Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)

Programs + Initiatives

Digital Connections Program

Application Deadline Extended! (Mon, Sep 13, 4pm)

Digital Connections logo on yellow background
GVPTA's Digital Connections Program offers  underrepresented theatre artists (specifically, Indigenous, racialized, d/Deaf and disability communities) a paid opportunity for training on effective communication and promotion of their digital or hybrid projects through online platforms and will connect them with regional, national, and international presenters. The program is free of charge to participants.

GVPTA will offer successful applicants a participation fee for this four-month program, which includes cohort-based workshops, individualized coaching, guest speakers on the performing arts industry and digital practice, and an online roundtable between artists and presenters.
This program provides participants with the opportunity for peer learning, to forge connections, to gain new skills, and to learn how to effectively share and communicate their artistic work in the industry. Participating artists will get the chance to level up and access greater opportunities for the presentation of their new or in-development works. 

Artists interested in submitting an application can review the recording of an Info Session held on August 9 to learn more about the program. Application intake will open and the online application form will be available on Tuesday, August 10.

The Digital Connections Program will be facilitated by Dani Fecko and Joyce Rosario.

“After a time of feeling so distant, we want to find ways to reconnect as art makers, producers and presenters. We know what has been done before, what we want to leave behind, and we are interested in investigating new ways of being together and sharing work. With the Digital Connections cohort, we are excited to co-create a generative space where participants can learn from and draw inspiration from each other.”

- Dani & Joyce

EXTENDED! Application Deadline: September 13, 2021, 4:00pm PDT

An Info Session on the program was held on August 9, and a recording can be found below (ASL interpretation was provided).

View Info Session Recording

Program Information

Click each section heading below to expand the window and learn more about the Digital Connections program. 
Eligibility
Artist applicants must:
  • Be based in British Columbia;

  • Identify as one or more of the following:

    • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit),

    • racialized,

    • d/Deaf, and/or

    • living with a disability

  • Have a documented artistic practice with a body of work that has been professionally presented or disseminated to the public;

  • Have a performing arts or multi-disciplinary project that is digital or hybrid (the integration of digital platforms and tools are integral for a hybrid live and digital performance);

  • Have a project which has either premiered (within the past 2 years) or is in development (ie. has had some research component, workshopping, or documentation such as writing or recorded media); Please note: conceptual ideas without some development work are not eligible for this program.

Program Details
  • All program components will be delivered online.
  • Program runs from mid-October 2021 to January 2022 (4 months);
  • Four (4) bi-weekly workshop sessions, 3 hrs in duration (see program timeline for specific dates/times);
  • One (1) one-on-one consultation session with Joyce Rosario and/or Dani Fecko;
  • One (1) roundtable session with artists and presenters;
  • Opportunity to connect with regional, national, and international industry presenters and arts connectors;
  • Each participating project (can be made up of 1 or 2 individuals*) will be provided with a participation fee: $1,000 for individual artists; $1,500 for artistic partnerships;
  • Access Needs: Applicants will be asked to identify their access needs (eg. interpreters, visual description, childcare, etc) to allow GVPTA to best support their participation if selected for the program.

*If you are applying as part of a collective or group, we ask that you identify up to two participants for the program
Program Timeline
Program Dates:
  • Info Session: August 9, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT (Recording available above)
  • Application Deadline Extended: September 13, 2021 @ 4:00pm PDT 
  • Notification of successful applicants: by September 27
  • Session dates & times:
    • Mon, Oct 18, 2021 @ 2:30 - 5:30 pm PDT
    • Mon, Nov 1, 2021 @ 2:30 - 5:30 pm PDT
    • Mon, Nov 15, 2021 @ 2:30 - 5:30 pm PST
    • Mon, Nov 29, 2021 @ 2:30 - 5:30 pm PST
  • Presenter & Artist Roundtable: January 2022 (Time, TBA)
Commitment & Availability
Participating artists must be able to commit to attending all the sessions as part of the program. 

Application Form
Deadline for applications is extended to Monday, September 13 at 4:00pm PDT.

Please review all eligibility criteria and other program information above prior to submitting your application. For a video overview of the program, watch the recording of the Info Session above this section.

If you are uncertain about your eligibility, have other questions about the program, or require an alternative way of applying, please contact Digital Connections program coordinator Davey Calderon at davey@gvpta.ca.

Click the button below to open the online application form in a new window.
Application Form

General Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)

1. What is the Digital Connections Program?

GVPTA’s Digital Connections Program (DCP) will provide training to underrepresented theatre artists (specifically, Indigenous, racialized, d/Deaf and disability communities) on effective communication and promotion of their digital or hybrid projects through online platforms and will connect them with regional, national and international presenters.

2. Am I eligible to apply to the Digital Connections Program?

If you are a theatre, performing arts and/or multi-disciplinary artist based in British Columbia and identify as one or more of the following: Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), racialized, d/Deaf, and/or living with a disability, you are eligible for this program. Full eligibility guidelines can be found above (under “Eligibility”).


NOTE: Submitting an application does not guarantee a place in the program.

3. What are important dates to know?

The application deadline is September 13, 2021 @ 3:00pm PDT. Notification of successful applicants will happen on September 27, 2021 and sessions starting mid-October. Specific program dates can be found on this page above, under "Program Timeline".

