Grant Writing Unit: This time, let’s win!
with Aaron Jan
You deserve to get paid for your work. Whether you’re writing a play by yourself, workshopping it with your collective, or planning on mounting a production, there are ways to finance a project without relying on your own money or the unpredictability of ticket sales.
In multi week “grantwriting unit”, 30x grant winner, Aaron Jan will lead you through the basics of grant writing from an artist’s perspective, as well as walk you through various streams of funding and the strategies he uses to win them. He will discuss grants he’s been awarded at the OAC, TAC and CCA level, types of union contracts, common pitfalls of applying for grants, and his experiences on the other side as a theatre projects juror with the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and an RGTC juror with Cahoots Theatre.
Participants will then have a chance to “workshop” their grants in front of the unit for feedback. Each participant will get the chance to present their grant once during the fall semester, receive feedback and then present the grant again in January for the upcoming OAC, TAC and CCA deadlines in February and April. The class is open to all theatre artists of varying experiences: artists who want to strengthen their grant writing game, artists who’ve never even heard of a grant and artists who’ve never won a single grant they’ve written.
Be fearless with money. Get paid. You deserve it.
PLEASE NOTE: This course will be presented over Zoom. A reliable internet connection is ideal. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, and are interested in taking the course, please note it on your application. We are committed to finding an alternate way to facilitate your learning and participation in the course.
Artists are invited to submit a one page letter of intent and project description to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your letter should include what kind of theatre you like to make, your history with winning / losing / applying for grants, and what you want to get out of the course.
Your project description should detail the project you want to apply for funding with in under 200 words.
For accessibility accommodations or to submit your application in an alternative format such as video, please email or call Heather Caplap at email@example.com |(416) 531-1827 ext 249
The application deadline for this course is: 12am Midnight on November 8th, 2021.
Registration is limited. All applicants will be contacted by November 19th
Winter 2021/22 Dates & Times
7 classes from 7:00pm – 9:00pm EST
- Friday, November 26, 2021
- Friday, December 3, 2021
- Friday, December 10, 2021
- Friday, December 17, 2021
- Friday, January 7, 2022
- Friday, January 14, 2022
- Friday, January 21, 2022
Aaron Jan is a Hamilton born, Toronto based playwright, bookwriter, director and dramaturg. He has worked as a creator with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Aquarius, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, and the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Aaron is a member of the critically acclaimed, Silk Bath Collective, whose production of Yellow Rabbit enjoyed a sold out run as a part of Soulpepper’s 2018/2019 season. He is the 2019 winner of the Ken McDougall directing award, the 2021 co-winner of the Rita Joe Playwriting Award and a 2021 co-recipient of Musical Stage Company’s Aubrey and Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals.
As a dramaturg and mentor, I am passionate about new play development and nurturing young in craft voices. I believe in the potential of new artists, and have been fortunate to be invited to teach at institutions such as U of T, The University of Windsor, Humber, The Toronto Fringe, Hart House, York University, Laurier, the Paprika Festival, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir High School, the Musical Stage Company and Made in Exile theatre company.