We are Laura, Alex, Julia, Jason, Davinder, Lara, Sophie and Norah, and we are Theatre Ontario’s 2017 Youth Advisory Committee.
The YAC is committed to positioning young artists as active decision-makers at theatres across Ontario. We believe in outreach programming designed by youth, for youth. We want to hear from our peers across the province: what do you need to succeed as an artist in your community?
Imagine “network” not as something you do, but as something you have. With the support of Theatre Ontario, the YAC will spend this year activating a network of young creators across Ontario. We want to draw attention to the great work happening in your community.
Do you want to have a career in theatre? We can help you find entry points into professional work. We believe in youth-led outreach programming that helps connect emerging and established voices. By creating collaborative events, we hope to bridge the gap and create mentorship opportunities to help you navigate the industry. We want to hear from you, learn from you, and see you shine on stage.
Youth are at the centre of our process. We’re planning events that make space for young artists to share and collaborate. We’re crowdsourcing our events based on what you want to learn, and what you want to share with your peers.
To kick off our year of initiatives to unite young theatre artists across the province, we invite you to join us in celebrating World Theatre Day on Monday, March 27. Print out and a post a photo of you with one of our #WorldTheatreDay cards to get involved and join the conversation on Twitter at @theatreontario or on our Facebook page.
If posting on social media is not your thing, we invite you to email us the answers to these questions so we can post on your behalf. We hope to use the answers we collect on #WorldTheatreDay to begin to develop a stronger understanding of how we can support you and your community moving forward. This will be crucial in the next steps for our work as the Youth Advisory Committee.
We hope you will consider joining us on #WorldTheatreDay to kick off our year of empowering and engaging youth in arts across Ontario.