Emergence 2.0: Advocating for Yourself

Monday, October 15, 2018
2:00pm to 9:00pm (Registration at 1:30pm)
The Second City Training Centre, 99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, M5V 9G9

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The 2018 Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is excited to be presenting Emergence 2.0 on October 15, 2018.

In partnership with the Siminovitch Prize and The Second City, the YAC is excited to bring a day focused on advocacy and mentorship for youth. During the afternoon, young artists from across Ontario are invited to meet other youth in theatre and engage in discussion.

What is Emergence 2.0?

Emergence 2.0 is a two-part event that will consist of the following:

  1. Advocating for Yourself: an open panel discussion for emerging artists
  2. Coffee Dates: one-on-one mentorship coffee sessions with an artist

Advocating for Yourself - Our panel discussion will consist of three artists offering their insights and knowledge on the different ways to advocate for yourself for a career in theatre. This will include advocating in terms of equity, representation, contracts and negotiations, and more.

Our Emergence 2.0 panelists are Nikki Shaffeeullah, Sabah Haque, and Kristina Lemieux.

Coffee Dates will allow each young artist to select a mentor of their choice on a first-come, first-served basis. Each will get 20 minutes to connect and speak to their selected mentor. Mentors will come from various artistic backgrounds within the theatre industry, including: directors, actors, creators, playwrights, producers, designers, stage managers and more. Community Building exercises will be held for artists while they are not speaking with a mentor.

Meet our Emergence 2.0 Mentors!

Dinner will be provided for participants.

After dinner, all attendees are invited to the Siminovitch Celebration of the Finalists, where the finalists for the Siminovitch Prize will speak. Panelists will talk about who they are, why they wish to receive the prize and what they will do with the money if they win. This portion of the event will take place at Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, Toronto.)


Enter from 99 Blue Jays Way. There are both stairs and ramp to get through the front entrance. Elevator is located directly to the left once you enter through the front door, or take the stairs to your right. Go up to the third floor, and our event is located in the John Candy Box Theatre (JCB). Registration table will be located inside the JCB.

Cost: $15 each or 2 tickets for $20 (save when you bring a friend) *
*should the cost of the event create barriers to you which prevent you from taking part, please contact Deanna Galati at youth@theatreontario.org.

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1:30-2:00 pm - Registration
2:00-2:30 pm - Introduction and Icebreaker
2:30-4:00 pm - Advocating for Yourself: an open panel discussion
4:00-4:15 pm - Break
4:15-5:45 pm - Coffee Dates/Dinner Break
5:45-6:00 pm - Closing
6:00-7:30 pm - Travel to Hart House (optional)
7:30-9:00 pm - Siminovitch Event

Learn more about the Siminovitch Prize here: https://siminovitchprize.com/
Follow the YAC on Facebook for more updates and info: @YouthAdvisoryCommitteeTO

We thank The Second City and the Associated Designers of Canada for their generous support of this event.

This event is in partnership with the Siminovitch Prize.

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