The program assists Ontario-based professional theatre creators, and informal collectives of creators, by funding them to create work. This is a third-party recommender program, and as a recommender, Why Not's focus is on artists who need to engage a senior mentor (local, national, international) in order to assist in the development and creation of a new work. Applications are due December 1st of each year, and results will be announced within 6 weeks of submission. For more info email us.
In order to create more access and opportunity for artists, Why Not Theatre is looking at new ways of producing theatre in Toronto for Independent artists. The RISER Project brings together a community of senior leadership and emerging artists, to support the artistic risk that independent artists must take in order to create and innovate art. The model is designed to maximize existing infrastructures by sharing resources, risk and energy to reduce the producing burden on artists. The senior partners have included Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, fuGEN Theatre, Modern Times, Theatrefront and Theatre Centre. RISER was made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Art Council’s Open Door Program and the Government of Canada. Visit the new Riser Project website or read our feature article in the Canadian Theatre Review
The Metcalf Foundation and Toronto Arts Foundation have commissioned a unique research study on the RISER model and the transformation of Generator (previously known as STAF), to be published on Nov 9th 2017