Beats + Intentions

Beats + Intentions 2020 is going Virtual! Submissions close July 15.


What is Beats+Intentions?

The Beats+Intentions Performance Unit is in its sixth year as a part of Expect Theatre’s Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble. The ensemble is open to diverse emerging artists aged 18-25 from the Greater Toronto Area. The project is a pre-professional training and performance program that fosters young artists in a variety of disciplines, preparing them for a career in the performing arts.

This year, artists will have the opportunity to remotely collaborate and create an original multi-arts piece with the support and mentorship of our team of professional artist facilitators. For the first time, the Beats+Intentions Performance Unit will be conducted entirely online.

Participants will receive mentorship to build their artistic skills, and will also learn about the business side of the arts from industry experts. They will collaborate to create an original multi-disciplinary work that will be presented online to the public at the end of the program.

This project is unique in that it provides training in the arts, but will also offer capacity building within the arts sector by creating career development, networking opportunities and mentor-student relationships.

This is a free program. Participants are shortlisted through an online selection process and they will also receive an honourarium upon successful completion of the program.

Who will you be training with?
Nicola Pantin (Director/Choreographer), Barbara Johnston (Director/Musical Director), Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley (co-Artistic Directors of Expect Theatre).
Industry experts will also be joining the team through the rehearsal process to provide information sessions on Business of the Arts.

Who are we looking for?
Our Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble will consist of two groups, with a focus on two different disciplines: Dancers (led by Nicola Pantin), and Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Creators (led by Barbara Johnston). The groups will largely work as separate units, but will collaborate through the rehearsal process. We are looking for multi-disciplinary artists as well. If you have diverse skills and talents, we’d like to see them! Applicants should be between the ages of 18-25, and be in the early stages of their careers, with a desire to pursue a professional career in the arts.

Dates & Details:
Due to COVID-19, auditions, rehearsals, and performance will take place online to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

September 14-17 10-3pm
September 21-24 10-3pm
September 28-October 1 10-3pm
October 2 & October 3 – Time TBA – must be available all day

Rehearsals will run Monday-Thursday, with no more than 2-3 hours online each day. Individual homework is expected.

Fridays will include optional Business of the Arts training in the form of interactive online seminars, Q&A’s, and learning sessions.

Final Online Performance: October 3

Upon completion of the program, participants will be paid a $500 honourarium.

Applicants must:
– have access to an internet connection for approximately 2-3 hours on rehearsal days
– for Dancers/Choreographers: must have at least 4 feet of rehearsal space to move in

How do I submit?
Applications will be accepted online at the above link only. Submissions close July 15.

No formal training is required. All genres of music and dance styles welcome. To be considered, participants must submit an application package at the above link, and must be available for all above dates.

Contact Andrea Houssin at