Professional Development Programs

Supporting artists by providing mentorship and training led by skilled instructors and experienced working professionals.

Theatre Aquarius provides programs that advance local talent and aim to contribute to a thriving theatre ecology here in Hamilton. A healthy theatre scene has professional collectives and companies large and small. Multiple professional playwrights live in our community, established and emerging artists are putting down roots, new companies and collectives are forming. Our artist development programs evolve in direct response to local artists and changing demographics.


Join us as we launch exciting Local Artist Professional Development programs:

Company In Residence

See bold new works by established local artists. Over a two-year term, a local collective or company of professional artists gain rehearsal space, infrastructure support, investment, and performance opportunities as they develop new work. Our inaugural Company in Residence is Industry Theatre. The company will develop and present Switched, by local Governor General nominated playwright, Anna Chatterton, co-produced with Theatre PANIK in the Studio Theatre. Switched is an existential comedy, exploring the fragility of identity: when you can no longer name who you are, what do you become?

Industry Theatre includes local professional theatre artists Rick Banville, Anna Chatterton, Matthew MacFadzean and Chris Stanton. With hundreds of productions between them, coast to coast and around the world, Industry aims to bring Hamilton innovative performance and an environment that fosters modernity, risk, inclusivity, and fun..

We also offers a range of ongoing Professional Development programs for local artists including:

Playwrights Unit

The Playwrights Unit was created to foster the development of Hamilton area writers. Meeting several times a month, each writer is required to choose one project that they wish to develop over the course of the year. Members of the Unit are invited to participate in a series of public readings during Play Reading Week

The current members of the unit are:

  • Kevin Somers
  • Steve Hartwell
  • Peter Gruner
  • Jenn Frankel
  • Vicktoria Adam
  • Tom Reidel
  • Ryan Sero
  • Michael Kras
  • Bryan Boodhoo
  • Annie Rosenberg
  • Jennifer Walton
  • Stephen Near

While admission to the Playwrights Unit is by invitation only, we welcome contact from interested playwrights and creators. Please email Luke Brown at with Playwrights Unit in the subject line

The Junction

The Junction is a program designed for creator/performers from various forms of performance. Meeting monthly, the goal of the Junction is to provide a creative environment for artists to showcase their work and receive constructive feedback to help move them closer to production.

For more information please email Luke Brown at with Junction in the subject line.

Junction Members:

  • Ryan Sero

  • Stephen Near

  • Annie Rosenberg

  • Allison Hossack

The Actors Forge

The Actors Forge is a group of local theatre professionals who meet once a week in a creative, supportive, process-driven environment. Our time together is used to work on our craft and connect with other professional artists, resulting in the growth and strengthening of skill. The Actors Forge is a place to succeed and fail, and to share and connect.

For more information, please email Luke Brown at with Actors Forge in the subject line.

Actors Forge Members:

  •  Melissa Murray-Mutch

  • Laura Welch

  • Ryan Sero

  • JR O’Handley

  • Jason Thompson

  • Kyle Guglielmo

  • Vicktoria Adam

  • Stephanie Hope Lawlor

  • Tova Ciccotelli

  • Emanuela Hall

  • Nan Chen

Program, Artists, Dates and Prices Subject to Change.  All Sales Final.  No Refunds.

Theatre Aquarius is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to creating outstanding, accessible, live theatre that entertains, challenges, & educates.  Charitable Registration Number 11921 3957 RR0001