The TD Creator’s Unit is a great fit for individual artists interested in collective creation and performance. This program is composed of poets, musicians, dancers, actors, directors, playwrights, designers and anyone who is interested in being part of a tight-knit creative team. The piece made by the TD Creator’s Unit can take any form the group envisions; this is a place to take artistic risks, experiment with ideas, and try things you’ve been imagining. The professional facilitator will guide the group in the creation of the entire project, from first ideas to opening night. Your work is shared in the Paprika Festival May 25-31, 2020 at Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum). This program has a suggested age limit of 21.
19/20 Creators Unit Facilitators:
Erum Khan is a film and theatre maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UofT. She is a currently a programming film member for the Rendezvous With Madness Festival. Select projects include: Writer/performer for Noor (The Aga Khan Museum/Generous Friend); Co-creator/performer for پتھرکی زبان patthar ki zabaan (Rhubarb Festival); performer & assistant director for Concord Floral (Theatre Centre, Canadian Stage, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival); filmmaker for Banjaare ka ghar (Toronto Independent Film Festival).
Tijiki Morris is a queer performer, creator, puppetry artist and director who was raised in Pakistan and came to Canada after secondary school. They have been an artist-in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, Diaspora Dialogues, Mermaid Theatre and a part of Cahoots Hot House. Tijiki co-created and performed in patthar ki zabaan (Rhubarb Festival). Tijiki also teaches and directs children and youth in various projects. They are excited about plants.
In addition to being part of this program, all participants gather for four Training Day masterclasses led by professional artists, with workshop topics ranging from physical theatre, to pitching your show, to decolonizing arts practice. These days are a chance for participants to meet and work with one another (and find future collaborators!).
– Weekly creation session and rehearsals with fellow participants, guest artists and program facilitator
– Attend four program-wide training days and a company-wide meet & greet