In this time of pause and intermission, we have a great opportunity to take stock and reflect on where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we want to go next. What better time to gather for the first conference on touring theatre in Northern Ontario! We’re excited to announce Together But Apart – Conference on Touring Theatre in Northern Ontariopart of the 2020 PlaySmelter Northern New Works Theatre Festival – and – it’s all online and digital taking place over three consecutive Thursdays in November.

Together But Apart is an opportunity to bring both the emerging and existing touring community together for conversation and collective brainstorming. The conference offers the opportunity to hear inspiring success stories, participate in collaborative problem-solving, spend time networking, and enjoy an innovative virtual performance. It’s a meeting place where everyone is welcome; a chance for us all to develop professionally and build new partnerships.

Theatre is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary art form. It is imperative that we have participation from those involved in other arts disciplines; we firmly believe that the more silos we can break down, the stronger we will all be. We welcome and invite everyone involved in the arts in Northern Ontario to attend: Presenters, producers, artists, curators, performers, creators, volunteers, venue staff – anyone who is interested in seeing more Northern Ontario stories shared in Northern Ontario communities.

Thanks goes to the Canadian Heritage for their support in delivering this event.

What to Expect:

This conference will be delivered virtually: We will be using Zoom to gather, and Google Docs to collaborate and share notes throughout the conference.

Thursday November 12 | Taking stock 

Who are we? What do we do? Where do we intersect? 

Day 1 will focus on taking stock; of who is in the room, what networks and resources already exist, what exciting initiatives are underway. There will be opportunities to connect as a full group and in smaller breakout rooms.

Get ready to: Meet new people. Get inspired. Uncover new opportunities for collaboration.

Thursday November 19 | Talking Touring  

What does touring theatre in the North look like right now? What barriers exist for artists and presenters? What does it mean to share Northern stories in Northern communities? How is COVID changing “touring” ? 

Day 2 will focus more specifically on touring theatre in Northern Ontario. Invited guests will share their experiences and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on connections to their own work, as well as participate in a speed-dating networking session. In the afternoon we will be presenting a special performance followed by an artist chat with the creator; discussing what touring possibilities this unique theatrical experience provides.

Get ready to: Reflect and share. Connect one-on-one. Experience an innovative performance.

Thursday November 26 | Looking Ahead

Where do we go from here? What supports need to be developed? How do we function as a network moving forward?

On Day 3 we will zoom out, and bring international touring networks and national and provincial funders into the picture. There will be space for collaborative brainstorming around big ideas, and we will end the day with discussion about the role of this newly formed network in the months to come.

Get ready to: Dream big. Ask hard questions. Determine next steps.

In this time of pause and intermission, we have a great opportunity to take stock and reflect on where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we want to go next. What better time to gather for the first conference on touring theatre in Northern Ontario! We’re excited to announce Together But Apart – Conference on Touring Theatre in Northern Ontariopart of the 2020 PlaySmelter Northern New Works Theatre Festival – and – it’s all online and digital taking place over three consecutive Thursdays in November.

Together But Apart is an opportunity to bring both the emerging and existing touring community together for conversation and collective brainstorming. The conference offers the opportunity to hear inspiring success stories, participate in collaborative problem-solving, spend time networking, and enjoy an innovative virtual performance. It’s a meeting place where everyone is welcome; a chance for us all to develop professionally and build new partnerships.

Theatre is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary art form. It is imperative that we have participation from those involved in other arts disciplines; we firmly believe that the more silos we can break down, the stronger we will all be. We welcome and invite everyone involved in the arts in Northern Ontario to attend: Presenters, producers, artists, curators, performers, creators, volunteers, venue staff – anyone who is interested in seeing more Northern Ontario stories shared in Northern Ontario communities.

Thanks goes to the Canadian Heritage for their support in delivering this event.

What to Expect:

This conference will be delivered virtually: We will be using Zoom to gather, and Google Docs to collaborate and share notes throughout the conference.

Thursday November 12 | Taking stock 

Who are we? What do we do? Where do we intersect? 

Day 1 will focus on taking stock; of who is in the room, what networks and resources already exist, what exciting initiatives are underway. There will be opportunities to connect as a full group and in smaller breakout rooms.

Get ready to: Meet new people. Get inspired. Uncover new opportunities for collaboration.

Thursday November 19 | Talking Touring  

What does touring theatre in the North look like right now? What barriers exist for artists and presenters? What does it mean to share Northern stories in Northern communities? How is COVID changing “touring” ? 

Day 2 will focus more specifically on touring theatre in Northern Ontario. Invited guests will share their experiences and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on connections to their own work, as well as participate in a speed-dating networking session. In the afternoon we will be presenting a special performance followed by an artist chat with the creator; discussing what touring possibilities this unique theatrical experience provides.

Get ready to: Reflect and share. Connect one-on-one. Experience an innovative performance.

Thursday November 26 | Looking Ahead

Where do we go from here? What supports need to be developed? How do we function as a network moving forward?

On Day 3 we will zoom out, and bring international touring networks and national and provincial funders into the picture. There will be space for collaborative brainstorming around big ideas, and we will end the day with discussion about the role of this newly formed network in the months to come.

Get ready to: Dream big. Ask hard questions. Determine next steps.