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May 7, 2021

Call for Applications: Proximity Lab

Project: Humanity is pleased to announce the launch of Proximity Lab, a Verbatim Theatre research-creation project supported by the Ontario Arts Council through the OAC Arts Response Initiative. We are seeking 4 diverse theatremakers to imagine, discover, and test new “pandemic-proof” methods of presenting Verbatim Theatre to audiences while retaining the ethics of care, compassion, and multiplicity of voice which are central to our practices.

Under the mentorship of Verbatim Theatre artist and Project: Humanity Artistic Director Andrew Kushnir, participants will undergo a Verbatim Theatre intensive and engage with expert consultants Lisa Marie DiLiberto (artistic director of Theatre Direct, founding artistic director of Fixt POINT Arts and Media and co-creator of The Tale of A Town -- Canada ), Chris Altorf (director/editor/cinematographer, partner at ISTOICA, and technical director of On The Dot Studios) and Camille Turner (founder of Outerregion, and explorer of race, space, home and belonging through media and performance). Proximity Lab participants will then undertake an independent research-creation process in order to stretch the bounds of Verbatim Theatre and explore new models of presentation (such as but not limited to podcasting, interactive online performance, land-based immersive theatre, and hybridizations of these and other forms).

Each participant will conduct their own Verbatim experiments using original interview materials they’ll generate. Participants will have access to limited budgets for resources (such as materials and technology) that they may need in order to develop short Verbatim “etudes” or experiments. We will work with Lindsay Valve of Quilin to analyze and document discoveries from Proximity Lab in a report to be shared across the sector, as performing artists of all disciplines source new ways of connecting with audiences. Participants will retain co-authorship of this report, as well as full authorship of the short Verbatim Theatre works they develop in the Lab.

Proximity Lab will take place between May and July 2021. Participation is compensated with a $1750 honorarium per participant, for a time commitment of no more than 75 working hours each (divided between approximately 30 hrs of workshop time and 45 hours of independent creation). Activities will take place primarily online, or possibly outdoors with proper public health protocols in place (and the consent of all participants) if circumstances allow.

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Please express your interest in Proximity Lab by May 7 2021 at 5:00PM via Google Form, which accepts audio, video, or written submissions.

You may also email us at info@projecthumanity.ca at any time to ask questions, or to discuss additional forms of application if those included in the Google Form pose a barrier to access for you. All applicants will be notified regardless of result by May 15 2021.