TENT: Theatre Entrepreneurs' Network and Training Program


The TENT (Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network and Training) Program 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 170 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.


TENT is for Toronto and GTA based theatre artists who wish to expand their skill set into producing and creating work opportunities for themselves and the greater community. Professional identities of TENT participants are most commonly: early-career producers, artists with a desire to self-produce, and aspiring arts leaders. This includes emerging artists but also artists with a more established artistic or producing practice who are interested in learning new skills to expand their professional opportunities. 

TENT is for you if resonate with any of the following:


TENT 2024 will take place in person at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. The program will run from June 29th – July 14, with weekday sessions on the Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-2pm, and full days on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-6pm.

All participants are required to attend all sessions unless previous arrangements are made with the TENT program director. Due to time commitment and scheduling, if you are participating in the 2024 Toronto Fringe Festival we do not recommend that you also participate in TENT 2024, please reach out to the program director if you would like to discuss this recommendation. 

We are seeking 10 participants for the program. 

This year’s TENT will include: 


ASL interpretation is available upon request for TENT programming (and interviews). Live captioning will be provided for zoom meetings. The program can be made accessible for 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.  


Click here to fill out the provided submission form and questionnaire.

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. 

You must be 18+ to apply for the program.

Please submit the completed submission form by Monday May 6th, 2024*

*Note: The final deadline to apply is Thursday May 9th at 11:59pm, . We’re suggesting Monday May 6th, 2024 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 neurodivergences, as well as cognitive and learning disabilities. 

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to interview with Program Director, Tanya Rintoul, on May 22, 23, 24 on Zoom. 

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


Applications will be assessed by the Program Director on an individual basis, and with a view towards assembling a cohort who share some common goals while encompassing a diversity of perspectives and experiences. 

A shortlist of applicants will be interviewed by the Program Director. Interview questions will be provided in advance. 

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 2024 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