouse conversation about the combination of contemporary style and fundamentally entertaining concept.  Dancers: Caryn Chappell, Justine Comfort, Sarah Dowhun, Miles Gosse, Denise Solleza.


Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The Actors Place

Photo Credits: The Actors Place

Photo Credits: The Actors Place

The Actors Place is a meetup group for actors of all levels to practice their craft and meet one another. Nature of the industry back intensity quite solitary and use the outside of classes most actors never really work with each other, so TAP was kind of a place where we could do that, save environment for people to just experimenting practice, and get to know other people who were in the industry. Without the The Creation Lab’s accessibility and subsidized rates TAP would have never gotten started .

One new fun thing we’re doing is the French Actors Place (FAP), and this is basically the same concept but opening up to the front from community of the city. If people are curious they can check out our website or facebook group.

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The Toronto Fringe


Bookkeeper (part-time position)  

The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival, a registered Canadian charitable organization, is seeking a bookkeeper.

The Toronto Fringe adheres to the guiding principles of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. Our flagship event, the Toronto Fringe Festival, presents 150 productions at 30 venues over 12 days in July. Our Next Stage Theatre Festival, held annually in January, presents 10 productions by artists ready to move beyond the summer festival model. Our home at 720 Bathurst Street includes the Creation Lab, which consists of two studios available for independent artists to rent at highly subsidized rates.

Reporting to the Executive Director the bookkeeper is responsible for:

  • Maintaining financial records and general ledgers.
  • Preparing cheques for payroll and supplier invoices.
  • Completing and submitting tax remittance forms, workers’ compensation forms, pension contribution forms and other government documents.
  • Maintaining, reconciling and processing all monthly credit card statements.
  • Preparing trial balances and assisting in the completion of the year end audit.
  • Overseeing a team of cash counters during the Fringe Festival.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience.
  • Not for profit accounting experience.
  • Working knowledge of accounting processes, procedures, controls and reporting including management of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and general ledgers.
  • Working knowledge of SAGE 50 accounting software.

Hours and Compensation:

  • August to June: 1 day a week
  • July: full-time for two weeks (8 hrs/day)
  • Hourly rate of $35/hr

Please send a cover letter and resume by environmentally friendly email to

as attached Microsoft Word or PDF files.  Applications should include references.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Start Date: January 2016

The Fringe is an equal opportunity employer.  We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  More information can be found at

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Re:Current Theatre

The Wild Duck Project is a new experimental adaptation and re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck with Re:Current Theatre.

The Creation Lab has provided us with an affordable space where we can play, experiment, and create. It’s exciting that we get to rehearse in a naturally lit room at such a large size for an unbelievably low cost.

Wild Duck Project runs December 2-13 at Hub 14.


Photo: (From Left to Right: Brian Postalian, Victor Pokinko, Heather Bellingham, Zachary Murphy

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Write on Readings

Write on Readings: Call for Submissions for January Showcase

To all interested playwrights:

The third Write On Playwright Showcase will be taking place at the end of January 2016 and we want YOU to be a part of it.

Who we are:

Write On Readings fosters the voices of emerging playwrights while specifically engaging the communities of West Toronto, the Junction & Bloor West Village in a dialogue about theatre and the performing arts.

Who can apply:

We are looking for playwrights who are interested in showcasing their new or reworked pieces. Selected writers will be offered a small fee for their work.

What are we looking for:

Submissions between 5-10 minutes long that you want to showcase, and get feedback for at our event.

The Theme:

January’s showcase will feature work about beginnings or oppositely, endings. We are open to your artistic interpretation.

Submission Guidelines:

Please email you submissions to by

November 30th at 11:59pm. Please email us a short bio, headshot, a description of your piece, and a copy of the piece you want to read. If your piece isn’t written yet, please include this information in your application along with a treatment of the piece you want to write for this event.

*Please note that if your finished piece is not being submitted with your application, or you choose to make changes to your script after being accepted, you will be required to submit a final copy of your script two weeks prior to the event in order for us to curate the evening.*

Thank you for your submissions! Playwrights will be contacted by December 15th with our decisions.


Friday, November 13th, 2015

Annex Improv

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Photo Credits: Peter Ivaskiv

Annex Improv ( is 3 levels of weekly classes [Beginner, Intermediate & Performance] in the Toronto Fringe’s Creation Labs at the Centre for Social Innovation [CSI Annex].

Award-Winning Second City Alumnus Brian G. Smith is Annex Improv’s Artistic Director: “The culture of CSI permeates the classes; it’s an inclusive, positive & fun place to exercise your brain and spirit.”

Smith is also totally in love with the Creation Lab spaces “We started the program 3 years ago in the basement of the building. When the Creation Labs were up and running, we moved in immediately. The rooms are big & bright, and the very affordable rental prices make it possible to offer some of the lowest Improv class fees in the city.”

Besides Smith, Annex Improv includes some of the best-loved Improv artists & teachers in the city. Lisa Merchant [Performance] & Dale Boyer [Beginners] are this term’s teachers. Guest teachers have included Paul BatesNaomi SnieckusAdam Cawley & Nicole Passmore.

All 3 levels of Annex Improv are sold out for the Nov/Dec 2015 term. Classes start again early January on Wednesdays [Beginners & Intermediate] and Thursdays [Performance].
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Photo Credits: Peter Ivaskiv

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Photo Credits: Peter Ivaskiv