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Harbourfront Centre Invitation for Artist Proposals
HATCH 2013 - Where New Performance Begins
Deadline for Proposals: June 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

TORONTO, ON (May 23, 2012) Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce an open call for proposals from Toronto-area artists and companies working in the field of performance for the HATCH 2013 season, guest curated by Trevor Schwellnus.

HATCH is designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in the local performance community. Entering its ninth year, this programme has become an important element in the milieu of local performance development. Past HATCH projects include Hannah Moscovitch’s The Russian Play, Jess Dobkin’s Everything I’ve Got and Maggie MacDonald and Stephanie Markowitz’s Paper Laced With Gold.

HATCH is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centre’s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices. The HATCH residency and mentorship programme provides resources and professional assistance to a new generation of engaging and innovative contemporary artists to reach the next stage in the development in their work and careers.

Harbourfront Centre invites projects from emerging creators as well as established artists engaging in new collaborations or entering into new artistic territory. We encourage performance proposals from artists working across all disciplines, including, but not limited to, dance, theatre, performance art, music, etc.

Companies and artists selected to participate in HATCH will receive a one-week residency in Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre. HATCH is not about an opportunity for staging a fully finished piece but about using the week to develop a new or existing piece of work. Use of the residency period is at the discretion of the artist and needs of the project (i.e. workshop, rehearsals, performance, etc.) at least one presentation of the work for the public and/or invited audience.

HATCH is seeking proposals from professional performance creators from across the GTA at any stage in their career. Proposals should demonstrate a clear artistic mandate, for either a new project or entering the next phase of an ongoing project. HATCH is interested in artists/companies whose work is contemporary in nature and committed to the development of inventive and creative performance based art.

This year’s guest curator, Trevor Schwellness is a Toronto-based scenographer, designing sets, lighting and video for performance with independent artists. He is Artistic Producer of Aluna Theatre and was Designer-in-Residence at the Theatre Centre. Schwellness has collaborated in theatre and dance and has been nominated for 11 Dora Mavor Awards, winning three of them, a Harold and a Children’s Choice Award. His most recent work was Ajax & Little Iliad by Frank Cox-O’Connell and Evan Webber at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage.

Full criteria, qualification information and instructions for applicants can be found at or call 416-973-4237 or email

Completed applications should be delivered in person, by mail or courier to:

HATCH Proposals
Tanya Carinci
Performing Arts, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Deadline: June 20, 2012 @ 6 pm

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Media Contact: Amanda Lee,, 416-973-4381

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