Professional Development Programs

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

OAC Arts Funding

Theatre Aquarius has been chosen as a 3rd party recommender for funding by the Ontario Arts Council under its Grants for Theatre Creators. As part of this program, individual artists can apply for funding directly to Theatre Aquarius using an official OAC procedure. The program will support individual creators working on new work.

For the list of other recommenders and their priorities and deadlines, program guidelines and an application form please visit:

Theatre Aquarius requests the following to be part of each submission:

  • An explanation of the topic, theme or story they wish to create or develop.
  • An outline of their creative process and timeline.
  • Professional resume.
  • A brief writing sample.
  • A statement of how they would evaluate their success.

 Theatre Aquarius has established the following priorities for funding allocations:

  • Hamilton and area (Halton and Niagara) based writers/creators.

The minimum grant request is set at $1,000 and a maximum of $4,000.  However, due to budgetary constraints, awarded amounts may be smaller than requested.

Deadline for submissions: December 13, 2019 (Please note that other recommenders of this program have each set their own deadlines).

Please direct all submissions to: 

Theatre Aquarius
TCR Submissions
190 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A8

For more information or to discuss this project, please contact Luke Brown at (905) 522-7815 ext. 232 or  

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. In their first year, the company develops and presents Switched, by local Governor General nominated playwright, Anna Chatterton, co-produced with Theatre PANIK, in our 2019/2020 season, 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..

Indie Theatre Festival

Catch local talent in one exciting festival launching Spring 2020. The Indie Theatre Festival is a curated showcase presented by local theatre companies and collectives. Catch multiple performances, stay for events, play readings, discussions, Indie Theatre speed-dating, live music and more. The is an exciting new opportunity to see plays, share in the conversation, and participate in the development of new works.

Young Company

Catch the next generation of Canadian theatre in play. The Young Company is a youth led collective of emerging artists working together to produce a play, with facilitation. At regular sessions, the collective works to create, write, design, rehearse, and present their work.

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:

  • Vicktoria Adam
  • Jessica Anderson
  • Bryan Boodhoo
  • Peter Gruner
  • Steve Hartwell
  • Asher Hunter
  • Michael Kras
  • Andrew Lee
  • Stephen Near
  • Anne Rosenberg
  • Babe Santucci
  • Ryan Sero
  • Kevin Somers

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:

  • Vicktoria Adam
  • Taryn Crankshaw
  • Crystal Dumitru
  • Allison Hossack
  • Krista McNaughton
  • Stephen Near
  • Carlyn Rhamey
  • Ryan Sero

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:

  • Vicktoria Adam
  • Eric Dahlinger
  • Kyle Guglielmo
  • Stephanie Hope Lawlor
  • Melissa Murray-Mutch
  • JR O’Handley
  • Ryan Sero
  • Jason Thompson
  • Laura Welch

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