4. How do I apply?

The online application form can be found under "Application Form" in the Program Information section above.

5. Do artists pay a fee for this training program?

There are no application fees, nor is there a cost to the selected participants to take part in the program. Successful participants will receive a participation fee ($1,000 for individual artists, $1,500 for artistic partnerships).


That’s right! We pay participants to take part in the program.

6. Can I submit a video or audio application?

Yes. Some basic details are needed in text, but many of the application questions can be submitted either by text or a video or audio recording (either as a link on a streaming site such as YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud or through a shareable Google Drive or Dropbox link).


Recordings answering the application questions should be a maximum of 7 minutes long. Please review the application form above to see which parts can be answered by video/audio.


If you have more questions about your application options, please contact our Program Coordinator, Davey Calderon, at davey@gvpta.ca.

7. My project has more than two artistic leads, can we still apply?

If your project has more than two artistic leads, we encourage you to apply but you’ll be required to identify two primary participants on your application who would attend all the sessions.


Please mention your team structure in the application, and if your application is successful, we can discuss whether there are ways to engage more of your team in this process.

8. What is meant by a "digital or hybridized project"?

The project must have some intentional integration or plan to integrate digital platforms (ie live-stream, VR, interactive websites, phone apps etc) for their show in development or that has recently debuted. We are open to what you perceive as digital or hybridized.


If you are unsure if your project is considered “digital” or “hybridized”, feel free to contact our Program Coordinator, Davey Calderon, at davey@gvpta.ca.

9. What should I/we expect when taking part in this program?

You and a cohort of other artists will attend four (4) bi-weekly workshop sessions (3 hours each) online from mid-October to November 2021. A Presenter & Artist Roundtable will be held in January 2022.


Facilitators Dani Fecko and Joyce Rosario will share their knowledge to help artists communicate their work to presenters and industry connectors. You can read more about Dani and Joyce in the Facilitators section below. Guest speakers will also be invited to share their experience in the performing arts industry and digital practice. There is also the option for individualized coaching for participants.


Watch the Digital Connections Info Session recording to learn more from Dani, Joyce, Kenji, and Davey.

10. What are my access options when applying for this program?

To support the full participation of artists in the program, access requests may include and are not limited to ASL interpreters, childcare, captioning, specific formatting of shared documents, etc. There is a section in the application form asking for details of your access needs.

11. I represent a theatre or performing arts company with a project. Are we eligible?

Projects supported by or connected to an artistic company are eligible. This program is focused on individual artists or artistic groups that haven’t had the opportunity or resources to connect with industry presenters and connectors.


If you’re unsure of where you stand, contact our Program Coordinator, Davey Calderon, at davey@gvpta.ca

12. Do I need to be available for all sessions?

Yes, you must attend all sessions.


Still haven’t answered your question? Feel free to contact Program Coordinator, Davey Calderon, at davey@gvpta.ca.

The Facilitators

Dani Fecko photo

Dani Fecko

Dani is a first generation Canadian of Czech and Slovak descent who lives on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  She is the owner of Fascinator Management, an agency and consultancy that works with 11 clients, whose contemporary performance practices are informed by their diverse lived experiences and are mainly rooted in theatre. Fascinator currently has international consulting contracts, along with a steady rotation of Canadian clients seeking coaching and/or in-depth consultations. Dani is on the board of the Western Arts Alliance and the development committee of the International Society of the Performing Arts. She was a Leadership Fellow with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals from 2016–18 and a Fellow with ISPA from 2012–14. Dani has served on juries for Creative Scotland, the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council and New York’s Creative Capital. She has been on panels in Sweden, Montreal, Scotland, Ireland and Vancouver, Ottawa and hosted workshops in Vancouver and Calgary. Dani has coached and hosted pitches for the PuSh Festival and Made in BC – Dance on Tour, produced digital pitches for the Canadian High Commission in London and is a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University.

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Joyce Rosario

Joyce is a performing arts curator, facilitator and consultant based in Vancouver BC. As a freelancer, she is currently working on projects with Museum of Vancouver, The Cultch, Canada Dance Festival and Fascinator Management. In her practice she is guided by values of collaboration, rigour and care and over her career has gained broad exposure in interdisciplinary, experimental and community-based performance. She is pursuing study as an advanced practitioner in Critical Response Process with Liz Lerman and John Borstel. Until June 2020 she was at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival where she spent seven years in curatorial and senior leadership positions including as Interim Artistic Director during a period of organizational transition. Previously, Joyce spent 10 years in the Canadian dance milieu starting as an administrator with battery opera and later as a producer and executive director including NewWorks and Made in BC - Dance on Tour. She trained in Theatre Production/Design at the University of British Columbia in 2003, and in her early career was once nominated for a Jessie Richardson award in Costume Design. Her first foray in performance was as a teenage participant in a new genre public art project by Suzanne Lacy. Joyce is a first-generation Canadian of Filipina descent, privileged to live on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Questions?

Have more questions about applications, or would like alternative ways of applying? Let us know by contacting GVPTA’s Special Projects Coordinator, Davey Calderon (davey@gvpta.ca).

GVPTA acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for the Digital Connections Program.