Beats + Intentions
Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble | Performance Unit
Applications for our 2020 Performance Unit have now closed. Applications for 2021 will be announced in the late spring.
Watch our 2020 Ensemble’s final project, BABBLE, created remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our theme was ‘normal.’
2020 Performance Unit Participants:
DANCE CREATION UNIT
MUSIC CREATION UNIT
Mateo Chavez Lewis
Christina Litt Belch
CO-DIRECTED by Jackie Chau, Barbara Johnston, and Nicola Pantin
MUSIC DIRECTOR Barbara Johnston
CHOREOGRAPHER Nicola Pantin
ART DIRECTOR Jackie Chau
ARTISTIC DIRECTORS Laura Mullin & Chris Tolley
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Andrea Houssin
CO-PRODUCER Wendy Rading
STAGE MANAGER Tara Mohan
MUSIC MIXING/MASTERING James Ervin
VISUAL DIRECTOR/VIDEO EDITOR Eric Andrews
View the full production program HERE.
What is Beats+Intentions Performance Unit?
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
Participants 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 receive an honourarium upon successful completion of the program.
Who do you train 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?
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. No formal training is required. All genres of music and dance styles welcome.
Dates & Details:
Auditions usually take place in late spring/early summer, with rehearsals and performance in the fall.
How do I submit?
Auditions dates and times are announced in the spring.
Beats+Intentions Performance Unit is co-presented with Arts Etobicoke.
Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble | Playwright’s Unit
Applications for our 2020 Playwright’s Unit have now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in late spring.
What is the Playwright’s Unit?
Expect Theatre, in partnership with the Playwrights Guild of Canada invites playwrights aged 18-30 to submit for a free Playwriting Workshop led by acclaimed Canadian Playwright Anna Chatterton.
The course will take place over 10 sessions, taking your new play from the idea stage into the world. We aim for playwrights to leave with the initial foundation for their play-in-development, and a scene or monologue to be presented at a reading after the workshop.
10 workshop sessions take place one evening a week through the fall.
About Anna Chatterton
Anna Chatterton is a librettist, playwright, and performer. A finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her play Within the Glass, and again in 2018 for her play Gertrude and Alice (co-written with Evalyn Parry, devised with Karin Randoja). Anna was named a top-ten Toronto Theatre Artist of 2016 by NOW Magazine, has been the recipient of the Toronto Theatre Critics Award, and the City of Hamilton Arts Award for Theatre and is a Dora Mavor Award and K. M. Hunter Award nominee. Anna has been a playwright-in-residence at Nightwood Theatre, the National Theatre School of Canada, Tarragon Theatre, and Tapestry Opera. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.