TENT - Theatre Entrepreneurs' Network and Training Program

2022 TENT (Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network and Training)

Call for Submissions

This is TENT

TENT (Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network and Training) was created in 2014 by The Toronto Fringe Festival to address a growing need in theatre training: how to actually make theatre happen.  

Since its inception, TENT has served over 160 emerging artists by providing free, intensive training in the skills vital to making their work a reality (such as managing budgets, marketing, fundraising, and grant-writing), and by connecting them with some of Canada’s artistic innovators, leaders, and producers.

TENT invests in the future of arts and culture in Toronto by creating, training, and cultivating community. We equip emerging artists with the skills and human connections to empower them to create meaningful art from informed perspectives, and on their own terms. Participating in TENT will connect you to your peers, deepen your relationship to your work, support what you want to build, and clarify your understanding of existing systems.

What to Expect from TENT 

TENT is for Greater Toronto Area-based theatre artists age 21-35 years old who are early-career producers, artist-producers, and aspiring arts leaders (with some producing experience).  

The 2022 TENT will take place on Zoom and in person. We will have an introductory first gathering at the end of May and will begin workshops end of June and into July. We are seeking 20 participants for the program. This year’s TENT will include: 

Is TENT accessible? 

ASL interpretation is available upon request for TENT programming (and interviews). Live captioning will be provided for zoom meetings. The program can be delivered with artists who are blind or low vision in mind (workshops that don't rely on visual aids, materials that are screen-reader compatible, and incorporating group practices such as providing visual descriptions and stating our names when speaking). The Fringe is committed to accommodating and embracing different learning styles and cognitive needs; there will be on-going communication throughout the design and delivery of TENT to support all participants in gaining meaningful training.  

Application Details 

Please fill out the provided submission form and questionnaire. Found here!

If you prefer or find it more accessible to submit via audio or video there will be space to provide links to these options in the form. 

Please submit the completed submission form by Friday May 6th*

*Note: The final deadline to apply is Monday, May 9th at 11:59PM. We’re suggesting Friday, May 6th as a deadline to help conceptualize a buffer for those who benefit from assistance with planning. We've been encouraged to provide deadlines this way as a support to our colleagues with cognitive and learning disabilities. 

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to interview with Program Director Tanya Rintoul during the week of May 16th on Zoom. 

Please email Tanya (she/her) at tent@fringetoronto.com with any questions.

The Selection Process 

All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they’ve received an interview, and for interviewed applicants, whether or not they’ve been selected for 2022 TENT.

A TENT Youth participant is writing something on a whiteboard in the classroom
Convergence Theatre leading a TENT workshop in 2015. Photo credit: Solana Cain

TENT gave me access to the hardworking people making theatre in Canada, and it taught me how I can be one of them.

TENT Participant