HATCH is now inviting artists to submit residency proposals for HATCH 13, which runs September 11 – October 7, 2017

HATCH is a situation where new performances and new audiences encounter one another in the spirit of inquiry. A flexible performing arts residency centered on the proscenium stage of Harbourfront Centre’s 180-seat Studio Theatre, the HATCH residency provides artists with space and time in the theatre, production resources, dramaturgy, communications and technical support. HATCH residencies conclude with a public presentation.

Resident artists are expected to attend each other’s presentations, provide critical feedback and engage with each other’s thinking.

HATCH is committed to racial and disability justice in its artistic community and particularly welcomes proposals from artists who overcome systemic inequalities in their lives and work.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2016

To apply to HATCH, please prepare a single-page document. Include your name(s), contact information and a brief biography or summary of pertinent work. Use the rest of your application to answer the following questions:

  • What work do you want to undertake in your residency and what do you intend to present?
  • What resources do you need for your project? (These include financial resources, personnel and work time in and outside of the theatre.) Do you have access to these resources – and if not, how do you intend to retain them?
  • Why is HATCH 13 the right situation for you and your work?

Please save your single-page application in PDF format and submit it by email to hatch@harbourfrontcentre.com.

HATCH is always changing its ways.

This FAQ addresses some of what’s new for HATCH 13.

Q: What’s the duration of a HATCH residency and what commitment is required?

A: Typical residencies are one-to-two weeks of daily occupancy in the Studio Theatre, but other proposals around the use of time and space will be considered. Indicate what you need in your application. We will do our best to share the programme’s resources as effectively as possible across a range of projects. When thinking about the commitment, remember that some HATCH projects involve extensive technical and communications planning with Harbourfront Centre staff before the residency.

Q: Why does HATCH 13 take place in the fall?

A: We’ve moved HATCH 13 to the fall to make sure that projects can pursue presentation opportunities in other local contexts more quickly after their residency.

Q: Is HATCH only for artists based in Toronto?

A: No – but applicants based outside of Toronto should indicate how they plan to cover their travel expenses, if applicable. Remember as well that HATCH participants need to attend preliminary meetings.

Q: Do artists receive remuneration for their work?

A: New this year, HATCH will provide participating artists with fees for their work. This doesn’t mean that HATCH can provide all the resources your project may need, but it might help. HATCH presentations are ticketed events and are priced Pay-What-You-Want. Artists receive all their net ticket revenue.

Q: Is HATCH a place to present my finished work?

A: No. HATCH is a place to develop a question in performance to the point at which an audience becomes necessary. That doesn’t mean that HATCH is only a place for new ideas – it’s also a place to take new approaches to old ideas. You can read about some of last year’s projects here.

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