Beats + Intentions is a three-year project for Expect Theatre’s Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble. The ensemble is open to diverse emerging artists 25 years of age and under from the Greater Toronto Area, particularly from the priority neighbourhoods of Regent Park, Parkdale, Rexdale/Jamestown and Kingston Galloway/Orton Park. 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 also collaborate to create an original multi-disciplinary work that will be presented 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 audition process and they will also receive an honourarium upon successful completion of the program.
In 2015, the program culminated in a final performance titled To The Kid That I Was which was presented at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at the Artscape Youngplace.
The 2016 program will begin this September with a new cast of artist. Beats+Intentions will be back at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche this October, with an original and dynamic performance by our new Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble.