Thursday, 19 April 2018

Stories from the Professional Theatre Training Program: Sabah Haque

Our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline (except performance.)

Sabah Haque begins training in artistic producing with Tom Arthur Davis and Jivesh Parasram at Pandemic Theatre in Toronto, Vancouver BC, and Victoria BC


(April 10, 2018)  I. Am. STOKED. Working with Jiv and Tom over the past year has been fun, and full of discoveries. To travel with The Only Good Indian, the first show we’ve worked on together, with THE Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, who’s always keeping it real, is a seemingly small but GIANT dream come true. I have never been to the west coast, so that in itself is thrilling. But to go to the west coast to work on theatre with three of the coolest, authentic, daring, and pleasant artists I know? Do I know a word to describe that?

I’ve already booked my travel and accommodations. I have an uncle and cousin who live in Vancouver—already planned to have lunch. My friend visited Vancouver over the summer and sent me Snapchats of his adventures—already planning to send those same snaps. I am meeting with Kristina from Generator, and Jiv and Tom this week to chat about the west-coast-based artists I am to meet—already day-dreaming about those coffee meet-cutes instead of doing my job. I get to meet MORE cool, authentic, daring artists. #FanGirl

I am looking forward to learning more about touring, experiencing that touring life, and to continue to contribute to The Only Good Indian. I imagine I will be spilling an endless stream of questions, sharing lots of laughter, and wrestling with the challenges of facilitating long table discussions and navigating QLab. I am looking forward to being someone Tom, Jiv and Donna-Michelle can rely on while they focus on their performance. I am looking forward to meeting new people, asking new questions, and making my world bigger.

The only thing that really expresses how I feel about this program is the triumphant cackles that rumble from my gut. Happens every few hours. They conclude with a grin and leave a warm feeling in my sappy heart, just like a slice-of-life anime.

Thank you so much for supporting this phase of my training with Pandemic Theatre.

Until next time

The next application deadline for the Professional Theatre Training Program is October 1, 2018.

Learn more about Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program

Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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